There are a lot of gods in this world: buddha, allah, zeus, yourself… but only one God saved humanity from their fallen, broken selves (sin). Only one God knew the problem and the solution, and acted upon it. Only one God knew that humanity couldn’t save itself, or will itself into a relationship with Him. That same God knew that only He could help us – the helpless – and He decided to do the most loving, scandalous thing: to take upon human flesh, and live with us in this broken world. He lived life with us in fellowship and experienced first-hand our sin and took it upon Himself (literally absorbed our sinfulness) to take on the penalty of sin in our place (the wrath of God Himself and eternal separation from God). He didn’t have to do it, in fact, He is God, the same God who issued the wrath, the same God who created everything and owns everything, the same God who is so Holy, that any man who has ever met Him has trembled before Him because of His greatness – that same God, Jesus, who doesn’t need us, who is so far above us we should feel insignificant in His presence, who is fully against sin (and we all are at fault) – decided not only to glance at us, or care about us, or show a little mercy toward us, but instead decided to unload heaps and heaps of grace upon us, by loving us in spite of our sin, even to go as far as showing us our fault (conviction), to not crediting our sin to our account even though we deserved it (forgiveness), but most importantly, to give the ultimate and only solution to our sin problem (salvation).
But what about this gift He has given us? Who has it gone to? Has it gone only to the rich or most elite? Has it gone only to one race or group of people? Has it gone to only the ones who have everything right in their life? NO! It has been lavishly given free to anyone willing to receive it!!! Rich or poor, big or small, every race, every nation, every type of person who will live or who has ever lived has this free gift of salvation in Christ from their sins!! Jesus’ gift of salvation in Him is all-inclusive.
No “god” has ever done, or will ever do, the amazing things the True God has done. Jesus cannot be lumped into the same category as “all religions are the same” because not one of them has even come close to the love, grace, mercy, and compassion that Jesus has bestowed upon us! Idols made from mankind’s hands or mind have never been the real God, how can they be? If I am human (and all humans make mistakes) then why worship things created from ourselves? Why worship the concept of zeus, or allah, or the gods of hinduism? If mankind is flawed enough to make mistakes, then why worship mankind like buddha, or random “prophets” that say they are god, or why fall into the trap of worshipping yourself (as in, I control my own destiny, I’m in charge, I just have to be more positive and less negative)? These “gods” cannot compare to Jesus and His great sacrifice. They aren’t even in the same category.
It’s not about who is right or wrong, it is about a wonderful story of grace given to us by God. There are no “good people” and “bad people”, all have sinned and [all] fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). There are only two groups: Repentant and unrepentant. Only ONE God has done this and ever will do that for humanity; the one True God – His name is Jesus Christ, and He died to save you because He loves you, no matter what you’ve done or will do in the future.
Jesus is calling out to you because He loves you. Will you answer Him back?