|Jerusalem is located on a hill with the golden Dome of the rock always visible|
|The stones on the tombs bear testimony of many visits.|
Luke 19:41-44: And when he drew near and saw the city, he wept over it, saying, “Would that you, even you, had known on this day the things that make for peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes. For the days will come upon you, when your enemies will set up a barricade around you and surround you and hem you in on every side and tear you down to the ground, you and your children within you. And they will not leave one stone upon another in you, because you did not know the time of your visitation.
This visitation happened in 70 A.D. when the Romans destroyed Jerusalem, following a massive revolt by the Jewish population.
|Mass at the church Dominus flevit|
|Mosaic floor of the previous church showing bred, fish, and grapes|
|Another mass below a tent at a terrace above|
Next we visited the nearby garden of Gethsemane on the slopes of the Mount of Olives where Jesus prayed in agony and was arrested later.
|Harvesting olives the classical way |
however black plastic sheets replace the original cloths.
Luke 22:39-54: And he came out, and went, as he was wont, to the mount of Olives; and his disciples also followed him. And when he was at the place, he said unto them, Pray that ye enter not into temptation. And he was withdrawn from them about a stone's cast, and kneeled down, and prayed, Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done. And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him. And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground. And when he rose up from prayer, and was come to his disciples, he found them sleeping for sorrow. And said unto them, Why sleep ye? rise and pray, lest ye enter into temptation.
|Jesus agonizing at Gethsemane|
And while he yet spake, behold a multitude, and he that was called Judas, one of the twelve, went before them, and drew near unto Jesus to kiss him. But Jesus said unto him, Judas, betrayest thou the Son of man with a kiss?
|View from the basilica on to the ancient city wall with,|
in the center, the Golden Gate. It leads directly to the Temple Mount.
According to the legend Jesus had entered Jerusalem through this gate.
|Did Jesus pass this old olive tree?|
I shall stop here my blogs about the Holy Land to get in phase with the New Testament, So I shall blog about our visit to Bethlehem before Christmas and continue the Holy Year thereafter through Easter 2016.
|Standing in front of Jerusalem's Lions' Gate|