The origin of the Holy Land concept is found in the renaming of the Land of Canaan as the Land of Israel (e.g. Genesis 15:18-21). The uniqueness of the Land of Israel is thus ‘Geo-Theological’ and not merely climatic. This is the land which faces the entrance of the spiritual world, that sphere of existence that lies beyond the physical world known to us through our senses. This is the key to the land’s unique status with regard to prophecy and prayer, and also with regard to the commandments. The Land of Israel is also classified as the National Home or Land of Destiny, The concept of the land being holy is especially prominent in the Book of Numbers. The land is also considered holy in the Hebrew Bible because God’s “holy people” settle there. The Holy Land is significant in Christianity, mainly because it is the place of Birth, Ministry, Crucifixion and Resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth, the Saviour or Messiah to Christianity.
According to the New Testament, Jerusalem was the city to which Jesus was brought as a child, to be presented at the Temple (Luke 2:22) and to attend festivals (Luke 2: 42). According to the Gospels, Jesus preached and healed in Jerusalem, especially in the Temple courts. There is also an account of Jesus’ cleansing of the Temple, chasing various traders out of the sacred precincts (Mark 11: 15). At the end of each of the Gospels, there are accounts of Jesus’ Last Supper in an ‘Upper Room’ in Jerusalem, His arrest in Gethsemane, His trial, His crucifixion at Golgotha, His burial nearby and His resurrection and ascension and prophecy to return.
Tradition holds that the place of the Last Supper is the Cenacle, on the second floor of a building on Mount Zion where David’s Tomb is on the first floor. The place of Jesus’ anguished prayer and betrayal, Gethsemane, is probably somewhere near the Church of All Nations on the Mount of Olives. Jesus’ trial before Pontius Pilate may have taken place at the Antonia Fortress, to the north of the Temple area. Popularly, the exterior pavement where the trial was conducted is beneath the Convent of the Sisters of Zion. Other Christians believe that Pilate tried Jesus at Herod’s Palace on Mount Zion.
The Via Dolorosa, or way of suffering, is the traditional route to Golgotha, the place of crucifixion, and is an important pilgrimage. The route ends at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher (perhaps the most holy place for Christians). The Holy Sepulcher is traditionally believed to be the location of Golgotha and Jesus’ nearby tomb. The original church was built in 336 by Constantine I. The Garden Tomb is also a popular pilgrimage site. No matter your health or financial position, Shareworld Travels would like to welcome you and your group to the unforgettable Land of Jacob, the Land of Milk and Honey, the H O L Y L A N D as we all know.