Few things in life have helped shape my understanding of the Bible as have my trips to Israel. To walk where Jesus walked and to see the places where the Bible's main events occurred dramatically impact one's ability to understand Scripture. The Bible truly becomes a living book.
When traveling in Israel, I found myself often saying, “This is my favorite place!”
If you were to ask me today which spot left the most indelible mark on me, I would be torn between the view from the Mount of Olives that overlooks Gethsemane and the old walled city, or the simplicity of the garden tomb. Both had a powerful effect on my mind and heart.
Yet for me the most touching moment in Israel took place at the garden tomb as I sat in its beautifully kept surroundings — the very site of the most important events in history. No place so captures the heart and essence of Christianity.
From the garden you can look upon a hill believed to be Golgotha. I realize scholars still debate its exact location, but I can assure you the Hill of the Skull fits well the biblical text. Its gnarled face reminds one of a human skull. For those with eyes of faith it is no stretch to see the three crosses on that hill.
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