The Exclusivity of Jesus

On Monday morning while preparing for the day, I witnessed on television the opening of the American Embassy in Jerusalem, Israel. During the dedication ceremony, a Southern Baptist pastor from Dallas, Tx was invited to pray at the opening and concluded his prayer with the phrase, “in the name of Jesus.” For Christians, such as this pastor, this expression points to the exclusivity of Jesus as the only way to relationship with God. As you could imagine, some backlash would follow from media outlets and politicians, including politicians who aligned with the pastor’s own political affiliation. Nowadays, as Christians, we are not surprised at the hostility toward the exclusivity of Jesus, but even simple moments such as this might catch us off guard. Has the truth claim of Jesus Christ really become that offensive in American culture? Will this hostility continue to expand in the coming years?

I contend that this hostility will only continue to grow as we draw ever nearer to the coming of our Lord. We’ll continue to face pressure to compromise and negotiate on the truth of Jesus Christ. Therefore, as Christians, we are constantly challenged to examine our convictions. Do we truly believe that Jesus is the Son of God? W      ill we contend for the truth that Jesus is the only way to God? We must answer these questions with a resilient yes and hold fast, despite our culture. On Wednesday evenings, our youth have been working through a study that digs into this question and contrasts the truth of Jesus with other world religions. My prayer over the last 9 months for them is not only the attainment of knowledge, but a confidence in the reality of Jesus Christ and his claims. I would encourage you as a church family to pray for them as they are constantly bombarded to negotiate on their faith.

Nonetheless, we must careful not to lose our compassion toward those who display hostility toward us. Our desire for them is to encounter the living God. Our prayer is for them to repent and embrace the Savior in faith. Therefore, we must pray that we’ll not turn to bitterness or anger when faced with opposition but show the grace and love of Christ to all. Let this be our prayer and longing in the coming years ahead as we serve our Lord.

 

Blessings,

Pastor Aaron