Saturday, December 17, 2016

The Heart of Christmas: The Glorified Footprints

The steps leading to Caiaphas' house don't look fancy at all. Simple stone steps lead upward to a courtyard. Neither the design nor the construction are remarkable. 

What's remarkable about the rustic stairway is that Jesus walked there. This is the path over which He was led to the trial with Caiaphas before His crucifixion.

More than 2000 years later, these simple steps are one of the most treasured sites in the Holy Land.

Hundreds of years before Jesus was born, Isaiah wrote, "And I shall make the place of My feet glorious." (Isaiah 60:13 nasb) 

The word translated as "glorious" is kabob and indicates a weighty glory. I believe Isaiah was prophesying about these steps, among others, over which our Lord's feet passed.

Thousands of people come each year to see the steps and literally walk where Jesus walked. I've walked there, too. It is a glorious place, and beautiful in a heartbreaking way, for the journey up the steps was not a pleasant one for Jesus.

How much more glorious it would be, though, if, instead of walking on the steps that Jesus walked, we walked in the steps that Jesus walked. 

He walked into the room of a dead girl and invited her back to life. 

He walked into the darkness of a blind man and restored his sight. 

He walked into the forbidden space of one leper after another, touched them, and healed them. 

We, too, can walk in His glorious steps, loving and serving as we go. It's a choice we must make, but oh, the glory we'll see as we serve Him 

Jesus searched out the ones who were most in need of Him and headed their way. 

He's blazed a glorious trail for us, but we'll never follow unless we make a start. So let's step out of our comfort zone, look for the path that leads to the need, and head out. One step at a time.

"Come and see," Jesus said. "Walk this way...Follow Me."

This Christmas season, let's do exactly that.

n case you missed it, here's the link to yesterday's post: The Stealth-Bomber Savior

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