A Walk Down Jericho Road
Jericho Road is a seventeen mile road that connects Jerusalem to Jericho. The road drops 3600 feet in those seventeen miles. It is a steep, winding, descending, remote road that for centuries has been a place of robberies and sufferings. Evil lurks along this path. It is a symbol of suffering in the world and everyday life.
The parable of the Good Samaritan in Luke 10: 25-37 is one of my favorite bible stories. As the story goes a lawyer stands up and asks Jesus, “What can I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus, being the ultimate counselor, asked him a question: “What do you think?” The man answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind and soul, and your neighbor as yourself.” To which Jesus said, "You do this, and you will live eternally.” The man then asks “Who is my neighbor? Jesus responds, “Let me tell you a story. There once was a man walking down the Jericho Road.”
Through the parable of the Good Samaritan, I believe Jesus wants us to understand that on our walk down the road of life on earth we will encounter suffering, just like the man walking down the Jericho Road. But also that He expects us to be Good Samaritans and get involved with others who are suffering. God desperately wants us to get involved with those in need that we meet along the road of life.
For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many. ~ Mark 10:45
Why are we not obedient to God's calling to help those in need? The devil wants us to believe that it is not safe, it will cost too much, or that we don't have time. Many times I think we fail to reach out and help others because we are so focused on our own challenges along the road.
While walking my Jericho Road, I often have to step back and realize that my sufferings pale in comparison to the lifelong sufferings of the children that I am desperately trying to help in Haiti. I also find that helping others along the way is spiritual therapy for my own struggles.
What sufferings are you currently experiencing on your Jericho Road?
Do you recognize and reach out to help those in need along the way?
The greatest among you will be your servant ~ Matthew 23:11