Summary: A basis for believing that Jesus is the true God
Islington Baptist Church May 13, 2001
Series: Why follow Jesus and not any other religion, philosophy, or way
Key text for this week: I John 5:20
Scripture readings: Isaiah 43-46, I Kings 18:16-40
Follow Jesus because of who he is: He is the only true God; He is Lord
For the past 3 weeks we have been considering the following question: Why follow Jesus and not any other religion, system, philosophy, or way?
It’s a question the Bible calls us to be prepared to answer at any time; for as I Peter 1:15 says “But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect”
So far in our series we have considered 3 very important reasons for why a person must follow Jesus and not any other religion, system, philosophy, or way.
1. Follow Jesus because He is the only way to the Father.
In spite of the many voices who assert that there are many ways to God, the fact remains that “There is no other name given to men by which they must be saved”. As Jesus himself said “I am the way, the truth, and the life, no one comes to the Father but by me” (That was our key verse: John 14:6)
2. Follow Jesus because His sinless and perfect life qualifies him to declare the way to the Father.
Unlike the founders and gods of other religions, Jesus suffers from no moral credibility or sin issues. Jesus is the only person who has ever been sinless. The fact of his sinless and perfect life qualifies Jesus to definitively teach the way to God. Since his character, purity, morality, and credibility are beyond reproach, we can be supremely confident in the way of salvation that he teaches.
3. Follow Jesus because he offers a better way of salvation
3 reasons for why the way of salvation Jesus offers is better….
a. His work addresses and provides remedy for man’s core problem: his sinfulness
b. Complete assurance of your salvation can be had.
Our friends who belong to other religions have no iron clad assurances that they will ever get to the stated goals of their religions. They have no true confidence and according to the teachings of their religions, no basis for confidence either.
When a person comes to Jesus as the only Savior and Lord, the Bible “bends over backwards” communicating to them that their sins have been totally forgiven and that eternal life is truly theirs.
c. The salvation and forgiveness of sins that Jesus offers is not conditioned upon ones efforts and work.
The strivings of a sinful person to save themselves and merit the favor of God is a futile act. It is not by personal works that a person is or can be saved, it’s by the grace of God and the work of Jesus Christ on the cross.
Today, as we consider the “Why follow Jesus?” question, we are going to ponder this answer: Follow Jesus because of who he is: the only true God and Lord
In beginning with today’s subject I would like to read to you and excerpt from Ravi Zacharias’ new book “Jesus among other gods”