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Israel Part 3
Posted: Oct 25, 2009 in Uncategorized | No Comments |

What a day of contrast it was today. The tour is winding down and we have just a few more things left to see tomorrow. Our flight leaves in about 24 hours and we will get back to Fort Myers at about 5:30 on Monday. This truly has been a trip of a lifetime! Today was the culmination. We started the day in Bethlehem and first went to the shepherds fields. How incredible it was to imagine the sky above filled with the heavenly hosts telling those humble shepherds, “Behold I bring you tidings of great joy!” If I was one of those shepherds, I probably would have had a coronary!
After the fields, we made our way to the church of the nativity where Jesus was born. I have never seen a crowd of people like that in my life! We seriously felt like cattle! They took us down to a little cave where they had a star of Bethlehem in the spot where they believe Jesus was born. Inside this little church, there must have been no less than 2,000 people. Imagine not being able to move a step. People crowding everywhere around you all for the chance to peek inside a little cave. We waited in line for over 3 hours just to have that chance.
After having some lunch, we made our way to the garden tomb where it is believed by many to be the place where Jesus was laid. I saw Calvary which is the spitting image of a skull just like the gospels said. After spending some time there, we made our way down to the tomb and to our surprise, there were no crowds there. The tomb was smaller than the cave where Jesus was born. Only 5 people at a time could go in. Our group of 50 was in and out of the tomb in less than 15 minutes. This whole experience got me thinking about the contrast between the two locations. On one hand, we have thousands of people waiting in line for hours to see the place where Jesus was born and another, much fewer seeing the spot where He was raised from the dead. Ladies and gentleman, I sat in the tomb. He isn’t there anymore! I saw the place where the stone was rolled away. The resurrection of Jesus is the lifeline of our faith. It is because He raised from the dead that we have freedom and hope for tomorrow. I leave you with a song many know so well. This truly has been the trip of a lifetime and I can see with absolute certainty I will never be the same again.
“Because He lives, I can face tomorrow. Because He lives, all fear is gone. Because I know, I know He holds the future. And life is worth the living just because He lives.”
Now go and tell someone about it.

With Expectancy!



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