Our family moved from Columbus, Ohio to Boston, MA in February of 1996. The Massachusetts Turnpike Authority (MTA) had been working on the “Big Dig” construction project since 1991. The project involved putting a significant section of I-93 underground the heart of the city of Boston.
The Big Dig was the most expensive highway project in the US, and was troubled by delays, leaks, design flaws, cost overruns, poor execution, use of substandard materials, criminal arrests, and the death of one motorist. I drove through it many times wondering if I would make it through alive. There were constant reports of road closings and adjustments, as well as construction problems on this stretch of road, well known for heavy traffic each day of the year.
Motorists, the media, businesses, commuters, and tourists were always on the lookout for alternative routes through the congested city streets. The MTA regularly recommended various routes, signs were everywhere, TV and radio ads blared out updates, and the news headlined the aggravation week after week, month after month, year after year. The project was supposed to be done by 1998 but took until the end of 2007. It was an agonizing experience for millions to have lived through. For multiple thousands of people in Boston, the Central Artery (of I-93) was the only way to get to their destination each day. The alternate routes were bringing them nothing but headaches, longer commutes, and a lot of grief. I know, because I was one of those motorists.
Read John 14:1-7.
When it comes to salvation, and getting to heaven, Scripture and Jesus declare that there is no alternative route. He (Jesus) is the ONLY way. He said of Himself in John 14:6, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” Jesus does not require us to use off ramps, side roads, or out-of-the-way turns. Truth in this case, is a Person.
The first two words in the name of our campus ministry, Chi Alpha Campus Ministries, are taken from the New Testament book of 2 Corinthians, chapter 5, verse 20. The writer of this letter, Paul, wrote that Christians were ambassadors (or representatives) of Jesus, as though God were making His appeal through them. Today, we serve professors and students of colleges and universities in America by working to introduce them to the person and teachings of Jesus. We believe part of our reason for being is to be men and women who bring good news like the early apostles in the New Testament Book of Acts. They proclaimed, “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved” (4:12).
What are some false ways of salvation you hear about today? Perhaps you believe doing good things will get you to heaven, so you serve meals after classes in a local soup kitchen. Or you go to church as much as you can. Or you give to charity on Giving Tuesday. Maybe you search for salvation through following and worshiping someone other than the One True God.
None of us can find or earn our way to heaven through our good deeds. Jesus is the only way to God. He said it Himself. All the alternative routes are just that – alternates – that will simply lead you astray. If you want the only road to heaven – turn to Jesus, trust Him, and follow Him.
Serve globally. If you are trusting anyone but Jesus, you are lost. Get on the narrow road asap.
Love is a verb,
©2020 by Mike Olejarz