This city, this beautiful old city, ever since I got my first view of it in 2001 has been in my heart. I believe it will be forever. I think it has something to do with this scripture: “But I have chosen Jerusalem that My Name (and the symbol of my presence) might be there…” 2 Chronicles 6:6a (AMPC). I felt His presence more strongly here than anywhere else, and in a way I can’t explain, it felt like home.
I took these first photos in November of 2001:
On June 1st, 2019 we started our day with a lovely breakfast at the Inbal Hotel we were joined by a very brave bird who helped himself to leftovers o a nearby table), then we got on the Red bus and headed to our 1st stop, the Mount of Olives. Shelli Brim taught us there and I so wish I had brought a notebook, or could get a recording! It was so very good.
Next we had a chance to take photos from this place of breath-taking views.
We then followed the steep path that Jesus would have taken down to the Garden of Gethsemane; Pastor George and Terri taught us there. I believe one of the Olive trees there is old enough to have been there when Jesus was. My heart aches for what He went through in that garden, and yet it overflows with gratefulness at the same time. I believe he saw us, we were the joy that was set before him, the reason he was willing to bear our sins, to do what was necessary to save us. Wow, what love!
After a quick ride on the bus we were walking into the old city and singing Hallelujah in the Upper Room. Right after that we visited the Garden Tomb and Pastor George and Terri led us in taking communion. It was sweet, and precious, and powerful – all at the same time.
Believe it or not… this all happened before lunch! And our afternoon included more adventures, but I will save that for part 7. 🙂
Right now, thinking of Gethsemane again… my heart is longing for Jesus, our soon coming King. So I will end with these words from Revelations chapter 20 (TPT):
Then I saw heaven opened, and suddenly a white horse appeared. The name of the one riding it was Faithful and True, and with pure righteousness he rides to battle…His title title is called the Word of God…on his robe and on his thigh he had inscribed a name: King of Kings.