More picts are up on picasa: http://picasaweb.google.com/109297634264283782385/IsraelTrip2010#
Yesterday the group went to Jerusalem- Walked on the Via de larosa and went to the Church of the HOly Sepulchre. That is the church that most (90%) believe is the real tomb (empty) of Jesus that was built right below the golgotha hill where he was crucified.
Kay and I went to the US Consulate in east Jerusalemt to try to get her passport- hers was stolen from the safe in our hotel room in Tiberias- along with my credit cards, and two of our wallets and about $240 in cash.
The people at the consulate were just wonderful- proud-once again to be an American.
We were going to meet the bus and go to Jericho and Qumran. When the bus came, Mark and Linda got off- and said her purse was missing. Either she left it or someone stole it- with $300 and her passport and credit cards! I could not believe it. Wanted to stay and help them- but my big brother (whom I still obviously listen to) wouldn't let me. They did well.
Tomorrow most of the group will go to Massada and float in the Dead Sea. I think Kay and I, Mark and Linda will go to the consulate. If I can persuade them, and the consulate says it is safe- we will go to Bethany and visit Lazarus (empty) tomb. Big groups can't go there- because of narrow streets.
So here's some verses to think about today:
Shortest verse in the Bible: Jesus wept. (Jn. 11:35).
"When Jesus saw her (Mary sister of Lazarus) weeping he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled. "Where have you laid him?" He said. "Come and see, Lord: They replied. Jesus wept. Then the Jews said, "See how he loved him!" But some of them said, "Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man have kept this man from dying?" (Jn. 11:33-37.
Thoughts: Death is our last enemy. It is hard- even for our Lord to face the death of those he loves-- even though he is fully aware of the resurrection. He weeps today for those who die and follow Him. The good news is- death does not have the last word.