The Name of Jesus—The Only Hope
Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.
Many Christians in the world are confused about salvation. Recent polls have shown that a lot of church-going individuals think that good people who are not in relationship with Jesus will make it to heaven. There are even some churches that have gotten so far away from the truth of God’s Word that they think that people from other religions will be with them in eternity.
Jesus made a statement during His earthly ministry that these religious people have a hard time accepting. He said, “I am the way, the truth and the life, and no one comes to the Father except by me.” That’s a bold statement and it’s a fact. Jesus isn’t a liar and He doesn’t stretch the truth. We in the modern Church had better realize it. The nations of the world are dying at an alarming rate and going to hell while we sit in our air conditioned houses, confident in our salvation.
In our world, there are many other religions that the nations follow. Yet not one of them will bring the worshiper to God in heaven. Jesus commissioned each and every one of us to do something about it. We are to take the name of Jesus to those who have never heard. Statistics show that out of the 6.5 billion people in this world, nearly 4 billion have yet to hear the Gospel. That’s appalling, especially considering all of the recent advances in technology and travel. It’s time that we in the body do what we’ve been called to do—reach the nations.
On the cross, Jesus became sin with our sin so that we could be made clean. He poured out His life and suffered in the pit of hell so that we could be made one with God. He ascended into heaven and poured out the Holy Spirit so that we could become sons of God. Now Jesus sits in heaven as our advocate. His blood is eternally testifying that the penalty of sin, which is death, has been paid by Him for us.
Our good deeds will never qualify us for heaven. The names of Buddha or Mohammed won’t bring the nations into salvation. The blood of bulls and goats can’t wash away their sin. But the precious blood of Jesus has the power to cleanse every person from every sin! Once we’ve taken the Gospel to the nations and they have repented and received Jesus as Lord, His Spirit will infuse their human spirits with the very life and nature of God. They will become sons and daughters of God.
Jesus is the only hope for the nations. There is no other way to God but through Him. The nations are poor, lonely, and hurting and we have the message of hope and reconciliation. The nations are killing each other and fighting over borders and we have the key to unlock peace for them. As part of the body of Christ, do something to bring change. Start planning to go on a missions trip or begin praying for and supporting somebody who is going to the nations! Let’s take the name of Jesus—the only hope for the nations—to the world!
Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them: “Rulers and elders of the people! If we are being called to account today for an act of kindness shown to a cripple and are asked how he was healed, then know this, you and all the people of Israel: It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed. He is “‘the stone you builders rejected, which has become the capstone.’ Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.”
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can they preach unless they are sent?
Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. He told them, “This is what is written: The Christ will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.”