Even before the time of Christ, Jews would be required to journey to Jerusalem to worship at the Temple for the three high holy days: Passover, Pentecost, and the Feast of the Tabernacles. At those times Jerusalem would be packed with pilgrims from all over the kingdom. It is the reason why there was no room at the inn for Mary and Joseph – Bethlehem accommodations were overbooked with pilgrims during the Feast of the Tabernacles in the Jewish year of 3758. (Thank-you, Google.) Now, not every family member could make the journey, some had to remain at home and tend to the farm, sheep or whatever needed daily tending in order for the family, town or city to survive. For the actual pilgrims it was a great honor to make this trip to represent their fellow Jews. When they returned, it was their duty to bring back news and stories of what they had experienced during their pilgrimage.
That all said, I have been blessed to have recently returned from a journey to the Holy Land. What started out as a trip, a vacation, ultimately became a pilgrimage. And I am back to tell you that your belief in God’s grace and mercy through his son Jesus Christ is all very well founded. Most believers will never be able to make this journey, therefore my gratitude to God for the privilege of allowing me to confirm that: it all comes together, it all makes sense, and it is all very true. I understand that this may appear to be a somewhat arrogant statement, and that it will only go as far as the degree of credibility that I have with each one of you that read this blog. So, this is entirely up to you. However, my hope is that you will at the very least continue to pursue your own pilgrimage to acceptance through revelation to the day when you become as comfortable with this reality as you are with your own name, social security number, or how much money you have in the bank.
I have a lot to tell you about my journey, and hope that you think about it, because it is worth your time…RT