We had two incredible days in and around Jerusalem. We began at the top of the Mount of Olives and walked down the “Palm Sunday road,” taking in the places especially significant to Jesus’ final week. The church near the place where Jesus wept over Jerusalem, the route he took into the city for the last time, and the Garden of Gethsemene were a few of the moving places to learn about and to pause over as Christians.
We visited the Western ridge (today Mt. Zion), which included Caiaphas’ palace and the places of Jesus’ imprisonment and Peter’s denial.
Also, a location associated with the Upper Room is there, as well as a small Jewish site that they call the tomb of David (though it is not the place of David’s burial, which is still unknown). Bethany was next, where Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead and where his sisters Mary and Martha lived.
Tuesday was in the Old City section of Jerusalem, including the Western Wall, the Temple Mount, and the Via Dolorosa, the end of which is in the Church if the Holy Sepulcre. These were all very meaningful places of reflection for our group and very significant stops on our journey. We wound things up with a visit to the Garden Tomb. We toured this peaceful place for reflecting on Christ’s resurrection and ended with a celebration of Holy Communion together in the garden.
Before dinner and transporting to the airport, we got to wander the markets of Jerusalem’s Christian quarter–a fascinating and educational experience in itself! Next up: flying to Philly and on home to DFW. Wow, what an incredible group, and what an incredible journey. Thanks be to God for this opportunity to share!