On November 8-17 Pastor Scott will lead a spiritual journey of a lifetime to the Holy Land. On this pilgrimage you’ll have a chance to retrace the life and walk in the footsteps of Jesus Christ. You’ll have a chance to visit the cities and sites we read about in the Bible. It is something we recommend everybody experiences if at all possible. For more information, download the brochure (also includes paper registration form).
Depart Kansas City today on your flights to Tel Aviv, Israel.
Arrive in Tel Aviv this afternoon and transfer to your hotel in Bethlehem. Enjoy dinner and a good night's sleep.
Today visit the cave where Jesus was born and the church that has been constructed on the site (Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 2:1-7). Nearby, you will view the Shepherds’ Field where the Good News was first heard. Visit the Herodion, the fortified palace and final resting place of Herod the Great, constructed before Christ's birth and the only structure named for Herod in the Holy Land. This afternoon visit Bethlehem Bible College for a lecture on the Palestinian perspective to the Middle East conflict. Dinner and overnight at your hotel.
Depart Bethlehem today and travel down to the Jordan Valley and visit Kasr-el-Yehud, the baptismal site near the Dead Sea thought to be the approximate area when Christ was baptized by John the Baptist. Visit nearby Jericho and ascend to the Mt. of Temptation via cable car and visit the monastery built into the mountain cliffs. Continue north through the Jordan Valley to your beautiful hotel offering tremendous views from above the Sea of Galilee.
Cross the waters of the Sea of Galilee aboard a Kinnereth Sailing Company boat. Along the way, participate in a special onboard worship service. Travel to Capernaum, the center of Jesus’ ministry in the Galilee. Visit the synagogue which stands on the site where Jesus taught. Recall his teaching and preaching the gospel of the kingdom (Matthew 4:13, 23). See the Horns of Hittim and walk the route that Christ would have taken from Nazareth to the Galilee. After some time for personal reflection, continue to Nazareth, Jesus’ boyhood home (Matthew 2:23). Visit the Church of the Annunciation and experience modern day Nazareth. Continue to Magdala, once home to Mary Magdalene, and see a recently discovered first century synagogue.
Visit Sepphoris, the cosmopolitan Roman capital of Galilee until Herod Antipas built Tiberias. It is heralded as the traditional birthplace of Mary. Continue into the West Bank and past Tel Dothan, thought to be the place where Joseph found his brothers with their flocks (Genesis 37). Continue to Samaria, the capital of the Northern Kingdom, and home to Ahab and Jezebel. Trace the route of the Holy Family through the West Bank and visit modern day Nablus (ancient Shechem) and see Jacob's well where Christ encountered the Samaritan woman (John 4). From Nablus, see Mt. Ebal and Mt. Gerizim where the Israelites recited the blessings and cursings of the Law. Continue to Jerusalem for dinner and overnight.
Visit the Temple Mount this morning. View the Pool of Bethesda (John 5:1-31) where Jesus performed the Sabbath miracle. Visit Herod’s Antonia Fortress where Jesus was brought before Pontius Pilate (Luke 23:1-11). Walk the Via Dolorosa, "the Way of the Cross," and stand in reverence at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
Stand atop the Mount of Olives as Jesus did and enjoy a remarkable view of the “Golden City” of Jerusalem, including the Temple Mount and Dome of the Rock. Forty days after his resurrection, Jesus ascended into heaven from the Mount of Olives (Acts 1:9-12). Pray in the Garden of Gethsemane as Jesus prayed (Matt. 26:36-44). Continue to Mount Zion to visit the House of the High Priest Caiaphas where Jesus was imprisoned for a night (Matt. 26:57-65). Stand in the Upper Room, revered as the place of the Last Supper (Mark 14:12-26). Finally visit the Garden Tomb, and experience the reality of the Resurrection.
Free Day with an optional tour to Masada and the Dead Sea or to the Israel Museum to see the Dead Sea Scrolls and Yad Vashem, the national Holocaust memorial of Israel.
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