All things have been handed over to Me by My Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father; nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and anyone to whom the Son wills to reveal Him. - Matthew 11:27
I have to say, I am glad He said it. If I were to just come out and say, you don’t know God unless you know Jesus in this day of tolerance and relativity, I might be cast off as an extremist.
I am not extreme you see, I just follow Jesus. He is the extreme one. He is the one who keeps throwing down these exclusive statements.
You see, according to Jesus, there is only one road to the Father.
We all know He said it in John 14
I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me. - John 14:6
But did you know that right here in Matthew 11, right before some of the most calming and oft quoted statements He ever made, He threw down this same exclusive idea.
He says in no uncertain terms, that He – Jesus is the only one who actually knows God the Father, and the only ones who will ever know the Father are ones who get their knowledge from Jesus.
But Ben, what about the religions that consider Jesus a prophet but not the “only way?”
They need Jesus!
But Ben, what about the faiths that share our scriptures?
Do they know God through Jesus, or through another?
But Ben, what about the Jews? Jesus was a Jew, as were all His disciples!
They need Jesus! Judaism without Christ – the Messiah – is still a religion pointing forward at something that happened in the past.
There is only one who came to Save His people from their sins.
After this exclusive, intolerant statement He makes an offer that we love to talk about:
Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.
Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart,
and YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS.
For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.
But you can’t have this promised rest without Jesus.
Will you follow Him with me today?
Come back tomorrow for a bit on the 'WHY' behind this exclusivity.
Shine where you’re screwed in!