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 Vol. 2, No. 10                                        Page 6                                                October, 2000

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The Way

By Mark McWhorter

Have you ever been lost? Perhaps you were with your family on a trip. You may not have had a map of where you were going. After driving for a while you may have stopped and asked someone if they knew how to get where you wanted to go.

The person may have known and told you how to get there. He knew the way. It is always good to know the way. Without knowing the way, you cannot get to where you want to go.

In Acts 19:4-9, we read about Paul teaching in the synagogue. He was doing a very good job of convincing people about Christ and that they should follow him. But, some became very evil and spoke against "that way." Later in verse 23, we are told there was a large disagreement about "that way."  In Acts 24:14 it is referred to as "the way."

Jesus told his disciples that he was going to prepare a place for them. They wanted to know the way to the place. Jesus told them "I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father but by me" (John 14:6).

Jesus is the way to heaven. Only by following him can we expect to get there. Only by following his commandments can we travel the road to heaven. If we do not follow him, we are lost. In Isaiah 35:8 we read, "And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called the way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for those: the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein."

Study your Bibles. Learn what you must do to travel that highway which God called "the way of holiness." You can only get to heaven if you know the way.

Dot Your I's and Cross Your T's

By Mark McWhorter

When I was a little boy, I had to learn how to write. It was difficult but I finally learned how to do it. You may be learning how to write. While it can be hard to learn, it sure is fun and exciting to learn to do something new. And, it is especially rewarding when you learn to do it right.

In the English language, we have the letters "I" and "T." That is how they are written in capitals. In small letters, they look like this, "i" and "t." When learning how to write, it is always important to remember to put the small dot above the "i" letter. And, you must always remember to put the cross mark on the "t" letter.

If you do not do this, then you have not completed writing the letters. You did not finish what you had started. Those little marks may seem unimportant, but they are very important. They are part of what makes the English language.

Jesus says he came to fulfill the Law of Moses and the prophets. In Matthew 5:18 he said, "For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled."

The jot and the tittle were very small parts of the Greek and Hebrew languages. The jot was the smallest letter in the Greek language. The tittle was a little mark put on some Hebrew letters to give them a slightly different meaning.

Jesus was saying that not even one small part of the prophecies or the law would go unfulfilled. He was going to fulfill all prophecies and the law. This would prove that he was the Son of God. If he did not fulfill all the law and prophecies then he was not the Son of God. He would not have completed what he had started. And, if he completed what he had started, then the Old Law would be fulfilled and the New Law would come into effect.

It is wonderful to know that Jesus did indeed finish what he had started. He remembered to dot all of His "i's" and cross all of His "t's." He is our Savior. We should all want to follow his example.

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