So how do you know that Jesus is THE way?...the only way...and the answer to all the key questions of man's heart?
For the answer to lifes big questions...
1) Who am I?
2) Where did I come from?
3) Why am I here?
4) Where am I going?
5) Is there a God and how can I get to know Him?
After encountering Jesus on the road to Damascus, do you think Paul had any doubt about who he encountered? Do you think Paul could have been persuaded by Greek philosphers that it was impossible for someone to be raised from the dead?
I was raised a Roman Catholic...believing because others told me what the truth was ...but somehow the truth they spoke of seemed "right". Then in 1975 as a university student I attended a charismatic meeting. All I can say is that I encountered a spiritual reality that changed me forever. I KNEW Jesus was real. Not only was he the historic Jesus of the bible but HE IS alive today...willing and able to touch the lives of people.
Today I know people from many 'religions' who have been touched by JESUS...and they too have encountered the same Jesus I met...and they too have had their lives changed...and they too know Him as the Jesus of the Bible.
Then, after about 20 years of being exposed to dry and empty religion...and feeling pretty near dead inside, when I sought to re-connect with the reality I had previously experienced...I encountered Jesus again. The impact to me was a bit like Paul on the road to Damascus. I was going about my business working out how to provide for my family and be able to afford to retire. I did not see it coming...it was not of my making...but God so politely interupted.
"What profits a man if he gains the whole world and loses his soul?"
These were not the words of anyone other than Jesus. They are words which rock one to the core. What is the point of living if you do not focus on what matters most...your relationship with GOD?
Words are often meaningless when spoken by men...but the audible word of the only true God who created the universe stopped me in my tracks. I was driving along and wrapped up in the cares of this world when suddenly Jesus came into my life. This world ceased to be the main thing ...the realm of God is a reality which is more real than the physical ... this became my new reality. Brethren there is a reality outside of time...it is the world of the spirit.
"God is spirit and those that worship him must worship him in spirit and and in truth"
Are you doing religion to tick a box and comply with your spiritual obligations.....or are you seeking to come to KNOW and WALK with the God who made you?
Do you KNOW with unshakeable certainty the awesomeness of God? .... Could people ever 'persuade' you that He was not real?
Could anyone persuade you that another 'god' exists?.... perhaps the god of islam?...or the god of Joseph Smith's mormonism?
Then I can only conclude "You have NEVER known the real Jesus ".....He is incomparible....none can hold a candle to his glory.
And what about all the learned critic's they ask?...those who say Jesus was just a myth?....simply fools who have never known the TRUTH
When Jesus came into the region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, saying, "Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?"
14 So they said,"Some say John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets."
15 He said to them, "But who do you say that I am?"
16 Simon Peter answered and said,"You are the Christ, the Son of the living God."
17 Jesus answered and said to him, "Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. 18 And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. 19 And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven."
20 Then He commanded His disciples that they should tell no one that He was Jesus the Christ. NKJV
I am not expecting you to believe that Jesus is the Christ simply because I have told you that I believe He is the Son of the most High God. If you believed only because of my words you would be being foolish.
SEARCH for the key to the TRUTH....it starts when you genuinely look for the answer to the question Jesus still asks today...
"Who do you say that I am?"
ASK God yourself what the TRUTH is...ask Him if Jesus is His Son...the answer will blow you away ....and change your life forever!
Now why else do I believe in Jesus?
Well I have looked around and the truth is that NO OTHER person has ever impacted society positively more than Jesus.
And as far as I know there is no other widely acknowledged religious leader who ever claimed to be God ...or had any legitimate basis on which to claim this status.
I have examined the truth behind the 'Evolutionary Movement'...and they have nothing but nonsensical theories as to how the world began....and why it exists...and what is going to happen to it. They have even less idea about how LIFE came to be...and why we are here.
I have examined other religions and find that they are empty of reality. Their 'prophets' cannot hold a candle to Jesus in either the wisdom or the integrity in which he lived his life. They did no miracles ...they revealed no awesome truths. They do not even accurately portray life as it is....or mankind and who we are.
66 From that time many of His disciples went back and walked with Him no more. 67 Then Jesus said to the twelve, "Do you also want to go away?"
68 But Simon Peter answered Him, "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life . 69 Also we have come to believe and know that You are the Christ, the Son of the living God." NKJV
Most other religious leaders have been proven to be frauds and hoaxes as they are examined in detail after their lives have been lived. Jesus stands alone in his beauty and uniqueness.
"Take heed that no one deceives you. 6 For many will come in My name, saying, 'I am He ,' and will deceive many. NKJV
Jesus warned that others would come claiming to be messengers of God...purporting to be His mouth-piece. Islam acknowledges Jesus as a prophet...and Hinduism even as one of the gods. But Jesus warned us of all of them as deceivers.
No other religious leader has made meaningful prophecies about the future world which have ever been fulfilled
And then there is JESUS
Nothing I know can descibe him better than the following eulogy spoken at a pastors funeral .....
In His name today multitudes of millions are being transformed ...not by co-ersion or intimidation... but simply by the drawing power of TRUTH...and the beautiful reality of JESUS....ie GOD LOVES US....and wants us to know Him.