We live in a day when truth has fallen on hard times. Most people used to assume that absolute truth was a reality. Even if they did not know what the truth was, they figured it was out there to be found. Many people today, however, assume that truth is relative. Something can be true for one person but not for another.
Even though this philosophy is the air we breath (i.e. it is held by people all around us), it is wrong.
There is absolute truth. The fact that you have not found it, or have rejected it and chosen to believe something else does not alter the truth. You may choose to say, “Gravity is true for you, but it does not work for me.” That will not change the fact that if you jump up as high as you can—you will come down again.
During the earthly life of Jesus Christ, people responded differently to him and his message. A small percentage of his hearers believed in Jesus. Some people loved his miracles and some of his teachings, but refused to commit themselves to him (John 6:52-66). Others were curious about Jesus, but remained aloof (John 3:1-15). Still others, the majority of the Jews, ultimately rejected Jesus and his message (Acts 2:22-23).
Those who rejected Jesus, hated him so much that they had him put to death by the hands of the ruling Romans. They stirred up the crowds to persuade the reluctant Roman leader Pontius Pilate to have Jesus crucified. Crucifixion was the torturous means of putting to death the scum of the earth. A Roman citizen, no matter how evil, could not be killed by crucifixion. The very word cross was not to be used in polite conversation.
Today people do not have the option of putting Jesus to death again physically. But when people hear about Jesus or read what Jesus said and did in the Bible, they sometimes respond in the same ways as those in the first century.
People who see the truthfulness of his words, which was attested to by mighty miracles, turn from their lifestyles of rejecting him and become his followers. According to Jesus’s teaching, all of the violations of God’s laws they have committed are forgiven. Because of Jesus’s death on the cross, God treats those who believe in his Son as if they were as righteous as Jesus himself was. God can justly do that because he treated Jesus as if he had committed their sins, as he was dying on the cross.
Others who hear this good news about Jesus, however, respond differently. Some hearers enjoy the ethical teachings of Jesus, and even like being around clean-living Christians instead of their wild friends. When it comes time to commit their lives to Jesus, however, they refuse. Oh sure, they may even believe some of the facts about Jesus, but he does not work well enough for them, so they refuse commitment to him.
Other people quietly reject Jesus. They think that he may be AN option to consider, but merely on the same level as Islam, Judaism, Buddhism, or other religions.
Still others are not so quiet. As long as Christians keep to themselves, these people tolerate them and the Jesus they follow. But just as soon as a Christian suggests that they also need to follow Jesus, they lash out against such an idea. In other parts of the world such hostile people may even kill the Christians that bring the message. Since these Jesus-rejecters can not physically hurt or kill Jesus, they do the next best thing, inflict his messengers with bodily harm.
Is it true that Christianity is just another religious option? Is there a difference between Jesus Christ, Mohammed, and Buddha? Are the teachings of Jesus true for some people but not necessarily for others? Does it really matter what you believe as long as you are truly sincere?
The reason we know that Jesus Christ and his teachings are not just a religious option but the absolute truth is the fact that Jesus rose from the dead. Easter is not just a time to get dressed up in fancy dresses and bonnets; it is when Christians celebrate the fundamental distinctive of Christianity.
The fact that Jesus is alive authenticates everything that he taught. All of his other miracles are meaningless apart from his resurrection. His death was no mere good example of self-sacrifice, it was the once for all sacrifice for sins (Hebrews 9:28). Anyone and everyone who calls upon Jesus in repentance and faith will be forgiven!
So when Jesus says he is the only way a person can have access to God (John 14:6), you have to believe him. When he says he is the truth (John 14:6), you may not push back. When he says that if you do not honor him, you cannot honor God the Father (John 6:22-24), you had better begin honoring Jesus! Why? Why? Why? Why can’t I just believe what I want to believe, and you just leave me be?
Because Jesus was killed by those who rejected him. Three days later he rose from the dead! Jesus Christ is who he said he was. His words are filled with the authority of the Living God. If you reject Jesus and his words, you are putting your fist in the face of Eternal God. He will condemn you for all of eternity in the lake of fire!
But since Jesus is alive, you can know with confidence that God accepted his sacrifice on the cross. Therefore, if you are still rejecting Jesus, you can be forgiven, having your sins covered by his bloody death, and having his righteousness credited to you. Read the Bible (start in Mark). Read about who Jesus is and what he did. The Bible is true. Our world is lying when it says there is no absolute truth. Fight against the lies of our day by trusting in the Resurrected One.
By John Crotts