From Tongnaan Bawa, Jos
Over 340 Christian pilgrims from Nigeria who are presently in Jordan are praying for the peace of the country and for God to grant mercy on Nigeria.
In a statement signed by Pam Ayuba, a Personal Assistant to the Executive Secretary of Nigeria Christian Pilgrims commission, NCPC, from Amman, Jordan, said “Over 340 pilgrims from Nigeria left Jordan on Sunday to continue their Easter pilgrimage in Israel”
The pilgrims, he explained arrived Jordan-Israel’s border after 8 am local time and on arrival, they were moved to some Holy sites including the Mountain of Temptation, located in Jericho, where Satan tempted Jesus forty days and forty nights.
Pam said Jericho played an important role during the wilderness journey of the Israelites from Egypt to Canan, the Promised Land. It was during the encampment of the Israelites at Nebo that Moses sent twelve spies to survey the land of Canan for her eventual conquering.
“The pilgrims were also taken to the oldest sycamore tree according to bible history, where Zacheus the Tax Collector climeb to see Jesus. “
He disclosed that the pilgrims made up of Christians from the FCT, Abuja, Imo, Bayelsa, Lagos, and Cross Rivers states also visited some caves around the Dead Sea that the disciples of Jesus used as secret prayer cells. These caves provided shelter and served as revival Halls for the disciples following intense persecution at the time from Roman-appointed rulers who demanded the disciples be killed.
He further disclosed that at the Dead Sea, the Pilgrims were shown some caves, where archeological discoveries were made of some Old Testament scrolls used at the time of the prophets and even Jesus Christ at their temples.
“The pilgrims were also taken to Nazareth, the birthplace of Jesus Christ, a village in Bethlehem of Judea. Nazareth is a significant place in biblical history as it was where it marked the beginning of the history that was later to change and affect all generations of the world.”
“Meanwhile, in Jordan, the remaining pilgrims numbering close to twenty visited the Dead Sea and had a glimpse at Jericho where the children of Israel passed the route to the Promised Land”
“At Mount Gilboa, located in the Lower Galilee region of Israel, the pilgrims were taken for a sight visit. According to the account in 1 Samuel 31, Saul’s death and that of his children occurred on the slopes of Mount Gilboa after his army was defeated by the Philistines. Saul’s body was taken by the Philistines, but his armor-bearer took his own life rather than be captured”
He however said In all sites visited both in Jordan and Israel, the pilgrims also prayed the leaders of the Nigeria for God’s direction for good representation and governance.