Today we had the privilege of waking up in Jerusalem. After a healthy breakfast and vibrant talk over the table, my friend and I took the tram down to the old city.
Time was very limited today as it is a Shabbat at the end of the Feast of Tabernacles. So public transportation is limited as everything stops at 3pm.
There is place just outside the city walls called The Garden Tomb. It is in this garden that some scholars believe that Jesus was crucified. There is a skull shaped rough cliff. Golgotha as it is written in the bible in Aramaic, Calvary its Latin name.
There is speculation whether it is this site or the more accepted position in The Church of the Holy Sepulchre which is inside the city walls.
Nobody can be exactly assured of where the crucifixion took place, but the precise location is really of little importance. The spiritual significance of what really happened is the relevant fact.
Nobody took the life of Jesus. Jesus Christ gave His life willingly to the point of death on the cross, as part of God’s loving plan to bring us forgiveness .
The Holy Bible says in 1 Peter 2:24 “He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live for righteousness; by His wounds you have been healed.”
And in 1 Peter 3:18 “For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous , to bring you to God .
We walked along the Via Dolorosa. “The Way of Sorrow“, which winds along the streets of Jerusalem’s Old City. The traditional route Jesus followed bearing His cross from Pilates judgement Hall in the Antonia, to Calvary Hill or Golgotha.
There are a recognised 14 “Stations of the Cross” along this route each one marking a an event of significant importance along Christendoms most hallowed road.
We were allowed into, the First Station of the Cross, a rarity as it is now a Muslim school. The el Omariye college, to view the courtyard where Jesus was condemned to death, as it is written in John 18:28. “Then they led Jesus from Caiaphas to the Praetorium “….
There are many ways to come here, to be here, to view, to watch, to listen, to pray. I for one, have no idea how ALL of this is going to sink in. It’s vast to try to comprehend .