How Many Paths Are There To The Top Of The Mountain?

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)

This week we are continuing the Sermon Series, Jesus {Who is this man?}.  The Scripture for the week is John 14:1-14, and was discussed by Pastor Paul Nynas of Hope Lutheran ChurchQuestion number two:  Is Jesus the Way?

Climbing that mountain.

Pastor Paul likened the trip to heaven to a mountain, with Heaven and God on top.  Is there really only one way up there (through Jesus)?  Logically it doesn’t make sense, look at all those paths: east, west, north, south, straight up, zig-zag…the options seem endless.  What if there is only one God, no matter what religion we practice, we are all worshiping the same God…different path, same result.

But Jesus says, “I am the way the truth and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6).  One way.  That mountain has only one correct path.  Am I even on it?  Are you on it?  We are basically good people right?  God just wants us to be good people…right?  Good people go to heaven…don’t they?

Actually, nowhere in the Bible does it say good people go to heaven.  Not even if you follow the 10 Commandments to a T.  The only way is through Jesus.  He died to wash away our sin, without Him and His infinite grace, we are just sinners.  With Him, we are children of God, on our way home to heaven.

How do we get to Heaven?

This week’s topic of discussing how we get to heaven was hard for me.  I do believe what John 14:6 says,

6Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through me. 

There is only one way, and that is through Jesus.  He died to wipe my sins away so that I could go to Heaven and enjoy eternal life.

You may be wondering why this is hard for me, sounds like I have it figured out.  It’s hard because I know what I believe, but I am uncertain what my loved ones believe.  What if they believe, as long as they are good people, they get the ticket to heaven?  Why do rapists and murders that repent get into heaven, but good people who haven’t accepted Jesus as their savior don’t get in?  Why?

For my loved ones who are still here, I know there is time to find out their answer to “Is Jesus the way?”  What I don’t like to think about is the ones who have already left this world, the ones I didn’t get to ask…one very specific person…my Mom.