Today was a heavy day as we literally walked around some of the exact places where Jesus walked. Definite holy ground. The highlights for me:
We began the day by going to the Upper Room where Jesus served communion to his disciples on the night before he was crucified. It was easy for me to picture Jesus reclining with his disciples enjoying a meal that would become known as The Last Supper. We paused for a few minutes to read the scriptural account and pray.
After a brief walk to the old city of David, we went to the church built up around Caiaphas’ house. Caiaphas was the high priest who imprisoned Jesus on the night before his crucifixion. The church here has maintained a crypt which likely served as the cell where Jesus was kept right up until he was turned over to the Roman authorities. This sight is also the traditional location where Peter would have denied Jesus three times as the rooster crows. During the visit, my thoughts were on the real nature of Christ’s suffering which would have included physical pain and the pain of having those closest to him betray and deny him.
Tomorrow we leave Bethlehem and travel north to Tiberius and the Sea of Galilee where we will spend the night before returning to Jerusalem for a couple of days. The weather has improved greatly and we are thankful for that!