For the next two weeks, I'll be spending time on a Holy Land Pilgrimage in Israel with Ecclesia Houston and my Pastor, Chris Seay. I'll be posting daily updates at the end of every day documenting moments through photo and video. I recommend following our fellow friend + genius photographer, Kirby Trapolino, at KirbyTrapolino.com
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On Monday, we began the day with a visit to Nazareth to visit the historical Mary’s well, where the Angel Gabriel appeared to Mary and announced that she would bear Jesus. We continued to a visit to the Tulip Winery, a very special award winning winery for a wine tasting. This beautiful day filled with perfect weather was topped off with a ceremony for a renewal of vows for a few couples from Ecclesia Houston.
Jesus, Son of God
Salvation Meets Human History
Earlier in this chapter, Elizabeth (pregnant with John the Baptist) feels the baby kick at the presence of Mary, leading her to be filled with the Holy Spirit. In this scene, we can see what God is up to. He is about to change the course of human history. The Savior is coming and walking the earth for the next 33 years. And it all starts with God working through and with two humble women—one old and barren, one young and virginal. What we witness after this, in scriptures, is Mary breaking out in song:
My prayer is that I may live for my soul to magnify the Lord. This is not something that is verbalized. We cannot hear each others souls. It is an intimate, supernatural occurrence that happens between only God + I, you + God. I pray that you + I may feel the greatness and holiness and mercy of God. It is then that our souls may magnify the Lord, through the rejoicing in Him! Let our praises be heard.