Jesus Shows Us the Way

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Jesus Shows Us the Way

Jesus Shows Us the Way

God has provided a way for us to return to Him and be forgiven, but we could never find this "I am the Way, the Truth and the Life"way unaided.

Fortunately Jesus shows us this way, as John Woodall now explains.

A Unique Life

The life of Jesus was amazing! He was born into the family of a carpenter and builder who lived in the north of the land of Israel – a little town called Nazareth. People didn’t think much of Nazareth; they said:

“Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” (John 1:46).

Jesus must have followed Joseph into the family business because the neighbours also called Jesus ‘the carpenter’.

To their astonishment, when he was about thirty years of age, he left that job and began to teach publicly in a way that was fresh and full of authority. And he went about doing marvellous things and showing remarkable acts of kindness. Just think of their reaction when one Sabbath he returned home and went to the local synagogue:

Many hearing him were astonished, saying, “Where did this man get these things? And what wisdom is this which is given to him, that such mighty works are performed by his hands! Is this not the carpenter, the son of Mary, and brother of James, Joses, Judas, and Simon? And are not his sisters here with us?” So they were offended at him. But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honour except in his own country, among his own relatives, and in his own house” (Mark 6:2–4).

Jesus died when he was only about thirty–three years old, and only three of those years were lived in public.

He  never built a monument, led an army, wrote a book or left any written record and yet he has made a bigger impression on the world than any other person in history.

As we have said before, many of the things done in his name (like the so called ‘Christian Crusades’ in the Middle Ages) are disgraceful and are totally against the teaching of Jesus himself. Even today more people claim to be Christians than to be followers of any other religion. Islam also, although it is a different religion, accepts Jesus as a prophet of God. Indeed, the Quran accepts that Jesus brought dead people to life again (Sura 3:50; 5:110) and it records that God “lifted him up to Himself” (Sura 3:51-58; 4:158). So for Muslims also, Jesus is unique.

Perfect Life

The Bible goes further even than this.

It tells us that Jesus lived a perfect life – the only human ever to do so. As a child we read that, “Jesus  increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and men” (Luke 2:52).

❖In his adult life, we are told that he was: “in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin” (Hebrews 4:15).

❖Throughout his public life Jesus was spied on by powerful men who hated him for the way he exposed their hypocrisy and selfishness.

They tried all ways to catch him out and to trip him up. They were every bit as persistent as our present day investigative journalists.

Jesus was never caught doing or saying anything wrong. After they had watched him for a couple of years, Jesus challenged them: “Which of you convicts me of sin?” (John 8:46). No one answered, for nobody could. Jesus is still unique because, although his enemies killed him, he was raised to eternal life by the power of God and is alive today, guiding and directing the angels to bring about the circumstances that will lead to his return to establish God’s kingdom on earth.

Alive for Ever

About six weeks after the death and resurrection of Jesus, the apostle Peter accused his fellow-countrymen in Jerusalem of having:

"… denied the Holy One and the Just, and asked for a murderer to be granted to you, and killed the Prince of life, whom God raised from the dead, of which we are witnesses" (Acts 3:14– 15).

But it was not just an accusation, for he continued with this offer:

"Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that He may send Jesus Christ, who was preached to you before" (Acts 3:19–20).

The response of the crowd was amazing for many who heard Peter’s words believed the offer of salvation and about 5000 men were baptised, there and then (Acts 4:4).

The Good News Spreads

Most of those new Christians were Jews, and as the apostles travelled further into the Roman Empire with the good news about Jesus they usually preached first in the synagogues.

Before long, however, Gentiles (non-Jews) were given the opportunity to accept Jesus as their saviour sent by God, on the same terms, and they were often more responsive.

When some Jews in Central Turkey were not interested, the apostles announced: “behold, we turn to the Gentiles” (Acts 13:46). In this way the gospel spread and now we have the same opportunity – whether we live in the Middle East, Europe, or anywhere else in the world.

Our next question has to be – ‘How did it come about that Jesus was and is such an amazing person?’ After thousands of years of sin and failure, just one person got everything right.

He succeeded where everyone else had failed and the good news is that his success can be our success too, as we shall see.

By John Woodall

Glad Tidings Magazine of the Kingdom of God