Published April 4, 2017
This Easter, the biblical account of Jesus’ ministry, death, burial and resurrection will seem more corporeal and substantive for 29 Kentuckians who journeyed to the Holy Land a little over a week ago.
Part of a group coordinated by the Kentucky Baptist Convention, they walked where Jesus walked ... from Bethlehem, Nazareth and Capernaum to the shores of Galilee and Jerusalem. Their travels stretched from Mount Hermon in the north, where Jesus called Peter “the rock,” to the ancient city of Jericho and the Dead Sea in the south, catching vistas of Mt. Carmel, Mount of Beatitudes, Mount of Temptation, and Mount of Transfiguration along the way.
“I think this was the best day,” Oliver Shearer, of Winchester, was prone to say at each day’s end. We all agreed. As we drew closer and closer to Jesus’ birthplace In Bethlehem, to the Via Dolorosa — “the way of suffering” that Jesus took through Jerusalem between his trial by Pilate and his crucifixion at Golgotha, “the place of the skull” — and to the traditional site of Jesus’ tomb at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre or to its alternative site of the Garden Tomb, the spiritual impact of each day’s experiences grew exponentially.