Friday, July 3, 2009

What happened to Jesus' hiking stick?

Its a little odd to think about, but I'm looking at the gospel lesson scheduled for this Sunday, Mark 6:1-13, especially verses 8 and 9:

These were his instructions: "Take nothing for the journey except a staff—no bread, no bag, no money in your belts. Wear sandals but not an extra tunic..."

So my question; Since this statement assumes that the disciples (who were being sent out for missionary practice) had staffs/walking sticks, what about Jesus? Did Jesus have a walking stick? What happened to it? and Why don't we put that into our paintings of him more often?

I think it's plausible that Jesus could've had a walking stick. I mean, he did a TON of walking - and the terrain wasn't just flat and smooth by any means! I would have a walking stick if I were Jesus!

And if anyone has ever had a walking stick/cane/staff/etc., you know that those items become sort of special to you. And EVERYONE who's ANYONE had a walking stick: Moses had one, Elijah had one, Gandalf had one... (um, forget about that last one... sorry)

So who got to keep Jesus' walking stick? Or did it just get left behind when he was arrested in the Garden of Gethemane? Or maybe John grabbed it and Jesus ended up taking it back into heaven with him as a memento of his travels...

The point of thinking about this today is really to take a moment to consider the fact that, yes, while Jesus was amazing and authoritative and awesome as God's Son incarnate... he was also, in a very 'normal' way, fully man. A man like us... a man who would've appreciated having a walking stick to lean on.

How 'bout that?


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