Where is your favorite destination? Maybe it’s somewhere you have already been? Maybe it’s somewhere you ‘know’ you need to go? Maybe it’s a place like the paradise of Hawaii, the temperate weather of Southern California, the crystal clear waters & white beaches of the Bahamas, or the wide open wild country of Montana? Maybe it’s the romantic city of light & love like Paris, or the rain-forests of Nepal? Many of us have a desired location where we have fantasized about living someday.
Did you know that God has a favorite place here on the earth too?
Yes, it’s true. When we look at the life of Christ in the gospels, we can see where that place is. We might be tempted to think that the ‘holy’ city of Jerusalem was Christ’s favorite place. After all, it was the center of all religious activity. All the attention of the religious world was on that city and the temple there.
but Jerusalem was NOT the desired destination of our Lord.
In His adult life & ministry, Jesus went many places and did many things, but He never spent one night in the ‘holy’ city of Jerusalem until He was condemned to die. He largely avoided that place. That’s astounding to me.
There was a place that Jesus spent many nights, however.
There was a place that Jesus frequented to relax and enjoy good food with friends.
There was a place that Jesus often went where He built and cultivated deep intimate relationships with a few people in the comforts of their home.
This place was where Jesus was fully welcomed. This was a place where He could let His guard down, so to speak. This was a place He could simply be and relax. This was a place He could share His life with those He loved. I would imagine when life got hectic for Jesus and His disciples out on the road, this was a place He longed to return to rest and commune. Do you know where this place is?
Christ’s favorite place on the earth was the little village of Bethany.
This humble village sits just outside the religious ‘holy’ city of Jerusalem. It’s easily overlooked. Nothing of worldly or religious significance seems to be happening there. Jesus’ greatest miracle happened there, however. Although Jesus loved all people, relationally speaking, He formed deep relationships with Mary, Martha, and Lazarus in this little village. Do you know what?
Christ’s favorite place on the earth still is Bethany!
Author Frank Viola has a new book coming out that will stunningly make this case in a way that you cannot begin to imagine. Personally speaking, I had the opportunity to hear Frank’s message about the little village of Bethany before this work was written. I can honestly say that it was a ‘game changer’ for me.
I had no idea that Christ’s favorite place on the earth was Bethany. The fact that Bethany was Christ’s favorite place has many implications for us today in ways that I never imagined. What greatly impacted me, however, was when Frank talked about exactly where ‘Bethany’ is today.
When I found out exactly where Bethany is today, it brought me to tears.
I simply had never considered Bethany before. I also had no idea that the little village of Bethany was still the ‘big apple’ of the Lord’s eye, so to speak. Bethany is not where you think it is. When I found out where Bethany is today, it changed everything.
If you have ever read any of Frank’s books before, you know how life altering they are. This new book by Frank titled ‘God’s Favorite Place On Earth’ is considered his best work to date. Now that is saying something.
I’d like to strongly recommend that you get a copy of this book. Although this book is heading to stores now, Frank would like you to wait to purchase this book until May 1’st. There are reasons for this. Please take a few minutes to visit the website created specifically for this book. You can also download the the free book sampler through this site as well. Here is the link: