What would you do in this scenario?
You are in a crowded building filled wall to wall with people. Suddenly, a fire breaks out in one corner of the room and the lights go out. It is dark except for the glow of the growing fire. People start to panic as they clamor for an exit.
But the fire blocks the main door and there is only one exit left and you are the only person aware of where that life-saving exit is.
Do you run for that exit and save yourself?
Or do you try to tell as many others as you can about that exit so they can all survive?
And what do you do if you decide to reveal the safe exit but people don’t believe you and they start in the opposite direction? Would you tell them that they are heading for destruction?
I hope most people would start telling people – even those who don’t believe – about the path to safety so that more will be rescued from a fiery death. This is a picture of life for us humans.
Almighty God created us. If you don’t think He did, look around. His fingerprints are all over.
But we rebelled and sinned and that separated us from God. God is love but holiness is part of His nature, too. He cannot abide sin and He won’t let sinners into Heaven.
God’s solution for man’s dilemma was to send Jesus Christ, His Son, into the world as a baby, as much a man as if He had never been God and as much God as if He had never been a man.
Christ’s goal was to glorify God and to reconcile mankind to Himself. Someone had to pay the price for sin and that was Jesus.
He was born of a virgin and lived a sinless life. He healed the sick, calmed the storm, fed the hungry and raised the dead.
Unjustly accused, Jesus voluntarily went to the cross where He bore the shame and the sin of the world. He suffered and died for us. His sacrifice provides the free gift of salvation to all who believe.
Salvation is a free gift.
Christians who love God show that love by helping others. That is why we tell people that the building is on fire and they must escape certain death.
And the only door is Jesus Christ.
God has not offered that grace through anyone else or through any other religion or creed. This is hard for some to accept. Our culture tries to tell us that it doesn’t matter who you believe in – just be sincere.
But Jesus is really the One pointing to that way of escape. There is no other name given among men whereby we must be saved. Jesus said, “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life; no man comes to the Father but by Me.”
Those are powerful words from a loving Lord.
Christians are not being hateful when they say that the Bible states that Jesus is the only way. It is just the truth and they are speaking the truth in love.
As we gather with our families and friends at Christmas, it is important to share with them God’s hope for reconciliation. Every family has at least one skeptic. Words may not convince him or her – demonstrable love might do the trick in time.
The best evidence of the saving power of Jesus is a changed life. God is in the business of transforming lives. We all need help. We all are sinners.
Wouldn’t Christmas be a wonderful time to get straight with God? That would be the best gift of all. The world tells us not to talk about Jesus. Politics and religion are forbidden topics. Religious viewpoints should be locked within the walls of the church. After all, America is no longer a Christian nation.
People need to know how to get out of that burning building. Who will tell them if we don’t?
Tulsa has a host of good churches where someone can walk in and get solid counseling on how to connect with God through Jesus Christ. Some folks who for years – or maybe decades – have thought that they have things settled with God may need to have a genuine reckoning with Jesus. There is no shame in that admission.
You will be shocked at how warmly most churches will welcome folks on their spiritual journey. God uses people to help people.
Jesus – He is the “Reason for the season.”
Merry Christmas and have a happy New Year.