Are you familiar with The Silk Road?
What is The Silk Road? It was one of the world's oldest and most historically important trade routes. What became known to history as The Silk Road connected China with the Roman Empire.
Are you familiar with the Appian Way?
What is the Appian Way? The Appian Way was one of the most important roads of the Roman Empire. As a matter of fact, some called the Appian Way, “The Queen of the Long Roads”.
Are you familiar with the Natchez Trace?
What is the Natchez Trace? The Natchez Trace Parkway leads you 444 miles through three states and 10,000 years of North American history. Established as a unit of the National Park System in 1938 and officially completed in 2005, the Parkway commemorates the most significant highway of the Old Southwest. The natural travel corridor that became the Natchez Trace dates back many centuries. It bisected the traditional homelands of the Natchez, Chickasaw, and Choctaw nations. As the United States expanded westward in the late 1700s and early 1800s, growing numbers of travelers tramped the rough trail into a clearly marked path. The ”sunken” sections you can walk along today are clear signs of historic use.
You and I may never set foot on The Silk Road, the Appian Way, or the Natchez Trace, but we can travel an ancient path.
The Old Testament prophet Jeremiah points out this road for us. This is what the Lord says: “Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls” (Jeremiah 6:16).
What is the ancient path that gives rest for our souls? It is the Road of the Good Shepherd described by David in Psalm 23: “He guides me in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.”
Despite popular opinion, not all religious roads lead to the same destination. As a matter of fact, the exact opposite is true. In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus Himself declares, “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it” (Matthew 7:13-14).
What is this path of life? Check out John 14:5-6 to find out.