Today, I am going to approach the subject differently than normal in that I will lay out the commentary first and the scripture second. There’s this idea going around today that God is this Being who embraces many and all paths to Him and to Heaven. We are told we should stop telling people about Christianity and let them decide for themselves what their path to God will be. We are told that we should be more inclusive and less offensive.
The problem with this line of thinking is that it completely removes Jesus from the picture. So we have these religious concepts floating around in our society and Jesus is not mentioned. This is catastrophic! Why? Because if you remove Jesus, you remove the only way to God. If you remove Jesus, you remove creation. And if you remove creation, then I guess you remove people, which would eliminate the whole problem entirely.
Jesus is the only way! He preached it and He proved it. There has never been any one like Him nor will there ever be. And in the church we must do more than just preach God, we must preach Jesus. We cannot allow Him to be lost in the sea of religion. Jesus is where it’s at! His life is the message of the gospel. So who is this Jesus? What is the gospel? Colossians 1:15-23 lays it out rather nicely:
15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. 17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. 19 For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.
21 Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. 22 But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation— 23 if you continue in your faith, established and firm, not moved from the hope held out in the gospel. This is the gospel that you heard and that has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven, and of which I, Paul, have become a servant.