Can you tell me how to get to…? Have you ever asked for directions? Sometimes you receive good directions. Sometimes you receive bad directions. Sometimes persons direct us by telling us what to look for. Others can tell us the exact road to take. But how many persons are willing to show us the way? How many are willing to take the time to lead us to our destination? Not many. I have no problem taking time to give someone directions but taking the time to show them the way is a different thing entirely. Usually when someone asks me for directions to some place I am in the process of going somewhere. To give them directions I must stop that process and focus on that person that needs help. To show them the way is a more onerous task because I not only have to stop my journey but I now have to lead them to their desired destination.
One day Jesus told His disciples that He was going to prepare a place for them. Jesus also told them that they knew where He was going and how to get there. After hearing these words, Thomas asked:
“We have no idea where you are going, so how can we know the way?”
“I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me. (John 14:5-6 NLT)
No one can get to a place without taking the road or the path to get there. Jesus told Thomas that He was the way…Jesus did not just tell them how to get to the Father. He showed them. The disciples saw how Jesus lived. They saw His faith in God. They saw His prayer life. They saw His authority and power. They saw His love for the sick, wounded and dying. They saw His compassion. They saw when His hands touched the lepers. They saw when His hands healed the sick. They saw when He died on the cross. By His life Christ declared loudly to His disciples:
This Way is the Overcoming Life!
Do you know that Jesus Christ is the Overcomer? Chirst is the Son of God. He was born of the virgin Mary and lived a sinless life. His birth was prophesied many years before. Christ was surely distinct from any human being that was ever born into this world. Did this mean that Christ had no problems? Did Christ’s deity exclude Him from the temptations (trials) that are common to mankind? Was Christ exempted from death? The answer to each question is No. Christ experienced problems, temptations (trials), and death. He even experienced temptations from Satan. However, Christ overcame them all. This world is filled with evils, temptations and problems. This world is occupied by Satan and his followers. We live in a physical body with many desires. We have a mind through which thousands of thoughts flow every day. Jesus is the Son of God but while He was on the earth He was flesh and blood. He experienced the limitations of flesh and blood. Yet Christ was able to live a life which pleased His Father (the LORD God). How did Jesus do this? By living the overcoming life. Jesus walked this earth like a normal man but He did not live a normal life. He lived a life worthy of His identity as the Son of God. He was betrayed, denied, persecuted, beaten, and buried but on the third day He rose again. He ascended into Heaven and now He is at the right hand of God. How did Christ obtain this exalted position?
8And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. 9Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: (Phil.2:8-9 KJV)
Jesus Christ lived the overcoming life. Many great men have been born into this world. Mankind has achieved great things. However, no one has ever achieved what Christ has achieved. Christ lived in this world and experienced the infirmities of humanity but He is now at the right hand of God and His name is above every name.
Let us always remember that Christ is the Overcomer!