The Israelites Return
I rejoiced with those who said to me,
"Let us go to the house of the Lord."
Our feet are standing in your gates, O Jerusalem.
The guys are back from Israel and this morning they shared their memories, pictures, and how the trip affected their spiritual lives. After you travel to Israel and walk in the steps of the Patriarchs, Jesus, and his apostles, you never read the scriptures in the same way. Every episode, every miracle and parable has a physical location and meaning.
Each "Israelite" selected a verse or section of the Bible to sum up some aspect of their trip. Here are selections that 3 of the men picked.
"He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering...But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds, we are healed." from Isaiah 53 prophesying the reason that Christ suffered.
"It is finished" - John 19:30 meaning the work of redemption was finished in Israel by Jesus
We worship a risen Lord. Praise God!