When we read scripture, we can imagine what Israel must have been like during the iconic biblical events. However, it is a whole other thing once you actually walk through the land of Bethlehem. Imagine the temperature above your head, the dust under your feeted, and the smell of the air. Once you walk through the Holy Land, you will not only have a new perspective on Christ’s journey, but you will also be reawakened to the reality of the Gospel.
Knowing the Environment
When we read the Gospels, we often think about the journeys that Jesus and his family/followers endured. We can imagine their hearts and feelings during those stories, but do you ever imagine their journeys in their actual environment? Do you realize what the towns looked like, how life was like, and where people had to commute to for their living-needs? What was the separation between Samaria and Galilee? What was the size of the Roman rule in comparison to Jewish homes? These geographical areas will not only help illuminate the context of the Bible, but you will be opened up to what it was like to live in that land.
Learning the Culture
Israel, like any country, has changed a lot over the centuries. But even as the times have changed, its roots are still held close. Israel holds over 200 museums, all of which contain historical, scientific and artistic pieces that grant visitors a unique insight into their past and present. The Israel Museum in Jerusalem contains the Dead Sea Scrolls, as well as other amazing biblical artifacts. Israel still remembers the lands where God touched. You can learn a lot about the Holy land with the individual towns as a hot base of information. You will have the opportunity to walk through holy land areas such as Capernaum, Nazareth, and Bethlehem. As you get to know the land, new information on the culture and concerns of the day will pop up. You will be able to gain a glimpse into what people were thinking when Jesus came to town.
Spending time with God
As mentioned earlier, it is one thing to study about Israel, but it is a whole other thing to actually know what it is like to live there. Because once you learn the significance of the life, culture, and events, you will gain a new understanding as to how God worked (and still works) in human existence. You can meet the holy land of heritage that once sprung up the most important event in history: the life, death and resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. But the more you see how the Lord affected Israel, the more you’ll begin to see how he can affect your life. Getting to know where Jesus walked is a wonderful way for your relationship with him to be all the more enriching.