In a culture that seeks to promote and maintain universalism and inclusion, it is quite counter-cultural to say that there would be only one way to experience salvation. The Bible, however, is clear. Jesus is the only way. Jesus declared in John 14:6, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” There have been many self-proclaimed “saviors” throughout history, but Jesus is the only one capable of providing the solution to man’s great problem: sin.
The Bible teaches that man was created in the image of God (Genesis 1:26-27). Bert Thompson writes, “Humans were superior to all other creatures. No other living being was given the faculties, the capacities, the capabilities, the potential, or the dignity that God instilled in each man and woman. Indeed, humankind is the peak, the pinnacle, and the apex, of God’s creation.”
Although this was the original intent and design of God, man made a crucial decision in the garden, and sin entered the world. Sin created a devastating problem for man: separation from God. Thompson adds, “As a result of mankind’s sin, God placed the curse of death on the human race. While all men and women must die physically as a result of Adam and Eve’s sin, each person dies spiritually for his or her own sins.” Because of the holiness and justice of God, a perfect sacrifice must atone for the sins of man.
Jesus is the solution to the problem of sin. Because God is perfect in holiness, man must be made perfect in order to remain in fellowship with Him. Jesus was the perfect sacrifice. Jesus lived as a man, tempted as you are (Hebrews 4:14-15), but He never sinned (1 Peter 2:22). In the Old Testament, God established the law that a flawless lamb would need to be slaughtered for the atonement of sin. Jesus came as the flawless Lamb to be slaughtered once and for all on behalf of man (Isaiah 53:7). He died for the sake of the world, but His grave is empty, because He conquered sin and death.
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