We were all very excited to head to the Western Wall this morning! The bus dropped us off near the city gates and we walked to the Western Wall.
We had another beautiful day of weather in the Holy Land! We started the day in the Garden of Gethsemane. It is a quiet place of prayer now as it was in the time of Christ.
We left our hotel by the Sea of Galilee and drove to Jerusalem. There was a noticeable change in scenery from the green, fertile fields of the northern part of Israel to the dry, rocky hills of the southern part. We went to a scenic overlook by Hebrew University to get a first look at the city and get a good look at it.
We began our day with a delicious breakfast buffet at our hotel in Tiberias. We left for Caesarea Phillipi, a historical site in northernmost Israel. The weather couldn’t have been better. Caesarea Phillipi is situated at the base of Mount Hermon. There is a large cave and a major spring that feeds into the Jordan River. The cave looks like a large mouth on the mountain and in ancient time was given the name “The Gates of Hell”. At the time of Jesus it was a place of pagan worship – specifically the Greek god Pan. On the side of the mountain we could see the niches carved into the rock where statues of various gods would be placed. It was to this very place that Jesus brought His disciples and asked them who they thought He was. Peter proclaimed, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the Living God.”
Our first full day in Israel started off strong. We went to the ancient port city of Caesarea. The city is located on the shore of the Mediterranean Sea. It was developed by King Herod the Great who used a technique from Rome that allowed concrete to be created underwater.
Today was a “free day” on our trip and I think that everyone tried to cram as much of England as possible into the day! Many went to the Tower of London – it was started in 1066 by William the Conqueror. We were able to see the White Tower which was the original structure of the site.
This morning we were driven around the heart of London before reaching City Road Chapel. The Chapel was built in 1778 by John Wesley. It had an incredibly beautiful sanctuary. Around the interior bottom of the balcony were flags from all around the world. Each of the countries that were represented was connected to one of the members of the church. It was fun to meet the new pastor of the church who had only been there one week.
This morning we left our hotel in Oxford and drove to Bristol. Bristol is a port city and at the time of John Wesley the second largest city in England after London. It was George Whitfield who invited John Wesley to come and preach outdoors to the miners outside of Bristol. Wesley preached a message to them that […]
This morning we made the short walk to Oxford University. Oxford is a collection of several colleges including Christ Church College. Christ Church is one of the many colleges of Oxford. Famous people who attended Christ Church are Lewis Carroll (author of “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”) as well as Charles and John Wesley. Famous people of Oxford are J.R.R. […]
We left our beautiful hotel in Leeds, England and made our way to Epworth. We went to the Rectory where a young John Wesley lived with his parents and brothers and sisters. The original home was burned to the ground when John was just 5 years old. It was the middle of the night and the family woke […]