The Jericho Road
“On the Jericho Road
There’s room for just two.
No more and no less,
Just Jesus and you.”
So go the words of an old gospel song. The Jericho Road is a road in the land of Palestine. It is a road that runs through all of 2010; it runs through your life and mine.
Some 3,400 years ago, Joshua led his army down that road. Under his leadership the Israelites captured the city of Jericho. For six successive days, you remember, they marched around the city’s walls.
On the seventh day they encircled the walls seven times, a shout went up, the walls came tumbling down and a great victory was won.
There are victories for you and me to win in the coming year. What would you like to do? What would you like to accomplish? Move out into the future at God’s command. He waits to lead you to victory.
It was on the Jericho Road that a little man climbed up into a sycamore tree in order to see Jesus as he passed by. Jesus went home with Zacchaeus that day and Zachaeus’s life was changed forever.
Along the Jericho Road Jesus is ever passing by. If you want to, really want to, you can have him in your heart in the year 2010 and in all the years to come.
A certain man, a Samaritan was on the Jericho Road in the story Jesus told when he came upon a man who had been beaten, robbed and left for dead. In compassion he dressed the wounds, brought him to an inn, and cared for him. Because of his deed of love he is remembered as “the Good Samaritan.”
Yours is the opportunity to be a Good Samaritan in the year ahead. Look around you and you will find so many people in need. Look carefully. You will come to know that everyone is carrying a heavy load. And it is forever true: “As we lift our brother’s load, we find our own made light.”
On the Jericho Road the blind Bartimaeus cried out, “Jesus, son of David, have mercy on me.” In his darkness he called out to Christ and found a land of light.
On the Jericho Road in 2010 there is help for you and me. “Sight, riches, healing of the mind, all we need in him we find.”
On the Jericho Road in 2010 there are victories to be won; there is service to be rendered. There is healing for those in need and, if we would have it so, life can be transformed and changed.
Rev. Nichols is Minister Emeritus of First Christian Church, Temple, where he served as senior minister for 23 years. He writes a column for several newspapers. firstname.lastname@example.org