Daily Word #1: The Way
What is the way? And what is the truth and the life Jesus spoke about? The early church was often called, “the way,” meaning, it was the way that Jesus taught, Who Himself said He was the way, the truth, and the life. Obviously, Jesus meant it is only through faith in Him that we have access to the Father in heaven, and “the life,” is eternal for all who believe (John 3:16).
The early church suffered severe persecution, much at the hands of Saul, so Saul (later changed to Paul), sought “for letters to the synagogues at Damascus, so that if he found any belonging to the Way, men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem” (Acts 9:2). Notice that “the Way” is capitalized. Early in the church’s history, it was known as the Way, but why is it called “the Way?” It’s because witnesses “proclaim to you the way of salvation” (Acts 16:17).
Even though Paul was an Apostle sent to the Gentiles (to us!), he still sought every opportunity to speak in the Jewish synagogues, and on one occasion, it was said that “some became stubborn and continued in unbelief, speaking evil of the Way before the congregation, he withdrew from them and took the disciples with him, reasoning daily in the hall of Tyrannus” (Acts 19:9), but regardless of where Paul preached the gospel, “there arose no little disturbance concerning the Way” (Acts 19:23), and Paul confesses, “I persecuted this Way to the death, binding and delivering to prison both men and women” (Acts 22:4), so the Way refers to the gospel of Jesus Christ…the only way to the Father.