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The Way
9/20/2010

The Way
What Is It, And What Does It Mean To You?

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 (NKJV)

Jesus said He was The Way, The Truth, and The Life.  He then followed this up with a very powerful absolute truth and warning when He stated, "No one comes to the Father except through me."

Satan, our enemy, attacks this truth and reduces it to merely a "personal opinion", or to one of "many ways" to God.  But this is not what Jesus said; He said, "I am 'the' way".  "I" is singular and refers to one.  Again, for many this is too narrow for them.  They will attack this as a narrow way of thinking - even saying those who believe this are conceited, or simply ignorant.  

But for some, they accept the Gospel message of Jesus Christ just as it is written in 1 Corinthians.  

Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you--unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures, 1 Corinthians 15:1-4 (NKJV)
 
They believe Jesus was the Promised Messiah prophesied about in the Old Testament.

For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder.  And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace There will be no end, Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, To order it and establish it with judgment and justice From that time forward, even forever.  The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this. Isaiah 9:6-7 (NKJV)

They believe He is the One who died on the Cross of Calvary and is the risen Christ as recorded in Hebrews.

Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:1-2 (NKJV)

For Christian believers this is truth, and they are to profess it publically saying, "Jesus is my Lord, and I am going to follow Him.  I am a Christian."  

We can read about the early Christian believers in the Book of Acts 9:1-30. Many of them were persecuted for following "The Way" (v. 2).  We can see from this chapter, those who followed the "Way", were also designated as "the disciples of the Lord" (v. 2, 10, 19), as, "saints" (v. 13), as, "all who call on your (Jesus') name" (v. 14), and as, "brothers" (v. 17, 30).  

To these believers, the "Way" was not just a set of beliefs, or a set of doctrinal truths; it was the way of living their lives.  They decided to be followers of Jesus Christ and as such, they chose to lay down their lives, including their old way of living - they were going to live in a new way.  They were going to put off the old ways, and put on the new ways.

Q:    How has your life changed since you accepted Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior?  Have you changed the way you do things since you have learned the truth of His Word?

...if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus: that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness. Ephesians 4:21-24 (NKJV)

Hey Christian, when we say we believe in Jesus, or claim to be a Christian, it should mean we have decided to no longer live for the flesh or for the desires of this world.  It should mean we are committed to living in a new "Way."  This way is to be the way Jesus lived - it is to die to self, which means to be selfless instead of selfish.  I want to encourage you today to examine your personal goals, and desires - to examine your way of living.  When others look at your life, do they see Christ-like attributes and choices?  Can they see within your life a commitment to "The Way"?

STUDY QUESTION: According to John 14:6, what can we truthfully derive about those who say there are many ways to God?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Have you followed through on your personal commitment to God by changing the way you live?  Is this way the way Jesus would have lived?

APPLICATION: Seek God's Word to have your life transformed by the renewing of your mind (See Rom. 12-1-2).


Father, Thank You for providing a way for me to come to You.  Thank You for allowing Jesus to come to this earth and to live as an example and to die for my sin.  I accept Him as my personal Lord, and my Savior.  Help me to continue to be transformed by the renewing of my mind as I read Your Word. In Jesus' precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott


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