On this day we left the beautiful Gallalee and headed south along the Jordan River. Our first stop was Tel Megiddo, also known as Armageddon.
We drove along the Jordan River to the spot where tradition says Jesus was baptized by John. Many of the places we have visited are referred to as, “tradition says such and such event happened here.” The reality is we don’t know for sure that any of these events happened exactly where they are honored today. We do know that pilgrims have been visiting many of these sites since the first century. But to be honest, the exact location isn’t of high importance to me. We know Jesus wasn’t born on December 25, but we have no problem celebrating his birthday on that date. The important thing is that we believe these things happened. To even get close to the location is amazing. And as one of our team members asked the other day, “What if this is the place?”Our last stop before Jerusalem was Ein Gedi, an oasis in the Judean desert where David hid from King Saul. We hiked up along the springs surrounded by a beautiful barren wilderness and a view of the Dead Sea.
At the end of the day, we finally arrived in Jerusalem and stopped at the Hebrew University to take in the view. We also had another global church sighting when we ran into a group from Brazil we had seen on Mount Carmel. We even discovered that one of their ladies had lived in the Bay Area. What an amazing beginning to our visit to the Holy City.