I think many of us are aware that there are four gospels in the Bible: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. But I believe that there is a fifth gospel! A gospel is a telling of the story of Jesus Christ, and although these four written gospels do a wonderful job of that, the fifth gospel opens up a whole new way of understanding the life and ministry of Jesus. This fifth gospel brings his story to life, allowing us to experience it with all of our senses. What is this fifth gospel? It is the Land in which Jesus lived. It is the Holy Land!
I want to invite you to join Jennifer and me as we offer a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Once you participate in a Holy Land pilgrimage, you will never read the Bible in the same way. Every story will take on whole new levels of meaning. A Holy Land pilgrimage will provide you with lasting memories and with a new set of friends as you develop a wonderful bond with your fellow pilgrims. In abundant and numerous ways, this pilgrimage will be one of the greatest blessings in your life.
During this once-in-a-lifetime journey, we will walk in the footsteps of Jesus as we visit his birthplace in Bethlehem, sit on the hillside where Jesus offered his Sermon on the Mount, stand by the sea where Peter made his profession of belief, and walk the path that led Jesus to his crucifixion. Along the way we will have opportunities for worship, the sharing of communion, and the renewal of significant vows. We will also meet some very special people who are continuing the ministry of Jesus in the modern day land of Israel.
Our tour continues with a short journey to Jordan, where we will see from Mount Nebo, the view of the Promised Land that God gave to Moses and the Israelites. On to Petra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the Seven Wonders of the World, which is the amazing ancient Nabatean city carved into the rock more than 2,000 years ago. There are so many wonderful experiences planned, we can’t possibly mention them all here! I am confident that this journey will be a wonderful and meaningful experience for you. I hope you will seriously consider joining us as we walk where Jesus walked.
Rev. Dr. Paul J. Kirbas