It's popular to think all religions are equally valid. All truth-claims are true, therefore we should "coexist." This is the result of living in a relativistic culture.
But can this be true? Or is Jesus' claim believable?
Let's consider four unique characteristics of Jesus:
1.Jesus alone is God incarnate.John 1:1 says, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." This passage is talking about the divine Logos -- the Word -- Jesus Christ. In John 10:30, Jesus declared that He and the Father are one.
2.Jesus alone lived a sinless life.2 Corinthians 5:21 says, "For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God."
3.Christ alone died a substitutionary death for us. Jesus was the prophesied payment for our sins. "Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted" (Isaiah 53:4). Peter declared, "He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed" (1 Peter 2:24).
4.Christ alone rose from the dead, defeating death and sin. 1 Corinthians 15 declares that Jesus died, was buried, and rose again appearing to over 500 individuals including Peter, the apostles, and the persecutor of the church, Paul. So what? Paul answers, "He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification" (Romans 4:25).
There is no one like Jesus. Jesus declared that He is the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the father, except through me" (John 14:6). No one else made this claim. No one else could. Jesus alone is Savior.
Reflect: Read Philippians 2:1-11. Why was Jesus' humility important? What else stands out about Jesus from this passage?
Respond: How can you live out Jesus' humility? How does humility differ from humiliation?