Our trip to Jordan/Israel
It was such a privilege and joy to lead 27 people to the Holy Land recently! We flew out of Denver on May 25 and returned on June 3.
In Jordan, we had the opportunity to tour Petra, the ancient Edomite and Nabatean capital. Petra is noted as one of the 7 wonders of the world, and recently declared to be the most desired tourist site in the world. Kathy, Rachel and I experienced our first-ever camel ride there.
We crossed over Jordan on the Allenby bridge into Israel. We began our tour at the baptismal site of JESUS, made a visit to Masada, drove through Jericho, and made our way to the Sea of Galilee region.
In the Galilee region, we visited the Mount of Beatitudes, where JESUS gave His sermon on the mount. We also toured Capernaum, where we saw the foundation of the house of Peter's mother-in-law, and stood in the synagogue where JESUS gave His famous message "I am the Bread of Life." Our group also enjoyed a memorable boat ride on the Sea of Galilee, the very body of water upon which JESUS walked. While in the region, we visited Beth Shean, one of the best preserved Decapolis Roman cities, the place where King Saul and his sons' bodies were hung form the city walls after being defeated by the Philistines. Before we left the region, we stood at the site where JESUS met with His disciples post-resurrection, the place where JESUS asked Peter, "Do you love me more than these?"
We made our way westward as we visited the Mount of Precipice, where we could see the Valley of Jezreel for miles. Then we visited Megiddo, the fortress city of King Solomon, later built upon by the infamous King Ahab. We looked out over the valley of Armageddon, where the last war on earth will be waged. We continued on to Mount Carmal, where Elijah prayed and GOD defeated the 450 prophets of Baal.
The city of Caesarea by the Mediterranean Sea was remarkable, with the theatre, the ancient ruins, the Hippodrome, and the realization that Paul stood before King Agrippa at that site. It was also the place of the meeting between Peter and Cornelius (Acts 10:24).
We then made our way to the Holy City, Jerusalem. We began our tour at the Mount of Olives, made our way to the Garden of Gethsemane, walked the Via Dolorosa, visited the Pool of Bethesda, sat on the "southern steps" of the Temple (where JESUS did much of His teaching), and experienced the Western Wall (Wailing Wall). We toured Mt. Zion and the Upper Room, went to the house of the high priest, Caiaphas, where JESUS was housed the day before His crucifixion. We visited Ein Karem, the birthplace of John the Baptist, and also went to Bethlehem, the birthplace of JESUS.
On the final day of the tour, we visited the Israel Museum, drove to the City of David, and walked in Hezekiah's tunnel. We did get wet, but we really enjoyed the walk through the water and the tunnel!
We climaxed our tour with a trip to Golgotha & the Garden (Empty) Tomb.I had the privilege of reading Scripture, leading in several hymns, and serving the LORD's Supper.
We ended the day with a farewell dinner, and then made our way back to Denver.
On Sunday night, June 28, we will share slides and testimonies about our trip.