We live in the age of roads. Wherever we go in the world, we travel by car, van, or bus, and roads are the way to get from point “A” to point “B.” Of course, not all roads are the same. There are paved roads, gravel roads, dirt roads, logging roads, and pig trails. There are freeways, beltways, and spurs. There are national highways, state roads, county roads, city streets, neighborhood roads, mountain roads, and country roads. Some roads are crowded, while others are seldom used. Some are still under construction, and many have blockages and detours. Roads go in every direction and can take you almost anywhere on the planet.
There may be many roads, but only two truly matter: the right road and the wrong road. The right road will take you where you want to go; the wrong road will not. In fact, the wrong road will likely take you farther from your destination than when you began.
The right road may be small and crowded, or rough and seldom used, but if it is the right road, it is the right road. On the other hand, you can take a brand new, eight-lane highway — nothing but smooth, straight asphalt for miles and miles — but if it is the wrong road, you are wasting your time. Not even speed will help you if you are headed in the wrong direction.
The truth is, all roads do not lead to the same place. If they did, it would not matter which road you took. As such, we consult maps, ask for directions, or use a GPS to ensure we are on the right road to reach our destination.
We go through a lot of effort to find the right road, but for some strange reason, much of humanity is not nearly as careful about their eternal destination. Many of us are rather unconcerned about which road we are on, spiritually. Many simply have decided “all roads lead to the same place.” Others believe they can make their own road, and take pride in doing so. Yet, some still just don’t care.
What we do know is Jesus Christ made a radical statement concerning roads:
I am the way and the truth and the life.
No one comes to the Father except through me.
— John 14:6
This statement is clear and unequivocal. It is easy to understand and there is is no room for debate. Jesus says there is one road that will take us to God, and He is that road. All other roads are the wrong road and will end up at a different destination. Every person confronted with these words has to choose to believe or reject Jesus’ statement. They must decide whether Jesus is a liar and a fool, or the only way to God.
If you haven’t made that decision yet, perhaps it is time to consider the claim that Jesus is the road. If you have taken the one right road, you now have the responsibility of pointing others in the same direction.
by Jimmy Aycock