For believers of the Christian faith, a trip to Israel is an opportunity to reflect, worship and renewal. The country is home to remarkable destinations that are not only breathtaking but will allow you to contemplate.
For those planning their vacation to Israel for the first time, Cruise Lady is a travel agency that offers reliable tours for LDS tourists. Among the multitude of biblical sites here are two well-loved tourist spots in Israel and their significance to the Christian faith.
Mount of Beatitudes
Overlooking a portion of the Sea of Galilee and Golan Heights across the lake, it was here that Jesus Christ was believed to have delivered the Sermon on the Mount. This sermon includes the Christian faith’s most strongly held beliefs that are also the source of hope for those who suffer. “Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth,” reassured Jesus here.
The New Testament is clear in its message to choose mercy over aggression, compassion and charity over competition. On the slope of the mountain now sits an eight-sided Church which represents the eight beatitudes of Jesus Christ. The Designed Antonio Barluzzi, an Italian architect, the Church of the Beatitudes was constructed as far back as 1938 for a Franciscan order of nuns. Now with its serene environment and remarkable architecture, the Mount of Beatitudes is a must-see Holy Land destination.
North of the Damascus gate in Jerusalem, Pilgrims come to see the Garden Tomb where they believe Jesus Christ was resurrected from the dead. The crucifixion of Jesus Christ after speaking of himself as the son of God stood to challenge the faith of his disciples. The account of his rising from the dead in the presence of Mary Magdalene is thus a vital moment for Christianity.
This Biblical story is a symbol of hope and survival for many Christians who believe their savior has overcome persecution on earth to join the Holy Father in Heaven. Today this open tomb provides a tranquil environment for devout Christians who have come to the Holy Land for meditation.
A Holy Land Tour is an opportunity to slip into reflection and redirect the course of one’s life. It is also a rich cultural experience even for travelers outside of the Christian community.