So we have just returned from a journey through the Middle Eastern countries of Jordan and Israel. Together with 25 people, a tour guide, a bible teacher, and a tourist police officer - we travelled, visited and contemplated the beautiful land of milk and honey, and followed the footsteps of the great Moses; the Israelites he was leading; the quirky John the Baptist; and of course, the earth-walking Jesus.
To say this experience was enjoyable would be the great understatement. It was so much more than that. It has profoundly rearranged the way I think, read and see Jesus and His human-inspired book. Discovering this lands' geography and its’ ancient artifacts acutely deepened my understanding of Jesus and His ministry. To walk in the footsteps of biblical and historical greats - & to see their culture and experience the diversity of this part of the world - was a massive spiritual encouragement.
So I've created a picture book for you below to lead you through some of our musings; but I wanna steal your attention a tad longer with a personal thought -
On this trip, it seemed grammatically appropriate to talk about Jesus in the past tense; and feel almost star-struck by the memorial sights that commemorated His fame and history. I'd honestly catch myself searching and wondering about the physical traces of Jesus - & whether or not His earth-ridden sandals set foot on a particular road or piece of land. But I had this prominent and consistent whisper going on in my head that reminded me that He’s not in the past nor caught in the future. He’s so very alive and well … & He was in this place .... but better than that - He walks with me everyday! You don’t needa go to no holy land to be part of Him. It was a nice lesson to take me home!
Please continue on if you you're interested to see some of our captures and related text.
|Mt Nebo is the place where Moses ascended to look into the|
Promised Land. You can see why it was called the land
of 'milk and honey'. The lush, green Jordan Valley
(top left corner ) is surrounded by the arid plains of Moab.
|Sitting outside John the Baptists 'prison cave' |
learning about his ministry and
Herod's evil deeds.
|The western wall was a hive of activity. |
Orthodox Jews were fervently reciting
the Torah as it was the week leading
up to the Passover Festival.
|Orthodox Jews flooded into the city |
for the Passover week.
|This is the pool of Bethesda where Jesus |
healed the sick man in John 5.
|A reenactment of how they think |
Jesus spent His time working in Nazareth.
(in all truth He was probably more a stone mason than
carpenter but that is for another time)
|Nazareths' country side - full of mustard |
(yellow flowers) and olive trees.
|Note that Port Power supporters are not |
welcome in the town of Capernaum.
However, Jesus based himself there during
His ministry years. His best mate Peter
also has a house there.
|This is the site of the Capernaum Synagogue. |
No doubt Jesus spent many a day
teaching on this site.
|Looking towards the Sea of Galilee down the |
face of the Mt of Beatitudes.
|Floating on the Sea of Galilee, looking back to the |
shore line that Jesus first found the disciples.
Thinking about the many stories of what happened
on or around this area.
Hey, I'm impressed if you got to this point. Thanks for caring :)