“Looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God”. Hebrews 12:2 ESV
I always tell the dogs while we are out for a walk that if they ever get lost they should look for the church steeple. When they first came to our home and were not familiar with the area, I would repeat those words often. The church steeple stood tall on a hill and was easy to see. If they would head for the steeple, they would reach home.
I told that story to a friend who was new to the area. Not too long afterward, she was out walking her dog and found herself turned around and wondering which way to go to reach home. She remembered my directions to our dogs and she looked for the steeple and soon found herself headed home in the right direction.
Unlike my home which has many streets and alleys to reach the same location, there is only one way to reach our heavenly home. In John 14:6, Jesus tells us, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me”. Matthew 7:14 states, “But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it”. Acts 4:12 states, “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved”. Jesus tells Nicodemus in John 3:17, “For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him”.
Many are accused of being narrow minded and judgmental when proclaiming Jesus as the only way to heaven but Jesus said himself that he wasn’t sent to condemn the world but to save it. Sin separates us from God and placing our trust and faith in Jesus Christ as our redeemer and Lord closes that gap and sets us on the right road to reach home.
Just as looking to the steeple sets my path to reach my earthly home, looking to Jesus as my Savior starts my journey toward my heavenly home. Knowing him as the author and perfecter of my faith sets my feet on the solid rock as I place my faith in him.
Jesus took our punishment and paid for our sin. There is no judgement just love in the finished work of our Savior on the cross. Look to him and you will find your way home.