There are many ways to get lost, but there is only one way to be found. The Gospel is the ultimate “Lost and Found” scenario, though most people don’t know they are lost.
In true post-modern fashion, many people approach life as if the journey is more important than the destination. In reality, an eternity spent at the destination (the Bible says there are only two options: Heaven or Hell) is far more significant than a 70 year journey rambling through the countryside smelling the roses, the coffee or some other substances of your choice.
According to Isaiah, “All we like sheep have gone astray. We have turned aside, every one, to his own way” (53:6). For many, this is the ultimate off-road adventure, an adrenalin rush of excitement rather than the haunting feeling of lostness. But whether or not we feel lost, we are lost. Though he never used these words, when Satan enticed us off into the wilderness, he was whispering in our ear, “Get lost!” And we did.
For lost people, Jesus has come declaring himself to be the way. He doesn’t just give us a map and tell us to find our own way. He comes and finds us. He tells us that he knows that the way we’re on will eventually open up under our feet like a great sink-hole that will swallow us up. This is the way that seemed right in our own eyes, but in fact it leads to death.
Many people have many gods who don’t need the kind of sacrifice Jesus made (“And the Lord laid on him the iniquity of us all”, as Isaiah continues). That leaves them free to roam wherever they want to go. However, these gods don’t really exist, other than in the imagination of their creators. It was not to such gods that Jesus came to provide a way. He came to show us the way to the one true God whom he knew well as his Father. And to that God, there is no other way.
If you want to dig deeper into the idea of Jesus as the only way, go to our mini-series of earlier blogs on “In Christ alone”. Follow the "Christ alone" tags to see all four blogs.