We can walk in that road

For the Lesson titled "Christ Jesus" from August 26 - September 1, 2013

Picture the disciples at the last supper, their final meeting with the Master before his crucifixion. In his tender “farewell discourse,” Christ Jesus washes his disciples’ feet and confides that he’ll be leaving them soon, because one of the disciples will betray him. Heartsick, the disciples question him: Where’s Jesus going? Why can’t they follow him? Thomas says, “We have no idea where you are going, so how can we know the way?” (John 14:5, The Way).

The Master’s straightforward reply to Thomas’s question is the Golden Text for this week’s Bible Lesson on “Christ Jesus”: “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6). Or as Phillips’s New Testament puts it, “I myself am the road .… No one approaches the Father except through me” (John 14:6, 7). The Lesson then proceeds to explore the “road” of Jesus’ life and Christly character, showing how any of us—not just the original disciples—can walk in that road. And why should you and I follow “the way” Jesus walked more than 2,000 years ago? Because, as Section 1 points out, Jesus represents the Messiah, or Christ, the fulfillment of Bible prophecy. His lifework embodies the “Immanuel” figure Isaiah envisioned in the eighth century bc , “God with us” forever—so purely “good” that he would be born of a virgin (see Isaiah 7:14, citation 1). And as New Testament writers later confirmed, Jesus’ unprecedented healing mission proved him to be this divinely anointed “Son” of God, delivering humanity from every form of “iniquity” (see Hebrews 1:1–5, 9, cit. 3).

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