Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” John 14:6 (NKJV)

In his classic book The Pilgrim’s Progress, John Bunyan told of the adventures of Christian on his spiritual journey as a believer in Christ. Christian knew that the straight and narrow path—the way of Jesus—was the only road to heaven, the Celestial City. But the path was often rough and rocky; trials and temptations surrounded him.

Discouraged, Christian looked away from the road at the soft grass of By-path Meadow and took what he thought was a shortcut, another way to God. Moments later, he was thrown into a dark dungeon as a prisoner of the Giant Despair. Christian got a hard look at the hopelessness of other options and learned where they led—away from Christ.

Understanding who Jesus is will keep you from false, tempting choices. When compared to Jesus, all other options pale. Nothing else will do. No other course brings true and lasting rewards. There are no substitutes, no bypass. His love and forgiveness are all-sufficient. He gives direction and purpose to your life. The way may be arduous at times, but it is the best route to a meaningful life.

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