“Father, make of me a crisis man. Bring those I contact to decision. Let me not be a milepost on a single road;
make me a fork
, that men must turn one way or another on facing Christ in me.” - Jim Elliot

Saturday, April 5, 2008

In My Mind's Eye

The Church of the Annunciation

In the sixth month, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin's name was Mary. Luke 1:26-27

We started the day in Nazareth. We visited the Church of the Annunciation. This is the place that is believed to be where the Virgin Mary received the news from Gabriel that she would give birth to Jesus. It seems that there are many holy sites in the country and most are marked by having a church built around them.

We also visited Nazareth Village. This village is a re-creation of what Nazareth would’ve been like when Jesus lived there. (Kind of like a Williamsburg, but in Israel.) We took what is called a "Parable Walking Tour." The guide would show us everday events or items that Jesus would use in parables. We were able to see what a threshing floor actually would have looked like... or an olive press… or a winepress… or a watchtower... or ancient olive trees... or a synagogue like the one that Jesus might have been in when He read Isaiah 61 and declared it being fulfilled.

Inside a Replica Synagogue

Luke 4:16-17 He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. And he stood up to read. The scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him.

I am surprised by how many of my child-like visions... or what I envision in my mind's eye... of where Jesus lived and walked are being challenged. Almost wishing I had been able to come to Israel sooner so that these "myths" could've been de-bunked. But realizing that in God's timing, I am here learning new insights exactly at the time He designed.

The Jordan River

We were given the opportunity to be baptized in the Jordan River. Since we had been baptized previously in our early adulthood, it was highly encouraged for us to be spectators instead of participators. I had imagined what it might be like to be baptized in the Jordan River. Quiet. Peaceful. Flowing water. A sacred, holy moment.

So, it was a bit different than I imagined. Words like commercialism and production come to mind. It is $9 to be baptized which includes a robe and towel. And then there was the souvenir store where you could purchase "holy water"... Well, at least I did get a decent cappuccino.


Tanner Family Blog said...

Hi Sheri,
It looks like you are having an amazing trip!!! I love seeing all the pictures and it's taking me back to all the memories I have of seeing all of those places when I went to Israel. Isn't it hard sometimes to take it all in at those sites? It's just so amazing!

Anonymous said...

The sites are amazing, Keep them coming, we can't get any emails up at this time.
Love Mom

joan said...

When you take a trip, you REALLY take a trip!! That is so excitng, yet I'm sure so moving that you are experiencing a wide range of emotions. Are you just covered in goosebumps most of the time? I always thought if I went there, every place I visited that was associated with the life of the Lord Jesus would bring me to tears and to goosebumps!! What a trip of a lifetime!! I'm so glad you could go!

I did have to chuckle at the baptism experience!!

Now I can really hardly wait to share a "cuppa" with you!!

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Ladybug Landing said...

Hi guys, so what I want to know is... was your "meat" offered to idols before you ate it? :-) Mmmmm beef tounge, I think I have seen it at the Beaverton Winco, if you are interested... maybe it is good bar-b-qued! A very happy birthday to you tomorrow sister shari. Enjoy your celebration and find something REALLY appetizing to eat OK? love ladybug.