I've had time now to reflect on the trip. The best day was when we went to the garden and saw Golgotha and the tomb. We had communion in a small cave like chapel, quite an intimate experience. Luke purchased an olive wood cup for each of us. Thank you, Pastor.
Israel is a modern country with all the infrastructure and lifestyle that goes along with it. It was rather jarring to step into Jerusalem with the ancient within my mind and see the modern. The traditions and rules the Jews have made into their god was disheartening. Superstition has wormed its way into the legalism of the religion. Then the Islamic oppression on top of that.
I do want to say that the regular people seem to get along between the two groups. Ronny, our guide, indicated that, although they don't socialize much the regular Jews and Muslims tend to do okay together. What I observed verified this.
We in the US have a concept of history that's about 300 years old. In the Middle East there are buildings and roads that are 4000 years old. Puts a totally different perspective on our importance in the scheme of God's plan.
I walked where He walked. Sat where he might have sat. Was in synagogues he taught in. That in itself makes the time and money spent worthwhile.