Saturday, December 17, 2011

Jerusalem Sunset

Behold, He who keeps Israel neither slumbers nor sleeps.

The traditional burial site at the Garden Tomb.
There is good question as to this being the actual tomb where Jesus was
laid. The other probable site is the Holy Sepulchre.

The Garden Tomb is run only by donations and volunteers.
They do a wonderful job of keeping it a beautiful garden.
It's peaceful and we enjoyed a time of worship thanks to Richard.

A wine press

Stunning colors

I AM the Way, said Jesus.....

Traditional Golgotha. If you look closely you will see what appears to be two eyes and a nose.
It was different but recent erosion has left this new image. Scripture tell us it was referred to as the "place of a skull" based on the Hebrew language. You also notice the busy bus stop below.
My mind imagines a lonely hill far from anything else where my Christ was crucified. I dare say
a bus stop is not what we envision to be below. I wanted you to understand what it's really like today.

Next we head to Mount Olivet. You can click the picture for a better view.
Most people do not understand that the rock-like images you see are actually tombs.
The white curvy path near the bottom is the path through the Kidron Valley. 
For over 3,000 years the Mount of Olives has been a Jewish cemetery. There are more than 150,000
graves. It is named for the olive grove that once covered her slopes. So before the time of Jesus this mount has been a place of burial. Imagine when Jesus went to the Garden of Gethsemane that it was an olive grove and graves already surrounded the area.

Here we stand looking from Mount Olivet to the Old City. You can see the Eastern Gate entrance near the right edge of the photo.

These are some of the closest graves.

We read Scriptures from the Mount as the sun begins its descent.

We can hardly keep from taking pictures as the sun goes down and the color of the city changes.
Below you will notice a pink glare on the lower center of the photo. 
This would be the walls of the original City of David.

The walls of the Old City are lit beautifully. Night is here.

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