Read: John 14:1-7

I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. (v. 6)

The anonymous letter said, “You are a bigot, and you should be ashamed of yourself.” Ouch. What prompted this accusation? I had said in a sermon that Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life, and that no one comes to the Father except through him. For good measure, I’d also quoted the apostle Paul: “And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). I believed it then; I believe it now. I’m ashamed of myself for a lot of things, but that sermon isn’t one of them.

Christians need to have the humility to concede that how the universal love of God and the particularity of Jesus fit together isn’t exactly clear. Furthermore, the fact that Christians belong to Jesus doesn’t mean Jesus belongs to us. We do not control Christ, nor do we have the authority to place restrictions on his love. Jesus the Good Shepherd has the freedom to call into his flock whomever he chooses, however he chooses, whenever he chooses. As C. S. Lewis observes in Mere Christianity, “God has not told us what His arrangements about the other people are” (p. 65). But as for me, and I hope for you as well, I intend to take Jesus at his word. —Lou Lotz

As you pray, thank God for Jesus, the way, the truth, and the life.