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Superintendent Writes

Sunday, 27th March, 2005

Jesus’ claim “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18–20) shatters the attitude that all religions are true. Jesus claims the authority of being the only way to God. This claim is exclusive to Christianity. Salvation is obtained only by putting one’s trust in this Jesus.

Christians come to Easter with high expectations. We sorrow with Christ as we watch with Him during His passion. We share in the Holy Communion of Maundy Thursday. We consider His death upon the Cross and burial in the tomb. But then, with the first rays of light we rejoice that “He is risen! He is risen indeed!” When we meet with people of other religions or with none, we witness to our faith in the risen Lord. We witness with intellectual vigour, are willing to use Scripture and speak of Jesus Christ as our friend. Christianity is not a way of life, not Western culture, not conformity to a standard of living. Christianity is a relationship with Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour. Jesus is the only way to God. Thomas asked Jesus: John 14:5 “How can we know the way?” Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

Jesus actually claimed to be the answer to human problems. Jesus’ solution is not a recipe but a relationship with Him. Jesus, the unique Son, is the sole means of access to the Father. As John said in John 1:18 “No one has ever seen God, but God the One and Only, who is at the Father’s side, has made him known.” Jesus is the only revelation of God in human form. Hence salvation focuses on what God has done in Christ to deliver human beings from the powers of death, sin, and hell. Jesus Christ, the Son of God, died on the cross for you. No other religion can point to a moment in history and say — this is what God has done for you! Religion is our attempt to find God. Christianity is God’s attempt to find us. That is why we must witness to the events of Holy week, His death and resurrection. Jesus is unique. Rejoice!

 

This is Gordon Moyes.


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