Having chosen our GOAL (I assume we have) the next question to occupy our minds is how do we get there. And there is a path that leads from Eden to the New Jerusalem. I like to think of this path as a Super Highway. Super, not in the sense that it offers easy access, or that It ensures smooth sailing, but because of its ultimate goal.
That (high)way was defined by Jesus as He explained to His disciples what He had in store for them. “I go to prepare a place for you” (John 14:2). And He added “And you know the way to where I am going” (14:4). And Thomas (who else?) responded, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” (14:5). Jesus responded, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (14:6). That potent statement by Jesus Describes the Super Highway. The only possible opportunity to enter that way and to arrive at our goal is through an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ.
Our being in Christ is so crucial that this truth is stated six times in the first chapter of Paul’s letter to the Ephesians. And he repeats it several times in his letter to the Colossians. Not only are we in Christ but Christ is also in us (Col. 1:27). Jesus explained to Nicodemus that entry into this relationship is like being reborn. This occurs when we recognize that through the sacrifice of Jesus the penalty for our sin was paid. And that is the only way to our goal. “And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12)
You have heard the statement “All religions lead to the same place, they just take different roads to get there.” All religions, accept Christianity, (much more than a religion) do lead to the same place. But you don’t want to go there. Jesus described it as a place “where their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched.” (Mark 9:48)
There is a path that seems to run parallel to the Super Highway. Centuries before Christ the author of the Proverbs informed us that “There is a way that seems right to a man but its end is the way of death.” (Prov. 14:12). Jesus described it this way, as “The gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many.” (Matt. 7:13). This is where we all begin and remain until we place our faith in Jesus.
All of us have done things and made decisions that we have regretted. But we survived and most regrets are short-lived. If we fail to make the decision to enter God’s Way we will one day experience regret that will never diminish. That may be the least of the punishments of hell. But it alone would be sufficient.
GET ON BOARD!!