Our first day in Jerusalem.
We started the day by driving to Bethlehem. It was interesting because Bethlehem is Palestinian so they had a huge wall we had to go through with tight security. It was crazy. We went to this shop in Bethlehem to do some shopping and I got myself a Palestinian boyfriend.
We then headed to the Church of the Nativity. It was apparently where Jesus was born they built this huge shrine and church on it. It was a little gaudy but still cool.
Then he talked about Mary. Mary did not have to go to Bethlehem (only Joseph had to) so why would she go? Why would she make the 5 day journey at 9 months pregnant? The stable with a cave (which we were able to walk through one what it would've been like) with a stone manger. Brother Top mentioned how the inn keeper showed mercy (Luke 2:7) to them by allowing them to into the cave. The inns were packed and the cave allowed them to have the privacy that her delivery deserved. It was a really sacred experience that I will never forget.
|This is an oil lamp from the time of Jesus|