HOT TOPIC: ARE
YOU ON THE HIGHWAY TO HEAVEN?
Highway - The Way of Holiness"
God has a
God has a highway to
heaven. It is a high and holy way. It is called the "Way of
Holiness" (v.8). It is a way of light. In contrast, those without
Christ are in spiritual darkness. This way of holiness is only for
those who are believers in Christ. Only Christ can free them from the
power of sin.
A person who comes
to Christ is a new creation. He runs in the pathway of God's commands
(Romans 6). This is not perfection, but there will be holiness of
life because the Spirit of God inhabits this person.
This is a straight
and narrow way (v.8). The unconverted have no desire for this way so
they are not in this way of holiness. In contrast, the Christian
loves Christ (Romans 8). God predestined the Christian to walk in
righteousness. The Christian's heart wants to be pure like God is
You are on a
Everyone is on a
highway; either the way to heaven or the way to hell. Jesus Christ
speaks of this narrow way (Matthew 7). You must enter this narrow
way. It is not enough to merely admire Jesus, you must follow Him.
This highway is
plain and clearly marked. Even fools will clearly see this way
(Isaiah 35:8) because it is so clear. This way is easily accessible.
It is Jesus Christ who is plainly visible. He is the way.
So why do people not
go on this way? They reject the Gospel (1Cor.2) and consider it
foolish. They go their own way. God says He will make the way plain
and He will open the eyes of the spiritually blind along this highway
We are like blind
people, but God is able to lead us. God is our Great Guide. He will
bring us home to glory. Through Jesus Christ this highway is plain
This is a
It is a safe and
secure way (Isaiah 35:9). God will keep them safe. The most
dangerous of beasts, the lion, will not harm God's people. In
contrast, the way of the wicked is a highway filled with desolation
and danger (Isaiah 34). Jesus said we do not need to fear because He
has overcome the world. He will keep the Christian safe.
The unconverted are
vulnerable. They are subject to their own desires. His enemies will
destroy him. His way is filled with destroyers of his soul.
Think of the image
in John Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress. Christian walks on
the pathway and the lions roar at him, but he is kept safe. The lions
are fearsome, but by God's will they are chained so they cannot harm
the pilgrim. The Angel of the Lord camps around those who fear Him.
This is a
highway of joy.
This highway is a joyful way
(Isaiah 35:10). Believers are characterized as singing Psalms of
joy. They praise God. The ransomed of the Lord love to sing about
God. They sing with joy. They delight in God. The Christian has a
song of praise in his heart. Paul says Christians should rejoice
always, even in the midst of sorrow. The believer has a joy that the
unbeliever cannot know.
The Christian will
be with Christ throughout eternity and this will produce joy. This
highway ends in the New Jerusalem. Only "Zion's Children" know this
solid and lasting joy. The New Jerusalem will be the place of
everlasting joy. Pilgrims have this to look forward to as they travel
we hapless victims of life's whims? Are we driven along by some blind
and impersonal force? Are we battered by circumstances beyond all
control? A thousand times no! Instead, we are objects of God's
providential care. We reside under His guiding and protecting hand.
It's an amazing and comforting fact that God rules and overrules in
the circumstances of life. He is neither a capricious nor a vindictive
authority. Quite the contrary. God works through the circumstances of
life to bring about something miraculous, something abundantly good,
even out of what we perceive to be our darkest moments."
(Alistair Begg, "The Hand of God")
These notes were
prepared by C. Kenneth Shannon, based on a sermon preached by Pastor
Craig Harris on March 20, 2011,