For decades, I have wanted to visit Israel. But like many of us, there always seemed to be something standing in the way. Finances. Time. Raising kids.
Well, that all changed last Thanksgiving when (finally!) my wife and I boarded a flight for Tel Aviv for 11 days (the time in Israel was 11 days, not the flight, even though it seemed like it!). What a life changing experience for both of us.
Since that trip, I’ve become somewhat of an “evangelist” for touring the Promised Land. So, with the few words I’ve written thus far, do this: Put visiting Israel on your bucket list.
But in the meantime, consider a video visit to Israel (and other biblical lands such as Turkey, Egypt and Greece). How? Back in 1995 with the help of historian and teacher Ray Vander Laan, Focus on the Family launched something we call the That the World May Know film series. While it’s not the same as actually being there, of course, it’s a great, close second—especially since Vander Laan is so incredibly knowledgeable, and he helps bring to life what otherwise would simply be a mound of rocks, a trail off the beaten path, or an unknown archeological dig.
Currently, there are 14 video studies available with several more in production for release in 2015 and 2016. But with Easter coming up in just a few short weeks, I want to zero in on a very specific That the World May Know study, one with an Easter theme. It’s in volume No. 11 and it’s called “Path to the Cross.” In this one, Vander Laan helps us experience a deeper understanding of the Jesus’ obedience and sacrifice. What’s more, Vander Laan delivers a great lesson from the Garden of Gethsemane. It’ll open your eyes to the event of the Last Supper, the night in the Garden, and the scriptural fifth cup (or Elijah’s cup) that was once debated by Jewish leaders as a possible inclusion in the Passover meal. The following free video is excerpted from this particular lesson:
There’s something very special about “walking” where Jesus walked, even if you have to “walk” via someone else’s sandals. And besides, owning a single volume (or the entire series) of That The World May Know videos is a lot cheaper than hopping on a plane to Tel Aviv. Plus, no jetlag! (And I speak from personal experience!)
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