There are few places in the Holy Land where you can actually
say, “I’m walking on the very stones where Jesus put his feet.” Most places the
Bible talks about as familiar stomping grounds for Jesus—Bethlehem, Nazareth,
the hillsides around the Sea of Galilee, the Garden of Gethsemane, Golgotha,
the tomb—are marked in modern-day Israel, but they are approximations, not the
There’s no way to know if Jesus was actually at these
particular places as they exist today, not with 2,000 years of dust and debris covering
them, not to mention the many churches, chapels, shrines and souvenir shops that
dot the landscape.
However, there is at least one spot where it’s pretty safe
to say, “I’m walking where Jesus walked,” and that’s the Via Dolorosa, or the “Way
of Suffering,” which courses through the old city of Jerusalem. Our guide
assured us that these stones deep beneath the current city streets are in fact
the stones Jesus touched as he made his way to the cross.