“We have confidence to enter the holy place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He inaugurated for us through the veil, that is, His flesh.” – Hebrews 10:19-20
Have you ever walked by yourself on a path and felt alone? Isolated? Even scared? Perhaps you were on a hike that proved too steep, too long, and too hard for you, and you wondered if you were going to make it. Maybe you got lost and experienced the terror of not knowing how to get to your destination.
In this world, paths are inanimate, soulless things. A path cannot prevent you from falling over a loose stone. It cannot encourage or strengthen you when you get weary. It cannot tell you which way to go when you are confused.
But in Jesus, we are on a completely different kind of path – Jesus himself is our Path (John 14:6). His body has become a new and living Path for us to walk (Hebrews 10:20).
Yes, the actual and familiar translation is “way,” but “way” doesn’t convey much to me, whereas I have been on paths all over the country: in mountain and forest, by seashore and stream. So, when I read these verses in Hebrews, an image of the paths I have walked sprang to mind – and I thought of what it is to walk on a living Path. A Path that keeps me company as a good friend. A Path that helps me over the rough spots and steep slopes. A Path that makes sure I'm always moving forward. Though I fail, though I falter, though I fall, this living Path will make sure I make it to my final Home.