1st October 2012

The Way

“Jesus told him ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.’”
John 14:6 (NLT)

“Camino de Santiago” means “The way of Saint James”.  This is pilgrimage walk of 800 kilometres along the northern coast of Spain. Thousands of pilgrims take this road every year for various reasons; all of them I would imagine very personal and private.

The word ‘pilgrim’ comes from the Latin, ‘Peregrinus’, which means stranger, and St. James is known as the patron saint of pilgrims. James, the elder brother of the Apostle John, was martyred in 44AD; and according to an old Spanish tradition, was buried at Santiago de Compostela, which is situated in the extreme north west corner of Spain.  This is the place where this pilgrimage ends.

I know a young lady who hiked this ‘way’ about two years ago.  It took her about three weeks–an average daily walking distance of 40 kilometres.  This is a real pilgrim way and these dedicated souls need to dig deep, pray often and endure to the end!

It’s interesting that the Apostle Peter calls fellow Christians “strangers and pilgrims” in his first epistle (1 Peter 2:11 KJV), so we also are on a “Pilgrim’s Way”, a journey that leads onwards—not to a physical destination but to eternity in the kingdom of God. This spiritual journey to which we have been called also requires dedication and endurance.

The difference about this journey is, of course, that the powerful risen Christ is our constant companion; and He is the one who supplies our every need along the way (Matthew 28:20 & Philippians 4:13). Not only that, Jesus himself encourages all of us in Luke 12:32, “So don’t be afraid, little flock. For it gives your Father great happiness to give you the kingdom.” What an amazing thought as we journey each day—it causes our Father great joy to give us the gift of our final destination—the Kingdom! But, like most journeys there are steep places, and rocky, boulder strewn paths along this way.  There are many trials and tribulations for us to weather as we call on our great and powerful older Brother Jesus to help and guide us.  Let’s pray with the author of Hebrews 13:20-21, “Now may the God of peace, who brought up from the dead our Lord Jesus, equip you with all you need for doing his will. May He produce in you, through the power of Jesus Christ, every good thing that is pleasing to Him. Jesus is the great Shepherd of the sheep by an everlasting covenant, signed with his blood. All glory to him forever and ever! Amen.” (Hebrews 13:20-21)

Thank you, Father, for the precious gift who is—“The Way”—Jesus!

Study by Cliff Neill 

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