The more you think about Jesus, the more you will think like Jesus
This week I’ll be focusing on Jesus, thinking about Jesus, and pondering how Jesus walked
I’ve been particularly entranced with the idea since 2001 when I found Bruce Feiler’s book and dvd Walking the Bible.
Feiler had a learned, religious man as guide through the historical places where Jesus lived and walked.
I will have a learned godly man, leading me and others through some similar territory, but with a special emphasis and perspective from one who walks with God.
Walked in the Bible means more than to propel oneself forward on foot
1John 2:6 says: the one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked. (original word meaning behave or conduct)
And how did Jesus conduct or behave himself? In such a manner that the Spirit of God was recognized in Him.
John 1:36 tells us how John perceived this man walking toward him:
and he looked upon Jesus as He walked, and *said, “Behold, the Lamb of God!”
What do people see where we walk? How we walk? When we walk?
In what manner do we walk?
Is the Spirit of God recognized in us by the manner in which we walk (conduct ourselves/live?
Will walking where Jesus walked cause me to think about Him? I’m sure it will. Will that experience also make me more like Jesus? I hope so.
Pictures coming. In the meantime, let’s focus on our walk – more important than how many steps we walked, what did we notice? Were there people with a story to tell? People who want us to listen to them?
What or who did we notice? What did Jesus do when he noticed someone?
Here are a few examples of what Jesus saw and how he walked:
Matt. 8:18 Now when Jesus saw a crowd around Him, He gave orders to depart to the other side.
Mark 9:25 And when Jesus saw that a crowd was rapidly gathering, He rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, “You deaf and dumb spirit, I command you, come out of him and do not enter him again.”
Mark 10:14 But when Jesus saw this, He was indignant and said to them, “Permit the children to come to Me; do not hinder them; for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.
Mark 12:34 And when Jesus saw that he had answered intelligently, He said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” And after that, no one would venture to ask Him any more questions.
Luke 13:12 And when Jesus saw her, He called her over and said to her, “Woman, you are freed from your sickness.”
John 1:47 Jesus saw Nathanael coming to Him, and said of him, “Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile!”
John 5:6 When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he had already been a long time in that condition, He said to him, “Do you wish to get well?”
What can we learn from things Jesus said?
When Jesus looks at me, he sees that I too, have a “condition” and have been a long time in it. Jesus knows that and asks me the same question.
I know there have been opportunities before the moment when Jesus asked, “Do you wish to get well?” Jesus saw the people. Jesus listened to them. Jesus observed their needs and weaknesses.
Sometimes I play/try to get out of the condition on my own, but Jesus offers freedom with His authority.
I hear Him asking: Do you really want to get out of that habit (condition) that you’ve been in a long time? Do you want to be free of it’s enslavement?
Yes, I do.