I love these imagined responses * to the question, “Why did the chicken cross the road?”
- Captain James T. Kirk: “To boldly go where no chicken has gone before.”
- Grandma: “In my day, we didn’t ask why the chicken crossed the road. Someone told us that the chicken crossed the road, and that was good enough for us.”
- Martin Luther King, Jr.: “I envision a world where all chickens will be free to cross roads without having their motives called into question.”
- Einstein: “Did the chicken really cross the road, or did the road move beneath the chicken?”
- Martha Stewart: “A properly dressed chicken may cross the road, and that’s a Good Thing — but be sure to sell your chicken stock if you hear any rumors about oncoming traffic.”
- Colonel Sanders: “I missed one?”
- The Bible: “And God said unto the chicken, ‘Thou shalt cross the road.’ And the chicken crossed the road, and there was much rejoicing.”
That last one really made me LOL.
But it also got me thinking about roads. So I’m going to get serious for a minute.
The Bible says there are two roads we can consider in life, but only one will lead to “rejoicing” forever.
Jesus taught about these roads. In Matthew 7:13-14 we read His words:
“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.”
What are these broad and narrow roads Jesus referred to?
Some versions of the Bible translate “road” as “way.” And that makes me think of another verse.
We know Jesus said, “I am the Way… No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6). He didn’t say “a way.” The narrow road—the narrow way—to eternal life is Jesus and Jesus alone. There is “no other name” by which we must be “saved” (Acts 4:12).
Voices in our politically correct culture would have us accept the philosophy that there are many ways to heaven—that Buddhists, Muslims, Hindus and others can find eternal life in heaven just like Christians. The world would have us believe we are being “judgmental” to believe we are the sole possessors of the truth that saves mankind … because all religions’ gods are equal.
This is utter foolishness. When we study the “gods” of other religions, we quickly see how different they are. (See the post: “How to Get to Heaven—What Are the Ideas from the Different Religions?)
As a Christian, I believe in the Bible as the Word of God, and 1 John 5:11-12 tells me eternal life is only in God’s Son. “He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.”
We see this again in the simplicity of John 3:16: “…God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
The road that leads to heaven runs straight through the cross of Christ.
Those who will not believe in Jesus are “condemned already” according to scripture (John 3:18). We can’t create our own “road” by trying to come to God on our own efforts (Isaiah 64:6; Romans 3:10). People would rather choose their own way. It’s no wonder “only a few” find God’s road to life.
But that is why we need God’s mercy.
The truth is, because God is just, He must require payment for sin; but God is also merciful, and His Son, Jesus, paid the penalty (Isaiah 53:5; 1 John 3:1, 16) through His sacrifice for us on the cross and His resurrection (John 1:12, Romans 10:9; Romans 5:6-8).
We may never know why the chicken crossed the road, but we CAN know the joy of choosing to walk God’s narrow road to heaven.
What road are you traveling on today?
* Note: I do not agree with or appreciate all of the responses in that link.