Emmaus a Moving Experience for All Who Visit

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Emmaus was previously known as the resting place of the Ark of the Covenant for 20 years between being retrieved from the Philistines and being taken to Jerusalem by King David around 1,000 BC.

Drive west, about seven miles from Jerusalem and prepare to be transformed by the charming village of Abu Gosh. This peaceful village sits upon a mountainside that was settled over 6,000 years ago. If you find yourself wandering outside Jerusalem this is a stop you don’t want miss.

Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem. They were talking with each other about everything that had happened. As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them. (Luke 24:13-15 NIV)

Abu Gosh was identified at the beginning of the 12th century by Christians as Emmaus. Emmaus is the town where Jesus appeared after the resurrection. Can you imagine setting foot in this sacred village and being in the same place that Jesus was after He arose? What a moving experience!

Find yourself sitting peacefully in the well-tendered garden near the Benedictine Monastery, reading through Luke and the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. A whirlwind of emotions and thoughts sweep over you; you will never read the Bible the same way after this trip.

“Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,” says the LORD, who has compassion on you. (Isaiah 54:10 NIV)

After your quiet time with God, head over to the Benedictine Monastery. This monastery is one of the most beautiful buildings preserved that can still be visited today. The main attractions here are the watercolor paintings on the walls and ceilings and a fountain that flows from the crypt at the base of the monastery.

Whether you are touring the town in the beautiful countryside, taking in the shops and sights in the village, or sitting quietly in the garden of the Benedictine Monastery, be prepared for a life-changing experience.

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