It didn’t rain today, praise the Lord! It was really cold, but it wasn’t raining, so we were thankful!
First, we visited Bethany, which is mentioned several times in the bible, and Jesus was here often. But it is mostly known for being the place that Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead. Lazarus’ tomb is here.
Apparently taking pictures in tombs is normal here.. Weird, but when in Rome, right?
Jesus said in this place, “I am the resurrection and the life.” Everything that was dead about Lazarus, He brought to life. Thankfully He does the same for us!! We talked about how this is a place of honor, hope, and hospitality.
Next, we went to the Mount of Olives where Jesus taught His disciples how to pray (the Lord’s prayer- Luke 11). This is the last place Jesus was on Earth, and it is the first place He will return to. I was extremely convicted about my prayer life here, and began repenting of a lack of discipline in that area of my life here.. What fueled Jesus’ ministry was His life of prayer. If Jesus’ thought it was necessary to pray to the Father, what makes me think I can do life without communication and dependence on my Father? God wants to have a radical, personal relationship with us, and that can’t happen without prayer.
We also went to the Holocaust Memorial Museum today. (We couldn’t take pictures inside, but I still got some). This was obviously really really sad. There’s no words I can even say about this, except for the depravity of man is very obvious when thinking about the Holocaust. Thankfully, Jesus died & bore the wrath for that, and in Jesus, there is forgiveness and redemption even for the most seemingly sinful & broken people & situations.
Beautiful view of Jerusalem & the Dome of the Rock today on our walk..
Lastly, we visited The Garden of Gethsemane where Jesus agonizes going to the cross (Luke 22:39-46). Jesus modeled submission (to the Father’s will) and suffering. He looks into the cup and sees the sin of humanity. He knows that His Father is going to forsake Him at the cross, but He goes anyways. He leaves this place and is arrested, tried, and crucified.
The beautiful Church of Agony next to The Garden of Gethsemane:
Being in the Garden was very emotional. Thinking about the Gospel, and that Jesus could have decided in this place not to go to the cross, but that He did, and because He did, the wrath of God was completely satisfied at the cross, that Jesus bore the weight of sin & the depravity of man there, that He experienced being forsaken by the Father (something we never have to because He did)- all so we could be in right relationship with God like He intended for us to be from the beginning.. The Lord went to all lengths to be in a personal relationship with you. You were sinful, completely separated from God.. There was/ is nothing you could do to get back to Him, so God came to you. We are completely undeserving to know God. But because of what God accomplished through Jesus, we are able to be in relationship with Him. In Jesus, we are forgiven, redeemed, & made completely whole. That’s crazy grace! Praise the Lord!
Today we prayed specifically for Iran; please join us!