Jesus replied, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father except by me.'
Jesus, well aware that the Father had entrusted everything to him, and that he had come from God and was going back to God, rose from the supper table, took off his outer garment and, taking a towel, tied it round him. Then he poured water into a basin, and began to wash his disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel.
A number of years ago it became a “thing” to wear a bracelet asking, “what would Jesus do?” For many, including me, it became a bit of a cliché, which is a shame, because it is a fundamentally important question. The way of Jesus and the way we follow his lead is at the centre of our daily expressions of faith, for each individual and for Christian communities like Westcity. Scarily, it is probably also the way others will most clearly see His way.
In other words, what Jesus “would do” springs from the way He is and motivates individuals and communities of faith to live like-wise. One respected leader who embraced the challenge to live this way said, “For much of my life I have been trying to find ways to talk and write about the Christian life that will give witness to what is involved as God’s Holy Spirit dwells formationally in us — which is to say, the Jesus way. Only when we do the Jesus truth in the Jesus way do we get the Jesus life. I haven’t found it to be easy”
I am sure he speaks for all of us!
From the mid-nineteenth century another voice speaks similarly. Soren Kierkegaard said he was striving to find “the idea for which I can live and die’.” For him, this was to know ‘what it means to be a Christian in Christendom’” and to live that way. He was striving to live the Jesus way in his culture and encourages us, with the Spirit’s help, to love God, love others and follow Jesus in our culture. And, sometimes we also might find that it isn’t easy! But it is the way of the peaceable kingdom, which Jesus is building in and through us and we hope that it will also prove to be the Westcity way.
This series aims to:
· Invite people into thinking deeply about how the Jesus Way permeates all that is described as Christian.
· Each week highlight how we can respond honestly to the challenge that the message has invited us into.
· Motivate listeners to memorise scriptures that speak into their everyday experience.
· Encourage the Westcity community that everyone following Jesus has the Holy Spirit’s guidance to discern together what might be the Jesus Way in the sometimes complex twists and turns of life.