Wednesday, October 28, 2009

The Way: Not A Way, Some Way, My Way, Our Way

Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me" (John 14:6). I find it interesting that the word “Christianity” was not the title chosen by the disciples to describe the movement they were a part of. They did not even refer to themselves as Christians, at least initially. The title “Christian” was given to them by outsiders in the city of Antioch (Acts 11:26), possibly as a term of derision. The disciples referred to faith in Christ as “the Way” (see (Acts 9:2; 18:25,26; 19:9,23; 22:4; 24:22). They did not refer to Christianity as a way, some way, my way, or our way; the name they used was the Way. That was very telling of their familiarity with Jesus’ words in John 14:6 and their belief in the truth of them.