10 must see sights in Israel
By Marvin Schrebe
Visiting Israel is one thing you need to do in your lifetime, if possible. While our God does not live in temples made by human hands any longer or in one geography, there is something about visiting this land where our faith was birthed. Where Jesus walked and performed miracles. Where he gave his life for us that we could be reconciled to God. Where he rose again three days later, and then commissioned his disciples to carry on his work. There are many sights worth visiting in Israel so choosing just ten places is difficult at best. But here's our best shot. Feel free to add others in the comments below!
Bethlehem of course is the birth place of our Lord Jesus Christ. Bethlehem was foretold to be the birthplace of the Messiah centuries before the actual birth by the prophet Micah. Micah 5: 2 reads “But you Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.” NIV.
Bethlehem is located 6.2 miles south of Jerusalem. It’s economy today is driven primarily by tourism as Christians make pilgrimages to the birth place of Christ. The Bible first mentions Bethlehem as the birthplace of King David and the place where David was crowned as king of Israel. The city was later fortified by King Rehoboam. The population of Bethlehem is about 25,000 today.
2) Mount of Beatitudes
The site of the Sermon on the Mount, the Mount of Beatitudes is traditionally fixed as being the northwest shore of the Sea of Galilee. It’s highest point is said to be 155 feet below sea level, which places it at 509 feet above the Sea of Galilee. This was the sight where Jesus began his ministry according to the gospel of Matthew. The Sermon on the Mount can be found in Mathew 5-7.
Tabgha is the traditional site where Jesus multiplied five loaves and two fish to feed over five thousand people with twelve baskets full of left overs. It is also one of the places He was sighted after His resurrection. It is situated on the northwestern shore of the Sea of Galilee.The church of the multiplication is situated on the site today.
No trip to Israel would be complete without visiting the town where Jesus spent the first 30 years of His life and worked as a carpenter along side of Joseph. Nazareth today is the capitol of the northern district of Israel and is predominantly Muslim. The city is divided into sections with one section being declared a separate section from the rest. The separate section is Jewish.
Capernaum was home to our Lord Jesus Christ during His earthly ministry. The Bible confirms that he rented a house there where He rested between mission trips. Capernaum was located on the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee and is nothing but ruins today.
Jerusalem is the largest city in Israel and is located on a plateau of the Dead Sea and the Judean Mountains. It was home of the temple until the destruction of the same by General Tiberius in 70 AD. It was also the sight of Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection as well as the birthplace of the Christian faith.
7) The Garden Tomb
The Garden Tomb is believed by many to be the burial place and the site of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Located in Jerusalem the Garden Tomb is a must-see.
8) Church of the Holy Sepulcher
Traditions dating back to at least the fourth century declare the Church of the Holy Sepulcher one of the holiest places in Christianity because it is said to hold steps leading to Calvary where Jesus was crucified as well as the tomb in which Jesus was resurrected.
9) Mount Tabor (Transfiguration)
Mount Tabor, where Jesus transfiguration was witnessed by Peter, John, and James is located 11 miles west of the Sea of Galilee and is accessible by vehicle today.
The most holy place in Christianity is arguably Calvary. It is a place that stood just outside the walls of Jerusalem that to this day does indeed resemble a human skull, thus rendering its name “The Place of the Skull’.
Have you been to Israel? If so, let us know your favorite spot in the comments.