Walking where Jesus walked gives a picture of who Jesus is all about. Jesus is about meeting people’s needs. He cares about the human race that is why in his ministry on earth he went to places where he would meet people’s needs.
In the beginning Adam and Eve enjoyed sweet fellowship with God. God used to come for fellowship in the Garden of Eden. Now, when man sinned against God by eating from the fruit of the knowledge of good and evil, that sweet fellowship he had with God was broken. Instead of running to God, man was running away from God. Sin entered the world and that is why its power brought suffering, sickness and death. This situation broke God’s heart.
In the book of Revelation 12:12 the Bible says, “Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time” (KJV). The devil came down on earth and took away the authority from man when man disobeyed God by eating from the forbidden fruit. When the devil was cast out of heaven, he came to earth and destruction was even then considered inevitable. The Scripture we looked at even says, “Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and sea”. The human race got lost and this was sad!
However, when Jesus Christ came, he came to seek and save us who were lost. He willingly stepped out of heaven to come and save us. The inhabitants of heaven were told to rejoice when the earth was going through a terrible time since the devil had now come on earth. In the midst of all that, Jesus also came to earth to make a way for us to go to heaven. This is similar to what happened at the sheep market pool in Jerusalem.
In John 5:1-3 the Bible says, “After this there was a feast of the Jews; and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. Now there is at Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool, which is called in the Hebrew tongue Bethesda, having five porches. In these lay a great multitude of impotent folk, of blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water” (KJV). The same Jesus who left heaven to come and save us also walked the streets of Jerusalem. In Jerusalem the people of God (Jews) were having a feast. It was a time of celebration, but it seems so clear that people at the sheep market pool were suffering. These people were sick and they needed someone to heal them.
The same Jesus who left heaven to come and save us was now walking in those places where people were suffering. He still walks in the Bethesda’s of our lives too. He is never distracted by all the festivities that life has to offers because he knows people are his priority. We can also walk where Jesus walks, right at people’s deepest point of need.
This is what makes believers in Christ to go to poverty stricken third world countries to help meet people’s needs. It is not just about having a happy time because this is seriously meant to meet real needs. It is time for us to walk where Jesus walks. He walks where he can meet people’s needs and the Lord’s responsibility of meeting people’s needs is our responsibility. Walking where Jesus walks will help us meet people’s needs.
Are you willing to walk where Jesus walks?