Israel 2017 – HESED

Click HERE for a video of my second trip to Israel (thanks to Jeff Jones, Harvest Productions).

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The Foolishness of God

“Jesus emptied Himself. . . by being born in the likeness of men.” [a]

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What was Jesus like? What made Him laugh? What made Him cry? What made Him angry? . . .What made Him human? Maybe there is danger in too much imagining beyond what He wishes to tell us in the Scriptures. But what if I weren’t imagining enough?

I’ve compiled a list of some things about Jesus. It is a list partly inspired by walking in His footsteps where He chose to live over 2000 years ago, the land of Israel. My list is by no means comprehensive, but it is a beginning:

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A Stranger in the Promised Land

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I’m flying to Israel on Thursday. . .

I would say this is my pilgrimage, but then all of life is a pilgrimage of sorts. . . we are strangers and exiles on the earth.

For me this trip will be about seeing the green grass on the hillside where Jesus fed the 5000 [a], and the rocky shore of Galilee where Jesus called Peter Andrew James and John [b]. I want to erase all the fictional images and renaissance art from my mind and replace these pictures with a more accurate one of Jesus, the real person, in the places where He really was and will someday return [c]. It’s not that I need to see the land of Israel to know Him, but that I want to do anything that may help me know Him more. As the Apostle Paul says,

Everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For His sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ and become one with Him. (Phil 3:8)

. . . and so I embark on my Israel pilgrimage, as a stranger in the Promised Land. . .