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“The Way” –Our Lord’s Rich Symbol

by E. L. Jorgenson

Elmer L. Jorgenson (1886-1968)

Elmer L. Jorgenson (1886-1968)

“I am the way,” said Jesus, in one of His richest symbols.  Nineteen centuries ago, Caesar connected the Roman world by roads of stone each sixty feet wide all leading to the imperial city. There sages met, there friendly sheik struck bonds there children romped; there sweethearts roamed; there old men held converse there went the funeral processions; bearing one who never returned. Jesus lays hold on that symbol of peace and tranquility. As the Appian Way led to Rome, so our Lord is the Way to God’s imperial city, built on the bed-rock of the eternities. The Way for all moving on with fettered feet; the philosopher, fettered with his wisdom and the peasant fettered with his ignorance. If, confused by the churches you have rejected the church; if distracted by churchianity you have repudiated Christianity; if you are puzzled by the many voices crying Lo here; and Lo there! –then lay hold on Christ Himself who in the midst of this chaos cries “I am the Way;” “Come unto me all ye that labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest.” Join Jesus. Tie to Christ. Seek the Savior. Learn and love the Lord. Meet the Master, for He is the Way of life. Throw tracts to the wind for a season, leave alone the literature of the protagonist and sect-maker for a while, and be afraid of every pamphlet and preacher with a preposition to prove.

Trust only those who point to Jesus as the Way and who depend upon the Bible to set Him forth adequately. So, shall you find Him your soul hungers after and finding, be at rest.

 

-E. L. Jorgenson, in “The Christian Word and Work,” Volume 5, Number 52, December 31, 1912

 




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2 corinthians 1:3-4