Daily Archives: October 29, 2022

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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