Church here in Jerusalem is always a delight. It’s funny… I’m starting to see people I know when I go to church here! Let’s see… Jeremy (formerly of Antioch), John Howell (from Rochester), Brent Top, Gerald Lund, Jr., Dan Rona… they are who I saw today.
After church we ventured outside. The rain has stopped and the clouds are dramatic.
We are now going to Caiaphas’ house. This is a church built over Caiaphas’ house. Jesus was brought to Caiaphas, the chief priest, and there he was held in the basement, whipped and scourged. As a result, this is a sobering location.
Under this church are a series of stone rooms where they kept the sacrificial animals. Little did they know the man they tied was the Lamb of God. (Here’s a good video of what happened here: https://youtu.be/4A6usoBnqNs )
Outside Peter denied Christ three times. Jesus had warned Peter this would happen, however, Peter did not want to accept he could do such a thing. When the cock crowed, it was then he recognized what he had just done. As a result, “And he went out, and wept bitterly.”
What happened here wasn’t good, but it is still sacred. Prophecies were fulfilled.
While one does not need to visit Jerusalem to get closer to God. However, visiting Jerusalem and seeing these sites will change your life.
We learned that Shabbat ends after the first star can be seen in the sky. Because it was about to end, we made our way towards the old City to see if we could find a place to eat once the Sabbath ends.
Pictures will tell the story of our walk…