Jerusalem, what an amazing place. I have not been to any other place that has such polar opposite things going on. Yet draws your heart to it every time.
You have quite a melting pot of religions, ethnicities and cultures. All trying to co exist but not always successfully. No other place has the history this wonderful city has.
It is chaotic and serene at the same time. It is a place where peace and unrest cohabitate. More importantly, it is the place where Jesus walked and performed His miracles.
You visit the Western Wall and it is filled with men and women crying out in anguish to their Messiah yet they do not recognize that He has lived there, walked their streets, and healed their lame, blind and deaf citizens. Yet, He loves this place the most. When standing there and observing the heartfelt prayers and tears, I want to wrap my arms around them and say “He has come! Look, He is right here in your midst. Just acknowledge Him, as you are the Apple of His eye!”
But just like the Messiah, Jesus, He does not force Himself on anyone. He has given all of us free will. It would not be love otherwise if we were slaves to Him now would it?
I am writing this looking out onto the Sea of Galilee. This is another prominent place in His storybook, the Bible. He walked here too, performing miracles, feeding thousands, teaching them parables about life, and just trying to get people to see that the Perfect Lamb was right there with them, if only for a short time. But, He is coming back. Are you ready to receive Him when He does?