This sermon reflects on the Logos (Word) in the first chapter of the Gospel of John. The sermon offers a very brief survey of central core beliefs of several world major religions and their relationship to the Christian message.
The Gospel of John attributes these words to Jesus, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father but by me.” (John 14:6) This text has often been employed in service of Christian exclusivism. Some hold that those who do not consciously and knowingly accept Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior in this life will be excluded from God’s salvation. I am convicted of a different interpretation of this text. This sermon explores another possibility of meaning. While holding to God’s revelation as focused and most clearly seen in Jesus of Nazareth, yet God’s love reaches beyond the pale of the manifest church and confessed Christians.