Spiritually Speaking

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By Pearl Harper

Remembering trip to the Holy Land


When I wrote last week about Gideon Shor, our guide when we were in Israel, it reminded me of the places we visited.

Overlooking Jerusalem was breathtaking.It seemed to sparkle. As we approached the site where we could overlook the city, the group started singing “Marching up to Zion, beautiful, beautiful Zion.” To say it was impressive would be putting it very mildly. It was a very emotional moment, something I will never forget.

Psalm 48:1-3 “Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised in the city of our God, in the mountains of his holiness.

Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is mount Zion, one the sides of the north, the city of the great King.

God is known in her palaces for a refuge” (KJV).

  Jerusalem was built on Mt. Zion; it is also called the City of David. II Samuel 5:7, For Jesus, Christians and Muslims Jerusalem is the holy city. The history of Israel’s capital goes back more than 4,000 years. It is first mentioned in the Bible in Genesis, the story of Abraham and Melchizedek, who was king of Salem:

I mention often how important it is for us to “pray for the peace of Jerusalem they shall prosper that love thee. Peace be within that walls and prosperity within thy palaces.” (Psalm 122:6-7, KJV)

 In Jerusalem we visited the wailing wall, the Dome of the Rock, the pool of Bethesda, the pool of Siloam, Hezekiah’s tunnel, Garden of Gethsemane, and one of the most touching, The Garden Tomb. I like to say the empty tomb.

We viewed the Kidron Valley, we visited the Mount of Olives, this is where Jesus ascended into heaven.

Jesus said “you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in Judea, and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

After he had said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight. They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them.

“Men of Galilee; they said, “Why do you stand here looking into the sky?”

This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven. Then they returned to Jerusalem from the hill called the Mount of Olives, a Sabbath days walk from the city.” (Acts 1:8-12, NIV)

Next week I will share with you some more places we visited. For me it made the Bible come even more alive.

Praise God Jesus tomb is empty, He is alive and well. Hebrews 2:1 tells us we have an advocate (intercessor) with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.

I feel the most important thing for us all to be reminded of right now is: Jesus is coming back in the same manner he left- in the clouds. Will we be watching for Him, or will we be caught unaware. God bless.