Jesus Is The Way
Last summer our church partnered with a sister church for a three day event called the Summer Kickoff. We had a blast watching Christian films, swimming, eating, and flying down waterslides. Each evening we looked into the themes from John 14:6, namely, Jesus Christ, The Way, The Truth, The Life.
I had the assignment on the first night of preaching Jesus Christ, The Way. and I want to answer the question, “What does Jesus mean when He says, ‘I am the Way’?”
To where is He the Way? Are there any other ways to go? Which way were we going before? “What if I think my way is better?”, you may ask.
1. We All Go Our Own Way
Isaiah53:6-All we like sheep have gone astray;
we have turned—every one—to his own way;
and the Lord has laid on him
the iniquity of us all
We all have this innate tendency to turn to our own way. We do not choose the right way that God has showed us to follow. We go astray. We err. Lest we think that this is somehow a simple mistake, it is rebellion against God. To not follow your brother and sister into an adventure is no big deal but to disregard God’s directions is great sin. The bible says, “as it is written:“None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God. All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good,not even one.” We are rebellious sinners because we have rejected God’s ways and stepped outside of His direct care and blessing. Our hearts are so deceitful and wicked that the wayway that seems right to us leads to death (Proverbs 14:12;16:25).
The people of Israel saw God do great things for them. They had every reason to trust that God’s way was good. But how did they respond?
Exodus 32:8-They have turned aside quickly out of the way that I commanded them. They have made for themselves a golden calf and have worshiped it and sacrificed to it and said, ‘These are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt
We are a desperately wayward people. What is an even sadder reality is that even when we know God’s way and desire to follow God’s way we do not have the ability to follow it.
2. We Do Not Have The Ability to Go The Right Way
As we just saw in the previous section, the people of Israel had received great commandments and great promises from God. They know He was powerful. They knew they were blessed yet they had no ability in themselves to continue in it. King David who was a man after God’s own heart fell into great sin when He did not stay focused on the way that God had told Him. In Romans chapter 6, the apostle Paul talks about how we were once dead in sins. The problem even when we know the right way to go is that we are dead. DEAD MEN CAN”T WALK. In fact it can be very disastrous for those who are still dead in their sins to try to walk in the way because they will quickly become discouraged and eventually become mad at God because it is utterly impossible to follow His ways. (Quote the passage about a demon coming back in and making a bigger mess). This is why we needed Jesus to walk the Way for us. This is why we need His Holy Spirit to walk with us along the way.
3. Jesus Walked The Way For Us.
Jesus kept the laws and ways of God that we could not keep. He is our righteousness. It was not enough for Jesus to only fulfill all righteousness for us. Someone had to walk the way of death which we deserved also. Jesus did both. Christ is our Substitutionary Sacrifice. Jesus is the Way to God the Father because God is holy and requires perfect obedience to His ways. Jesus perfectly obeyed for us. God is just and must punish sin. Jesus walked the way of the cross to accept our punishment.
Jesus is the Way to the Father through his life, death, and resurrection. Jesus walked the way which we could not perfectly go. Jesus sent His spirit to keep us on the way and to chasten us when we get off of it. You must trust Jesus to see the Father. You must trust Jesus in order to walk in the way of truth and life.