Do You Know the Way?

by | Jan 25, 2024 | Uncategorized

Do you know the way? Do you take the long and winding road? How about the road less traveled? Or perhaps either the Road to Perdition or the Road to El Dorado?

Today, January 25th, we suggest you consider the Road to Damascus. This highway was a well-known route, and the Way knew it well. “The Way” refers to self-proclaimed early Jewish Christians, presumably named after the scriptural passage “prepare the way of the Lord (Isaiah 40:3).”

While “The Way” sect name didn’t catch on and was eventually supplanted by the “Christian” designation, the earliest recorded church history, the Acts of the Apostles, uses it in discussing the Road to Damascus. So, today, we remember The Way and the Road to Damascus.

Why?

The church calendar is sprinkled with festival dates to celebrate events and saints of the past to help inspire our faith journeys. Today’s historical event commemorates the Conversion of Saint Paul. That conversion took place along the Road to Damascus as Saul, a persecutor of “The Way,” tracked down followers of Christ to imprison them or, worse, inflict physician harm and sometimes even death. Saul, who would become known as Paul, was present at the stoning death of the deacon Stephen, Christianity’s first martyr.

Some situations may require a direction change when we travel along our roads. Traffic congestion. Auto accidents. Potholes. Highway construction. Roadway flooding. Missed exits. Our GPS devices aid us in “recalculating” our intended routes.

Similarly, Saul had a detour along his trip to Damascus. It was more frightening and life-changing than flashing red lights in a rearview mirror. Saul was called to recalculate his mission. Jesus pulled alongside him and asked, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me (Acts 4:9b)?” The presence of the Lord compelled Saul to make a U-Turn and become Paul, who would change his ways and become Christianity’s greatest evangelist who spread the Gospel throughout the Mediterranean.

This Sunday, January 28th, what roads will you travel? Which way will you go? We invite you to take Wellwood Avenue onto either East John Street or Dover Street, Lindenhurst, and go directly to St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church for worship at 9:30 AM. Be part of The Way.

Blessings, Pastor Marc