The Way and The Life

[Christ] is, at one and the same time, the ultimate means of relating to God and is himself the object of homage or worship (David Peterson, Engaging With God).

Jesus is both the means of our worship and the object of our worship.  That’s right, he is at one and the same time, the key that unlocks the treasure chest and is himself the treasure within the treasure chest.

John 14:6 ultimately shines the light on this reality when Jesus tells us that he is “the way..and the life.”

  1. Jesus is the way.

Like a sponge, Jesus soaked up all of our sin.  2 Corinthians 5:21 says that “he became sin.”  Not only did Jesus carry the weight of our transgressions, but he also paid for it by absorbing the wrath of God on our behalf when he hung on the cross.  Colossians 2:13-14 informs us that we were dead in our sin, but God made us alive.  How did God find a way to make us alive?  In Christ!  God cancelled the debt that stood against us by nailing the record of our sin to the cross.  Jesus is the way!

  1. Jesus is the Life.

Understanding that Jesus is the way of salvation can be illustrated by a bridge that connects two different sides.  On one side of the bridge we find our selves, dead in sin.  On the other side of the bridge we find new life IN Christ.  Jesus is the bridge that makes a way for salvation.  His death on the Cross paid for our pardon from eternal death.  And while Jesus made a way for salvation, he is also the essence of salvation.  When we walk across the bridge Jesus’ death on the cross provided what do we find on the other side?  Jesus!  In Christ, we have crossed over from death to life and Colossians 3:4 tells us that Christ is our life.  Philippians 1:21 says it this way, “To live is Christ.”  Jesus is the life!

Can you see that Jesus is the remedy for lost sinners as well as the eternal boast of those he has saved?  Jesus has paid for our salvation.  He is the essence of our salvation.  We were created to live in this reality.  Let’s savor him for all that he is and has done!

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