“I AM” IS THE ONLY DOOR
There is a common complaint among people of other religions that the Christian faith is too exclusive. The problem that is often overlooked is that if God had given us a million ways to Him, we would want a million and one, just so we could control the path to God by our own wills. If humanity made the rules of how to approach God and be accepted by Him, then he would no longer be God.
What is overlooked in all these religious arguments is that God has provided a perfect way for mankind to be reconciled with His perfect holiness through making peace via His Son on the cross (Ephesians 2:13-16). Because of this perfect way, Jesus rightly said, “I AM the door of the sheep” and every other way is used by “thieves and robbers” (John 10:1, 7, 9). When Jesus spoke in chapter 14 about going “to prepare a place for us” in the Father’s house, Thomas wanted to know how to get there. Jesus replied, “I AM the way…no one comes to the Father except through me” (14:1, 5-6). The human heart struggles with the simplicity of this way to God because of the lie that Satan has told us; we must do something to earn acceptance with God. If that were true, no one would ever achieve the standard of God’s holiness, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Roman 3:23).
The GOOD NEWS is that Jesus Christ perfectly satisfied God’s holiness for us. We can come to God through His Son, the “I AM” who is the “Door. We are accepted by God because Christ made us acceptable through His sacrifice – becoming our substitute!
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