Summary: When we place our faith and trust in Jesus we are placing our hope in the only one who can save us from our sins.
Hope in the only Way, Truth & Life
We continue in our series on Hope found Here and this month we are considering Hope in Christ.
This evening I want to remind you that when we place our faith and trust in Jesus we are placing our hope in the only one who can save us from our sins.
Throughout the Bible, there are many passages that can encourage us, comfort us and fill us with Hope,
certain hope, blessed assurance.
The Bible is God’s Word to us, His people. Parts of the Bible are simple to understand, other parts are more complex.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 reminds us, “All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip His people to do every good work.”
Our Bible contains 66 books or letters, the Old Testament with 39 and the New Testament with 27 Books or letters.
Our modern Bibles are divided into 1,189 chapters, the chapters are split up into 31,102 verses.
Each of us will have specific verses, chapters or books that we know well. There are verses that stick in our minds, there are verses that we quote, promises we cling to, words that bring us comfort and hope.
This evening I want us to focus on a specific verse, a verse that is perhaps one of the most important in the whole Bible.
In John 14:6 Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.”
Our certain hope of sins forgiven, our certain hope of salvation, our certain hope of relationship with God is found here.
Listen to the verse in context, Jesus speaking to His disciples in John 14:1-6 says, “Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me. There is more than enough room in my Father’s home. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am. And you know the way to where I am going.”
“No, we don’t know, Lord,” Thomas said. “We have no idea where you are going, so how can we know the way?”
Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.”
Jesus is speaking to His disciples about Heaven, words of assurance, words of certain hope, there is room enough for them, room enough for you and I, room enough for all who repent and trust in Jesus as their Lord and Saviour.
Then Thomas, old doubtful Thomas, speaks and asks an important question, ‘How can we know the way to Heaven?’ How can we get there?
Then Jesus affirms the truth when He says, He is the only way to Heaven.
The cornerstone of the Christian message is Jesus Christ is Lord and Saviour, trust in Him and Him alone is the only way we can be saved.
Acts 4:12 says “There is salvation in no one else! God has given no other name under heaven by which we must be saved.”
This is an unchangeable truth.
Jesus stepped out of eternity and was incarnated into human form.
He lived a perfect, spotless life, suffered a cruel death on a cross to pay the price for your sin and mine, then He was resurrected from the grave on the third day.
Jesus conquered death, conquered the power of sin.
Christ’s death was sufficient to ensure that all of our sins, past, present and future can be forgiven and our relationship with God restored.
If, and only if, we repent and turn to Jesus.
Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.”
The reality of the need to know Jesus, the need to trust in Him alone is here in John 14:6.
There are other verses and passages in the Bible that can enhance and strengthen our walk with Jesus, but this verse is at the core of our faith.
The foundation, the solid ground, the bedrock of why we need to know and follow Christ is found here.
As a Christian, have you ever been asked questions from non-Christians about your faith?
Some people might be interested in learning about what you believe, some people might be seeking to discover more about Jesus.
Others may be antagonistic about Christianity, some might think you are misguided in your faith, others may think you are stupid because you believe in God.