Keep Walking

Middle Places Archive

Originally Published March 31, 2013 on Middleplaces.com

Jesus traveled the countryside
…walking toward His purpose and destiny…

Along the way He healed the lame and blind
…and He kept walking…

and crowds would gather to hear Him teach
…and He kept walking…

He taught many lessons along the dusty roads to HIS disciples…trying to help them understand
…and He kept walking…

And all the way, they were heading for that particular time and place outside the walls of Jerusalem
…and He kept walking…

The crowds waved and shouted Hosannas even then Jesus knew that their hearts were fickle and they would turn on Him…
…and He kept walking…

Jesus knew that every step He took was one step closer to His death.
…and He kept walking…

He knew as He discipled them that one of His companions on the road would betray Him unto death
…and He kept walking…

He knew that even as He washed their feet that they did not understand the service He was meant to perform
…and He kept walking…

As He broke the bread and drank the wine and heard their declarations of fidelity that even His closest confidants would scatter and hide.
…and He kept walking…

He knew that He would be falsely tried and convicted
…and He kept walking…

He knew the struggle was not against flesh and blood but against cosmic powers over this present darkness
…and He kept walking…

He knew that although it was a spiritual battle there was a requirement of blood to be spilled and flesh to be torn
…and He kept walking…

He knew that His mother would not understand… He knew that His friends would feel abandoned
…and He kept walking…

He knew that the excruciating pain of the cross would be light compared to the turning away of His Father
…and He kept walking…

He knew that the story did not end on Friday but Sunday was coming
…and He kept walking…

He knew that if He was faithful to the end, His joy would be complete and redemption would be made possible
…and He kept walking…

He knew that when all of it was through, He would return to the One from whom He came
…and He kept walking…

He knew that upon the appointed time He would return again…
…and He kept walking…

Matthew 30:25-30 “At that time Jesus declared, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children; yes, Father, for such was Your gracious will. All things have been handed over to Me by my Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal Him. Come to Me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light.”

He invited me to walk with Him… to be “yoked” (coupled, paired, joined securely) to share the weight of the cross with Him
…and He kept walking…

He invited me knowing that at times He would have to carry me
…and He kept walking… am I willing to walk step by step with Him?

He invites me to care for the sick, the brokenhearted, the least of these
…and keep walking with Him…

He invites me to take the bread and the wine knowing that at times even my closest brothers & sisters will fail me
…and keep walking with Him…

He invites me to know that I will be mocked and despised for submitting to this yoke
…and keep walking with Him…

He invites you to walk with us… to accompany us through a lost and sin darkened world
…In the Spirit of Christ we will keep walking…

For the joy set before Him, Jesus endured the cross. For the joy of reconciling us to the Father, Jesus endured the cross.
…In the Spirit of Christ we will keep walking..

Inspired by a passage in Emilie Griffin’s book “Small Surrenders: A Lenten Journey”

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