I have recently been doing some reading in Luke, and I am
compelled by what I have learned about this gospel. Though I find it difficult
to find the time to read, as I am easily distracted, I know the importance of
staying in touch with God's Word. The writer, Luke the Evangelist,
details the life of Christ from the events of his birth to his Ascension. It
was written in the 1st Century, covering many of the miracles performed by
Jesus and many of his teachings and parables. Having recently visited The
Holy Land, it is great to be able to place the towns and villages that are
mentioned in the gospel.
I was amazed by the distances covered on foot by Jesus and his disciples. Although Israel is such a small nation, the terrain
covered, for example, from Galilee to Jericho, is harsh desert, dropping to 250
metres below sea level. Far easier in a hire car!
Galilee itself is a very special place. There is definitely
a still, peaceful spirit there. You can really picture Jesus preaching,
teaching, healing, stepping back from the crowds into the surrounding hills to
pray. Indeed, at the south end of Galilee, where the river Jordan flows
out and onwards towards the Dead Sea, is the place where John the Baptist baptized
Christ. Here, also, you can feel a strong and magnificent presence.
There is no place else in the world like it. And I am
grateful for the opportunity to have visited. It just makes reading the Bible,
like the book of Luke, for instance, that much more valid and powerful. The
Bible has just become so much more alive for me and my faith has had a