August 1

Only One Narrow Way–Thank God!

Matthew 11:27 “All things have been delivered to Me by My Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father. Nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and the one to whom the Son wills to reveal Him.”

John 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”

Matthew 7:13 “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it.”

Matthew 11:27 is generally overshadowed by two other verses. The three verses directly following it are far more popular: “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

Then for those who want to prove from the Scriptures that Jesus is the only way to God, John 14:6 has always been the go-to verse.

Yet Matthew 11:27 shines a bright, clear light on who Jesus is, too, and His connection with the Father. We see that there is no true knowledge of the Son except by the Father. And we see that there is no true knowledge of the Father except by the Son, “and the one to whom the Son wills to reveal Him.” It is a great companion verse to John 14:6 in settling the issue of how to know God.

Even more, the verse reveals Jesus as administrator of the grace of God. The “all things” delivered to Him include authority, judgment and saving grace. Later in Matthew, Jesus gets specific about this: “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth” (Matthew 28:18b). But here in Matthew 11 He positions Himself as the one and only mediator, the only true and living connection with the God of the universe.

Most serious students of the Word of God have it settled in their hearts that Jesus is the only way to the Father. But this is anathema to current thinking, which trumpets spiritually dangerous ideas that there are many ways to God, and that insisting on one way only isn’t “tolerant” of other opinions.

Can it really be that surprising that the One True God might only be reached by one path? If God is truly God, He can lay out the path before Him any way He chooses. In this case, He has chosen Jesus as that way. That’s not intolerant; it’s God being specific. All other possible “options” are simply human conceptions of what they think God should be and act like, or wish He did.

God hasn’t hidden the way to Himself. He’s made it clear, and in some ways, made it easy and simple. If you don’t know that Jesus is the one and only way to God the Father, ask Him today to show you. If you do know, be happy that He has revealed that to you.

Prayer: Father, thank You that You have made it clear in Your word who Jesus is. I thank You that You’ve shone a bright light on the path to salvation. I pray for those who are being confused by the world’s idea of many roads leading to God, and I ask that You clear away clouds of deception and reveal Jesus.

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