Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

John 14: 6

 

God’s Word has many way-finding signs within it. There are references to the coming Messiah throughout the Old Testament, and indications of how Jesus fulfills the prophesy that God gave to us from the beginning of time are a regular aspect of the gospel narrative of His life on earth. God did not want His desire for relationship with us to be unclear, and He did not leave His method for obtaining that relationship obscure, either. Jesus provides that singular path that leads to the forgiveness of the sin that each of us is born into as it is by and through Christ alone that our sin is forgiven. His blood paid our debt to God, and His resurrection from the death that was required in order to shed that sacrificial blood brings all who believe in Him into standing before the Father in which we are granted full status as sons and daughters of the Most High. In this new status, we are truly and totally redeemed from the death that sin imposed upon us.

 

The fact that we have been redeemed from sin and out of its imprisonment for our hearts, minds, and souls is a wonderful fact. Yet, it is not the end of the road as far as what it means to be a new creature in Christ. The life that we will live after we accept Christ is where the real adventure begins. Although Christ presents us as holy and clean before God, we still live in the shadow of all that has gone before in our lives. We each have issues and challenges that we must face and come to grips with as we travel through life. The difference for us after we surrender our lives to Christ is that we have the presence of the holy Spirit in us to both prompt our thoughts and actions and to guide us into understanding what it means to live righteously in all aspects of our days. In Christ, we are no longer traveling alone through the decisions and the interactions that we are required to make each day. We do it all in the company of the wisdom of the ages and with the strength of creation as our support and our shield of protection.

 

Although the idea that Jesus set forth in stating that He was the way is rather simple, for He says that we can chose Christ and know God, or we can deny Christ and not know the Father. However, all that ensues after we choose to follow Christ is much greater and far more expansive that we often consider. The way to the Father is also a way out of our old life and into a new one that requires surrender of our old self in every way and that also gives us a new purpose and calling to serve the Lord with the totality of our being for the remainder of our days. Although Heaven is ours in the acceptance of Christ, so is living out God’s will as a citizen of His Kingdom on earth. The way that Jesus promises to us is clear and well-marked, and the journey forward is one along which the Spirit and God’s Word provide guidance, encouragement, and strength. Still, we are active participants in all that comes along, for we are called upon by Christ to set aside the old life that we have lived, to surrender to the Lord’s will, and to seek out God’s truth as the benchmark for all that we think, say, and do.

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