Walking with Jesus New Testament Author:God TNIV Today's New International Version — WALKING WITH JESUS — Jesus calle twelve disciples--or learners--to walk with him. As they traveled together throughout ancient Israel, he taught them about His intentions for the ideal society, which He called the kingdom of God. For three years they followed Jesus as He taught thousands of people and heale... more »d many of their diseases.
At the beginning, the Twelve thought they understood where their journey with Jesus would take them. However, Jesus often said puzzling things that they could not understand. The disciples had expectations that were not fulfilled. Yet, in spite of their misunderstandings and disappointments, they continued to walk with Jesus. As they did, they began to discover what it meant to truly follow Him.
You will see this story told from different perspectives in the first four books of the New Testament. The fifth book, Acts, tells how the message about walking with Jesus spread around the known world at that time. Most of the rest of the books are letters of encouragement and instruction to Jesus' followers. The last book, Revelation, explores the last things in history through apocalyptic imagery.
One of these letters of encouragement, from a man named Paul to a young leader named Timothy, includes this instruction:
Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life (1 Timothy 6:17-19, p. 294).
As you read this story, you also are invited to discover what walking with Jesus means and to take hold of the life that is truly life.« less