I have now officially spent a full 24 hours in Nazereth, Israel and I am still not sure exactly how I feel. I am jet lagged, and over whelmed by everything. As I was preparing for this trip I have thought about how it would feel to be some of the places that Jesus just may have been, and wondered what Jesus did while he was growing. Being here in this place makes me realize how little I really did know. I have realized that Jesus grew up normal. He had rules, and parents just like you and I. Although I always new this, soemtimes I saw being raised by the exception. The only exception was that he had to bear our sins on the cross that day on calvary in this very land with where I sit writing. It is because he died on the cross to save me and all of us that I ahve the privledge to be here today learning more about the Jesus that grew up and walked the streets of Nazareth almost 2,000 years ago.
After waking up and enjoying cucumbers, tomatoes, pitas, and humus for breakfast (yes, I actually ate humus); we headed out to Nazareth Village for orientation and the high hopes of being in the discovery film that was being filmed in the Village. When they arrived after lunch, the decided that they didn’t need all of us so we went a hung out in the synagoge talked a little and then some of us continued to walk around the town and get to know not only our surroundings, but each other better. Today was a good day for us as a group to continue to get to know each other and to continue to learn about the culture around us.