Text: “And whether I go (Heaven) ye know, and the Way ye know.”
“And an highway shall be there, and a WAY, and it shall be called The Way of Holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for those: the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein. No lion shall be there, nor any ravenous beast shall go up there on, it shall not be found there; but the redeemed shall walk there; and the ransomed of the Lord shall return, and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads…”
Good morning, wayfaring Christian! How are you faring on your Spiritual journey today? Are you beset before and behind with potholes, and enemies on your pilgrim path? Are you bone-weary in your journey Home to be with the Christ of God? Take heart, weary wayfarer - Jesus brings you hope anew. The Lord speaks these strong words today to your Blood-bought heart:
“Fear thou not; for I (Christ Jesus) am with thee; be not dismayed; for I am thy God; I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of My righteousness. Behold (look and see), all they that were incensed against thee shall be ashamed and confounded; they shall be as nothing, and they that strive with thee shall perish. Thou shalt seek them, and shalt not find them, even them that contended with thee; they that war against thee shall be as nothing, and as a thing of nought. For I the Lord thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee.” (Isaiah 41:10-13)
Hindsight is always wise. Two thousand plus years on, you and I who are Spirit-born Christians can easily detract from Christ’s disciples of the time and ask, ‘Well, had the disciples a faith much weaker than our own?’ ‘Did they not know that Christ Jesus was the only way to Heaven?’
Nonsense! We only know a lot more today as a result of the initial experience of Christ’s contemporary followers. We are, in fact, ‘standing on the shoulders of Spiritual giants.’ The Thomas’ of the Christian world asked all the difficult questions. However, they were just the right questions to ask - that we latter-day disciples of Christ might be furnished with such wise and all-knowing answers. Praise God for the record of Christ’s eye-witness apostles!
The Lord Jesus Christ was about to be arrested; brutally scourged; cruelly beaten; and Crucified on that Roman Cross - to make the only way to Heaven for Hell-deserving sinners such as you and me. Scriptural fact!
This being the case, the Lord informed His disciples of these coming events, yet, in His ever-loving compassion and care for them, encouraged them not to ’…be troubled…’ Christ had come to suffer and die for us, ’…His people…’, in order to make THE WAY to Heaven for us who would believe.
Not only was Christ Jesus about to make the WAY to Heaven, by His Atonement Sacrifice on the Cross - but He clearly taught His disciples that He was indeed THE WAY - therefore, they were not to be unduly troubled.
“Jesus saith unto him (Thomas), I am the way, the truth, and the life; no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me.” (John 14:6) Nothing could be clearer.
But what did He mean to impart to His disciples? He was about to make the way to Heaven, but He was also teaching them, and us, much more about being the way!
He was, in fact, saying to His followers: “Look, I am about to make the only way to Heaven for you - and all who will believe the Gospel and receive My Salvation. But, if you are My disciples, My followers; then you have to prove you are so by walking in the way that I have shown you!”
“As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance; but as He which hath called you (into Salvation) is Holy, so be ye Holy in all manner of conversation (entire lifestyle); because it is written Be ye Holy for I am Holy.” (1 Peter 1:14-16)
“And an highway shall be there, and a WAY, and it shall be called The Way of Holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for those:…but the redeemed shall walk there; and the ransomed of the Lord shall return, and come to
songs and everlasting joy upon their heads…”
When Christ said: “…No man cometh unto the Father, but BY Me.” He had a double lesson to teach. 1. He would be the only WAY to Heaven, via His sinless Sacrifice on the Cross. 2. Christ likeness - by personal and continual striving for holiness - would be the proof of a true repentance and Christian faith.
Thought: Let us strive diligently to walk in THE WAY with THE WAY, Christ Jesus. “…the unclean shall not pass over…’ God’s Highway.