With the walls literally closing in around them, the only way out for the poor prisoners was up. One of the German prisons of World War II had no roof, so the prisoners of war could look up at the sky while they were detained. However, with each passing day, the view became narrower because the walls were moving in. Unless someone from above reached down to rescue the prisoners, they would all be crushed to death.
Mankind faces a similar dilemma. Without Jesus Christ, we live as prisoners to sin in a world hastening toward destruction. Everyday the walls are moving in closer and closer. Sadly, many people are unaware of the danger of eternity without Christ. Some have tried to fill the void in their hearts with religion. Others insist on ignoring the sobering reality by acquiescing to the idea that there are many ways to God. In fact, 83% of evangelical Protestants believe good people, regardless of their religious affiliation, will make it to Heaven.
Would you agree with me that the soldiers in that German prison had only one way of escape as the walls closed in around them? To acknowledge this fact is not intolerant or narrow-minded, yet that is how people label Christians who say there is only one way to Heaven. If God did not reach down and rescue mankind through His Son’s death and resurrection, I pray tell how else could we be saved?
Friend, I submit to you if Jesus Christ is not the only Way, Truth, and Life, then the Word of God is wrong—and I quit the ministry. Either Jesus is all He has promised, and we can trust Him alone for eternal life, or He is nothing. I’d rather stake my eternal fate on the promises of His Word than rest on human opinion. What about you?
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The way to Jesus is not by Cambridge and Oxford, Glasgow, Edinburgh, London, Princeton, Harvard, Yale, Socrates, Plato, Shakespeare, or the poets. It is over an old-fashioned hill called Calvary. — Gipsy Smith
Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.