Summary: What will you tell people who ask, "Is Jesus really the ONLY way to heaven?"
We have been learning how to defend our Christian faith.
The Christian faith believes in the reality of God, that the Bible is the Word of God, and Jesus Christ is the only way to eternal life in heaven.
Remember what God said through the Apostle Paul in 2 Timothy 4:2? “Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage-with great patience and careful instruction.”
How will we correct, rebuke, and encourage someone who asks “Why do you believe that Jesus Christ is the only way to eternal life and heaven?” Aren’t there many ways to heaven? Sadly, many leaders are saying this, “I’m a Christian but there are other ways to get to heaven!” They are saying, I’m Christian but… But?? Jesus is the only way!
Why believe Jesus is the only way to heaven?
Before we can answer that question, we need to ask the person asking, do you believe in an afterlife?
You see, the first reason for believing in Jesus Christ is to accept the fact that we need an answer to what happens when we die. One of man’s greatest problem is they will all eventually die and what happens after death is unknown! And so, when someone ask you “Why do you believe that Jesus Christ is the only way to eternal life and heaven?” your first answer should be,
1. I want to know what happens to me when I die and Jesus knows!
Jesus Christ knows exactly what happens to people when they die!
How do we know this?
Jesus Christ is the only person who lived on earth, died, experienced life after death, and came back to life to tell people how they too can live again! There is no question, Jesus Christ was a man who died on a cross and was buried for 3 days and rose again!
The Roman Empire and the Jewish Leaders at the time made sure Jesus was dead and stayed buried! But the Great Roman Empire with Caesar’s seal on the stone that closed Jesus’ grave along with powerful Roman soldiers guarding it and the influential Jewish Leaders watching with eagle eyes, could not hold back the power of Jesus rising from the grave! There were over 500 people who witnessed Jesus’ resurrected body! Simple ordinary men died testifying that Jesus conquered the grave!!
To those who do not believe that Jesus is the only way to heaven, ask them to disprove the resurrection of Jesus Christ. If they seriously take that challenge, they will be faced with the reality that Jesus Christ is the only way to eternal life!
Sure, there are plenty of people who will tell you they died and came back to life, BUT, can they tell you how you can come back to life again yourself? You see, 2. Only Jesus Christ died and came back to life to tell us how we too can come back to life for eternity!
Buddha may tell you how to get to heaven but he’s still dead! Mohammed may tell you how to get to heaven but he’s still dead! Hindu Gurus and Swamis may tell you how to get to heaven but they’re all still dead! Taoists don’t even know who wrote what they are being told about heaven; but whoever those Tao writers were, they’re all still dead! And do you really want to follow a rat or a pig or a cow or any other animal when you die? It is your choice! Religion or Jesus Christ?
Will you believe in Jesus Christ who knows the way to heaven because He is now in heaven OR believe dead people or creatures who are actually subordinate to you?
Why else believe Jesus Christ is the only way to heaven?
As alluded to earlier, Jesus Christ is the only person who came from heaven, who is now in heaven, and will come back to earth to bring all His followers to heaven!
Jesus Christ is alive and is in heaven and the only one who has the power to bring people to heaven and made a promise to do so! You see, only Jesus Christ can assure you of heaven! There are many religions out there which talks about heaven, but 3. Only Jesus Christ gives a guarantee of going to heaven. Belief in Jesus Christ gives you assurance. Religions will tell you maybe you can go to heaven because you did certain things.
Please open your Bibles to the Gospel of John Chapter 6, verses 35-40…… Jesus said, “Everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.”
Will you a follow a religion which only gives you a possibility of going to heaven? Believe in Jesus Christ as you personal Savior and God and you will be assured of heaven!