140518 John 14:6

Last Updated on Monday, 19 May 2014 Written by Pastor Schmidt

Sermon Text: John 14:6

Theme: Jesus.

I would like to begin by having you look at this picture. [show slide] What stands out to you? I am not referring to the familiar signage and colors of a Kentucky Fried Chicken building. Rather, look at the bright yellow road sign. If you have made the trip between here and New Ulm, MN in recent years, you may have noticed signs such as this along US Highway 14 near Mankato. On the sign is a simple, clear message: Jesus. And if you look closely enough at the sign, you will notice that the word "Jesus" is followed by a period. So, this sign is proclaiming to people the simple, and yet very clear message of the Gospel: that the forgiveness of sins and eternal life in heaven are gifts to human beings because of Jesus, period. This is what the Savior himself says to us in the Gospel lesson for this weekend. The Lord's disciple Thomas had said to Jesus, "Lord, we don't know where you are going, so how can we know the way?" To which Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."


It is my understanding the Church who owns the road sign proclaiming, "Jesus, period", is receiving a great number of negative comments from people. A common complaint is, "How dare they say that Jesus is the only way to heaven." Sinful human beings have come up with a lot of different ways to be saved. From relying on what a person is able to do or say, to putting their trust in someone or something other than the one and only Savior, Jesus, sinful mankind is always working hard to get away from the simple message of the Gospel; the message of "Jesus, period!" In Proverbs chapter 14 we read, "There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death." But God's Word is clear. There is only one way to heaven. And Jesus says, "I am the way..." In Acts chapter 4 we are told, "Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved."

Jesus told Thomas and the other disciples, "I am the way and the truth..." Just a few hours after saying this to his disciples, the Savior said to the Roman governor Pontius Pilate, "For this reason I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me." To which Pilate responded with the question, "What is truth?" Again, rather than looking to Jesus, period, sinful mankind will try to come up with its own answer to the question: "What is truth?" Some will say that the differences among church bodies and other religions isn't that big of a deal. They reason that as long as we all agree on some very basic, simple truths, than we can agree to disagree on our differences. But what is it that establishes truth for you and me? Again we turn to the words of our Savior. This time we hear him speaking to his Father in heaven in the Garden of Gethsemane as he prays, "Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth." It is in the Bible that we read the truth about our great need for a Savior. It is in the Bible that we read the truth about how we are saved through the blood of the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world. It is in the Bible that we read about Jesus, period.

Jesus' answer to Thomas' question contains one more thought. Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." On our own, you and I are not able to call the one and only true God, our Father. In Romans chapter 8 we are told, "The mind of sinful man is death...the sinful mind is hostile to God. It does not submit to God's law, nor can it do so. Those controlled by the sinful nature cannot please God." It is Jesus, and only Jesus, who has won the forgiveness of your sins and mine. It is Jesus, period, who has made things right between us and our holy and just God. It is Jesus, period, who makes it possible for you and me to refer to God as our loving Father in heaven. It is Jesus, period, who has opened the gates to eternal life. It is Jesus, period, who is in heaven preparing a place for you and me. It is Jesus, period, who one day will take us to be by his side forever in the great mansion of heaven. At the beginning of John chapter 14, the Savior offered these words of comfort to his disciples and to you and me here this morning, "Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father's house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am."

In the final verse of the hymn that we sang at the beginning of our worship service today, the hymn: "Jesus, Jesus, Only Jesus", you and I sang these words:

Jesus, constant be my praises,
For thou unto me didst bring
Thine own self and all thy graces
That I joyfully may sing:
Be it unto me, my Shield,
As thou wilt, Lord, as thou wilt.

Who showers you and me with his grace and mercy? Jesus, period. Who leads you and me to sing his praises with joy in our hearts? Jesus, period. Who won the forgiveness of your sins and mine? Jesus, period. Who has made heaven your home and mine? Jesus, period. Who only is THE way, THE truth and THE life? Jesus, period. It is Jesus, period, who says to you and me this morning, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." Amen.

 

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