How you walk can show something about what’s in your heart. When I’m walking up front of church with my robe on, I’ll tend to walk a
certain way. It won’t be too slow that I don’t ever get anywhere, but it won’t be too fast, either. I don’t want to rush around, but I want to walk in a way that’s hopefully dignified and respectful in leading a worship service. I want the way I walk to show I care about what I’m doing. Plus the fact that if I moved much faster I could easily trip over my robe.
But there are times where different kinds of walks are required. Those who were graduating from our grade school this past Thursday night couldn’t exactly come sprinting in to the graduation service. But at the same time, there might have been just a little bit of excitement in their steps. Graduating from eighth grade is a big deal; it’s on to high school next year! There’s good reason to be excited and happy in how you walk.
And when the last bell rang and the last day of school ended on Friday, I’d imagine a few of the kids—not just those graduating but some from all the classes—might have even gone running out of the school building! After all, class is over! No more classes and textbooks and tests, at least for a few months! Summer vacation! That’s an exciting time! And it might just show itself in how the kids walk.
There are other times of life with a special walk, too. On her wedding day, a bride walks down an aisle like this here in church. And it’s a kind of formal occasion; she’s not rushing. She’s going slow, maybe in time with the music. But in her walk you might see excitement with just a touch of nervousness as she prepares to begin her married life with her husband.
Of course, an aisle like this can be used for a different walk, too. At a funeral, the casket will often get walked down this aisle, with the family following close behind. There’s different emotions going on there, aren’t there? Sure, I pray there’s hope after a funeral here at St. John’s, but there’s also bound to be sadness. There’s that little thought we have that this person we love isn’t going to be walking with us anymore in this life. So we don’t move as fast. Maybe we keep our heads down. Maybe our hearts are just a bit heavy.
Now, the Bible doesn’t say much about how Jesus walked. But in our text for today, we see two groups of people walking who ran into each other. The group that had Jesus in it was full of excitement and joy, and the other group was sad and mourning. By the time the two groups came together and Jesus had a chance to use his power and love, everyone was rejoicing—and I’d imagine their walks showed it.
So today, I want to encourage you to walk his way. I want you to walk, to live your life, as someone who has been affected, heart and soul, by your Savior’s love. I want you to look at Jesus who rules over your life in good times and bad, and to walk rejoicing in his power that enables you to live now and to live with him forever. Continue reading