Story from Day 8

Israel Tour 2019

We began our last morning here in Israel walking past the Western Wall one final time as we approached the Temple Mount on Mount Moriah. This is the spot where Solomon built the Temple (2 Chronicles 3:1) and the Holy of Holies was kept. But if you look even further back in time, you’ll see that this is also the spot where Abraham brought his son Issac to be sacrificed (Genesis 22). This 17 acre courtyard was where the children of God came to worship, even when Jesus was on the earth. He was brought here as a baby, and he preached here as the Christ. Today on the Temple Mount stands a Muslim mosque called the Dome of the rock, but they are only temporary residents on this mountain.

After touring the Temple Mount and catching another glimpse of the Mount of Olives, we made our way to the pools of Bethesda, where Jesus healed a man that was crippled for 38 years (John 5). Right around the corner is the Church of St. Anne. This church dates back to the year 1138. Inside the church, we sang (Amazing Grace, My Chains are Gone & I Love you Lord )at the front of the church to hear the incredible acoustics fill the room. This church also marks the birthplace of the Virgin Mary.

We then took a walk down the Via Dolorosa. This is a pathway believed to be where Jesus walked with His cross leading to the crucifixion. The Romans are known for how they torture their criminals and Jesus was given the ultimate punishment.

After our walk down the Via Dolorosa, we made our way to Golgotha (the place of the skull) to see the area many believe Jesus was crucified. Just a little ways away is believed to be where Jesus was buried at the Garden tomb. The most incredible thing -- He isn't in there! The stone was rolled away and Jesus rose on the third day. After visiting the tomb, we took the Lord's Supper as a group, read Matthew 26-28 and prayed, praising God for giving His son as the ultimate sacrifice. What a way to spend our last day in Israel!

We spent the last hours of our day touring the market in Jerusalem and grabbing our last minute souvenirs. We also had some great pizza right inside the Jaffa Gate! We are so blessed by the time we have had in Israel. If you ever get a chance to experience the Holy Land, don't miss out! This is truly the trip of a lifetime. We have walked where Jesus walked and have grown so much in our faith in this short time.

Amazing Grace... how sweet the sound!

My chains are gone... I’ve been set free!

I love you Lord, and Iift my voice...

We began our last morning here in Israel walking past the Western Wall one final time as we approached the Temple Mount on Mount Moriah. This is the spot where Solomon built the Temple (2 Chronicles 3:1) and the Holy of Holies was kept. But if you look even further back in time, you’ll see that this is also the spot where Abraham brought his son Issac to be sacrificed (Genesis 22). This 17 acre courtyard was where the children of God came to worship, even when Jesus was on the earth. He was brought here as a baby, and he preached here as the Christ. Today on the Temple Mount stands a Muslim mosque called the Dome of the rock, but they are only temporary residents on this mountain.

After touring the Temple Mount and catching another glimpse of the Mount of Olives, we made our way to the pools of Bethesda, where Jesus healed a man that was crippled for 38 years (John 5). Right around the corner is the Church of St. Anne. This church dates back to the year 1138. Inside the church, we sang (Amazing Grace, My Chains are Gone & I Love you Lord )at the front of the church to hear the incredible acoustics fill the room. This church also marks the birthplace of the Virgin Mary.

We then took a walk down the Via Dolorosa. This is a pathway believed to be where Jesus walked with His cross leading to the crucifixion. The Romans are known for how they torture their criminals and Jesus was given the ultimate punishment.

After our walk down the Via Dolorosa, we made our way to Golgotha (the place of the skull) to see the area many believe Jesus was crucified. Just a little ways away is believed to be where Jesus was buried at the Garden tomb. The most incredible thing -- He isn't in there! The stone was rolled away and Jesus rose on the third day. After visiting the tomb, we took the Lord's Supper as a group, read Matthew 26-28 and prayed, praising God for giving His son as the ultimate sacrifice. What a way to spend our last day in Israel!

We spent the last hours of our day touring the market in Jerusalem and grabbing our last minute souvenirs. We also had some great pizza right inside the Jaffa Gate! We are so blessed by the time we have had in Israel. If you ever get a chance to experience the Holy Land, don't miss out! This is truly the trip of a lifetime. We have walked where Jesus walked and have grown so much in our faith in this short time.

Amazing Grace... how sweet the sound!

My chains are gone... I’ve been set free!

I love you Lord, and Iift my voice...