God sent His Son to make a way in the Spiritual Wilderness. The Messiah brought strength, signs and wonders, streams of flowing water, the Holy Spirit and a road through the wilderness.
Isaiah 35:8 – A highway shall be there, and a road, and it shall be called the Highway of Holiness. The unclean shall not pass over it, but it shall be for others. Whoever walks the road, although a fool, shall not go astray. (Verse 9) No lion shall be there, nor shall any ravenous beast go up on it; it shall not be found there. But the redeemed shall walk there, (Verse 10) and the ransomed of the LORD shall return, and come to Zion with singing, with everlasting joy on their heads. They shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.
This is a highway of Grace!
Sometimes when we read the Bible the enemy will attack us, like when we read, “the unclean shall not pass over it.” The enemy will bring “condemnation” because we think we are not worthy to walk on this road. When a person feels condemnation, it’s not from the Lord!
The road of Holiness is not gotten to by works. We are on the road because of Jesus. We become clean because of grace. Our performance will never get us there. Jesus’ performance says and did it all! We are on this highway because of grace and grace only. We are clean because of the blood of Christ washing us cleaned when we believe in Him for salvation.
There is a good example of this in the New Testament. The Gentiles were considered as unclean by the Jews. There was a man named Cornilus who is crying out to God and God sends Peter to him. Peter takes the gospel to the Gentiles. Peter goes up on the rooftop of a house to pray and falls into a trance. A sheet comes down from heaven with all kinds of unclean animals. And this voice says to Peter, “Rise, Kill, and eat.” That’s where we begin:
Acts 10:14 – But Peter said, “Not so, Lord! For I have never eaten anything common or unclean.” (Verse 15) And a voice spoke to him again the second time, “What God has cleansed you must not call common.”
Then when Peter is preaching to the Gentiles, he says, (Acts 10:28) Then he said to them, “You know how unlawful it is for a Jewish man to keep company with or go to one of another nation. But God has shown me that I should not call any man common or unclean.
Now in Acts 15, when they are having counsel to decide what to do with all these Gentile believers, Peter says, Acts 15:8 – “So God, who knows the heart, acknowledged them, by giving them the Holy Spirit just as He did to us, (Verse 9) “and made no distinction between us and them purifying their hearts by faith.”
The word purifying means cleansing. He cleansed them, the Gentiles, just as He cleansed the Jews that believed by faith. Jesus is the way to this highway of holiness.
This Highway is also a road of safety!
Isaiah 35:9 – No lion shall be there, nor shall any ravenous beast go up on it; it shall not be found there. But the redeemed shall walk there.
Psalm 91:13 – You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra, the young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot.
Jesus backs this up in the New Testament: Luke 10:19 – “Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions; and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall be any means hurt you.”
No ravenous beast is on the road. However, a warning is needed: Don’t wander off the road! This is not talking about saved, then lost, saved then lost. But even as Christians, we can see something that entices us and wander off this road, and when we get off the road, we are in Satan’s territory. This doesn’t mean that we don’t get tempted or attacked by the enemy.
When the Apostle Paul was under attack, he wrote this to Timothy to encourage him: 2 Timothy 4:17 – But the Lord stood with me and strengthened me, so that the message might be preached fully through me, and that all the Gentiles might hear. And I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion. (Verse 18) and the Lord will deliver me from every evil work and preserve me for His heavenly kingdom. To Him be the glory forever and ever. Amen!
This highway is also a road of joy!
(Old King James version) Isaiah 51:11 – Therefore the redeemed of the LORD shall return, and come with singing unto Zion; and everlasting joy shall be upon their head; they shall obtain gladness and joy, and sorrow and mourning shall flee away.
Grace and salvation are everlasting, but sorrow and mourning shall flee away! People grieve, but those who have Jesus, don’t grieve as if they have no hope. The mourning can pass away and become lighter for those who are in Christ.
We can sing unto the Lord because we have been cleansed. We have been cleansed in the blood of our precious Lord, so we sing and praise Him.
So, why don’t more Christians rejoice? In Luke 15, there are three stories that Jesus tells: One is about a shepherd who lost one sheep, left the 99 to go bring it back: There’s a woman who lost a coin and found it: And there is the father who had two sons, one went away and came back. What was the first thing each one of them did when they found what was lost?
Luke 15:6 – “And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost!’
Then the woman with the coins: (Verse 9) “And when she has found it, she calls her friends and neighbors together saying, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found the piece which I lost!”
Now for the son who came back home: (Verse 23,) ‘And bring the fatted calf here and kill it, and let us eat and be merry; (Verse 24) ‘for this my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ And they began to be merry.
The very first thing they all did was rejoice when they found what was lost! Wait a minute; the first thing they did was they stopped looking for what was lost.
We all are born looking for that unconditional love; looking for forgiveness, and looking for acceptance. What we all need to hear in our spirit is “If you have found Jesus, you can stop looking for another!” and then “Rejoice!
Jesus Is The Way In The Wilderness!