Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Mount Masada

Today we get to climb Mount Masada. I have been looking forward to this moment for years and can't actually believe that I will be getting to do this. Masada is steeped in history, but is most famous for the 967 Jews who committed mass suicide on the mountain in 73A.D. Under siege by the Roman army, the Jewish community on Masada chose to die, rather than be tortured by the Romans. If you would like to read more on Masada then click onto the link. 

We will also travel to Bethany today, to visit the tomb of Lazarus. If you remember his story in the Bible (John 11), Jesus prayed over his dead body and he rose from the dead. Lazarus was also the brother of Mary and Martha.

"When Jesus arrived at Bethany, he was told that Lazarus had already been in his grave for four days. 18 Bethany was only a few miles down the road from Jerusalem, 19 and many of the people had come to console Martha and Mary in their loss. 20 When Martha got word that Jesus was coming, she went to meet him. But Mary stayed in the house. 21 Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if only you had been here, my brother would not have died. 22 But even now I know that God will give you whatever you ask.”
23 Jesus told her, “Your brother will rise again.”
24 “Yes,” Martha said, “he will rise when everyone else rises, at the last day.”
25 Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life.[e] Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying." - John 11

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