Sunday, September 10, 2023

The Better Way

By Ronald Bartanen
    Life offers us many choices, some more important than others.  The most important choice you can make in life is to follow Christ rather than to live life without Him.  There is a “way” that seems right, but ends in eternal death (Prov. 14:12), but the better way is Christ,, who said, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No man cometh to the Father but by me” (John 14:6).
    Christ is the better way because His way is the way to salvation.  He said, “I am the door: by me, if any man enter in, he shall be saved” (John 10:9).
    He is the better way because He, the wholly innocent Son of God, left the glory of Heaven to come to earth to manifest Himself as the bearer of our sins in His own body on the cross, then to be raised from the dead and to ascend to the Father’s throne to intercede for those cleansed by His blood (1 Corinthians 15:1-4).
    He is the better way because He can work within the Christians to “do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us” (Eph. 3:20).
    He is the better way because He will come again to judge the world, casting out those who reject Him and receiving those who know Him as their Savior and lord, even as the apostle wrote, “To you who are troubled, rest with us when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with His mighty angels, in flaming fire, taking vengeance on them that know not God and obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power: when He shall come to be glorified in His saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day” (2 Thessalonians 1:7-10).
    He is the better way for both time and eternity.  We urge all to put their trust in the Savior who died for you and rose again, repenting of sins, confessing Him and being baptized for the forgiveness of sins (Mark 16:15-16; Rom. 10:9-10; Acts 2:38).  You will never regret it, for Christ is the better way.

- Ronald Bartanen is a retired minister who for many years served the Lord's church in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan and Tennessee. After the passing of his beloved wife, Doris, Ron has relocated from Illinois to Florida where he is near family. He may be contacted at:

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