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Church Here

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.

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John and Linda Outside the BYU Jerusalem Center

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The Halls at the BYU Jerusalem Center

After church we ventured outside.  The rain has stopped and the clouds are dramatic.

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The View from the Mount of Olives (BYU)

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The Entire Group at BYU Jerusalem Center

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At the BYU Jerusalem Center

Caiaphas’ House

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.

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Looking South from Jerusalem (at Caiaphas’ House)

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 )

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Where He Was Held

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Mural Depicting Jesus Being Mocked

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.”

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Peter Denying Christ

What happened here wasn’t good, but it is still sacred.  Prophecies were fulfilled.

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Mural at Caiaphas’ House

While one does not need to visit Jerusalem to get closer to God.  However, visiting Jerusalem and seeing these sites will change your life.

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The Church at Caiaphas’ House

Ending Shabbat

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…

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Linda Looking Around in the Market

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Fruit is Plentiful in Jerusalem

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Matt Finds the Key

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Spices

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Fruit and Smoothies

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I Love Jerusalem

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Lightshow on the Walls

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A Men’s Clothing Shop

Israel Day 4 – The Garden Tomb

Yesterday I forgot to mention we tried to find the Garden Tomb. Well, we found it, but we couldn’t find where to park. So, today we went back with renewed determination to find it.

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The Garden Tomb (believed to be THE tomb)

Located in a Palestinian area of town, the Garden Tomb has all the archeological signs that it was the tomb where Jesus’ body was placed when they removed it from the cross.  I won’t repeat all the information they have on their web site.  You can find it here:  http://gardentomb.com/

Our tour guide, Norm Derkson, was great.  This Canadian minister and his wife are serving at the Garden Tomb for a few months.  Norm was great because he pointed out the importance of seeking the resurrected Savior.  He repeated often, “He is not here; He is risen.”

I felt this to be a special place.  It somewhat saddened me that Golgotha is now the backdrop for an urban bus station, and topped with a wall and a tank. (if you look near the center top you can see a military tank just to the right of the obtuse corner.)

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Golgotha

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The Door They Added

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Inside the Tomb

The painted cross was added, probably by the crusaders.  Letters XC means “Christ” (short for ΧΡΙΣΤΟΣ).  Alpha and Omega are also shown – a name for the Savior.  YC for Yesu Christo.  Perhaps these ancients recognized this as the tomb of Jesus Christ.  Again, we don’t know, but all of the pieces of the puzzle come together at this location:  Golgotha, outside the city wall, a tomb of a rich man, a tomb in a garden, the body’s resting place to the right as you enter the sepulcher, a sepulcher meant for permanent rest, and not one where they remove the bones and place them in a box later, a track for a very large stone to seal the door, etc.

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A Panoramic View of the Tomb Area

 

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Our Group Outside the Tomb (Thank You Norm)

After visiting the Garden Tomb, we continued on to Absalom’s, Jehosephat’s and Zacharais’ tombs.  They are at the base of the Mount of Olives along a path that leads to the City of David near the Pool of Siloam.

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Absalom’s Tomb

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Jehosephat’s Tomb

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Zacharias’ Tomb

We then crossed the street (Road to Jericho) and went to the traditional Garden of Gethsemane.  I found it interesting that I felt a stronger spirit near the entrance to the Orson Hyde Memorial Gardens.  Although beautiful and interesting, it isn’t so much important as to whether this is the actual place of the atonement, but that the atonement is real.

39 ¶And he came out, and went, as he was awont, to the mount of Olives; and his disciples also followed him.
40 And when he was at the place, he said unto them, Pray that ye enter not into atemptation.
41 And he was withdrawn from them about a stone’s cast, and kneeled down, and prayed,
42 Saying, Father, if thou be willing, aremove this cup from me: nevertheless not my bwill, but thine, be done.
43 And there appeared an aangel unto him from heaven, strengthening him.
44 And being in an aagony he prayed more earnestly: band his sweat was as it were great drops of cblood falling down to the ground.

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Me at the Garden

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Outside a Garden of Well Maintained Olive Trees

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Inside the Church at the Garden of Gethsemane

We obviously didn’t travel based on the time-line of our Savior’s last week.  Although that would be a fun thing to do, we visited the sites based on convenience and location.  Our next stop would be Caiaphas’ house.

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Church Erected Over Caiaphas’ House

It is believed that it was here where Peter denied being one of Christ’s followers.

54 ¶Then took they him, and led him, and brought him into the high priest’s house. And Peter followed afar off. 55 And when they had kindled a fire in the midst of the ahall, and were set down together, Peter sat down among them. 56 But a certain maid beheld him as he sat by the fire, and earnestly looked upon him, and said, This man was also with him. 57 And he denied him, saying, Woman, I know him not.  58 And after a little while another saw him, and said, Thou art also of them. And Peter said, Man, I am not.  59 And about the space of one hour after another confidently affirmed, saying, Of a truth this fellow also was with him: for he is a Galilæan. 60 And Peter said, Man, I know not what thou sayest. And immediately, while he yet spake, the cock crew.  61 And the aLord turned, and looked upon Peter. And Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how he had said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. 62 And Peter went out, and wept bitterly.

 

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Peter Denies the Christ

It was hear where Jesus stood before the high priest Caiaphas and they took him to a pit under the house.

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The Pit

Our next stop was a church built where the “upper room” would have been.  No, this is not the same building.  In fact, the city of Jerusalem where Christ would have been is several feet below the modern city.  Remember, Jerusalem has been destroyed and rebuilt numerous times.  However, it is believed it would have been in this general area.

 

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The “Upper Room”

 

 

 

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Church of the Holy Sepulcher

 

 

 

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Kosher Pizza (No Meat with Cheese!)

 

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Aladdin Shopped Here

 

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Spices