Thursday, April 17, 2014

The picture of Jesus hanging by nails to a roughly hewn crossbeam has haunted my life since I can remember. But apparently I’m not alone because the iconography and art of the church for over two millennia seems to affirm our fascination with such a grisly death endured by an innocent one.

I’ve thought a lot about the way Jesus died. I’ve stared at the rocks that held his executioners beam in place outside of old Jerusalem and wondered, “Did it really take all this drama and suffering?” Traditionally we’d say that, yes, it did take all this because God needed to extinguish a deep well of pent up wrath on someone so that the final atoning price could be paid for mankind.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Today we went to Elon Moreh and viewed Shechem and the Mount Ebal and Mt. Gerazim (Blessing and cursing), Then the site where the Tabernacle resided for almost 400 years at Shiloh. After returning to Jerusalem we went to the Wailing wall and the Rabbinical Tunnels.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Today we visited the Temple Mount. From there we walked to the Pools of Bethesda where Jesus healed a man who had been waiting 38 years. We also visited St. Annes Cathedral before leaving the city for an archeological dig in Moresha. We also visited the Valley of Elah where David slew Goliath and the road to Emmaus.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Todays journey had us in Kursi where Jesus cast demons into swine and then to the great city of the Decapolis, Bet She’an. We went up Mount Gilboa to the Spring of Hardod and then to the city where Jesus would have learned carpentry, Sepphoris. Eight couples renewed their vows in Cana and we ended the day with a cruise on the Sea of Galilee.