Isn’t it funny how we visualize a person we’ve only talked to but never seen? We have a picture in our mind’s eye of that person—hair color, facial features, height, build. Then we meet him in person. The collision of expectations and reality prove us completely wrong.
For me, the Holy Land was that way. Before visiting Israel for the first time, I had certain pictures in my mind. Some of them originated from Sunday school pictures and flannelgraph stories. Some of them I simply conjured up on my own.
After seeing some of the significant sites of my faith, and walking in places where Jesus likely walked, it was like seeing a person for the first time when I’d previously only heard his voice. The familiar stories of the Bible took on new significance and depth.
If you ever have the opportunity to visit, you should! Meanwhile, here are a few pictures from our journey.
Sea of Galilee as the sun was setting.
View of Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives.
Walls around Jerusalem
Garden of Gethsemane
Holding cell in the High Priest’s house (Caiaphas’ House)