EXPERIENCING INCREDIBLE MEMORIALS – MAKE SURE TO READ ALL THE WAY THROUGH
In the last few years I have been tremendously blessed to travel and experience firsthand some of the most visually stunning and important physical memorials for the three largest monotheistic religions of the world (Christianity, Judaism and Islam).
For example, in the last week our team has been in the Old City of Jerusalem and visited the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, in which you will find the traditional locations of Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection. We have visited the Mount of Olives, which Jesus traveled multiple times, and from which He ascended.
Today our team was able to visit the Temple Mount, which holds significance to all three religions. Historically, the Israelites built two temples on Mt. Moriah and it was to Herod’s Temple that Jesus and His family would travel during the annual feasts (I understand that I am oversimplifying the history, but this blog is meant to be brief). The Temple Mount holds significance to followers of Islam because they believe it marks the location of Mohammed’s trip to Jerusalem, and ascent to heaven.
All over the world you will find monuments and memorials built and maintained to commemorate special interactions between deity and man, and to facilitate a relationship between deity and man. Biblically God instructed some of these to be built. And it is by discovering and dating some of these ancient monuments that we obtain a more accurate perspective on the past.
However, this evening our small team of 9 people (plus 1 traveling friend from the US) gathered in a hotel room with a cafeteria tray holding two simple loaves of unleavened bread lying alongside a small, homemade, wooden communion tray filled with plastic cups of grape juice. We read some passages from the New Testament regarding Jesus’ sacrificial death and each of us ate and drank. And one of our friends commented on how impressed he was with the simple yet incredible memorial Jesus gave His followers, elements which remind us of His loving sacrifice for us! We commented on how amazing it was that every believer who comes to Him is added as a living stone to the spiritual temple/dwelling place of God! Thank you to each of you for following and supporting us as we visit and film the lands of the Bible and the places where Jesus lived. Thank you for helping us provide the world with better perspective and greater confidence in God’s word! But our hope is that all of this helps people grow in their faith in God and His Son and the reliability of the Spirit breathed word, and that more people will be added to His spiritual house and be blessed to enjoy the simple and powerful memorial that Jesus gave His followers.
Your friend, Jeremy Dehut