St. Paul's Evangelical Free Lutheran Church

21513 Leitersburg-Smithsburg Road

Hagerstown, MD 21742

301-739-5442

Evangelical - Confessional - Faithful

The Pastor's Thoughts

"I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father but through Me." John 14:6

"The Way of Jesus is not a sequence of exceptions to the ordinary, but a way of living deeply and fully with the people here and now, in the place we find ourselves". Eugene Peterson

I'm reading a book now about walking the Way that is Jesus. The author is Eugene Peterson who is responsible for the Bible translation know as The Message.

The early Church referred to itself as The Way and this idea that Christianity is a Way is well worth thinking about. the Lord said of Himself that He is the Way, the Truth and the Life. He did not choose those words lightly for together they mean what it is to be a Chirstian in this world but treated separately they fail as a description of what it means to be a follower of Jesus.

The word "way" signifies for most of us a road or trail that we follow, like the lines on a map. But it is much more than that when Jeusus is the Way.

When Jesus is the Way we find ourselves not only moving toward a destination (Truth and Life) but moving in a particular fashion. It's hard to walk the Way of Christ in this world and, maybe, especially in the US. That's because the way of the world is focused on meeting needs or achieving a goal. It's what we live with every day in this world and it's so familiar a way that we generally call it being practical or having common sense. So even in the Church we often replace the Jesus Way with the American Way. We apply the world to the Church rather than applying Jesus to the world.

The Jesus Way is always a personal way — it is about people, not about goals. It is about agape love, not about achievement. It is about being "like" Christ in how we live, what we say and how we treat the people around us. If we are to be real followers of Jesus we have to not only praise His Name, but also live as He lived and relate to others as He related to others.

Jesus is the Way to a God-filled eternity. He is how we come to God. And He is how God comes to us.

Pr. Culler