As we toured Israel, I hiked right behind the guide. David would be somewhere in the line of our group. I entered each site, took 1 picture, and then chose a spot for David to rest.
The doctor said his left knee is “bone on bone” in four places. He walks over 10,000 steps a day at work, with only a lunch break. When he gets home, he stretches out that leg. Resting with it completely straight gives him relief.
We always sat in the back seat of the bus. David sat in the center seat and kept his leg straight in the aisle.
My routine helped his leg but not my pictures! I wanted to record everything the guide said and didn’t check the pictures until I was back on the bus.
I am posting them unfiltered. There are blurry portions. The photo of the “place of the skull” has one-third of a fence in it. You can see the tour buses in the parking lot below.
Why would I post them?
So, you would believe me when I said, “I went to Israel!” If I posted pristine photos you may think I used stock photos. I want to share what I saw, heard, and felt.
Mark 16:11, 13, “When they heard that He was alive and had been seen by her, they refused to believe it. …13) They went away and reported it to the others, but they did not believe them either.”New American Standard Bible
The disciples didn’t believe Mary. They didn’t believe the two followers who walked with Him on the road to Emmaus. They didn’t believe Jesus when He told them He would suffer, be crucified, and rise from the dead on the third day.
The last thing Jesus said to his disciples before he ascended to Heaven was, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation,” Mark 16:15. NASB
How could they do that? Who would believe them?
They shared what they saw, heard, and felt. Back then, they called it testifying.
John 21:24, “This is the disciple who is testifying to these things and wrote these things, and we know that his testimony is true.”New American Standard Bible
Each disciple shared the same message until their deaths. Eleven men were tortured, imprisoned, and most were martyred, yet they never changed their testimony.
I believe them.
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