The Holy City of Jerusalem is the most important destination for Christians wanting to get a true sense of the bible, experiencing the rich history and joy of the Holyland. A trip to Israel and the city of Jerusalem is certain to be a life-changing experience, as you will be able to walk in the footsteps of Jesus Christ himself and make the Bible come alive.
There are a wide range of Holyland tours available, all of which provide a structured way to gain the most from your visit to Israel. This article aims to outline some of the most historically relevant destinations in Israel, that should be a part of every tour, and how they relate to the life of Jesus.
Despite the ongoing conflict in the region, Israel remains a surprisingly safe place for tourists and pilgrims to visit, and is guaranteed to offer a rich and meaningful experience that will help to strengthen your walk of faith.
Jesus was born in a manger in Bethlehem, and the site of his birth is marked today by the Church of the Nativity. The church was originally built by Constantine. Mary and Joseph, Jesus’s earthly parents, hailed from the town of Nazareth. The well from which Mary is often depicted drawing water in the Bible still stands in the town of Nazareth. It is likely that the young Jesus would accompany his mother to the well to draw water. Also in Nazareth, the Church of St Joseph marks the site of Joseph’s carpentry workshop.
Jesus first called on a group of fishermen fishing on the Sea of Galilee to be his disciples. The Sea of Gallilee is in the northern region of Israel. A fishing boat thought to hail from the 1st century, which would have been very similar to the boat the Jesus would have used and the disciples would have fished from, was recently discovered preserved in the mud on the shore of the sea of Galilee. The boat is on display at the Kibbutz Ginosar in Galilee. Jesus also performed His miracle of feeding the 5000 with just a few loaves and fishes on the shores of the Sea of Galilee. This miracle is celebrated by the Church of the Loaves and Fishes at Tabgha, on the northwest shore of Galilee.
A crucial spiritual destination in Israel is the site of Jesus’s crucifixion, which is believed to be at Calvary in Jerusalem. Today, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and a Greek Orthodox altar stand over a rock at the point where Jesus’s cross is thought to have been erected. The most holy site in the Christian Faith is the Tomb of Christ, found within the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. At this site, pilgrims are able to see the tomb in which Jesus’s body was laid, and the stone that was rolled away from his tomb.
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