Following humankind’s fall from the blessed life through the rebellion of Adam, there was, nevertheless, a heart desire for relationship and fellowship with the Father. Since this was the Father’s heart desire as well, He prepared a plan so that whomever may walk in the way To God’s presence.
Redemptive planning consisted of God sending Jesus who confessed that God was His Father. Jews considered such speech blasphemous, and, consequently, had Jesus put to death. Before His death, however, John 14:6, records Him proclaiming, “I am the way, the truth, and the life”. What are the implications of this statement for all who would enter God’s presence.
Throughout the book of Acts there are repeated references to this “way”, and without deeper examination, may appear puzzling. We read about people “of the way, “stir concerning the way”, “expounding the way”, and “persecuting the way”. But what is it, and why is it called the way?
Hebrews 9:8, sheds some light on the question of this way. “The Holy Spirit was making it clear that the way into the most holy place had not yet been disclosed while the first tabernacle was still standing”. This is to say, humankind, although having an old covenant with God, had still not found a way into His presence.
However, Hebrews 10: 19-20, comments on God’s finished plan in this manner, “Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh”. Now we may clearly see that the way is the body of Jesus sacrificed for sin, providing for whomever will a way into the presence of God.
Jesus Christ shows us that He is the new and living way, the reality of a recreated new life empowered to come boldly, without guilt or shame into the very presence of God, receiving all of his blessings and gracious favor. Whomever will, come.
L. Jerome Jones