John 14:6 – Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." (NIV)
As the publisher of our small bi-weekly town paper, I always have a backup plan. I backup my computer documents with a stick. And I backup my computer with a backup computer. I also backup my printer with a backup printer to ensure that the paper always gets published on time and out to both the e-mail subscribers as well as in hard copy.
Backup plans: as human beings, we like to have them, as we know how quickly things can go wrong, and a backup plan gives us a measure of security amidst everyday mishaps.
According to Jesus, however, there is no backup plan available for a relationship with God the Father. The one and only plan is Jesus, Himself. He is the only way, the only truth, and the only life. No one has access to the Father but through Him.
In this day and age, this is not a popular view. Our society is rampant with various beliefs which all promise access to heaven without faith in Christ. To disagree with these beliefs is often to rain down anger upon our heads, which unfortunately can cause us to be quiet about Jesus, when perhaps God is giving us opportunity to speak the truth to those who are clinging to a false hope.
Backup plans have a good and worthy place amidst many areas of life, but according to Scripture, God's written Word, there is no backup plan when it comes to the good news of Christ. Yes, when it comes to truth, the good news of Christ still stands alone in the world of faith, over two thousand years after His death. For truth, popular or not, cannot be changed; it has no backup plan. It is the Plan.
Prayer: Father God, help us this day to be people of truth. May we choose truth over popularity. May we be prepared to publish with our lips the way, the truth, and the life — Jesus — throughout our world, as You present us with God-given opportunities to spread the good news. In Christ's name, we pray. Amen.