Having an opportunity to spend some time in Israel a few years ago almost seems like a dream. What a tremendous privilege and blessing. Visiting places where God chose to take on human form, live, walk, work, minister, die, and rise from the dead is overwhelming and beyond adequate description! It is our prayer that you enjoy a quick journey with us as we visit some very special places in the Holy Land during this Holy Week.
The Jordan River rises on the slopes of Mount Hermon, on the Syrian-Lebanese border, flows through northern Israel to the Sea of Galilee and empties into The Dead Sea! As you can see, this photo was taken in a tourist spot where people can be baptized in the Jordan!
“Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to John,
to be baptized by him”
Jesus was baptized in the Jordan River and Christians from all over the world come here to be baptized! Butch and I both had planned to be re-baptized, but when I saw the fish and river rats, I reneged!!
Jesus made Capernaum his home during the years of his ministry. The city was located on the Sea of Galilee!
And leaving Nazareth he went and lived in Capernaum by the sea, in the territory of Zebulun and Naphtali, so that what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled:
The darker foundation is the remains of the early Roman synagogue, from the times of Jesus, built with the local (black) basalt rock. The earlier synagogue was the center of Jesus activities, where He taught.
Overlooking the village of Cana where Jesus performed the miracle at the wedding in Cana
Called the Mount of Beatitudes! Tranquil gardens provide a good vantage point to view the Sea of Galilee. This hilltop is the traditional site of the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7) which contains a passage known as The Beatitudes!
“Seeing the crowds, he went up on the mountain, and when he sat down, his disciples came to him. And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy. “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you”
The Sea of Galilee is fed by the Jordan River and is 13 miles long and 7 miles wide.
It is considered the “cradle of the gospel”. The sea is associated with the public ministry of Jesus. He chose fishermen from this sea to be his disciples and and sent them out to be “fishers of men” -Peter, Andrew, James and John
The Mount of Olives is a mountain ridge east of and adjacent to Jerusalem’s Old City and is the location of many Biblical events. The Mount has been used as a Jewish cemetery for over 3000 years. Jesus went down the mount on his triumphal entry to Jerusalem on Palm Sunday.
“And when he had said these things, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. When he drew near to Bethphage and Bethany, at the mount that is called Olivet, he sent two of the disciples, saying, “Go into the village in front of you, where on entering you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever yet sat. Untie it and bring it here. If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ you shall say this: ‘The Lord has need of it.’'”
The Garden of Gethsemane, near the foot of the Mount of Olives is where Jesus went with his disciples to pray the night before he was crucified.
“Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to his disciples, ‘Sit here, while I go over there and pray.'”
In the garden stand the gnarled trunks of eight olive trees that some say were there during the time of Jesus. Others say they are from the 12th century. A study concluded that some of these olive trees are amongst the oldest known to science!
“But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God. I trust in the steadfast love of God forever and ever”
“And as he sat on the Mount of Olives opposite the temple, Peter and James and John and Andrew asked him privately, “Tell us, when will these things be, and what will be the sign when all these things are about to be accomplished?” And Jesus began to say to them, “See that no one leads you astray. Many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am he!’ and they will lead many astray”
The Temple Mount is the location of Mount Moriah, where Abraham prepared to offer his son Isaac to God. King Solomon built the first Temple on the traditional site of Mount Moriah. Herod built the temple that stood during Jesus’ day.
“After three days they found him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. And all who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers. And he said to them, ‘Why were you looking for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?’ “
Luke 2:46-47, 49
“Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, in Aramaic called Bethesda, which has five roofed colonnades. In these lay a multitude of invalids—blind, lame, and paralyzed.
One man was there who had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had already been there a long time, he said to him, “Do you want to be healed?” The sick man answered him, “Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up, and while I am going another steps down before me.” Jesus said to him, “Get up, take up your bed, and walk.” And at once the man was healed, and he took up his bed and walked. Now that day was the Sabbath”
John 5:2-3, 5-9
“And he sent two of his disciples and said to them, “Go into the city, and a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him, and wherever he enters, say to the master of the house, ‘The Teacher says, Where is my guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?’ And he will show you a large upper room furnished and ready; there prepare for us.'”
“Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath day’s journey away. And when they had entered, they went up to the upper room, where they were staying, Peter and John and James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot and Judas the son of James. All these with one accord were devoting themselves to prayer, together with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers”
Below the street’s of Jerusalem’s Old City lies the Praetorium (Judgement Hall) where Jesus was condemned by Pontius Pilate. It is located at the beginning of the Via Dolorosa. Butch, standing on what is believed to be the original stone floor that Jesus stood on, leading us in a song of worship
“Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the governor’s headquarters, and they gathered the whole battalion before him. And they stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him, and twisting together a crown of thorns, they put it on his head and put a reed in his right hand. And kneeling before him, they mocked him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” And they spit on him and took the reed and struck him on the head. And when they had mocked him, they stripped him of the robe and put his own clothes on him and led him away to crucify him”
“…and twisting together a crown of thorns, they put it on his head and put a reed in his right hand. And kneeling before him, they mocked him, saying,
“Hail, King of the Jews!”
“And they brought him to the place called Golgotha (which means Place of a Skull). And they offered him wine mixed with myrrh, but he did not take it. And they crucified him and divided his garments among them, casting lots for them, to decide what each should take. And it was the third hour when they crucified him. And the inscription of the charge against him read, “The King of the Jews.” And with him they crucified two robbers, one on his right and one on his left”
“It was now about the sixth hour, and there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour, while the sun’s light failed. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two. Then Jesus, calling out with a loud voice, said, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!” And having said this he breathed his last. Now when the centurion saw what had taken place, he praised God, saying, “Certainly this man was innocent!'”
“When the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him. And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb”
“And they were saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance of the tomb?” And looking up, they saw that the stone had been rolled back—it was very large. And entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe, and they were alarmed”
The Empty Tomb
“And he said to them, “Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen; he is not here. See the place where they laid him”
“He’s not here anymore
Death has lost the fight to Jesus Christ
Hell cries in agony
Heaven celebrates victory
Hallelujah we have a risen Lord!”
Mount of Olives at sunset overlooking Jerusalem, our last view!
“And Jesus came and said to them, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.'”
Wishing you and your family a joyful Easter as you celebrate our risen Lord…who has defeated death forever!
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