Story from Day 5

Israel Tour 2019

We woke up this morning in Jerusalem! Traveling across the Mount of Olives is so surreal. On our first stop, we got a breathtaking view of the city. After a quick group photo and a frigid camel ride, we walked the Palm Sunday path that Jesus and His disciples walked.

This path eventually took us down the Garden of Gethsemane. Gethsemane means "to crush (to press)", referring to the process of turning olives into olive oil. It also describes the pressure Jesus felt as He prayed here for the last time. Sweating to the point of bleeding, He knew the pressure of the world was on His shoulders. He was betrayed and would be arrested here. Aftrer reading this account in Matthew 26, we spent time singing and praying and then spread out across the garden and had a time individually talking with the Lord.

We then visited one of the oldest churches in the world on top of the Mount of Olives. Inside this church is the rock that many scholars believe Jesus prayed to the Father, “Not my will, but your will be done.” It was also on this rock that Jesus sweat blood.

Later, we stopped at the traditional house of the High Priest, Caiaphas. This is where many believe Jesus was beaten and held prior to the appearing before Pilate. Our group had a time of prayer and singing in this stone dungeon, and then read Psalm 88 while imagining what Jesus must have been feeling in the depths of this dark pit.

This church is also believed to be the place where Peter denied three times that he was one of Jesus' followers. The courtyard outside of the house is also where Peter would have been warming his hands by the fire on the night of the crucifixion.

After a bite to eat, we took an in depth look at the infrastructure of the city at the time of Christ and also had a chance to see the Dead Sea scrolls; the oldest Old Testament manuscripts ever found. What a beautiful sight to see these Hebrew manuscripts! Some say it's the greatest archaeological find of all time.

Tomorrow we continue our tour of this historically rich city. Continue praying for our safety and that our hearts would continue to be open to what the Lord is teaching us.

Jordan

We woke up this morning in Jerusalem! Traveling across the Mount of Olives is so surreal. On our first stop, we got a breathtaking view of the city. After a quick group photo and a frigid camel ride, we walked the Palm Sunday path that Jesus and His disciples walked.

This path eventually took us down the Garden of Gethsemane. Gethsemane means "to crush (to press)", referring to the process of turning olives into olive oil. It also describes the pressure Jesus felt as He prayed here for the last time. Sweating to the point of bleeding, He knew the pressure of the world was on His shoulders. He was betrayed and would be arrested here. Aftrer reading this account in Matthew 26, we spent time singing and praying and then spread out across the garden and had a time individually talking with the Lord.

We then visited one of the oldest churches in the world on top of the Mount of Olives. Inside this church is the rock that many scholars believe Jesus prayed to the Father, “Not my will, but your will be done.” It was also on this rock that Jesus sweat blood.

Later, we stopped at the traditional house of the High Priest, Caiaphas. This is where many believe Jesus was beaten and held prior to the appearing before Pilate. Our group had a time of prayer and singing in this stone dungeon, and then read Psalm 88 while imagining what Jesus must have been feeling in the depths of this dark pit.

This church is also believed to be the place where Peter denied three times that he was one of Jesus' followers. The courtyard outside of the house is also where Peter would have been warming his hands by the fire on the night of the crucifixion.

After a bite to eat, we took an in depth look at the infrastructure of the city at the time of Christ and also had a chance to see the Dead Sea scrolls; the oldest Old Testament manuscripts ever found. What a beautiful sight to see these Hebrew manuscripts! Some say it's the greatest archaeological find of all time.

Tomorrow we continue our tour of this historically rich city. Continue praying for our safety and that our hearts would continue to be open to what the Lord is teaching us.

Jordan