Lee Eclov talks about a board game his family used to play in the mid-50s put out by Parker Brothers called “Going to Jerusalem.” Each player was represented by a plastic disciple with robe, sandals and a staff.
With a roll of the dice you looked up answers in a little New Testament. You started, of course, in Bethlehem and proceeded through the Mount of Olives, Bethsaida, Capernaum, the stormy seas, Nazareth and Bethany. You could, if you were winning, make it all the way to the triumphal entry into Jerusalem.
But there were no enemies. No one plotting your death. No cross. No death. You made your way through the nice stories and skipped right over “Deny yourself, take up your cross and follow Me.” Many of us want to “Go to Jerusalem.” But there is no freedom in Jerusalem without the cross, without denial of self, without ceasing to follow others to follow Christ.
Dr. Matt Friedeman