Posted by Luke Hellebronth on 21 July 2014

Life is a journey and along the way we follow many things - loved ones, celebrities, ideas, trends and culture, to list a few. Some of what we follow brings great joy and adventure, whilst some leads to dissatisfaction, heart-ache, perhaps even destruction. 

Jesus, in John 14:6 boldly states, “I am the way and the truth and the life.” The only way to complete joy and wholeness, to life in all its fulness and abundance, is through the person of Jesus Christ. All our hopes are met in him.

I’ve wanted to write a song for an age around this theme. On my song writing board in my office, I’ve had the title ‘The Way’ written down, hoping one day an idea would eventually drop. One morning I was  song writing with Nick Herbert. It was one of those frustrating song writing sessions where there were few creative sparks. Nothing much was coming. Literally 5 minutes before we had to finish Nick started playing around with some chords - it had a folk feel to it. Very quickly I jumped on some melodies and we began to sing the chorus. It came together incredibly fast - a rare song writing experience for me! 

We worked on the lyrics, unpacking the theme of journey and Christ as the way. We wanted it to be a huge party anthem and so took it to Ben Cantelon, who brought the dance hook.

When we comprehend that we were lost, going no-where, worse still, we were dead to our sin, yet Jesus has shone bright into our darkness, leading us into freedom and life; when we grab hold of this truth, surely the only response is an explosion of praise. Jesus is the way, he brings life and gives us a reason to celebrate and sing. Because of this, the church needs to teach the world how to really party!

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