The Road to Jerusalem: A Walk to Change History

Walks can change history!

In early 1930, Mohandas Ghandi led "The Salt March", which was an act of civil disobedience to protest British rule in India. Britain’s Salt Acts prohibited Indians from collecting or selling salt, a staple in the Indian diet. During the march, thousands of Indians followed Gandhi from his religious retreat near Ahmedabad to the Arabian Sea coast, a distance of some 240 miles. There, Gandhi and his supporters were to defy British policy by making salt from seawater. The march resulted in the arrest of nearly 60,000 people, including Gandhi himself. As a result of the march and subsequent events, India finally was granted its independence in 1947.

A similar walk to change history took place in early 1965. 

Martin Luther King Jr.’s Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) made Selma, Alabama, the focus of its efforts to register black voters in the South. That March, protesters attempting to march from Selma to the state capital of Montgomery were met with violent resistance by state and local authorities. As the world watched, the protesters (under the protection of federalized National Guard troops) finally achieved their goal, walking around the clock for three days to reach Montgomery. The historic march, and King’s participation in it, greatly helped raise awareness of the difficulty faced by black voters in the South, and the need for a Voting Rights Act, passed later that year.

There have been many walks like these that have changed the course of history.

But by far the greatest is the walk taken by Jesus along the road to Jerusalem.

This walk changed history for all mankind!

I invite you to join us at Liberty over the next two Sundays as we join Jesus on his walk along the road to Jerusalem.

Could this walk change your history?

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