Good morning, Jerusalem! Our last day with you brings a mixture of emotions. We have loved experiencing the land and the Book and our hearts are full of gratitude for the worship, the teaching and the relationships.
This morning we toured the sobering Holocaust museum, called Yad Vashem.
The Hebrew words Yad Vashem means, “a hand and a name,” an idiom from Isaiah 56:5 that refers to a memorial.
Every time I go to the museum, I visit the “Row of Righteous Gentiles.” A row of trees planted in dedication to individuals like Corrie Ten Boom, Oskar Schindler, and many others, honors those Gentiles who risked their lives by sheltering and helping the Jews during a time when few did.
We visited some of the locations around Jerusalem that are significant to the week leading up to the crucification of Christ. It is amazing to reflect on Christ’s sacrifice for the whole world and to see these places first-hand, especially as we prepare to celebrate Resurrection Sunday in a couple of weeks back home.
We started the morning climbing the falls of En Gedi where David hid from Saul. From there we took the tram to the top of Masada. What a view and what an amazing slice of history this old fortress represents. From there we floated in the Dead Sea. Bus 8 is great!!