Did you know that Jesus was an outdoorsman?
Jesus was the best fishing buddy ever! One day Simon Peter and his buddies were going fishing. They weren’t catching any fish. Jesus told them to cast their nets on the right side. They caught so many fish they couldn’t even pull in the net (John 21:3-6).
When a violet storm came up while the disciples were fishing, he calmed the storm (Luke 8:24-25). Now that’s the kind of fishing buddy I want!
Jesus’ earthly family was outdoorsy. His cousin John the Baptist wore animal skins. He was also the prophet who baptised Jesus and had been prophesying about His coming.
Now John himself was clothed in camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist; and his food was locusts and wild honey. Matthew 3:4
His earthly father, Joseph, was a real do-it-yourselfer. Joseph was a carpenter. I’m sure Jesus was quite a DIY’er also, growing up a carpenter’s son (Matthew 13:55).
Jesus loved and respected His mama. Now, I know that doesn’t make him an outdoorsman, but it is a characteristic of many outdoorsmen. When He was about to be crucified, Jesus made sure his mother had someone to look after her.
Then He said to the disciple, “Behold your mother!” And from that hour that disciple took her to his own home. John 19:27 New King James Version
The Bible has been translated into a lot of different languages and versions. I think it were translated with a Southern accent, it would read,
“Take care of mama.”
Jesus was a hiker. In the New Testament, we are given a glimpse into His adult life as He hit the trail, going from town to town with His buddies, the Disciples. He performed many miracles on His excursion and we get an idea of who He was as a man, on this long hike with the Disciples.
Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people. Matthew 9:35 New King James Version
News of Jesus’ birth was proclaimed to shepherds. I think of the shepherds as the first backpackers. They slept outside and were a rugged and tough group. And yet, an angel appeared to this motley group, telling them the good news. A Savior had been born (Luke 2:8-17).
Isn’t it interesting that the people were directed to Jesus lying in a manger, by a very bright star? (Matthew 2:2)
The stars. Such a common element among outdoorsmen and women. Whether you are camping, hiking or night fishing, the stars direct your eyes to the Heavens. They give you a sense of peace and comfort. The same stars we look upon in the sky, were there the night Jesus was born.
One thing I love about camping and hiking is the beautiful nature, seemingly untouched. You feel like you are the first person to hike this path, but actually we have been following in His footsteps for years.
I’ll see ya around the campfire.