By George Clayson.
During this time of uncertainty caused by Coronavirus, many people have been thinking about life’s big questions. Asking what life is really all about? Many people have started to tune into church services who before all of this, would never have dreamed of stepping into a church. People are thinking about death and the afterlife. About Heaven and how to get there.
The Bible is clear that there is a Heaven and a Hell. Lots of people are asking the question how can I go to Heaven and not to Hell?
Maybe you are asking a similar question. Well to have the true answer to this question we need to turn to what the Bible says. The words of the Lord Jesus in John 14:1-6 are very helpful in helping us answer this question, please take a moment to look them up.
How do we go to Heaven?
In this passage Jesus tells his disciples that he is going back to Heaven to prepare a place for them and he will come back and receive them to himself. The Lord says, “Where I am going you know and the way you know.” At this Thomas, one of the disciples, says “Lord we do not know where you are going, and we do not know the way.” To this the Lord Jesus replies, and its this verse I want us to briefly focus on, v.6 “Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
In this verse Jesus tells his disciples exactly how to get to Heaven. We learn two truths. Firstly, Jesus is the way to Heaven. Secondly, Jesus is the ONLY way to Heaven.
I. Jesus is the way to Heaven
Firstly, then we learn that Jesus is the way to Heaven. He says “I am the way, the truth and the life.” To put it simply Jesus Christ is the way to Heaven, and eternal life is only found in him.
Why is Jesus Christ the way to Heaven?
Before we can answer that question, we need know why we need a way. The need of a way to Heaven suggests that we are lost.
The Bible says that we have forfeited our right to Heaven because of our sin. We have excluded ourselves from the glory of Heaven because of the wrong we have done. The Bible says, “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God” (Rom 3:23) So this is a problem that every single person has.
So, to get to Heaven, we need to have our sins forgiven, we need to have the wrong we have done forgiven by God. We cannot do this ourselves. Good works will not do this. We need a Saviour.
That is why Jesus Christ is the way. He is the one who forgives sin. The reason the Lord Jesus can take away our sin is because he died upon the cross to take the punishment that our sin deserves upon himself. Sin must be punished and when Jesus died upon the cross, he died to take the punishment for all who believe. Then Three days after Jesus died on the cross for our sin, God raised Him from the dead to show He is the Saviour.
Now whoever believes in Jesus Christ for themselves, and trust in him alone as their only hope of salvation, are given eternal life as a free gift. They are brought into a loving relationship with God and when they die, they go to be with him forever.
Not because they have been good but because Jesus is their Saviour. That is why Jesus can say “I am the way, the truth and the life.”
The Second truth that we learn from this verse is that Jesus is the ONLY way to Heaven.
II. Jesus is the only way to Heaven
Here in this verse Jesus says that there are not many routes to Heaven, to the Father, but rather there is only one way and he is it.
The Lord Jesus says “I am the way, the truth the life and no one comes to the Father except through me.”
Here the Lord says I am the way and I am the only way. But we must ask why? Why is Jesus the only way?
The Bible tells us in Acts 4:12 “Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under Heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” The reason Jesus is the only way is because there is no other Saviour that has been sent by God. Jesus Christ is the only one who could die to pay for our sins and the only one who has, he is also the only one who has been raised from the dead.
Jesus Christ is the way the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through him.
Jesus is the way to Heaven; He is the only way to Heaven. So how does a person go to Heaven through Jesus? The Bible says that a person must repent of their sin, that means to confess and forsake the wrong you have done and believe in Jesus Christ, that means to trust him to take away your sin and take you to Heaven.
The question is, is the Lord Jesus Christ your Saviour? Have you turned away from your sin and do you believe in him, are you trusting in Him this minute to take away your sin and make your right before God?
If not, then believe in Him. Change your mind about going the wrong way and Ask Him to save you, to take away your sin and to take you to Heaven.
Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you shall be saved.