Seeing the Bible come alive while walking through the Holy Land is one of the most thrilling experiences for a Christian. Touching the ground where so many walked before us—the prophets, the apostles, Jesus and those healed by him, even those who opposed him confirms that the stories of the Bible are not just legends, but real.
It is like visiting Mt. Carmel where Elijah confronted the worshipers of Baal and proved that God of Abraham and Isaac was real, unlike the false gods of the Canaanites. Eventhough those who believe have faith in the stories, whether or not they see it for themselves, it lends credence and power to the testimony of Christianity. It is not the imaginings of a deluded prophet or even a sincere one, but historical fact. Like doubting Thomas, you can touch the places where the Bible stories were written and no longer doubt.
You can visit the actual sights where David and Solomon dwelled (though the temple built by him was destroyed), where the prophets were born and ministered, where the Essenes preserved the Dead Sea scrolls. You can see with your own eyes the land that Jesus beheld, the place where He gave His Sermon on the Mount, fed the 5,000, and healed the man born blind. You can walk among the ruins of the temple at Capernaum where Jesus taught and where the apostle Peter lived. You can journey to Jerusalem and go to the Wailing Wall, see the area of the temple mount and replicas of all the buildings during the time when Jesus walked these streets.
Most importantly you can see the sites of Jesus’ death, crucifixion, burial and His amazing resurrection at the Garden Tomb. Though some identify a different place, it is most probable that the site called the Garden Tomb is the accurate place in that the tomb there is large like a rich man would own, the remains of a vineyard were found, which was called a garden at that time and Golgotha is very nearby. Yet what is most incredible is the feeling that Jesus once lay there and is now gone—ruling and reigning in heaven!
However, it is wonderful to know, beyond your feelings, to behold with your eyes. If a trip to the Holy Land is beyond your budget than there are alternatives. You can take a virtual tour, watch videos of preachers who have recorded their teachings in the holy Land, view pictures and videos on-line, read the Archeological Bible, which I find very informative and interesting, or visit the Holy Land Experience in Florida, which gives you a little taste of the true experience.
The list of what you can see and find out about Israel and the Holy Land is endless. But if you ask me how I know He lives, I’ll tell you what the old hymn says. “He lives within my heart!” Yet it is good to know what you believe can be seen and is documented in history.