He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. Matthew 28:6
The last touring day was considered by some, including this blogger, to be the best day yet. We reentered the “Old City” and visited the Pool of Bethesda where Jesus healed the lame man, stirring up a ruckus because it was the sabbath (John 5). In the same area was the Crusader built Church of Saint Anne, aka the “singing church”. The acoustics are so amazing that even our motley crew sounded awesome.
We walked a portion of the Via Dolorosa, the way of suffering, and had a Bible study on the 2000 year old Roman pavement stones where it is thought that Pilate sentenced Jesus to death on the cross.
From there we proceeded to the site that many scholars believe to be Golgotha, or Calvary, where Jesus was crucified. In the area is a 1st century Jewish tomb, hewn into the rock, that could have been Jesus’ temporary tomb. This was all very exciting to see what we have always read, the tomb is empty. We had a time of joyous praise and communion.
A bus ride into the Judean desert took us to Abraham’s tent where we met “Abraham”, enjoyed a delicious lunch, and rode camels! A fun way to wind up our trip. We had a farewell dinner that evening, packed and headed to bed.
And now, as I write, we are sitting in Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv, waiting for our flight home.
A worthwhile trip, to say the least. Thank the Lord.