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Israel Part 2
Posted: Oct 22, 2009 in Uncategorized | No Comments |

What an incredible trip this has been! We have been touring now for about a week but it seems like a lot longer than that. We started the tour in the area of the Sea of Galilee which was gorgeous! We then took a 2 day jaunt into Jordan to visit the city of Amman as well as Petra. Petra was an experience that I will never forget. The only thing that comes remotely close to describing Petra is the Grand Canyon. If you ever have a few minutes, google Petra. The pictures that you see online will not come remotely close to portraying how amazing this site truly is but at least it will give you a lot of information. After leaving Petra, we crossed the border into Israel which was quite an experience.

I have a hobby of collecting knives. I have them from several different countries that I have visited. While we were in Jordan, I picked up a very interesting dagger. Well, crossing the border into Israel proved to be very interesting. I put the dagger into my suitcase as to not give the impression that I was using the knife or could have it handy for any sort of intent for harm. We took a bus and all of the luggage was underneath. When you cross the border, all luggage has to go off of the bus, get inspected and then put into a different bus. It seems like a lot of security but I will give them the benefit of the doubt because of what they have to deal with on a day to day basis living in Israel. Needless to say, I understand why security is so tight. Our group made it through the line fine and then I came through passport control where they made me (and only me) go through to a separate room where they searched me, took my fingerprints and picture and asked me a bunch of questions about why I had the knife with me. They actually let me keep it! The group was a little curious as to why I was detained and we had a good laugh. It was a bit interesting to say the least.

After the formalities with the border situation, we passed by Jericho (which though in Israel is controlled by the Palestinians) and made the trip into Jerusalem. Seeing Jerusalem for the first time was an experience I will never forget. This morning, our first stop was at the Mt. of Olives where Jesus will one day return to take His rightful place! The most memorable time of the day came just a few steps down the Palm Sunday road to the Garden of Gethsemane. Today, I sat in the very spot where Jesus sweat drops of blood in anticipation of drinking the cup of suffering. What was in that cross? The sin of humanity. I have often heard comments from people saying, “The Jewish people put Jesus on the cross.” They are wrong. The Jewish people did not put Jesus on the cross. I did. You did. We all did. Jesus died for us all and it was because of our sin that He died. I will never be the same again after experiencing what I experienced today. We also got to see the Holocaust museum today. That was a heartwrenching experience, but I will talk about that more on a different day.

With Expectancy!

Corey

cbaker@famfm.com

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