“And a highway will be there; it will be called the Way of Holiness; it will be for those who walk on that Way. The unclean will not journey on it; wicked fools will not go about on it” (Isaiah 35:8 NIV).
The prophet Isaiah, in encouraging the Children of Israel, reminded them that soon there will be a change in their circumstances when The Lord comes. The question that arises is whether or not this prophecy was intended for the First Coming and the literal descendants of Abraham or the Second Coming and for the Spiritual seed of Abraham. Since the First Coming is behind us, we can look forward to the Second Coming of the Lord.
Jesus, “I go to prepare a place for you and I will come again to take you to be where I am.” (through John). From this statement, we can see how what Isaiah said, would pertain to the Second Coming. On the Highway of Holiness, can anything or anyone unclean travel upon it? The wicked fools won’t be able to find it because they have rejected Him and His teaching. Who then will be able to walk upon the Highway of Holiness?
The answer is very simply this: Those who have been in right relationship with Him, shall travel with Him upon the Highway He established and prepared for those who love Him and obey.
What is interesting to me about this segment of scripture is that it reminds me of those who purport to “understand Jesus’ teachings about love” but they never get any further. All they want to do is to live life any way they want to live it and then justify it by saying, “just teach what Jesus said about love.” They do not realize He said and taught so much more. His appearance did not negate what The Father had already said. In fact, His appearance and living among us proved that mankind could live according to God’s Word without giving into sin. We choose to sin every time we do anything that is in opposition to God’s Word. Jesus proved we could live a sinless life, if we chose to do so. It is a matter of choice.
Today, the choice is still before us. Will we all get a chance to walk on the Highway of Holiness? Our lifestyles–promoting holiness and obedience to God–will determine which highway we will travel on that great day–the day that Christ returns. Choose this day, which highway you will travel at the end our journey on earth!