Last Christmas, I surprised Janis with what I thought was the most unique Christmas gift ever. I gave her a card telling her we would be taking the trip of a lifetime and going to the Holy Land. We went with our dear friends, Chris and Sandy Philbeck and Doug and Julie Crozier. There’s no way to put into words what that trip meant to us.
Seeing Caesarea, with its ancient seaport and Roman theater; Megiddo and the Valley of Armageddon; Mt. Carmel, where Elijah defeated the false prophets of Baal; getting to ride in a boat across the Sea of Galilee; and seeing Capernaum, which served as the headquarters for Jesus’ ministry. Visiting Caesarea Philippi, where Peter told Jesus, “You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God”; and standing on the very mount where Jesus preached the most famous sermon of all time.
Standing by the Jordan River and traveling into the Holy City, Jerusalem, was amazing. Getting to go to Gethsemane, see the Mt. of Olives, the Lion’s Gate, the Pool of Bethesda, the Upper Room and the Tomb of King David. How do you describe it?
To pray at the Wailing Wall, visit En Gedi where David hid from King Saul, float in the Dead Sea (Yes, we did that and it was amazing!), and go up to the huge, magnificent fortress of Masada is hard to describe. But nothing compares with seeing Golgotha and standing inside the empty tomb of our Savior.
Here’s a brief video that shows some of the places we went. Hopefully, it will stir something within you that will inspire you to find a way to go somehow, someday.
Lord willing, we are planning to go back to the Holy Land next fall with a group from Crossroads. In a few weeks, we’ll be sharing with you the exact dates, times, costs, etc. We do know it will be around the first of November and the all-inclusive price for the entire trip will be approximately $4200.
A trip to the Holy Land might not make it on your Christmas list this year. But I sure hope it’s on your “bucket list” for some year. Every Christian ought to go to the Holy Land at least once.
Shalom and Merry Christmas!
© 2014. Barry L. Cameron
Barry L. Cameron has been the Senior Pastor of Crossroads since 1992 when the church was averaging 188 in morning worship. Today, more than 8,000 people call Crossroads their church home. Pastor Cameron and his wife, Janis, have three children and two grandsons. He’s the author of the bestseller: The ABCs of Financial Freedom, Contagious Generosity, and The Financial Freedom Workbook. The Cameron family has been completely debt free since November 2001.