FOLLOWING HIM AN INTRODUCTION
Walking in the footsteps of Jesus, sounds a bit overwhelming, both literally and figuratively. Now, figuratively, you can walk in the footsteps of Jesus by reading the Gospels, meditating on them and then adjusting your life for the better. If you are talking literally walking in the footsteps of Jesus, well… most people only dream about it and others take a quick and expensive tour of the many sites that Jesus walked. But what if you could do both? Walk literally and figuratively in the footsteps of Jesus? Well there is a way, after a fashion, and it can be done right in your own home or neighborhood.
By walking – just walking. You do it all day, every day, most of the time you don’t even think about it. But now is the time to think about it. Jesus spent so much of His time walking here and there that it is mind boggling to us today as we fight for the closest parking space and then pay for “walk-a-thon” opportunities. Now, many people say they don’t have time to exercise. But if we really think about it, we waste more time on social media than it would take us to workout. People want to be more like Jesus and Jesus walked a lot – every day, and most of His walking trips weren’t even recorded in the Gospels. Now, there are those who reference the idea that being spiritual means denying the body and focusing on the spirit within, but Jesus was resurrected bodily, doesn’t that say something about how important the body is? In Corinthians 6:19, Paul says that our bodies are living temples, places where the Holy Spirit dwells within the believer. The physical body, just as the material world, are given to us by God as a gift of Divine Love. We should respect that gift and make the best and most appreciative use of it. Don’t you think?
Again how? If you combine the Scriptures with the routes that Jesus walked it would provide an opportunity to not only enhance our health but also enhance our knowledge of the Scriptures. Walking where Jesus walked provides us with an opportunity to appreciate the humanity of the Jesus, while studying His word helps us to focus on the divinity of Jesus. This series takes the Gospels, the most likely chronology, the most likely sites of those events, and using ancient maps the most probable routes that Jesus walked. We then take those routes, divide them into five-mile segments and, voila, it is a roadmap to how to walk in the footsteps of Jesus. And, yes, I have been working on this for a long time. And yes, I realize that due to these events happening greater than 2000 years ago there is a lot of debate in the details of the when and where and in what order these events took place and scholars differ drastically on many of the points. But this isn’t a class in scholarly theological debate. This is the opportunity to visualize walking with Christ through some of the most pivotal events in history.
Now, doctors recommend that you should walk 10,000 steps or five miles a day to be healthy. So, I used five miles as our segment marker. Now, if you can’t walk 5 miles in a day, do what you can and keep track of your mileage as you go. Pedometers are awesome for this, cheap ones work just as well as expensive ones and of course, every smart phone has several app options for it. Take 5 years, or a decade, the important thing is that we are recognizing that our bodies are a temple of the living God who wants communion with us. What better way to feel one with Jesus than to combine mind, body and soul in this walking study of Jesus’ life.
A few caveats. Number one: There are no rest stops for three months, ten years, forty days and all the rest, it is one continuous walk. Number two: In order to make it more interactive, more like you are truly there, the walk is written as if you are there, as a participant in the events of the Gospels. This is done to allow you a fuller experience in the events of the Bible and not as a rewritten Biblical event. Number three: The opinions expressed by the “You” character in this dramatization are solely my opinion, not to be taken as Biblical fact. Number four: The Bible will sound slightly different. It is the World English Bible and is it public domain so that we can use it legally. If you don’t like this Bible version please read the corresponding scripture in your favored translation. Number five: All of the verse numbers are missing. This is going to be an interaction and the verse numbers are annoying when you are trying to just read. I had no problem changing this because verse numbers are not in the original Bible. They did not even exist until the 16th century (approx. 1550s). Number six: I capitalize Him and He in referring to Jesus in my text but not in the Bible passages. I have done this because I think it should be capitalized but did not want to be called out for changing the Bible text. Number seven: I will occasionally throw in a few Hebrew words, for situational effect. The definition of the words are in the blog, although you will understand them by context so they are not in the audios.
Now, last thing. I know, finally. Everyday, I will give you a little thought thing about your journey and then you can think about it during your walk. These will not only be written in the blog but I will be making audio versions, available on the blog and on YouTube. The audio versions are because they are usually brief and you can listen to them while getting ready in the morning or whenever and don’t have to set aside time to watch them. And we have an Amazon Alexa App, it is called the Following Him app.
Alright! Less talk, more walk! Grab your water skin, strap on those sandals and let’s go! Tomorrow we start Following Him! Get ready to enjoy your walk!
Peace be with you!
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