But what if Jesus is not a MapQuest sort of map, a superhighway to salvation? What if Jesus is more like old-fashioned street signs in a Baltimore neighborhood, navigated by imagination and intuition? Rather than a set of directions to get saved, Jesus is, as his earliest followers claimed, "the Way." Jesus is not the way we get somewhere. Jesus is the Christian journey itself, a pilgrimage that culminates in the wayfarer's arrival in God. When Jesus said "Follow me," he did not say "Follow the map." Rather, he invited people to follow him, to walk with him on a pilgrimage toward God.
How, then, do we get there? How do we follow the Jesus way?
You have to exit the highway, risk getting lost, and follow the signposts on the ground.