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After the Last Supper, Jesus had a sobering conversation with His disciples. In that conversation He addressed the business of going to heaven and how a person gets to heaven. He said:
“In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also” (John 14:2-3, NASB).
Then Jesus said: “And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know” (verse 4, KJV).
Thomas responded, “Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way?” (verse 5).
In effect, Thomas was saying that if we don’t know where You are going, we can’t possibly know the way to get there. To me, this is a strange statement from Thomas because they should have known where Jesus was going. That’s because He had just said to them that in my Father’s house are many dwelling places, and I am going to prepare a place for you.
So, if His Father’s house is where the dwelling places are, and He says I am going there to prepare a place for you, that means He is going to His Father’s house.
When Jesus speaks that clearly and Thomas says, we don’t know where you are going, that suggests to me that they still did not regard Jesus as being the Son of God.
Think about it; if Jesus says I am going to my Father’s house to prepare a place for you and you believe He is the Son of God, He has clearly told you He is going to heaven because that’s where His Father’s house is located.
The second part of Thomas’ response was how can we know the way? That was his response to Jesus saying, “The way you know.” One reason I believe Jesus said they knew the way was because they knew Him and He was the Way. Anyway, to make it crystal clear, He say to them, “I am the way…no one comes to the Father but through Me” (verse 7, NASB).
Based upon these words of our Lord, we believe that Jesus is the only way to heaven.
Recently, I was reading the results of a survey by an organization called Probe. Probe’s mission is to present the Gospel to communities, nationally and internationally, by providing life-long opportunities to integrate faith and learning and to train people to love God by renewing their minds and equipping the Church to engage the world for Christ.
In the survey, when asked what prevents them from communicating their faith to unbelievers, close to 70 percent of born-again Christians say there are other ways to Heaven besides turning to Christ for salvation. This kind of response is rooted in pluralism, which in effect says, “There are other ways besides my way, so I don’t need to impose my way on others.”
Now remember, in this survey, we are talking about those who refer to themselves as born-again Christians; 70 percent of them say there are other ways to heaven besides turning to Christ for salvation. Clearly, they don’t believe that Jesus is the only way to heaven.
Don’t get me wrong; I know anyone can call himself or herself a Christian. Because of that, I don’t put a lot of stock in surveys based on the input from self-proclaimed Christians. But I latched on this point in the survey because of the seriousness of it.
We live in a pluralistic society. There are different and acceptable ways to do just about anything in our world you want to do. But not when it comes to going to heaven. Jesus says I am THE way—not A way.
We conclude then that, contrary to popular opinion, Jesus is the only way to heaven.
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