Today is our last day in Israel. We will be leaving Israel for Mexico at midnight tonight.
Our last day started out visiting Yad VaShem, the Israel Memorial Museum to the Holocaust. Here we examined the most notorious genocide in history and the connection between the Church, Jesus and the Jewish people. Six million Jews lost their lives including 1 and a half million children. This was a difficult place to visit as we remember those who lost their lives. The museum has many sections representing the various countries and location where Jews were taken by the Nazi genocide. There are people who survived telling their stories.
There is also a memorial to all the children whose lives were taken in this awful genocide. Walking through the children memorial it is dark and looks like candles burning. You can hardly see ahead of you. You see pictures of children, their names, age, and from their country are mentioned. Very sad and solemn. There is another section that shows pictures of people and their names who lost their lives.
Trees are planted around the memorial. This tree was planted for Corrie ten Boom who wrote “The Hiding Place.” This book is about a watchmaker and later an author who worked with her father, sister and other family members to help many Jews escape the Holocaust by hiding them in their home. I have read this book and suggest reading it.
Next we went to Bethlehem and visited the Church of the Nativity which marks the probable site of the birth of Jesus. Bethlehem is now in Palestinian territory. We also ate lunch here run by Arab Christians. We drove through an area “Shepherd’s Field” where the angels heralded the birth of the Messiah.
We then went back to the guest house to have dinner and pack to travel back to Mexico. We left the guest house about 8pm as our flight was at midnight.
As I reflect back on my trip to Israel, the Holy Land I am thankful I had the opportunity to visit. This was always a place I wanted to visit. I have heard once you visit Israel you are never quite the same. Visiting where Jesus was born, walked, died, and rose from the grave is a feeling I can’t explain. Also being baptized in the Jordan River where Jesus was baptized has special meaning to me. To be standing on the Mount of Olives where he ascended to the Father and where he will return someday in the future is breathtaking.
I hope you were blessed by sharing my travels to the Holy Land and sharing Jesus and his story. He is my Lord and Savior!
Shalom, Blessings and Love