We are in Jerusalem, the Holy City. Today we focused on the sites related to the Bibical passages concerning Jesus’ last week in Jerusalem.
We started with a panoramic overlook of Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives. This is the site of his ascension to heaven and His future second coming.
You can see tombs from the time of Jesus. Jewish people are buried as soon as they die. They are not embalmed but are wrapped in cloth like a mommy. The burial grave is prepared as soon as one dies. They are laid to rest in a tomb. The land and grave site and tomb are no cost to the family if Jewish.
From the Mount of Olives we continued are walk down to the Garden of Gethsemane where Jesus came to pray before his crucifixion.
We then walked down to Stephen’s Gate and examined the remains of the Pool of Bethesda. This is in the Muslim quarter. It is associated with healing and the fifth chapter of John describes such a pool. This was a long walk through the city of Jerusalem.
We then went to the Garden tomb. Here we reflected on Jesus crucifixion, burial and resurrection. We also reflected and remembered his death and resurrection by having communion together.
The group continued to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. The Catholic Church and some of the other churches believe this was the site of the burial and resurrection of Jesus. Some of us were tired and couldn’t walk anymore so took a taxi back to the guest house.