Josh Byers


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Walking in His Steps

It seems like each day keeps getting better. And today was no exception. I have made a lot of new friends on this trip. There are 46 of us in our tour group and we are growing closer each day which is a really cool thing. One of the people I have become friends with had a great observation about our trip. We've seen the most incredible things that man has made in the Pyramids of Giza and the Rose City in Petra, yet they don't compare with some crumbled down walls and the ruins of a simple town synagogue. The answer lies in the Person of Jesus Christ. These ruins we are visiting wouldn't mean anything without Him and they force us to think about Him and His glory. It has been such a fantastic spiritual high to be in this land. From the minute we crossed the border I had a very warm and comforting feeling of welcome. This is as much my spiritual birthplace as it is for the citizens of Israel. There is a bond that can't be explained in words only experienced.

Capernaum, IsraelWe were in several sites today but the best by far was the vist to Capernaum. This was the base of Jesus' earthly ministry. Since he wasn't welcome in his own home town he set up his base of operations in this small seaside village. Peter lived here with his mother in law. We were able to see Peter's house and it was easy to see why Jesus would pick this spot. It was on a major highway, Peter's house was the perfect size for a hostel and it was close to nearby towns where Jesus could minister to. Being in the synagogue where Jesus taught the people was an incredible experience to say the least. I stayed back outside around the corner of the wall where I could hear people talking and just imagined that it was Christ teaching his disciples. Unbelievable.

Tomorrow we are having a sunrise service on a boat on the Sea of Galilee and then heading for Jerusalem. More great things are to come - I am sure.