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Day 11

Jerusalem, Mount of Olives, Path of Palm Sunday, Garden of Gethsemene, Bethlehem, Olive Wood Workshop, Church of the Nativity, Field of Shepherds, Damascus Gate

sunny 32 °C

This morning we left the Dead Sea and headed for Jerusalem.

What a sight! Driving into Jerusalem was amazing - quite surreal, but amazing.

Our first stop was the Mount of Olives. It is hard to comprehend all that has taken place here.

Heading down the path that commemorates the path of Palm Sunday was quite a unique experiences and I had a sense of the crowds shouting ‘Hosanna. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.’

On the way down, we stopped at a grave site that features in Schindler’s List. I will watch that movie with fresh eyes.

We also stopped outside a church that commemorates Jesus weeping over the city of Jerusalem.

Our next stop was the Garden of Gethsemene. I knew this was going to be significant for me and I was right. The Chapel was special, but then we went to a private garden and had some time of quiet reflection. And, my goodness. I was overwhelmed with a sense of the pain and anguish of Christ. As I sat there in quiet contemplation, tears rolling down my face, the following came to mind:

They bound the hands of Jesus in the garden where He prayed;
They led Him thro’ the streets in shame.
They spat upon the Savior so pure and free from sin;
They said, “Crucify Him; He’s to blame.”

He could have called ten thousand angels
To destroy the world and set Him free.
He could have called ten thousand angels,
But He died alone, for you and me.

Upon His precious head they placed a crown of thorns;
They laughed and said, “Behold the King!”
They cursed Him and they struck Him and mocked His holy name
All alone He suffered everything.

He could have called ten thousand angels
To destroy the world and set Him free.
He could have called ten thousand angels,
But He died alone, for you and me.

When they nailed Him to the cross, His mother stood nearby,
He said, “Woman, behold thy son!”
He cried, “I thirst for water,” but they gave Him none to drink.
Then the sinful work of man was done.

He could have called ten thousand angels
To destroy the world and set Him free.
He could have called ten thousand angels,
But He died alone, for you and me.

To the howling mob He yielded; He did not for mercy cry.
The cross of shame He took alone.
And when He cried, “It’s finished,” and gave Himself to die;
Salvation’s wondrous plan was done.

He could have called ten thousand angels
To destroy the world and set Him free.
He could have called ten thousand angels,
But He died alone, for you and for me

Gethsemene means the place of pressing. What is produced in the press brings light and life - Jesus said, I am the light of the world - in Gethsemene, Jesus was under significant pressure. His pressing brought light and life to all. I feel like a sermon coming on...

The next hymn that came to mind was:

“Man of Sorrows,” what a name
For the Son of God who came
Ruined sinners to reclaim!
Hallelujah! what a Savior!

Bearing shame and scoffing rude,
In my place condemned He stood;
Sealed my pardon with His blood;
Hallelujah! what a Savior!

Guilty, vile, and helpless, we,
Spotless Lamb of God was He;
Full redemption—can it be?
Hallelujah! what a Savior!

Lifted up was He to die,
“It is finished!” was His cry;
Now in heaven exalted high;
Hallelujah! what a Savior!

When He comes, our glorious King,
To His kingdom us to bring,
Then anew this song we’ll sing
Hallelujah! what a Savior!

Victory was in the garden, when Jesus said, ‘not my will but thine be done’. This is an interesting thought to contemplate for all of us.

I found out today that Christians are now a minority in Bethlehem.

We visited an Olive Tree workshop in Bethlehem, which had the most beautiful hand carved materials. There was a table with the nativity scene carved. It’s value, $100,000 US.

The Church of the Nativity was our next stop. We sang ‘O come let us adore Him’. You cannot hold back the tears when you stand in the place the Saviour was born.

The Church of the Nativity is the only Byzantine Church remaining in Bethlehem.

Under Bethlehem law the mayor must be Christian. I found this really Interesting.

Next was a visit to the Chapel commemorating the Shepherds Field. We sang Silent Night and Angels we have heard on high.

After dinner, we walked down to the Damascus Gate. The photo shows the dodgy eye slipping in...at least it is not a glass eye...

A little shopping today...gifts mostly.

My hand made ring came today and it is beautiful.

Posted by Cruicksie 11:45 Archived in Israel

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You’re jealous of my glass eye! And I love how I’m not there but still feature. Haga

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