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Along the Road

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Along the Road

While walking the roads of the Holy Land, Jesus often taught His followers lessons that would come down to us through God’s Word. But, from our perspective—in our very different time and place—many of the Lord’s allusions to the surrounding landscape have been lost. In Along the Road, John Beck highlights how the land provided talking points, how Jewish teachers used the hills and valleys as a lesson plan. Beck takes you through the life and ministry of Christ in a 7-part program that starts with the birth of Christ in a Bethlehem stable.

Series Guide
Jesus was born in Bethlehem, a village in which the Lord frequently delivered solutions for people in trouble.  Matthew and Luke reference this village nine times in telling the story of Jesus’s birth, highlighting that it too is a solution story.   
After his baptism, Jesus faced temptation in the wilderness. Matthew tells this story to highlight five parallels and one major difference between Israel’s and Jesus’s temptation experiences in the wilderness.
Jesus traveled to Mount Moreh to raise a mother’s son from the dead, just as Elisha had before on this same mountain. The locals saw the symmetry and proclaimed Jesus to be a great prophet.  
Jesus rode a donkey down the Mount of Olives in the direction of the Gihon Spring on Palm Sunday. The crowd called for His coronation because they were seeing Jesus do what King Solomon had done in the same place on the day of his coronation.
Jesus made two trips to the east side of the Sea of Galilee, the Gentile Decapolis. The second miracle He performed there, the feeding of the 4,000, is precipitated by the first, the healing of a demon-possessed man.
Jesus took the disciples to the base of Mount Hermon to ask and answer the question, “Who do people say that I am?” Only when we realize how much this part of the Holy Land had struggled to understand who God was, will we appreciate Peter’s confession and Jesus’s confirmation of it using local geography.
The Sermon on the Mount is one of the most powerful discourses we have from the ministry of Jesus, beginning with the Beatitudes but ending on a quiet note. That is until we learn that Jesus returned to this same mountain to give His Great Commission.
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