Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
The thought of Jesus as “the Way” has taken me captive (especially after reading Diane Bass Butler’s Freeing Jesus). He’s not a destination, a target, or the ultimate fulfillment of achievement. Jesus is one you meet “on the way” and he walks with you.
If you follow this way of thinking, then it becomes less possible for you to “miss your calling” or “fall away” from what God hopes you’ll choose. And while I am not a theologian, my experience of Jesus as the Way (John 14:6) relieves some pressure to perform: to hit the target or forever be out of grace.
My aunt gave me a small plaque that says, “Love isn’t a destination, it’s a journey.” The calling we each have is a journey, not a “one and done” destination.
During the Holy Week, Jesus finds himself on the way: to the cross, to love, and perhaps not to a destination at all. Maybe Jesus was walking (or riding on a donkey) on a path that didn’t end with a cross. After all, John tells us Jesus is the way, but he also says “the truth and the life.” Jesus was on the way to greater life and He invites us to this path of life.
Consider how Jesus is already on the path with you. Where have you seen him recently show up, already walking with you, on your path?
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