Walking Where Jesus Walks

By Tony Butler

Prattville Alliance Church

 

“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ lives in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me.” Gal. 2:20

 

We have all heard the term, “Walking with the Lord”. As I was pondering the idea of actually walking with Jesus, certain questions came to my mind. If I was with Him where would our walks lead? What kind of experiences would we have together along the way? Some of the immediate things that came to mind was the beauty we would see together in the countryside, and all the opportunities I would have to hear Him speak. I could see us walking into a city and the people come out to hear Jesus and desiring to be healed by Him. I could hear their declarations of blessing and adoration as they were struck with awe of His power and wisdom. As a matter of fact, most of what I imagined in my walk with Him was positive, and bent more towards my own needs.

Then I began to think more deeply about where walking with Jesus takes a person. I realized that those that walked with Jesus walked through places like the wilderness to Jericho, which was notorious for robbers and murderers. He took them around people with leprosy. He took them around vile disgusting people who were odious to the culture of that day. He took them around people of different ethnic backgrounds and challenged their prejudice and proclaimed His lack of it. He took them around people who were so demonized that an entire community was terrorized by them. He took them to places of confrontation against powerful people who had the power of life and death over the flesh. He took them to places where he made a spectacle out of them by His own radical actions as He chased the money changers out of the Temple court.

As one walks with Jesus, he will no doubt walk through all the above places and more. The most important aspect of walking with Jesus is the destination of the cross. Many just want to walk with Him as He meets cheering crowds and does wonderful healings, but few will walk all the way to the cross with Him. After all, who wants to walk toward pain, sacrifice, and suffering. Yet we know through His suffering came the greatest blessing to all humanity. Most people on earth are here to survive, but Jesus came to earth to die. To walk with Him will lead one to the death of himself,  but in turn actually brings life and blessing.

“For though He was crucified through weakness, yet He lives by the power of God. For we also are weak in him, but we shall live with him by the power of God toward you.” II Cor. 13:4

The apostle Paul knew this well, as one who had died to the cross of self in order to find true life. He experienced the cross of spiritual crucifixion by walking with Jesus, and he discovered the new life and power that comes to the crucified One.

How far are you willing to walk with Jesus? Would you walk to the cross with Him? To walk with Jesus ultimately is a walk of death that leads to new life. Most people want only to walk with Jesus to those places of comfort, beauty, and the circumstances that promote the exalting of self. Note the words of Jesus, Himself, and think about it deeply. God bless you as you meditate on these truths.

“And whoever does not bear his cross, and come after Me, cannot be My disciple.” Luke 14:27