"Not All The Same"
June 27, 2011
There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other Name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved. Acts 4:12
Last week the Associated Press told the story of a 39-year-old man, a Washington State penitentiary prisoner by the name of James Edward Russell.
Mr. Russell made the news because one day recently, still clothed in prison garb, he walked away from the jail. The article shared no information about how Mr. Russell managed to accomplish such a thing.
It just said he did it.
Mr. Russell remained at large for an entire day. Indeed, he might have stayed at large if he hadn't picked a cabin at random, knocked on the door, and asked for permission to use the telephone.
It was the wrong cabin.
Allow me to explain. Of all the cabins in the State of Washington Mr. Russell might have selected, he picked one that was being rented by an off-duty guard -- a guard who worked at the very penitentiary from which Mr. Russell had escaped the day before.
This all goes to prove there is a difference in cabins, cabin doors and people whom you can go to for help.
Now the reason I share this story is simple. There are many people who believe that all religions, all faiths, all belief systems are the same. They assume all deities are the same and every religion has the power to save.
That's simply not true. There is a difference between religions, faiths and Saviors.
There are some religions -- like some cabin doors -- which are going to land you in the eternal prison and punishment of hell. On the other hand, there is only one door that is occupied by the Savior ... one door that leads to forgiveness, freedom and heaven.
That's what Luke was saying when he was inspired to write that only the Name of Jesus can save us.
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, You know and I give thanks that I also have been given the faith to realize Jesus is this world's one and only Savior. Now I pray You will send Your Holy Spirit upon doubting and dubious hearts so they may be given sanctuary from sin and Satan in the Savior. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries