“One is the loneliest number that you’ll ever do.” So sang Three Dog Night in the late 60s. They were, of course, talking about love lost.
Back in the 60s and early 70s a movement swept across the landscape of our country which changed things drastically. As prominent as it was, it is the not the VietNam/anti-war movement I am referring to. This one had a different focus.
It changed the religious landscape. It was called the Jesus Movement. You could recognize it by many things-dress, music and signs. One of the most iconic was the index finger raised in the #1 position indicating “One Way.” That One Way was Jesus.
Jesus made a unique claim in John 14:6: “I AM the Way, the Truth, and the Life and no one comes to the Father but by Me.” Controversial then. Controversial now. People resent it as much today as they did back then. It seems even more nowadays due to our pluralistic society which says, “All roads lead to God.”
There are several verses which say the same thing only in different words: Acts 4:12; John 3:36; I Timothy 2:5; and I John 5:11-12. Jesus is the One and only way to the Father. There are many reasons why this claim is made by Jesus. One claim stands out…the Virgin Birth. That one belief is the essential thread in His claim.
I will be speaking on “One” this Sunday. As you might guess, there will be a segment where I will spend time on the Virgin Birth. I do believe belief in the VB is absolutely essential for one who wants to be a follower of Jesus. To deny that is to deny His deity, His uniqueness, the thing which sets Him apart from all others.
Thanks for your prayers. It is not an easy subject to speak about.