and specifically Jesus’ claim, "I am the way, the truth and the
life (Jn. 14:6)." is often seen as being narrow minded or
exclusive. The fact is, Jesus opened the way for all peoples, Jew and
Gentile, to enter God’s Kingdom.
and the Apostles taught from the Older Testament—they had no other
Bible. Their teachings and writings in the Newer Testament are commentaries on the Older Testament.
Therefore, when we read the New Testament, we must learn to read with
"Jewish eyes" and make a habit of asking,
"Where will I find this in the Older Testament?"
declaration that he is the Way, the Truth, and the Life, is in
agreement with the first commandment that says, have no other gods (Ex.
20:3). And why do you suppose God would make such an exclusive claim? Because he is
the one true God who can help us and save us! In fact, all of the commandments*
need to be seen in light of a holy promise that reveal God's
us look now at one evangelistic technique from the New Testament,
referred by some as the Roman Road, and then look to see what the Older Testament has to say concerning our
sin and God’s salvation-solution for humankind.
64:6 “…all our righteous acts are like filthy
3:10 “There is no one righteous, not even one...”
53:6a “We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has
turned to his own way…”
Romans 3:23 “...for all have sinned and fall short of the
glory of God...”
2:17 “…you must not
eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when
you eat of it you will surely die."
Romans 6:23 “The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is
eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
17:11 “…it is the blood that makes
atonement for one's life.”
53:6b “…and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.”
53:12 “…he poured out his life unto death, and was numbered
with the transgressors. For he bore the sin of many, and made
intercession for the transgressors.”
5:8 “God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we
were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
“Let the wicked forsake his way and the evil man his thoughts.Let him turn to the LORD, and he will have mercy on him,
and to our God, for he will freely pardon.”
10:9-10 “If you confess with your mouth, Jesus is Lord”, and
believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you
will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and
are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and
“Seek the LORD while he may be found; call on him while he is
Romans 10:13 “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will
verses show us that our good works are not enough--they are like
We cannot be forgiven without a sacrifice—it
is the blood that makes atonement for one's
life, Leviticus proclaims, and is echoed in Hebrews 9:22, “…without the shedding of blood there
is no forgiveness.” We need atonement “at-one-ment” with
God. In other words, we need to be made right, our sin-debt requires
payment. It must be
satisfied, either by our individual deaths, or the death of a substitute, someone to take our
place---his name is Jesus!
poured out his life unto death, and was numbered with the
transgressors. Isaiah 53:12
also learn that our sin-problem requires divine intervention. The
prophet Isaiah declared, “…he bore the sin of many and
made intercession for the transgressors.”
And the Apostle Paul in his letter to the Romans said, “…while we
were still sinners, Christ died for us.” God provided the solution
to our sin problem,
even before we committed our first sin!
this good news,
is for all those who call on him, who
trust in Jesus' atoning work on the cross.
that we've been forgiven, Jesus tells his followers to go and tell
into all the world and preach the good
news to all creation (Mark 16:15). An
echo of Isaiah 52:7, How beautiful
on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good
news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings,
who proclaim salvation.