My wife walks a lot. Almost every morning I see her as I look out the door of my office. She walks the road the connects the church building to our house, up and down, back and forth. I don’t even know how many times. But she walks…a lot.
I read an article the other day that cataloged how much Jesus would have walked in His life (in the days before cars and bikes and motorized segues).
Some of the highlights:
Although Jesus was probably carried to Egypt by his parents as an infant, He most likely walked when they returned to his native land. Estimated distance: 400 miles.–Every devout Jewish male went to Jerusalem three times per year to attend religious festivals. Since Jesus lived in Nazareth, that would have been a 240mile round trip, three times per year. Between the ages of 5 and 30, Jesus,would have walked 18,000 miles in trips to Jerusalem alone.–At the start of His ministry, Jesus went to be baptized in the wilderness of Judea. From there He went to Galilee and was in Capernaum and Cana. This would have been a round trip of at least 250 miles.–As a devout Jew, Jesus would have made at least nine trips to Jerusalem and back during His ministry. Five of those trips are mentioned in the Bible, and four are not. Adding them all together, and you get a total of over two-thousand miles just walking to and from Jerusalem.–The Bible mentions other trips that Jesus went on as well. He made one circuit trip from Capernaum to Cana and Nazareth and back. (60 miles). He also made a circuit trip to Nain and returned to Capernaum. (70 miles). A number of other trips Jesus took are mentioned in the Bible, and those who have calculated the total mileage of Jesus during His public ministry (for trips alone) estimate it to be about 3,125 miles.–The grand total Jesus walked in His 33 years on earth while traveling on trips is easily over 20,000 miles.