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Sitting, walking and praying where the Savior did…

Taking a cab up to the second highest spot in Jerusalem, we got coffee and sat for a spell on the Mount of Olives. This is a pano of Jerusalem from up there.

During Passion Week / Holy Week (you choose) Jesus spent a lot of time up here. And it was from here that tradition tell us he ascended. With that in mind we went to the spot that is revered for that event. But Luke names Bethany as the spot, so we hunted for a view eastward.

Looking east from the Mount of Olives. Bethany would’ve been back there somewhere. Those distant mountains may be across the Jordan river.
We walked down the mountain, stopped for a few moments of prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane, then across the brook Kidron to the eastern wall of Old Jerusalem.
The Kidron valley.
Once across the Kidron valley we look back to see the Mount of Olives with the Garden bottom right. If the Temple were still standing, this would be the western vista.
These walls are not the original. They were reconstructed by the Ottomans.
But the enormity gives us helpful perspective looking up from above the Kidron valley to the southern corner of where the Temple once stood.
This southern wall once had a southern entrance to the Temple. Below it were various pools. We were heading for the Western Wall.
Signage facing those exiting the Dung gate on the southeastern wall.
Once through the almost airport type security lines, you’re welcomed by this.
Actual remnant of the western wall of the Temple that Jesus knew. The devout pray fervently, I joined them and prayed some Psalms. Here’s some of one of them…
From Psalm 135

Give praise indeed.

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The Agony of His Steps

We began our trek this afternoon by going down to the the Garden of Gethsemane.

The Mount of Olives with the Garden bottom right

It was meaningful to pray in proximity to where our Lord prayed “thy will”.

Our intent today was to experience the journey from the garden up into the city…

The Roman fort was likely positioned nearby – at the northern end of the Temple. We walked down the Via Delarosa.

Note sign top left corner of pic.

The other end of the Via Delarosa is the Church of the Holy Sepulcher where Golgotha and the tomb are memorialized.

It is a working Church and beautiful liturgy was ongoing.

At the end, we had walked thousands of steps, a lot of which was uphill. But the Via Delarosa is, at most, a quarter of all the steps he took that night.

That night Jesus experienced multiple hearings before two groups of Jews, Pilate, and Herod. Crossing this extremely hilly city was strenuous enough, but weakened and bloodied as Jesus was from the numerous whippings and beatings would have made it so much harder. It gives deeper meaning to Isaiah 53: “with his wounds we are healed.”

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Shabbat Shalom Y’all

Shabbat Shalom Y’all.

Yesterday we contemplated the death and resurrection of our Savior at an alternative site called the Garden Tomb.

(There’s little certainty about any of the various biblical sites, but the point for us in being here is to better understand and feel context of the New Testament).

The Byzantine cross includes “Jesus Christ Alpha and Omega”.

Today after (Korean) church – seems kinda normal that they’d do church on Shabbat, right?

Now it’s time to cool off during the hot 80f afternoon. So it’s post church nap time. Here’s my nap view…

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Today, now, we can join in with those in Heaven…

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Fear not

“But now thus says the Lord, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior. I give Egypt as your ransom, Cush and Seba in exchange for you.”
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭43‬:‭1‬-‭3‬a ESV‬

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