Today was special, we followed some of the steps of Jesus during the crucifixion. Tomorrow we will continue on that path but today we had a front row seat of Jesus’ death on the cross. It was truly a precious time for me, touching the very stone where Jesus was beaten and flogged. Walking the very road that my Lord walked; the very street where his blood was spilled. It was precious!
I remember your finished work on the cross for us Lord. For it is by grace you have been saved through faith! Thank you for your grace! Not only present grace but future grace as well.
We started off early today for Jerusalem, the City Of David. We headed for Mount Moriah – Dome of The Rock. We departed at 6:30AM because of the heightened security in the area we were headed as it is under Muslim control. The structure on top of the mountain is currently a Muslim mosque. Bibles are not allowed. As we entered the secured area passing metal detectors and well-armed soldiers, I noticed a metal locker with worn out bibles exposed to the elements, these are perhaps the bibles that have been confiscated upon entry. You really get a clear sense of rivalry of the different religions in this region.
We walked this road, making our way to the top where the Mosque is located. Moriah is the mountain that the Lord Jesus will establish his leadership once again, as indicated in the Word Of God.
Here is another stunning shot of the Muslim Mosque at Moriah. The structure is marked all around by verses from the Quran. The tiles are a mix from different parts of the globe. I linked a Wikipedia article above, feel free to read up on the site.
Here’s a photo of the Lighthouse Team, before we headed down from the Mosque.
This is me by the steps as we went down from the Temple Mount.
This is a photo of the pathway we took as we walked left this area.
As we started to walk the path that Jesus walked, we headed underground. This is a photo of our group gathering underground as our tour guide gave us a short briefing of the pathway we were going to take. They preserved portions of Jesus’ pathway to the cross underground including the very rock they believed that Jesus leaned on as they whipped him ruthlessly!
We gathered around the very rock they believed Jesus was leaning on as he was brutally whipped. There was a sense of sobriety and gratefulness as we gathered around this piece of rock. The thought that Jesus had done all that for you and me was heavy on our minds and hearts, tears rolled down our eyes as we looked to this stone knowing reality of what Jesus did for us. We prayed together and sang a song of worship. Worthy is the Lamb! Worthy are you Jesus! We continued on to the Pool of Bethesda.
Some time later, Jesus went up to Jerusalem for one of the Jewish festivals. Now there is in Jerusalem near the Sheep Gate a pool, which in Aramaic is called Bethesda and which is surrounded by five covered colonnades. Here a great number of disabled people used to lie—the blind, the lame, the paralyzed. (John 5:1-3, NIV)
These are ruins of Bethesda. For some reason I always thought this pool of Bethesda was small, but hey, it was big! It was here where thousands of lame, paralyzed and sick people gathered around daily waiting to be healed. Jesus entered this place in John 5 and finds a man paralyzed for 38 years still waiting to receive healing. This was the place where Jesus spoke words of healing and authority – “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.” (John 5:8, NIV) The bible says, at once the man was cured! Thirty-eight years of being paralyzed was healed in a moment!
One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to get well?”
“Sir,” the invalid replied, “I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me.”
Then Jesus said to him, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.” At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked. (John 5:5-9, NIV)
I had the freedom to roam the area, so I took the opportunity to take a few more shots before we headed to the Upper-Room.
I had a picture of myself taken as we walked towards the Upper-Room.
Our next stop was the upper room. The place where 120 of Jesus’ followers received the baptism of the Holy Spirit! This statue of King David was on the way and some of the men had pictures taken.
This is the Upper-Room. Of course, it was been changed and modernized, but we were standing on the floor believed to be where 120 Christ-followers gathered in prayer and from that place the power of the Holy Spirit was made manifest. Until this day that power is at work!
When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them. (Acts 2:1-4, NIV)
Before heading back to our hotel, we stopped by to get a good view of the Old City of Jerusalem.
We took some time to just walk through the streets of this City, it is overwhelming to know that this is where all the action will take place one day when the very toes of King Jesus will touch the ground we stood on. Yes! One day the clouds will part and the King will come! I remind you all to trust in the Lord’s timing and in the meantime be faithful in the season the Lord has placed you for the moment.
But the free gift is not like the trespass. For if many died through one man’s trespass, much more have the grace of God and the free gift by the grace of that one man Jesus Christ abounded for many. And the free gift is not like the result of that one man’s sin. For the judgment following one trespass brought condemnation, but the free gift following many trespasses brought justification. For if, because of one man’s trespass, death reigned through that one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ. (Romans 5:15-17, ESV)