Jesus, the Way

“Jesus saith unto him,

I am the way …

And the same time

there arose no small stir

about that way.”

John 14:6; Acts 19:23

My last post ended with the question, “How can we know the way?”

A Story Begins:

Thirty minutes turned into three hours. We breathed a sigh of relief as we reached the entrance ramp onto the interstate. Two ramps stood before us – one taking us to our destination the other in the opposite direction. A state trooper stood between the two. Our hopes began to fade as we watched him direct every vehicle to the ramp leading the wrong way. Ours received the same fate. The accident on the interstate blocked all eastbound traffic. Nine hours on the road and we would have to travel two hours in the wrong direction and another three on a winding mountain highway in the dark  before reaching our destination. In short, a seven hour drive took fourteen hours and three of it an unchartered route.

We thanked the Lord for putting us behind a truck that navigated the hairpin turns with ease and lighted the way ahead of us until we faced another choice. The truck took a turn we didn’t think we were supposed to take. Should we keep following or take the way we had been told?

In life we are offered two ways to travel –

“Enter ye in at the strait gate:

  • for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and

many there be which go in thereat:

Because strait is the gate,

  • and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and

few there be that find it.”

Matthew 7:13,14

Which way do we take? Broad or narrow? How do we know the way that leads to life? Jesus tells us he is the way. He tells us –

“If any man will come after me,

let him deny himself,

and take up his cross daily,

and follow me.”

Luke 9:23

Not many will choose Jesus’ narrow way – the way of the cross. Those following Jesus choose the way of the cross. That is the first place he leads us. It means death to our flesh’s inclination to please itself above all else.

“Know ye not,

that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ

were baptized into his death …

Knowing this,

that our old man is crucified with him,

that the body of sin might be destroyed,

that henceforth we should not serve sin.”

Romans 6:3,6

The way of Jesus leads us to his cross – to the death of our sinful nature. That which is dead has no power to do or be right or wrong. The dead is dead. The way of the cross brings death to the flesh’s power to sin and opens the way of new life, a life of power over sin –

“Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death:

that like as Christ was raised up from the dead

by the glory of the Father,

even so we also should walk in newness of life…

For he that is dead is freed from sin.

Now if we be dead with Christ,

we believe that we shall also live with him:”

Romans 6:4,7,8

Jesus’ way of the cross leads to a departure from the way of the world.

  • “If ye were of the world, the world would love his own:
  • but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you…
  • These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace.
  • In the world ye shall have tribulation:
  • but be of good cheer:
  • I have overcome the world.” John 15:19; 16:33

The way of the Jesus’ cross is the path to the throne of God.

“AND THEIR SINS AND INIQUITIES

WILL I REMEMBER NO MORE.

  • Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin.
  • Having therefore brethren boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus,
  • By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh …
  • Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith…
  • Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace,
  • that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 10:17-20,22 ;4:16

If the way of Jesus’ cross ended our journey, we would be left without hope for anything better than the world’s way. The journey begins at the cross but is realized at the tomb. The way of the cross opens the door to the life promised to those who follow the Way, enter the Door, and receive the Life.

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,

which according to his abundant mercy

hath begotten us again unto a lively hope

by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.”

1 Peter 1:3

Ending the Story:

We chose to depart from the truck and trust the word of the trooper. When the lights of the conference center came into sight, with as much energy as we had left, we rejoiced. One day, after following the Way, we will enter through the Door to see the Light of the world and rejoice with exceeding great joy forever in his presence.

How will your story end?

Returning to the Cross

“Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first work…”Rev. 2:5.

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According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises:

that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. And beside this, giving all diligence add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; and to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; and to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.

For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off,

and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.” 2Peter 1:3-9.

It’s time to remember what it cost our Savior to purge us from our old sins and from the corruption of this world to make us partakers of the divine nature abounding in it.cross-sunset-sunrise-hill-70847.jpeg

“And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth.

Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood…with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot…

Behold what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God…

Hereby perceive we the love of God because he laid down his life for us…

We love him, because he first loved us.” (Rev. 1:5; 1Peter 1:19; 1John 3:1,16; 4:19.).

Meditate on the love the Father has for you that He would send His Son, His only begotten Son to take your death, God’s wrath poured out upon Himself for you.

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Read the crucifixion story from all four Gospels and experience anew the love of God in your heart. As you read, remember the love of Christ Jesus that brought you to the foot of the cross in the first place. Kneel at His cross once again and let Him examine your heart. This is where we first knew His love for us. It will be the place we find it again. Let your love be revived.

And if we should choose to ignore what the Spirit is saying? We are told, “…or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.” Rev. 2:5.

“And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.” John 3:19-21.

If we are in danger of forsaking our love for Christ as individuals or as a gathered body of believers, hope is born upon return to the love we left. This love withholds nothing from Him who loved us,  and begins again to do what we do out of a heart completely sold out to Him in love, completely sold out to Him in character, completely sold out to Him in our thinking and in our strength. Let’s remember, repent and return. May our flame of passion for the Lord never burn out.

What comes to your mind when you read of the crucifixion of our Lord?