I couldn't believe that I arrived in Jerusalem, the same day that Donald Trump announced that the US was supporting Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. When I arrived at my hotel, I turned on the TV and saw Trump making the announcement, along with a barrage or remarks stating that their was unrest in the streets. I was worried that the next day we would run into people throwing rocks and tear gas.
However, I was happily surprised that we didn't run into any unrest on our trip. The day after Trump's announcement we traveled to Bethlehem. We had to go through a check point, which are usually the most volatile areas, but everything was cool. When we got to the city, many stores were closed in a silent protest. We traveled to the Church of the Nativity. Our travel guide was very surprised that there were no lines. Usually he has to wait an hour or two to get into the church. When the bus dropped us off, we had to walk a couple of blocks to the church, but the streets were empty.
I know that their probably were a few people protesting at a couple of borders, but we didn't see a thing. Our tour guide lives in Jerusalem and is very connected to people around Israel regarding all activities going on. I felt very safe throughout my trip through Bethlehem, Jerusalem, Nazareth, Qumran, Jericho, Tiberias, Dead Sea, The Sea Of Galilee, and The Jordan River.
It was mesmerizing to be in the area that Jesus walked. Some of the highlights of the trip include:
Shepard's Fields, The Church of the Nativity, The Via Dolorosa (Walk of Jesus before crucifixion), The Church of the Holy Sepulcher, Mount of Olives, Mount Zion (Room of the Last Supper), Garden Tomb, King David's Tomb, Synagogue of Capernaum, Sea of Galilee, Baptismal Site at the River Jordan, and the Garden of Gethsemane. As you walk in Jerusalem, you feel the holiness that abounds in the city. It is a city of Christians, Jews, Muslims, and Armenians. It brings you back to the time when Jesus preached in the streets, on steps, and in the synagogues. I loved walking in his footsteps as well as being in a city rich in history. It will not only enrich your life, but transform your life. I recommend not only visiting the city, but bringing your family. What better way to bring your children closer to Jesus.
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