Israel, wow you have gone and done it again and given me another trip of a lifetime.
The first time John Luke went to Israel was our spring break in 2016. We went with our school with some of our closest friends and it made for some off the greatest times and memories of my life. I was afraid any trip back would pale in comparison to that one, but this was not the case AT ALL.
This place holds a special place in my heart. I truly do love it there and love the people. The last time we were there the whole Bible just came to life. Shlomo, our tour guide used the phrase, “It’s like reading the Bible in 3D.” I remember sitting on the southern steps in Jerusalem when my “aha!” moment happened and so much just started making sense. On this recent trip, as well as learning about Israel in biblical times, I also feel like I learned so much about current Israel. Learning about the prophecies that are being fulfilled, and hearing more about the heart of the Jewish people. It was so surreal sitting in church in Louisiana on Christmas Eve, listening to our pastor preach on Jerusalem, when I had just been walking those very streets.
Israel has been in the news lately, and since we’ve been back I’ve been asked if we felt safe there or not, and the answer is YES. On the last night of Hanukkah, some of us went out to dinner, and I truly felt so at home walking around that little outdoor mall. All these families were out and everyone was singing and dancing and full of joy, and it just felt like we were walking amongst friends. Everyone we encountered was so kind.
It truly was a privilege to get to walk where Jesus walked. We serve a God who loves us enough that He sent down His only son, who took on flesh and lived on this earth. Fully God and fully human. It’s hard to even wrap my mind around. I’m just left feeling so thankful for His love and thankful for His faithfulness to us. I think everyone should try and make there way over to the Holy Land if at all possible. It will change your life. But if you never get the opportunity to go, this was the biggest thing I took away two years ago: You can be just as close to God in your own home, as you can in Israel. When you become a believer His Spirit comes to live IN you!
It truly is difficult for me to even begin to describe this trip to you, because I still feel at such a loss for words just thinking about it! So many thoughts and emotions were swirling through my head while we were there and still are. To sum it all up, I am so thankful for he opportunity to go back to Israel and get to experience it all over again with family. It was such a blessing to be in the Holy land.
Sea of Galilee
*where Jesus walked on water, Matthew 14
Mt. of Beatitudes
Jesus preached the sermon on the Mt., Matthew 5
Jesus lived for a while and taught in the synagogue and healed Peter’s mother-in-law, Luke 4
Major city built by King Herod
Elijah called down fire, 1 Kings 18
where the angry mob took Jesus to throw him off the cliff, Luke 4
where John the Baptist baptized Jesus, Matthew 3
Drive from Tiberius to Jerusalem
if you ever find yourself in Bethlehem, go visit The Three Arches for your souvenirs! They are Christians in Bethlehem so it’d be so great to support them. Not to mention they probably have the most beautiful carved olive wood.
where Jesus was born, Luke 2
Mt. of Olives
Garden of Gethsemane
where Jesus went to pray before He was crucified, Matthew 26
Inner city of Jerusalem
Church of the Holy Sepulchre
the Via Dolorosa and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre is the traditional view the Catholic Church holds of where Jesus walked with the cross and was crucified
Pools of Bethesda
where Jesus healed the lame man, John 5
Qumran, read here
Masada, read here
The Dead Sea
Palace of David
read about David’s life in 1 & 2 Samuel….some of my favorites books of the Bible!!
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here’s the boots you guys are always asking about haha, here