MembersJaffa – Gentiles’ Gateway to the Kingdom

In this fourth installment of our series on “Guiding God’s Land,” tour guide Stan Goodenough takes us to Jaffa, where the door was opened for Gentiles to meet Jesus.

By Stan Goodenough | | Topics: Guiding God's Land
Jaffa, believed the oldest port city on earth, has long been the entry point for foreigners to the Holy Land.
Jaffa, believed the oldest port city on earth, has long been the entry point for foreigners to the Holy Land. Photo: Stan Goodenough

Significant Scripture

Now the apostles and brethren who were in Judea heard that the Gentiles had also received the word of God. And when Peter came up to Jerusalem, those of the circumcision contended with him, saying, “You went in to uncircumcised men and ate with them!”(Acts 11:1-3)

Your flight ticket will call your destination Tel Aviv, but Ben Gurion International Airport is a few kilometres beyond the city. Dropping down from over the Mediterranean, your plane seems to hang for a moment above the golden beaches, shimmering towers and spreading white suburbs of the most modern Jewish metropolis on the planet.

If you have a window-seat looking southward, you might see a small, yellow-coloured neighbourhood stuck almost like a limpet on the edge of the city. This is Jaffa. For many Christian visitors to Israel, like you, it will be the first stop on their tour. And, as you will learn, there is a wonderfully meaningful reason for this.

Beyond Jaffa, the gently curving coastline runs down to the Gaza Strip which,...

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3 responses to “Jaffa – Gentiles’ Gateway to the Kingdom”

  1. Robert's World says:

    Another great Article, Stan.
    We have been to “Yafo” but without fully appreciating it’s significance

  2. Helena Baylon says:

    Thank you for the article, and thanks for mentioning to Gentile believers that yes, Israel is never replaced by the gentile church. How can we reach you for a guided tour, Stan? Do you actually do guided tours?

  3. Israel Today says:

    Stan does lead tours and if you contact us we’d be happy to connect you with Stan.

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