Walking Where Jesus Walked

  • By Dr. Don Martin
  • Senior Pastor
  • January 23, 2015
I will be traveling to the Holy Land this March with several members of our church. A larger number of people from the Peachtree Road United Methodist Church are also going on this trip. My dear friend, Dr. Jamie Jenkins, has organized this pilgrimage. There is room for you to go if you choose, but you need to make your decision by early February. My first trip to the Holy Land was in 1998, and I did not know what to expect. Travel is not my thing, unless my golf bag is along for the ride. I thank God often and always for my experience in Israel. I connected with our Lord in a new way and at a level that is difficult to articulate. His humanity became crystal clear to me. I could imagine him walking and talking and eating and teaching in these specific places. You almost have to be there to get in touch with what happened on Palm Sunday and the evening of his arrest. It was strong and spiritual. I have seen the Sea of Galilee with my own eyes. I sat in the small synagogue in Nazareth where Jesus grew up. I sat on Jacob's well, remembering the conversation Jesus had with the Samaritan woman. I drank from that well, just as Jesus did on that life changing day. I stood in the Garden of Gethsemane where Jesus prayed and experienced betrayal. I walked on the stone pavement where Pontius Pilate rendered his verdict and where Jesus shouldered his cross. Capernaum, Galilee, Jerusalem, Bethlehem and Calvary use to be words in the Bible for me. Now they are places in my mind's eye. I returned to these sacred places a few years ago and had a wonderful experience with many dear friends. Lisa went, too, which made the experience richer and fun. Every devoted Christian deserves the privilege of seeing the places where our Lord Jesus lived and taught and died and rose again. So if you ever had the notion, if you've thought you might want to make the journey, I invite you to come and see. The information you need is a phone call away and Cindy Burkett will give you the details. Just call the church office (770-475-5576) as soon as possible.