Ah, Israel. The cradle of our faith. The place where Jesus walked.
The Pool at Bethsaida photo by Larry Kutzler
One of the things I so love about our Lord is that Jesus was a master storyteller. We feel we can actually see the characters he so vividly renders in his teaching parables about widows and farmers and a prodigal and his family. But these imaginings can sometimes impede our knowledge that there were also real people who met Jesus and walked away forever changed. This distinction is so important–the ministry of Jesus is not just about his instructive teaching. We have a historical record to inspire and direct us still today. The pool pictured above is where Jesus miraculously instructed a lame man to pick up his mat and walk according to John 5:2-17
Knowing what Jesus accomplished there encourages my faith and makes me more confident to claim that even today, he still heals.
When I had the joy and privilege to travel to Israel
Ruth is the third child of Rev. Billy Graham and his wife Ruth Bell Graham. She founded the Ruth Graham & Friends Ministry in 2006. Ruth is an experienced conference speaker and Bible teacher. She is also a frequent guest speaker – and interview subject – in the news media. She has appeared on a variety of radio and television shows including: Good Morning, America, The Hour of Power, Focus on the Family, Moody Broadcasting, Fox & Friends, CBN, Life Today and CNN.