Jesus among other gods. Does this resonate with you? Do Mohammed, Buddha, Krishna and Jesus all have the same face? Is there uniqueness to this person the world calls “Jesus Christ” or is he indeed just one more figure among other gods? Does it at all matter who we claim God is as long as we are sincere? Do we all get to heaven in our own way? Before we make up our minds based on feelings it is wise to consider what Jesus says about Himself.
Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father but by Me.”(John 14:6) Mohammed never said that about himself although he took it upon himself to send some to hell. He also sent some to heaven but it wasn’t by his leave. Buddha never said “Come to the Father but only by me.” Krishna never said it either. Charles Manson did.
Well, I’ll ask you again. Is there a uniqueness to Jesus Christ or is He just another god among many? We so often act as though Jesus were in the defendant’s chair sheepishly waiting on our verdict on whether or not He can be Who He says He is. Pilate thought as much on the day of crucifixion: “Then Pilate said to Him, ‘Are You not speaking to me? Do You not know that I have power to crucify You, and power to release You?’”(John 19:10) Jesus clues Pilate in: “You could have no power at all against Me unless it had been given you from above. Therefore the one who delivered Me to you has the greater sin.”(John 19:11)
We have been given the power to choose. Do we accept him as Savior and Lord or choose the broad way? We have the gavel in our respective hands. When we slam the gavel down, the sentencing will be our own. It didn’t go so well for Pilate: “So Pilate, wanting to gratify the crowd, released Barabbas to them; and he delivered Jesus after he had scourged Him to be crucified.”(Mark 15:15)
There is another unique element of Jesus Christ that you don’t find among other “gods.” His way is the way of grace, or “undeserved favor.” Paul was speaking to those in Ephesus who “confessed” that Jesus Christ is “the Way” when he encouraged them with these words: “For by grace have you been saved through faith and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not of works so that no one can boast.”(Ephesians 2:8-9) Every other religion in the world says you’ve got work to get into heaven. The Bible says, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you shall be saved.”(Acts 16:31)
So as you peruse the gavel in your hand and prepare to rap the desk one final time, deliberate on this: Will you be justified (declared righteous) by your faith in Jesus as the Christ, or will you symbolically wash your hands with water, no more washing away your sin than relieving yourself of your responsibility as “judge”?
“For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”(John 3:17-18)