From Here to Jerusalem and Beyond

By Steven Koster

March 31, 2017

Our April theme for the Today devotions, written by Chaplain Norman Brown, is “From Here to Jerusalem and Beyond.”

Have you been to the Holy Land? I was privileged to visit last year, and it was an unforgettable experience. If you’ve been there, you likely will agree with me that to walk the same rough, rocky roads that Jesus walked is life-changing. The vivid, physical context makes the Bible stories even more real and specific. Praying in the Garden of Gethsemane in sight of the temple mount or casting nets on the Sea of Galilee make biblical history come alive.

Many of us will likely never travel to Israel. We do, however, have the Bible to tell us what happened and how God acted there. And we have teachers like Chaplain Brown to help us travel in our understanding of those scriptures from here to Jerusalem, where Jesus suffered and died for our sins. He invites us to spend time with the disciples as they desert Jesus, but then gather again after the resurrection and actually see the risen Lord!

Then Chaplain Brown walks with us through some of our own doubts and fears, helping us to understand what it actually means to believe in the resurrected Christ. And, as he ends the month, he tells us that the words and actions of Jesus are “All we need to know” so that we might believe and have eternal life.

Jesus went to Jerusalem to complete the work of our redemption, and that good news spread far beyond! Join us as we explore how God acted then in Jerusalem, and acts now wherever you are.

Norman Brown is a retired U.S. Navy chaplain. His life’s experiences are tied into his writings. You can hear more of his thoughts as he wrote these devotions in this audio interview.

May you be refreshed, refocused, and renewed in God’s Word!

About the author — Steven Koster

Rev. Dr. Steven Koster joined Back to God Ministries International in 2006 and soon launched ReFrame Media with a fresh vision for media and technology to build disciples and communities in Christ. During his time as Director of ReFrame, he also served as the Executive Editor of Today. Steven stepped down from these roles in 2019 as he felt led to focus on new challenges, including doctoral research and their family’s bed and breakfast in Grand Rapids. He and his wife Deb have three adult children and enjoy leading pre-marital counseling and marriage enrichment seminars. Steven continues to collaborate with Deb to produce our marriage and family ministry, Family Fire.

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