Once we arrived in Nazareth, we visited Nazareth Village. This is a recreation of a Galilean village as it was 2,000 years ago. Stories of Jesus' childhood, ministry and teaching are retold with elements of everyday life re-enacted. We know that on the occasion of Jesus beginning His ministry, He preached in the synagogue at Nazareth. He unrolled the Old Testament Scroll and read from Isaiah 61. After this is when Jesus said, "Truly I say to you, no prophet is welcome in His hometown." Luke 4:24
As Jesus continued to preach to them about their unbelief, they were filled with anger and threatened to throw Jesus over the cliff. (Luke 4:28-29) We visited this cliff called Mt. Precipice which has an amazing view of the valley below.
|Mt. Tabor -Deborah and Barak defeated Sisera from this mount (Judges 4)|
|Hills of Moreh from which Gideon defeated the Midianites (Judges 6). Jezreel and Valley of Jezreel, location of Naboth's Vineyard and site of demise of Ahab & Jezebel (1 Kings 21; 2 Kings 9).|
|Jezreel Valley and Village of Nain (Luke 7:11) in distance.|
|Valley of Armageddon|
|Valley of Armageddon with Meggido in the distance|
Our second stop was St. Gabriel's Church for a visit to Mary's Well. Mary's Well is a free flowing spring and is undoubtedly an authentic site. This spring was the only water source at the time of Jesus. Mary would have come to this well daily to draw water and the little boy Jesus would have most certainly been at her side.
|Front of St. Gabriel's Church|
|Walking into St. Gabriel's Church|
|Mosaic leading to Mary's Well|
|Tourists visiting Mary's Well|
|Mary's Well |
The Church of the Annunciation was our next stop. This is the traditional location of the home of Mary and Joseph and where they believe the Archangel Gabriel spoke to Mary.
|The door behind the table is what is believed to be the house of Mary and Joseph.|
We ended our day at one of my favorite places, the Jordan River. I had determined that I would be re-baptized in the same river my Lord was baptized in by my sweet husband. At the age of seven, I realized I was a sinner and in need of a Savior. My daddy was my pastor and I confessed my need to him and my mother and we knelt by their bed and I prayed to ask Jesus to come into my heart. My daddy baptized me at Hebron Baptist Church as I proclaimed to everyone that I was following Jesus for the rest of my life. At the Jordan River, I was proclaiming that I will continue to follow Jesus as long as I live! I will always remember both of these important events in my life and am blessed that my daddy and my husband played a part!
Keep in mind that it was rainy and VERY cold as we were going to be baptized. The Jordan River is fed from the snows of Mount Hermon and the water was freezing! Matt was privileged to baptize 11 of our people who were on this journey with us. His feet were numb when he left the water!
|Another beautiful rainbow as we were entering the baptismal site.|
|Tears were flowing at this moment.|
|Matt's brother, Paul, baptized him.|
Another great day has come to an end and we are trying to soak up every moment of our time in the Holy Land!