Living Passages excels in showcasing authenticated Biblical, archeologically-significant sites. We have added a special, new site to your 2018 Israel tour—what may well be the first and earliest Christian church in Jerusalem. The Jewish community wants neither celebration of its existence nor attention drawn to it.
A short time after Jesus death, we know from the Book of Acts that those who were a part of “The Way” were, at times, fearful and that they often hid themselves in Jerusalem. We also know that they were called to be baptized into the name of Jesus Christ. Beneath a parking lot at Mount Zion, a most amazing archaeological site has been disregarded by the Jewish community.
At the time of the growth of The Way, led by James, the half-brother to Jesus, we know from archaeological evidence that the merged symbol of the fish, menorah and the sign of King David came into existence. You will visit the place of worship where a monk has uncovered 40 artifacts that bear this precious, Messianic seal. We will be visiting the site of this very Early Church and place of early “Way” baptisms. These baptisms are called Mikveh’s.
Our guests who have previously been to Israel will recall the many shops that sell this same, symbolic emblem in jewelry design, as well as in other items. We will be visiting the place where it was originally discovered. See Acts 2:41 to learn where this may have taken place: “Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.” And, in Acts 2:38: “Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.”
Want to see it in person? Travel with us to Israel! Living Passages offers Christ-centered tours for believers who want to explore the places and archaeology of the Bible while following incredible leaders in the Faith.