In his album, “Resurrection Letters,” Andrew Peterson describes, in a song called “Maybe Next Year,” how a visit to Jerusalem made his faith real like never before. “This is the place where Abraham / cut loose the boy and he killed the ram instead / And this is the place where Jesus said / you could tear down the temple and He’d raise it from the dead.”
This song is in my mind because I’m currently with my wife and ministry colleagues on a tour of Israel. Actually, “tour” is too weak of a word. Any Christian who’s been to the Holy Land will attest that coming here is more of a pilgrimage.
We’re hitting all of the major sites — Caesarea, the Sea of Galilee, the Mount of Olives, Gethsemane, Jerusalem, and of course, the traditional locations of Jesus’ crucifixion, burial, and resurrection.
Seeing these places, where the events of the Bible actually took place — not in some dream-time or fictional world, but right here, on this very soil — well, it’s incredible.
There is actually a place where Jericho once stood. The bluff where King David built his palace is a real bluff. The mountain where Elijah called down fire from heaven exists.
And, as we continue to talk about time after time on BreakPoint, archaeology continues to validate these accounts. These discoveries not only verify the truthfulness of the Bible, they remind us how thoroughly grounded the Christian faith is in actual history.
In just the last year, the existence of the biblical Philistines and Edomites has been confirmed by new discoveries, as has the Babylonian conquest of Jerusalem, and even an obscure official in the court of King Josiah.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, John Stonestreet and G. Shane Morris