How Jesus Used Geography to Tell God’s Story
While walking the roads of the Holy Land, Jesus often taught His followers lessons that would come down to us through God’s Word. Jesus often linked lessons and landscape. When we accept his invitation to walk along the road with him, we find ourselves visiting places we have been before as Bible readers. This is no accident. Jesus frequently takes us to places we have been before, so that he can build a new lesson on an earlier experience we have had at a place.
And that raises some new and interesting questions. Why did Jesus go to the Jordan River east of Jericho for his baptism? Why did Jesus go into the wilderness to be tempted? Why did Jesus take us back to the region of Caesarea Philippi to have a conversation about his identity?
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.
In this DVD, filmed in Israel, we will walk with Jesus to seven locations and feel the geographic deja vu. Each 10-minute episode will find us in a new location at which Jesus is building a lesson on the layers of story beneath our feet.
Follow Beck through the Holy Land as he shares details which will enhance your own spiritual journey. The program includes:
- Birth of Jesus in Bethlehem
- Temptation in the wilderness
- Raising a young man from the dead at Nain
- Feeding 4,000 in the Decapolis
- Defeat of pagan land claims at Caesarea Philippi/Dan
- Call for coronation Mount of Olives/Gihon Spring
- Great Commission on Mount Arbel. Accept Jesus’s invitation to “Come follow me” (Matthew 4:19), and learn from Him as we walk along the road.
This DVD documentary is complemented by the book of the same title.