The destination was dear friends in Naples, Florida. The way was a very long road trip. From our starting point, there was only one route to take for the entire length, Interstate 75. The path was filled with natural beauty and curiosities. We wished we had more time to stop, discover and explore. The path was also fraught with temptation as billboards invited the passerby to dally at gambling and x-rated venues. But we knew our destination: friends anxious to welcome us, sunshine and palm trees. We will be enjoying vacation soon.
Our faith is also a journey. The destination is heaven. The way can feel long with all the twists, turns and detours of life. We can get sidetracked with the beauty of good things and the sin of bad things. There is only way to enter heaven as the path is clearly marked in Jesus Christ. Loved ones are praying and anxious for our safety. Our arrival is a cause for excitement and a reason to celebrate. Our Father waits up to welcome us home. Our final destination is in the Father’s presence, light and eternal life. We can rest now.
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.