In January 1963, a momentous event changed the lives of those of us who lived in eastern Kentucky: the Mountain Parkway opened. The Parkway was a limited access highway similar to an Interstate highway. It provided a way for mountain people, who had been effectively isolated because of inadequate roads, to avail themselves to the benefits of hospitals, educational institutions, shopping centers, etc.
Thinking of the Mountain Parkway in my eastern Kentucky hills reminds me of a highway spoken of in scripture. God’s word says, “A highway shall be there, and a road, and it shall be called the Highway of Holiness. The unclean shall not pass over it, but it shall be for others. Whoever walks the road, although a fool, shall not go astray” (Isaiah 35:8).
Much like the Mountain Parkway eases access to the isolated communities of eastern Kentucky, the Highway of Holiness provides a way into the presence of God. In His presence sins are forgiven and a right relationship with Him is restored. The benefits of this restoration are peace of heart and mind and His abiding presence. Sin and disobedience have isolated man from God, but God has made a way to reconcile man to Himself through Jesus Christ.
Like the Mountain Parkway, this Highway of Holiness is a limited access highway – Isaiah says, “The unclean shall not pass over it.” An on-ramp is needed, and one is provided for us in 1 John 1:9: “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Only Jesus Christ can give access: “Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12, NKJV).
Psalm 24:3-5 provides a valuable road map of the way into God’s presence: “Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord? Or who may stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who has not lifted up his soul to an idol, nor sworn deceitfully. He shall receive blessing from the Lord, and righteousness from the God of his salvation.”
As I journey in and out of the hills of eastern Kentucky that I love, I am so thankful for the Mountain Parkway. As I make my journey through the days of my life, I thank God for the Highway of Holiness that takes me into His presence.
But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.
~ Brother Roy