PICTURE this, a man lost in the vast scorching Sahara Dessert. Soon he begins to crave for water. After several hours of wandering in search of help, he sees a man riding a camel. He cries out “water, water” but the man says to him “Sorry, I don’t have any water but would you like to buy a tie?” The man angrily says no and staggers off over the sand dunes. Thinking I don’t wear ties they are too old fashioned couldn’t he see I’m in danger of dying here.
After what seems many more hours he eventually sees another man. By now he is almost fainting, again he cried out for water but again he got the same reply. “NO I don’t want a tie I need water.” So he continues his search, thinking “ties are not only useless out of date, they’re too formal I couldn’t relax in a tie.”
Several hours later he is moving very slowly on his knees. Then he sees another man and he thinks at last he will help me, but again the same thing happens.
As he slowly staggered off the man heard him saying to himself, “I need water ties are out of date, useless, too formal and restricting, you can’t relax when you’re wearing one and besides a tie is the last thing I need I’ve got more than enough problems without having to wear a tie in a hot desert, ties don’t make sense.”
Then several hours later the man by now is using up all his energy to crawl forward inch by inch, he sees what he thinks must be a mirage. He sees not an oasis, but rising out of the sands in the distance, a magnificent, majestic high rise, modern, plush … hotel!
The mirage does not disappear and the closer he gets to it the more real it appears. Then he realises it is actually a real hotel. He summoned up every last piece of energy and staggered to the main doorway where he is greeted by a door man. “Water, water” he cried. The man replies “Sorry sir you can’t come in here without a tie!”
Nearly 200 years ago Jesus Christ said: “I am the way, the truth and the life, No one comes to The Father, except through me” (John 14:6).
Ever since people have dismissed that claim to be false and today people think that believing in The Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ is out of date, and too old fashioned… But then so is breathing!
Or that being a follower of Jesus would be too restrictive to “enjoy” life, and I’ve got enough problems already, being a Follower of Jesus would bring me more. I’ll just keep going the way I am.
Besides if there is a God I’m sure He’ll let me in to heaven I’m no worse than anyone else and I’m probably a lot better than millions of others.
Now stop for a moment and imagine that would Jesus said is actually true. Where does that leave you? I’ve already bought a tie … see you inside.