Keil and Delitzsch translate the portion of Isaiah 35:8, translated in the KJV - "the way of holiness," as "the holy road." No matter what your denominational affiliation, doctrinal persuasion, or personal interpretation; there is but one way to the Celestial City and that is the "Holy Road!" Holiness is not an option to be experienced or enjoyed by a select few on this heavenly pursuit, it is the essence of New Testament salvation. When the sacred writer penned, "holiness, without which no man can see the Lord," he laid out as an eternal principle, the essence of the eternal nature to be reflected in all of the salvation purchased by the blood of the eternal Son.
Looking at the Scripture quoted in the opening paragraph, we see first that this way is a "separated way." "No unclean shall pass thereon" (verse 8). The defilement here is tied to allegiance and nature. In St. John we find the cleansing agent, "The Word" (John 15:3). Both the incarnate and the spoken word were to the purpose of cleansing the unclean, purifying the defiled, and purifying the sinful. The atoning work of Christ is also here referred to and the writer of Hebrews establishes this in chapter 9. St. Paul joins with the others when he states that we are "brought nigh by the blood of Christ."
Adam Clarke clearly stated that the "unclean" are those living in sin. Most of us see clearly the connection between the requirements of the "road," identified by its name - THE HOLY ROAD, and the defilement of heart and life than bans a man from traveling on this road.
The terminology is emphatic - no unclean shall pass. Jesus used a different analogy of the same idea when he painted the picture of a man at the wedding without a wedding garment. Regardless of how men may slice their "theological pie" the exclusionary rule is paramount and eternal, "no unclean shall pass thereon."
In our polluted society, where all of us are affected, this Scripture should cause us to strive to achieve and maintain a clear distance between our souls and thepollution of this present world, here identified as unclean and capable of turning us off the road.
The second characteristic of this way to the Celestial City is identified as a simple or plain way; "No wayfaring men though fools." Probably one of the major hindrances both to ourselves and our hearers is that we are so soon turned from the simplicity of the gospel. Jesus was clear in His revelation of Himself after the resurrection. Men and women may have been slow to comprehend, but when comprehended, the revelation and the message was simple and clear. Note the weeping Mary, the disciples on the Emmaus road, and other appearings clear and simple! Brethren, we cannot afford to become bogged down; the message must go forth in its simplicity and it will become available to all. For it is a simple way in which no one need to err either in doctrine or practice.
The "Holy Road" is next a safe and secure road, "No lion nor ravenous beast shall pass thereon." They may snap, growl, and paw the ground, but they cannot get you; your way is secure. James dealt with the nature of temptation when he penned the words, "Every man is tempted when he is drawn aside of his own lusts and enticed."
To those who have been overcome by temptation, the process is always the same and it is not the result of a lion or ravenous beast! To those, who by the miracle of overcoming grace, have risen and become victorious over sin; the avenue is always the same. We must watch unto prayer, cultivate our spiritual sensitivity, and draw night to God. He alone can make us victorious and keep us so. "And they overcame by the Blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimony."
In the fourth pace, this road is secluded; "It shall not be found there." Great and inspiring stories have come to us of men and women under direct assault from lions and ravenous beasts, who have found that the road is secluded. When all hope of human intervention had trickled away in some unthought circumstance, the road was found to be a secluded way. The Apostle Paul, in the story of his shipwreck, penned "when all hope that we should be saved was lost." "Fear not, Paul, you shall still testify in Rome!" His way was secluded!
Are you "pressed out of measure" today? Is all hope that your circumstances will change, lost? Can you identify with Moses at the Red Sea, Pharaoh's hot breath behind you; mountains on each side and the Red Sea before you? Oh, yes "holy road" traveler this road is still secluded and you will be able to say with all the other "holy road" travelers, "I have finished my course and there is laid up for me a crown of life, which the Lord, the Righteous judge shall give."
In the final place this road is sure; "but the redeemed shall walk there." It is unquestionable, this way is for the redeemed. The songwriter penned, "We're not redeemed with silver and gold, with corruptible things...." These redeemed ones have had their robes washed in the Blood of the Lamb.
Redemption is the buy-back of those who have no other recourse and to them redemption is a beautiful term. Bought back with resources not available to the corrupted. As Fanny Crosby wrote,
Redeemed, how I love to proclaim it Redeemed by the blood of the Lamb, Redeemed and so happy in Jesus, His child and forever I am.
These redeemed ones have a unique understanding of this process, for they know the reality of being afar off and being brought nigh by Christ' blood. They have sloshed along the muddy, sticking, treacherous road of sinking sand and have experienced first hand the terrors and fears along the broad road. Now they have been translated onto the Holy Road and readily rejoice in the joy of sins forgiven that it brings.
In the back of the Book, Revelation 7:13-14, we see the end of the road. "What are these which are arrayed in white robes? This great multitude which no man could number. Whence came they? And he said tome these are they which came out of great tribulation and have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb."
Those who are redeemed and only those have the qualifications and necessary credentials to walk the "holy road." Make sure you are on the right road.