news of the rabbi who taught a radical redemption was spreading well beyond the religious community. the common people followed him in hoards, hoping to hear his healing teaching – or even experience the touch of his hand.
jesus made his way through jericho – the place joshua and the people of israel saw the city’s walls of self-protection fall down, making way for a new kingdom. it had been the home of king david’s great grandmother, the
whore restored, rahab.
the crowd pressed in as jesus walked along the road, hanging on his every word.
the region’s most notorious traitor – zaccheus – hurried along trying to break through the crowd to catch a peek at this problematic prophet. it was rumored jesus encouraged his followers to live lives tilted toward grace, not judgement; reconciliation, not separation; radical hospitality, not exclusion.
some said he had even restored sight to those who were blind.