Visiting the Holy Land: Nazareth, Cana and Our Kibbutz

July 7, 2011

Last time, I got the description of my recent trip toIsraelas far as the ancient tell (i.e., manmade hill resulting from civilizations building upon the ruins of others) of Megiddo.  Standing on top of the hill, you see Nazareth on the hillside of the opposite side of theValleyof Jezreel.  That broad, fertile valley, the site of some of the greatest military battles in human history, is also known as the Valley of Megiddo, the likely center point of the final earthly uprising against the Lord which culminates as Armageddon (Revelation 16:16). 

Nazareth is a town where Jews and Arabs live alongside each other as peacefully as just about anywhere in all of Israel.  Jesus grew up there, of course, but there is no known remaining direct evidence of him or his family.  However, there is a church there built over a well that may date back to the first century A.D.  It is thought that Mary, Jesus’ mother, may have gone to that well daily to draw water for her family’s use.

The situation in nearbyCana is slightly different.  The site of the first miracle of Jesus’ public ministry also has a church, but this one may be located where the wedding at which Jesus turned the water into wine actually took place.  If nothing else, there’s a large stone jar on display that probably is virtually identical in appearance to the jar filled with water which Jesus instantaneously turned into wine.

From Cana, our tour bus drove southeast to a kibbutz on theSea of Galilee, where we spent the next two nights.  The view there of that beautiful body of fresh water and the surrounding hills was particularly awe-inspiring, especially at night.

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