29th January 2017: Gaius Douglas

 

This verse forms the basis of the hymn by Dan Moen:

Who is like unto Thee
O Lord among the gods?
Who is like unto Thee
Glorious in holiness
Fearful in praises
Doing wonders
Who is like unto Thee?

Regardless of whatever happens to us, we can rejoice in what Christ has done!

God is very serious. He is loving and kind, but He is serious. Proverbs 30:5, ‘Every word of God is pure: He is a shield unto them that put their trust in Him.’ Every word of God is pure. There isn’t a word in Scripture that He will take back. The people, even the Pharisees, were amazed at Jesus’ words. Everything He said was directed to the people He spoke to and it was meant, even when He said, ‘You’re a hypocrite! You’re a fool.’ Every person without Christ is a fool, regardless of education. Without Christ they will go to hell. When we come to the Word of God we have to be serious. We have a God who cares, who loves and understands but He doesn’t tolerate foolishness. We are in those days when we have to say what the Word of God says. We have to tell people what God says. He is the creator, the Lord. There is none beside Him. Isaiah chapters 40-45 speaks of God the creator, of His wonderful work. God is able to do all, in you and through you. ‘But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.’ (Isaiah 40:31). You have been saved by grace. He will renew our strength. We will run and not be weary. God gives us our energy.

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 ‘Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, where unto thou art called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.’ (1 Timothy 6:12). Take hold of the Word of God. In God’s name we can do it, He can direct us. He will give us the words to speak. Are you prepared to go? Take Him at His word and go and do it.

In Exodus 14 the people of Israel had left Egypt. The Egyptians realised their slaves had gone. Pharaoh sent his best men and chariots after the Israelites, who heard the clattering and saw the glinting of the steel. They began to get frightened. Behind them were the Egyptians, in front they saw the Red Sea. They were trapped. To go forward would be to go into the water, to go backward was to face destruction. They cried to Moses. who asked the Lord what He was going to do. There are times when the Lord asks us to prays, to plead. ‘I will love thee, O Lord, my strength. The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust, my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower. I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies.’ (Psalm 18: 1-3).

Moses called upon the Lord and cried to the Lord. There are times, in each of our situations, we go through traumatic times. Some may be greater than others. We may feel trapped; we can’t go back and we can’t see a way forward. Where do we go? ‘But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.’ (Isaiah 40:31). When the Lord makes those promises, He wants us to make those real. Rely on those words and Him. Have that reality in our hearts that He does know, that He does care and He does understand. He will deliver! He has answered, He has provided.

When Satan tempts me to despair
And tells me of the guilt within
Upward I look to see Him there
Who made an end to all my sin.
Because the sinless Saviour died,
My sinful soul is counted free,
For God, the Just is satisfied
To look on Him and pardon me.

(Before the throne of God).

Take your eyes off the problem and look to Him. Satan desires to rob you of your faith But He is come that we may have life abundantly. Christ saved us for Himself, for His glory, His honour, His praise. One day we will be His delight. He looks down on us and sees Christ. He sees us as redeemed. We can rejoice in that. He has provided – even before we were born.

I’ve found a Friend, oh, such a friend!
He loved me ere I knew Him;
He drew me with the cords of love,
And thus He bound me to Him.
And round my heart still closely twine
Those ties which naught can sever,
For I am His, and He is mine,
Forever and forever.

God has already provided for us. At the appointed time Christ died. We don’t understand it, but enjoy it. Come into the goodness of it, the fullness of it. Christ has already provided and made good. As the hymn says, God will make a way where there seems to be no way.

God will make a way
Where there seems to be no way
He works in ways we cannot see
He will make a way for me

He will be my guide
Hold me closely to His side
With love and strength for each new day
He will make a way, He will make a way.

Oh, God will make a way
Where there seems to be no way
He works in ways we cannot see
He will make a way for me.

He will be my guide
Hold me closely to His side
With love and strength for each new day
He will make a way, He will make a way.

By a roadway in the wilderness, He’ll lead me
And rivers in the desert will I see
Heaven and Earth will fade but His Word will still remain
And He will do something new today.

Oh, God will make a way
Where there seems to be no way
He works in ways we cannot see
He will make a way for me.

When you woke up this morning were you wanting something new to happen to you today? He works in ways in ways we cannot see. He will make a way for us. He has done it. He has gone before you, He has been through worse than we have. Do you trust God? Christ bore our shame, burdens and sorrows at Calvary. We don’t need to carry our weight with us, Christ has done it all for us. ‘Surely, He hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem Him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.’ (Isaiah 53:4).

The Lord is so gracious and kind. ‘The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some men count slackness; but is long suffering to us, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.’ ((2 Peter 3:9). He is long suffering with us. Christ has already borne our weight. We need to remind ourselves what He has done on Calvary’s cross. We can never enjoy the fullness of salvation if we carry that weight. Live for all Jesus has done for us. We have burdens but Christ has heard our voice. He will deliver. He is our buckler and shield, He is the one who will heal. Turn from yourself and look at Him.

Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face;
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim
In the light of His glory and grace.

Let your eyes shift away from the problems and difficulties, give them to Jesus. ‘Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.’ (Hebrews 12:2)

Look to the beauty of Jesus’ face, look into His throne room and see His glory. O the wonder of it all, to think that God loves me! This is what Miriam and the people of Israel rejoiced about. See His beauty. Rejoice in the one who has delivered and brought us through. Rejoice in what He has promised through the Lord Jesus Christ. ‘In My Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.’ (John 14:2) Rejoice! As He is holy, we too one day will be holy. We have much to rejoice in.

God has brought us here this morning. Have you given thanks for this? He has looked after you. We have all to rejoice in Christ. Give Him thanks, exalt Him, lift up His name in praise and worship in fearfulness.

‘Who is like unto thee, O Lord, among the gods? Who is like thee, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders? (Exodus 15:11). Luke 12 is a sombre chapter. Christ has won a victory. He is an awesome God. He is doing wonders. Satan can’t take harm us, he can’t take away our salvation (verses 4-5). He can rob us of joy but Satan can never touch our soul.

One with Himself I cannot die
My soul is purchased by His blood,
My life is hid with Christ on high,
With Christ my Saviour and my God,
With Christ my Saviour and my God.

The Lord says to Moses, ‘Fear not.’ Sometimes God just wants us to sit still. ‘Then the Lord shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.’ (Exodus 14:14). Just watch Him doing wonders, let Him fight for you. The Lord will take us through all difficulties.

‘Who is like unto thee, O Lord, among the gods? Who is like thee, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders? (Exodus 15:11). Do you believe it? Take it to heart. He is the way, the truth and the life. He laid down His life. Because He lives, we too shall live. Will you let Him do wonders? Let Him make a way in which there seems to be no way.

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22nd January 2017: Paul David

psalm-49-15Paul preached on Psalm 49, a psalm which has a lot to say to the believer but also a worry to the unbeliever. It shows a need to focus on what is important – that which is eternal. The psalm, unlike the majority of psalms, was not written to be sung but it more akin to Ecclesiastes in its style of wisdom literature. Its audience are the inhabitants of the world, it applies to everyone. The nation of Israel contained believers and non-believers – as in the church today. In verse 4 we see that it is going to be made clear what is not obvious: ‘I will incline my ear to a proverb; I will solve my riddle to the music of the lyre.’

There are two themes in the psalm:

  • The mortality of man
  • The value of the soul.

Man’s Mortality:

No-one would deny, unless the Lord comes again, we will all die. Many people seek to leave their mark on the world. It gives some people a sense of meaning. They think their name will endure forever. It gives some sense of immortality. ‘Their graves are their homes forever, their dwelling places to all generations, though they called lands by their own names.’ (v. 11). This is not the only way to seek immortality. Architects want to leave behind a bridge, politicians all want to be fondly remembered with a mention in the history books or a plaque. The hopelessness in this psalm is highlighted in verse 14: ‘Like sheep are appointed for Sheol; death shall be their shepherd, and the upright shall rule over them in the morning. Their form shall be consumed in Sheol, with no place to dwell.’ The majority of people in our country would say death is the end.

The Bible tells us Adam and Eve were intended to live forever. Only when they sinned, death came into the world. Many generations later we sin and we die. Yet we have not got used to the idea of death. By focusing on the immortality of earth, they have eternal death.

The Value of the Soul:

‘But God will redeem my soul from the power of the grave, for He shall receive me.’ (v. 15). It doesn’t matter how rich we become, no-one can redeem his brother or himself. The rich may spend their money on health and diet to stay alive but there is no amount of money that can save us from death. No amount of money can buy you out of hell or into heaven.

The Lord Jesus Christ laid His glory aside. He was the Lord of the universe yet He took humanity. He was born into a carpenter’s family, in an unfashionable town in a conquered country. He lived a humble life among sinners. He offered His life on a cross as a ransom. He took the wrath of God on Himself for our sins. For the first time ever He faced separation from His Father. The redemption of the soul is costly.

How can we apply this psalm? There is hope for a sinner. God says today is the day of salvation. The redemption of the soul is costly but there is no cost to you. Repentance and belief bring you into the family of God. The Lord Jesus Christ says, ‘In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.’ (John 14:2) Arrangements will be made for you. If God is calling you today, don’t trifle with Him.

This psalm is an encouragement to look heaven-ward. Don’t worry what others do well. Some invest everything in the here and now, your investments are long term. Don’t lose your focus.

Psalm 73 begins, ‘Truly God is good to Israel, to such as are pure in heart. But as for me, my feet had almost stumbled; my steps had nearly slipped. For I was envious of the boastful when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.’ Don’t lose your focus on the things which are important. ‘I went into the sanctuary of God, then I understood their end.’ (Psalm 73:17).

Those who live for Christ, make an investment you make now. Offer praise from your heart, give thanks every day that your soul has been ransomed by the precious blood of Christ. God will receive you, ‘But God will redeem my soul from the power of the grave, for He shall receive me.’ (Psalm 49:15). Death for the Christian is to be received by God for His glory into heaven. Be thankful.

Walk confidently in God’s love today!

In Mark 4:35-41 Jesus and the disciples were out on a boat crossing the sea of Galilee when suddenly a storm arose. The disciples were clearly worried, frantically trying to get control of the boat, whilst Jesus slept. They woke Him up and asked, “Don’t you care if we drown?” Jesus rebuked the waters and the storm and they became completely calm. He said to the disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”

In life we will all experience storms but we are never alone, God is always by our side.  When storms appear in your life, don’t get distracted by the noisy crackling thunder and the whistling winds. Instead, aim to intentionally focus on Jesus Christ. Jesus is with you in the storms of life and on the mountaintop, in His power and authority. He is able to command peace in any storm that surrounds you today.

Although the difficulties seek to absorb your strength and the whistling winds seek to shift your course, remember God’s love. He will never leave you or forsake you, He is right there with you through everything. God is guiding us in love and developing us into the dynamic people that we are called to be. Have faith that God will take you through your trials and don’t think that just because we go through storms God’s love is absent. God is there and to those who love Him, He is working everything out for their good, according to his purpose (Romans 8:28).romans8-28

God loves us in every season in life, whether it is great or challenging. Don’t forget that He really loves each and every one of His children. His love for us is pure, trustworthy and constant in our life. He breathed life into us and sent Jesus Christ to die for our sins and rescue us. He is wanting a relationship with each and every one of us. When we receive Jesus as our Saviour, God promises us eternal life with Him. Our name is engraved in the palm of God’s hand; nothing can separate us from the love of God!

Praise God that He doesn’t love like the world loves – on a conditional basis – but God loves us unconditionally. We may have experienced some detrimental events throughout the course of life, but I want to encourage you today to receive God’s love because He really does love you. Turn to your loving Father’s arms and thank Him for his love that He has for you now and forever.

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Although you may have experienced hurtful situations, God can use these for your good. God will never leave you nor forsake you no matter what you are going through. If you are living in disobedience, repent now and follow God’s will, His Word and way, because God sets parameters in your life because of His love for you. A repentant heart and lifestyle is necessary for a fruitful relationship with Our Heavenly Father.

Even in the midst of challenging situations when we’re searching for answers on why a loving God would allow trials and tribulations, trust in Him today. Nothing escapes God; He knows what is going on in your life, and when you begin to grow in relationship with Him you will realise the truth of His love and plans for your life.

We were created for a great purpose that God specifically designed for us to fulfil. Throughout scripture God’s words clearly identify His abundant love for every one of his children. God’s love is exercised for each and every one of us when He forgives, protects, and demonstrates His continued grace, mercy and power in our lives.

Walk confidently in God’s love today. Don’t hold onto negativity; where there is hurt and upset there is the opportunity to forgive. God gave His only begotten Son to save us and forgive us. It is the greatest sacrifice for a relationship with us. He forgave us and in return we should show forgiveness to others, no matter what has happened. Receive God’s love and in doing so you will learn to reflect God’s love to others.

I thank you Lord for your love, kindness, grace and mercy. Although we experience storms in our lives, I thank you that you are always here with us. Sometimes it is a challenge to see how everything will work out for our good when we’re going through storms that seek to hinder our praises and blind my focus on you. I praise you for being sovereign and that all my storms are subject to you! Thank you for peace, strength and growth as my faith increases in you.

 

 

 

15.01. 2017 – Andy Millership

andy-millership-jan-17We welcomed Andy Millership who preached from Esther chapter 8. So few sermons are preached on this chapter, yet it is so wonderful. It is the only scripture where God is not mentioned by name. The conversation in this chapter took place around 473 B.C. between Esther and King Ahasuerus. The King tried to assimilate Greece into his empire but was defeated. This was something new to him and he sought comfort in his harem. His number one wife disobeyed him, so he got rid of her. He then launched a competition to find the world’s most beautiful woman and make her his wife. He found her – Esther. She was a Jew, an exile, in Babylon. Some exiles in Babylon had a deep-rooted racial aggrievance against Jews. Haman hated them with a passion. He was found out and executed. Esther was aware there was an on-going issue. Here, in chapter 8, Esther pleads emotionally with Ahasuerus for her own safety and the safety of her people.

Esther’s first argument was ‘if it pleases the king.’ Ahasuerus was Esther’s husband. The clothes, crown and sceptre signified a great man, the most powerful man on the face of the planet. Kingdoms cowered at his presence. A word from him and borders would be changed. He was a mighty, mighty man. Some criticised Esther for marrying him, yet she had no choice – he was sovereign over all. Esther’s opening argument, ‘If you are willing,’ shows that if Ahasuerus wasn’t willing, then nothing would happen. If he wouldn’t save the people, they were lost.

‘If this thing seems right before the king.’ Esther saw a need for safety today and for future safety. Ahasuerus could be unstable and unpredictable. Esther could not afford to leave the security of her people just for today. Esther pleads for the security of Israel.

Esther shines a light n herself and her own security, ‘If I am pleasing in the King’s eyes.’ She was pleasing in Ahasuerus’ eyes. He had seen her and he had chosen her.

When presented with all these arguments, how could he refuse? The Jews had light and gladness and joy and honour. The security of them as a people was certain, nothing could overturn that.

Why are we here? Why do we gather here in chapel week after week? May be we are reassuring ourselves that we are OK. We are here because we understand we are unable to sort ourselves out, we cannot secure our own future. In order to be saved we need to approach the King. Without His interaction, what hope do we have? What about you? Do you understand? Are you familiar with the light and joy? Are you saved? Do you know a fixed anchor that is immovable in the midst of chaos?
There is joy in knowing a Saviour who loves you and cares for you. The truth of the gospel is what we are here for. We have done nothing to deserve this. If you are to know what it is to be safe and secure, take your plea to the King. He sits enthroned above the circle of the earth. All power and authority is in His hands. Is He willing to save you? ‘For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.’(John 3:16). He gave His own Son on your behalf. It pleased the Lord to bruise Him. Is He willing? More than you can ever imagine!

If we are to approach God and His sovereignty, then what is right and just is our condemnation and for Him to turn His back on us. We need to be careful if we approach God on the grounds of justice. He sees our rebellion, our self-centredness. God cannot brush over anything because He is just. There is nothing pleasing. We have a problem. But remember just how willing He is to save you. There is one who is pleasing in His eyes. Remember, ‘For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.’(John 3:16).  His Son is the one who finds favour in His eyes. In His Son, justice is satisfied. We are lost unless the King Himself wants to save us. There is no hope outside Him. All the willingness of God to save us is seen in His Son Jesus Christ. All the justice was met in His broken body on the cross. Do you know light and gladness and honour? It all rests on Christ. Bring you pleas to the King, you have no other hope. Know He is willing to save you.

 

 

 

8th January 2017: Matthew Maxwell-Carr

The Christian Teaching of Original Sin

matthew-maxwell-carr-january-17This is a fundamental Christian teaching, anyone who denies it is a heretic. If you don’t believe it, you empty the gospel of all of its power.

What is original sin?
Often Christians will say because Adam sinned we have a corrupt nature. It’s true – we have inherited a fallen nature. It’s why we find it easy to lose our temper, to be jealous. However, you need to go further back. Ultimately, because of what Adam did, we are all counted guilty for his sin before God. God sees the whole human race through Adam – worthy of eternal death. This is why we are still subject to death the moment we come into this world. The human race is counted worthy of death. But in Jesus Christ, God has chosen to view those who believe in Him as righteous, as Jesus Christ is, and not worthy of death but the riches of glory.

God only sees two men in the human race; all humanity hangs from the girdles of these two men – the first Adam or the second Adam. Forget about good works, works of righteousness which you have done. It is all of faith. The big question is whether you are of Adam or Christ.

Is this a teaching of Scripture?
‘But now, Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive.’ (1 Corinthians 15:20-22). Some Corinthians were denying resurrection is possible. Paul says in verse 20, ‘One man brought death into the world, but Christ brought resurrection into the world.’ Are you in Adam or are you in Christ?

‘Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned – For until the law sin was in the world, but sin in not imputed when there is no law.’ (Romans 5:12-13). There was a law given to Adam in the Garden of Eden – don’t eat of the fruit or you shall surely die. From the time of Adam until Moses there were no other laws. Adam transgressed that law. Death reigned during that time. (Romans 5:14). Humanity was in big trouble. Humanity is still in trouble. But in Romans 5:15 we read of the free gift God offers the human race – the free gift of righteousness. When we stand before God all our sins are gone. Paul compares this to the trespass of Adam, he compares and contrasts what Adam and Christ have done. Many died through one man’s offence but God has now flooded people’s lives with grace. The free gift of the gospel came after many, many sins had happened. God sent His Son into this world to bring grace and justification. If you’re justified you are guilty of no crime, you are innocent. That’s how God wants to treat us in Jesus Christ, He wants to see us righteous because of what His Son has done. Enter into this by faith alone.

In verse 17 Paul says because of one man’s sin, through his one offence, death reigns. But in Jesus Christ we have salvation. If you receive that abundance of grace, you receive the gift of righteousness. We are all sinners by nature. Ultimately, we are all guilty of Adam’s sin. Jesus was sent into this world so we might have the gift of righteousness.

‘Therefore, as through one man’s offense judgement came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through one Man’s righteous act the free gift came to all men, resulting in justification of life.’ (Romans 5:18). Judgement will come to all through one man’s offence. We were born into this world worthy of death. But how gracious God is. He chooses to see us fully righteous. If we enter into Jesus Christ, God won’t see all our sin because of the one righteous act of Jesus.  What was this? The giving of His life on the cross. Adam sinned because of a tree. Christ died on a tree, on the cross, in obedience to His Father. Jesus came into this world as the most astounding teacher, but ultimately He came to die, to undo what Adam did. All our sins are blotted out and we are justified. We are righteous because Christ is righteous. God takes it all out of our hands. The righteous act of Jesus Christ takes us into heaven if we believe in the Lord Jesus. Trust in Him, receive Him.

‘For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man’s obedience many will be made righteous.’ (Romans 5:19). By one man’s disobedience many were breakers of God’s law. We came into this world, we didn’t choose to be guilt of Adam’s sin, but by God’s grace He sent Christ. It doesn’t depend on our works, what we do. Christ has done it all for us. Be saved! What a gracious set up! Believe in Jesus Christ and you will be reckoned to be fully righteous before God. By His mercy He saved us.

 ‘For by grace you have been saved through faith, and not of yourselves; it is the gift of God.’ (Ephesians 2:9). You have to believe. Just get into Christ, look to Him, see Christ crucified for your sins.

 

New Year’s Day 2017: Ian Middlemist

ianOur New Year’s Day service was led by Ian Middlemist, who preached from John Chapter 13:34- Chapter 14:27. Ian began asking us by saying, ‘Where are we going? Are we heading in the right direction?’. We’ve become very emotionally attached to our homes, which is quite normal, but have we become too attached to the things of this world. In John 14, the disciples were attached to earthly things. Jesus teaches them that he is going and wants them to come with him.

Ian raised three points:

  • Where are you coming from?
  • Do you want to go?
  • How are you going to get there?

 

Where are you going from?

In John 12:27 Jesus is troubled, He says: “Now my soul is troubled. And what shall I say? Father, save me from this hour? But for this purpose I have come to this hour.” Jesus wasn’t asking for an escape route. He came to glorify God. On the night of all nights, when He needed comfort, He comforted His friends, the disciples, who were confused. His disciples had accepted Jesus, they loved Him, but then comes the total confusion of Jesus’ death. They didn’t want things to come to an end. Jesus tells them He is going to die. It’s very difficult to face change. Are you happy?

In John 14:6 Jesus says “I am the way.” Why must there be a way? Why can’t we just stay where we are? Why aren’t we there by nature? Why don’t people know God naturally? Some people may have looked at Christianity and thought it to be too stressful – turning your back on things you love. The Bible tells us a true and honest assessment of our condition; it is an unpleasant sight to behold – we are unclean and we live in a filthy world. We need to wake up to it, we need to be made clean.

Do you want to go?

You can’t stay in the condition you live in. The penalty of sin will fall away to death itself, under God’s just judgement. Our lives are so short. We need to prepare to have a fixed abode in heaven. Jesus prepares his disciples for the glory to come.  You have to uproot. That is the call of the gospel. We need to understand the seriousness of our situation. Our homes are fading, but we are involved in a rescue effort. There is something awaiting everyone, greater than our present dwelling. Look upwards!

In John 11:48 we read of spiritual blindness. The Jews are all in a panic because they think Jesus will lead people astray, the Roman authorities will come and take their place and nation. They were fixed on their spot of land and didn’t want it taken away. Jesus says he is going to prepare a place for the disciples – their homes in heaven. Do you want to go there?  Heaven is the place where the Father dwells and He is the One we need to know and have His eternal safety and security. Jesus calls us out of the mess of our lives, and into our mansions in the sky. Look to Jesus, acknowledge there is a problem and place yourselves in the loving arms of Jesus Christ.

How are you going to get there?

In some ways every human being is looking for heaven, but what they don’t realise is it’s all about God.  That’s when they have problems; they want God to serve them. Knowing God is glorious. Such low, sinful people as us, cannot reach the highest heaven. But God himself has made a way, Jesus is the way to reach God. Jesus prepares His disciples for His departure. It was always His plan that he was going. He came to go. He had to go to the cross and then He would provide the means of cleansing. Jesus is the way. We place ourselves in His care. Let Him take you to God, to the mansions above. Let Him lead you into His presence. The disciples followed Jesus apart from one who rejected Christ. In Acts, we are told the believers were called the followers of the way. Can this be said of us?