What sets Jesus totally apart from all other religious leaders and why is He the only way that leads to heaven?
There are many world religions out there such as Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Mormonism etc. and yet Christians confirm that Jesus is the only way to salvation. This message will share four things that totally sets Jesus Christ apart from every other religious leader that has ever lived.
Four things that totally sets Jesus Christ apart from every other religious leader that has ever lived:
#1 - The first thing that sets Jesus apart from every other religious leader is JESUS' POWER. In other words, NO other religious leader DID what Jesus DID.
Jesus did incredible miracles such as walking on water, calming the storm, raising the dead, healing the blind and so much more that no other religious leader has ever done before in the history of time. The greatest miracle of all time was when Jesus raised His own body from the dead three days after He was crucified. He then showed Himself alive to over 500 of His followers at one time as proof that this resurrection wasn't just simply a rumor (I Cor. 15:6). Jesus even prophecied His own resurrection! (John 2:18-22) Every other religious leader died and is still dead and yet the Bible, along with other secular history books such as "The History of Rome" by Thomas Arnold and "The Antiquities 18.3.3" by Josephus, record this amazing miracle of Jesus' resurrection.
#2 - The second thing that sets Jesus apart from every other religious leader is JESUS' PROPHECIES. In other words, No other religious leader FULFILLED prophecy.
Jesus fulfilled prophecies that were written about Him hundreds of years before He even set foot on the earth. There were hundreds of prophecies written about Him that Jesus fulfilled with perfect accuracy and perfect precision. Some of these include:
1. The Messiah would be born in Bethlehem. (Micah 5:2)
2. The Messiah would be born of a virgin. (Isaiah 7:14)
3. The Messiah would suffer a gruesome death. (Isaiah 53)
4. The date of the Messiah's death. (Dan. 9:24-27)
5. The Messiah would be pierced. (Zech. 12:10)
No other religious leader in the history of time even had prophecies written about them let alone had the power to fulfill them. The odds of one man fulfilling even eight prophecies written about him in one lifetime is 1 X 10 to the 28th power! (source: www.goodnewsdispatch.org ).
#3 - The third thing that sets Jesus apart from every other religious leader is JESUS' PREACHING/MESSAGE. In other words, no other religious leader TAUGHT the way Jesus TAUGHT.
Jesus is the only religious leader who actually provided a genuine solution for the problem of sin. Every other religious leader says you have to do things in order to earn God's favor and forgiveness which can place us in a state of insecurity or uncertainty about our salvation. Jesus' message is very clear that since we all have deeply sinned, there is nothing we could do that would be good enough to make up for all the wrongs that we have done (Isaiah 64:6). So Jesus solved this problem by going to the cross for us where He paid for our sins with His precious blood. Jesus wants us to trust and believe in Him for salvation! True belief in Him is evidenced by a new born-again life that is committed to obeying and following the Lord with all our hearts.
#4 - The fourth thing that sets Jesus apart from every other religious leader is JESUS' PERFECTION. In other words, No other religious leader LIVED the way Jesus LIVED.
Some of the other religious leaders, even to their own admission, lived very sinful lives. Some were into polygamy, or murder, while others made countless prophecies that never came to pass. Muhammad admitted he was a man just like us (Surah 18:110) and Joseph Smith, the founder of Mormonism, had at least 27 wives.
Jesus, however, is the only religious leader who even claimed to live a perfect life and that He was equal with God (perfection) which led to His crucifixion. His followers described Jesus as a Man who was without sin (I Peter 2:22). Surprisingly though, the very people who crucified Jesus even admitted that they could find no fault in Him. Pilate said to the multitudes, "I find no guilt in this Man." (Luke 23:4) So because Jesus lived a perfect and sinless life this automatically set Him apart from every other religious leader who has ever lived.
52% of American Christians believe there is another way other than Jesus to get to heaven according to www.pewforum.org. So, for the Christian who says that there is another way other than Jesus to get to heaven, what you're saying is:
#1 - The Bible is false, and
#2 - That Jesus is a liar because He clearly said "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No man comes to the Father but through Me." (John 14:6)
Message and video by Allen Parr