Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Long ago, and forever, there is Jesus

Long ago and far away!

Those are intriguing words, often tied to the beginning of an old novel.

But I will relate them to travel my wife and I undertook.

It was December 26, 1983. That was the long ago.

The Holy Land was the far away.

And I have lived almost another half of my life since that journey.

We drove from Hattiesburg, MS to Atlanta and then flew on to Amsterdam continuing on another plane to Amman, Jordan.

During the course of the almost two-week trip, we visited the ancient site of Petra in Jordan. Then it was on to Israel touching on locations where Jesus once walked.

We visited Jerico, Capernaum, the Sea of Galilee, Nazareth and then Jerusalem.

The Dead Sea was on the itinerary along with Bethlehem, a ride to the top of  Masada and a walk through the Garden of Gesthemene.

Then it was Golgotha, where Christ was crucified, and the purported place where he was buried only to rise again.

Egypt was next and Cairo, the Pyramids of Gisa, the tomb of King Tut and the city of Luxor.

There was too much history to devour it all. And there was too much scenery to remember where everything was.

But the main history, and the scenery that is most important concerns Jesus and His life.

During the course of the past 2,000 years, and discussions on all levels, among all, people are still struggling in their search for the Truth.

The New Testament of the Bible tries to spell it out, but human nature, such as it is, tends to bring different interpretations to the forefront. People love Jesus, and others hate him.

But, after all is said and done, He still loves everyone. 

It is my hope that everyone seeks to find the truth, for only then may they be set free.

Happy Easter to those of the Christian persuasion who will be celebrating His life, death and resurrection this weekend.

Next post: March 21, 2016

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