Are we walking with Jesus?
Acts: 1-11, ….Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.
The above photo is a picture of the sea and shoreline of Galilee where Jesus walked.
Sometimes I think of the people who walked with Jesus and it must have been a time in their lives that was beyond understanding sometimes. The Apostles walked and talked with Jesus and saw him do many miracles as they traveled. I can just imagine the faith it took when Jesus would first meet one of these men and choose them to be one of his Apostles and ask them to follow him.
This must have taken great faith to just get up and leave whatever you were doing and start following this man who claimed to be the Son of God. I can see it now as Jesus would come by and in a commanding yet gentle way and tell them to follow him! They were walking with Jesus! I can’t even begin to understand the faith it took. This was a man that had been prophesied about in their culture for ages and all of a sudden he was here.
Jesus, traveling along the shores of Galilee or in the town of Judea or any of the many other place he went would always bring a crowd! The news of his coming would go before him and people would gather to see him! I don’t know what they we looking for, maybe some beautiful God like person with golden hair and muscular in appearance! I am sure they saw a man among men and I would have been proud to have been found walking with Jesus!
As the news of Jesus traveled before him the crowds would grow and the people would bring the sick and afflicted to the roadsides in hopes that this man they had heard about could just reach out touch one of them. You see, people knew that Jesus was going around the country healing people! News like this travels fast! I can see the Apostles walking with Jesus and how they must have been amazed in the beginning at his ability to command the sick to be made whole, the deaf to hear, the leper to be cleansed, etc!
This was a marvelous time for the Apostles as they walked with Jesus and took part in the most celebrated time of the christian era! No other time was greater for us than when God fulfilled his promise that a child would be born and they would call his name Jesus.
Micah 5: 2, But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.
This man the Apostles were walking with was the “Son of God” I was reading this morning how Jesus came to John at the river and told John to baptize him. John knew him instantly and said, “I have need to be baptized of thee” You see John knew that the baptism of God’s Holy Spirit would follow Jesus! After John Baptized Jesus and he came up from the waters and the Heavens opened and a voice said “This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased” Can you even imagine witnessing that? I can’t even imagine walking with Jesus then!
Many things and many miracles have been recorded by the people who walked with Jesus and by those who have experienced his miracles in their own lives in years after. We still hear of miracles happening every day. Doctors are confused how someone was healed or how they escaped death. We hear of people who felt a closeness during a time of fear or while on the verge of death. They say this just can’t be explained. I think they were walking with Jesus and just didn’t know it!
God comes to us in many different ways as we walk in this life but I am thankful for the two men who stood by the apostles in white apparel as they watched Jesus ascend into Heaven saying, ….Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.
Article Photo by: James Emery
Someday we will truly be “Walking with Jesus” just as the Apostles did!
My hope is that we are all ready to “Walk with Jesus” when he returns.
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