The Way (written by Tim Klink of Prison Discipleship Ministry l)
If I invite you to visit my house for a meal and a good time of fellowship, the only thing that you need to know is “the way.” Of course, it helps to know what day and time to be here, but all of that is useless if you don’t know the way.
Let’s say that you live in a town to the east of where I live, which means that you would normally travel west to reach my house. You have been given the address, but you may be unsure as to the best route to take.
As you begin to ask other people, you will find those who will make the remark that “all roads” lead there. Others may tell you that you can’t get there from here. And still others will send you in the complete opposite direction. Frustrating, isn’t it?
Without proper directions, you will waste a lot of time getting to the destination. So, in desperation, you decide to listen to the person that says, “I think it is this way”, and sends you east instead of west. When you reach New York City, you hop a boat to London, and from there you drive all across Europe and Asia until you reach the Pacific Ocean. Another boat ride will get you to San Francisco, and as you continue east you will begin to approach where my house is. All of that is absolutely “one way” to get here, but I’m sure you would admit that it wasn’t the best.
As you approach the town that I live in, you continue east and your journey will begin all over again if you do not do just one thing that is essential. You must turn onto the street where my house is. If you don’t make that turn you will continue on for your entire lifetime, never reaching your destination.
However, once you are on the street where my house is located, you still have not accomplished what you intended, which is entering my house for a meal and a time of fellowship. You may be on the correct street, and you can drive from one end of it to the other, learning where every pothole is, and where every policeman sits watching your speed, but you still have not arrived. After all of the travelling and seeking my fellowship, the only essential thing you need to do is drive into my driveway. You cannot enter into my house without travelling on my driveway. Sitting in front of my house and looking at it will still miss the goal.
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me.