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February 13, 2018, 3:37 PM

Who can be my Savior?



Several weeks ago, I wrote on Ephesians 2:1-5 and we let the passage answer the question “Why do I need a Savior?” This passage causes us to have to face the necessary truth about ourselves, which is we are lost. More specifically, we are spiritually dead (separated from God) because of our trespasses and sins, we are a slave to the world, to Satan, and to our sinful nature, and we are bound for hell. But we learned that, thankfully for us, there is hope and that hope is found in one Savior who can save us, but who is that Savior? Well, today we answer the question “Who can be my Savior?”

First thing we must understand is that it can’t be you. You will never be able to do enough good to deliver yourself from your sins. You must understand that you need Someone to rescue you; Someone powerful enough to raise you from your spiritual death and make you alive to God; Someone strong enough to overcome the rule of Satan in your life; Someone with the power of God Himself to snatch you out of the pits of hell and secure your home in heaven forever!

Today, I present to you who that someone is: Jesus Christ. At this time, I want to lay before who this one is, the one whom God sent, whom the Bible consistently presents as our only hope for forgiveness of sin, reconciliation with God, and a new life that never ends.

Let’s begin by going back 2,000 years ago. Go with me to an upstairs room where Jesus and His disciples are gathered to partake in a Jewish Feast known as Passover (To learn more about what the Feast of Passover is read Exodus 12). While they are feasting and re-telling the story of God's deliverance from slavery in Egypt, Jesus explains that He is about to leave them. Knowing that the cross is just hours away, He tells them in John 13:33, "Where I am going you cannot come."

This news greatly upset His disciples. So much so that one of the disciples, Peter, asks for more information. In v. 36, he asks, "Lord, where are You going? Jesus answered him, "Where I am going you cannot follow Me now, but you will follow later." Peter pressed the issue and says: "Lord, why can I not follow You now? I will lay down my life for You.” Peter and the other disciples clearly didn't understand what was about to happen and why Jesus would no longer be with them. Jesus demonstrates His sovereign insight into Peter's heart when He quietly answers, "Will you lay down your life for Me? I assure you: a rooster will not crow till you have denied Me three times." As Peter thought upon these words, Jesus addressed the whole group, which brings us to John 14. In John 14:1-6, Jesus speaks some of the most powerful words of His entire ministry.

John 14:1-6 ESV “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. And you know the way to where I am going.” Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

Now look at what is happening here. Jesus is telling them about where He is going. He's going to heaven, where the Father is, and He is telling them that they will be separated for a time. But while they are apart, Jesus will be working on a place there for them, which of course means that He will be coming for them one day. Then He adds this sentence: And you know the way where I'm going. In other words, you already know the road that leads to heaven, the place where I am going. Jesus deliberately spoke these words to get the disciples attention. Thankfully, Thomas refused to pretend to understand and he wants to know. "Lord, we do not know where You are going. How can we know the way?"

It is here that Jesus makes one of the most powerful statements, I believe, ever made. It sets Him apart from everyone else. This one line alone gives hope to all of mankind! In John 14:6, Jesus answers Thomas and all of us: "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life; no one comes to the Father except through Me" (v. 6). This is a bold statement about salvation. When it comes to salvation Jesus is boldly proclaiming to you and me that one way is right, and every other way is wrong. Think for a moment about the full meaning of these words. Jesus knows that the cross awaits Him; He knows what it means and why it must happen. In that context, here is what Jesus is saying:

1. I Am the Way.

By saying “I am the way” Jesus is saying the way to heaven is not a religious system or a set of rules to follow. The way cannot be found in you or in your good works. Jesus is simply saying that the way is Him. Jesus is saying to His disciples, “you know the way to where I am going because it's Me.” Jesus is making it clear that the way to heaven isn’t based on a list of do's and don'ts. If a person basis it off a list of do’s and don’ts that person has put himself on a path that leads to eternal death in Hell." "There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death." (Proverbs 14:12) If you want to be reconciled with a Holy God, if you want to walk across the gap of sin that separates you from God the Father, then you must understand that Jesus is your Way. In fact, He is not just your Way, He is the ONLY Way.

2. I Am the Truth.

When He says I am the Truth, He means, "Trust Me in this. Count on what I'm saying to you. I am about to pay the price for your forgiveness with the shedding of My blood.” What I'm about to do on the cross is all that is needed to provide a way across the gap that is caused by your sin. You cross it by believing in Me, you cross it by trusting that what I've done for you is all you'll ever need to be right with God. Jesus is saying, “I am the Truth, the whole Truth, nothing but the Truth, and you can trust Me."

3. I Am the Life.

When He says I am the Life, He means, He is both the source of life and the content of life. To know Jesus is to have life. He means that life without Me is empty and leaves a void that can’t be filled by things in this world. But, He says, the life I give is abundant and eternal. It’s a life that outlasts the few years you will have here on earth. It gives life a purpose and the life He gives easily outshines what this world can offer. He means, it is the very life of God in you. In other words, He is saying I'm not here to point you to this kind of life, I am your life. Let Me loose in you and watch what happens! Let me change your life!

4. I Am the ONLY way to the Father.

Now Jesus could have stopped right there, and it would have been enough. But He doesn't stop there. He raises the bar even more when He adds; No one comes to the Father except through Me. Basically that means that you can add the word only to each preceding phrase. “I am the only Way, I am the only Truth, and I am the only Life.”

Now let’s be honest for a moment, this truth doesn’t go over well in a “postmodern” world. If that term is new to you, it simply means that we live in a time in which our culture has largely abandoned the notion of truth. The old consensus about right and wrong has almost entirely disappeared, replaced by pluralism and moral relativism.

However, against the spiritual confusion of our day, John 14:6 is not the only verse that makes this “exclusive” claim about Jesus. Consider these “exclusive” claims regarding Jesus Christ: A. He is the only Son of God–John 3:16.  B. He is the only name by which we can be saved–Acts 4:12.  C. He is the only mediator between God and man–1 Timothy 2:5. D. He is the only sacrifice for sin–Hebrews 10:12.

These are completely exclusive statements of the New Testament. You, nor I, have any right to water them down and make them say something else that they don’t mean. You may choose to reject them or to call them narrow-minded, but the fact remains that the Jesus of the Bible is an exclusive Savior. He stands alone and no one can be compared with him. He is the only one who can save you, and Jesus makes that very clear in John 14:6.

Because Jesus makes it very clear that He is the only way to God. Let me close by sharing with you five words that will take you all the way to heaven. If you take these five words to heart, and make them part of your life, if you will say them and believe them and trust upon them, these five words will grant you access to heaven when you die: Jesus only and only Jesus!

The best part about this truth is that anyone can believe this and be saved. The Bible says it like this: "Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved." (Rom. 10:13) So here's what's at stake. You can hear Jesus' bold statement and conclude that He and His statement is intolerant and arrogant. Or you can see in this the most loving act in history, when the Son of God comes for you, secures what you needed most through His death and resurrection, and then points the way for you to get in on it. I ask you again, "Who can be your Savior?" Jesus only and only Jesus.

If you are reading this and you see your need for the Savior, Jesus Christ, please email me at travis@fbcblanchard.org so we can talk.  I promise you, the decision to repent of one’s sin, to believe in what Jesus Christ did on the cross for your sin, and to surrender your heart and life to Him will be the greatest decision you will ever make.  It is a decision that will have an eternal impact on your life.

By His Grace,

Pastor Travis