Today we visited Jericho, the oldest inhabited city in the world. We toured the Israeli national park site of Beit She’an. While there is no Biblical evidence that Jesus every came here, it is a fine example of a Roman and Byzantine city. It has wonderful stone work and a theatre that would seat 7000 when it was fully intact. An Earthquake in 765 AD destroyed most of the city.
Afterwards we travel up to Jerusalem through the Judean wilderness. We saw Bedouins that have lived as Abraham did for thousands of years with their sheep and goats. We emerged through a tunnel to the splendor of the “golden” city of Jerusalem. After viewing the city from Mount Scopus, we went to the Garden of Gethsemane church and then to the excavated house of Caiaphas, where probably Jesus was held the night before his crucifixion. We truly felt the power of the place as the lights were lowered and we felt the dark loneliness that Jesus must have felt there.
The beauty of the life and ministry and death and resurrection of Jesus is that we do not ever have to feel alone! Christ is with us today just as he was with his Disciples then. He loves us and cares for us. In fact He loved us so much, that he endured terrible things so that we can live.
Thank you Jesus for your sacrifice for us! Thank you Jesus for your love for us! Help us not only to believe but also to act upon that belief. Amen!