Day Nine: Jerusalem-Western Wall, First Temple Period Walls, Antonia Fortress, Tomb of The Holy Sepulcher, Garden Tomb

p1020698-2012-03-15-22-59.jpg Western Wall- Temple Mount

Prayer Emphasis: Today we walked through the Old City and prayed for the Muslims Quarter, Jewish Quarter, and Christian Quarter. These are all areas of the Old City that are around or near significant Biblical sites, each are is unique to different group of people, most of whom are blinded by religion and in need of Christ. Pray the Gospel would remove their blinders and open their hearts.

We spent all day on foot on the Old City of Jerusalem. This is one of the hardest day’s of the trip for several reasons. First, it is very physically demanding as we walk the entire day from site to site within the Old City. Second, the hustle and business of everything going on will add to the pressure of being physically tired, Finally, the absolute lostness is overwhelming. To be surrounded by so much evidence but so far from the Truth, is very oppressing and discouraging. Even with the significance of so many Biblical sites, you leave broken for the religious and lost.

Jesus Predicts The Destruction of The Temple

Mark 13:1–2 (ESV)
Jesus Foretells Destruction of the Temple
13 And as he came out of the temple, one of his disciples said to him, “Look, Teacher, what wonderful stones and what wonderful buildings!” 2 And Jesus said to him, “Do you see these great buildings? There will not be left here one stone upon another that will not be thrown down.”

Matthew 24:1–2 (ESV)
Jesus Foretells Destruction of the Temple
24 Jesus left the temple and was going away, when his disciples came to point out to him the buildings of the temple. 2 But he answered them, “You see all these, do you not? Truly, I say to you, there will not be left here one stone upon another that will not be thrown down.”

Cleansing of The Temple

Mark 11:15–19 (ESV)
15 And they came to Jerusalem. And he entered the temple and began to drive out those who sold and those who bought in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money-changers and the seats of those who sold pigeons. 16 And he would not allow anyone to carry anything through the temple. 17 And he was teaching them and saying to them, “Is it not written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer for all the nations’? But you have made it a den of robbers.” 18 And the chief priests and the scribes heard it and were seeking a way to destroy him, for they feared him, because all the crowd was astonished at his teaching. 19 And when evening came they went out of the city.

p1020703-2012-03-15-22-59.jpg Games Carved In Stone Played By Roman Soldiers

p1020706-2012-03-15-22-59.jpg Teaching At The Location Of The Antonia Fortress (John 19)

John 19:1-16 (ESV)
Jesus Delivered to Be Crucified
19 Then Pilate took Jesus and flogged him. 2 And the soldiers twisted together a crown of thorns and put it on his head and arrayed him in a purple robe. 3 They came up to him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” and struck him with their hands. 4 Pilate went out again and said to them, “See, I am bringing him out to you that you may know that I find no guilt in him.” 5 So Jesus came out, wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe. Pilate said to them, “Behold the man!” 6 When the chief priests and the officers saw him, they cried out, “Crucify him, crucify him!” Pilate said to them, “Take him yourselves and crucify him, for I find no guilt in him.” 7 The Jews answered him, “We have a law, and according to that law he ought to die because he has made himself the Son of God.” 8 When Pilate heard this statement, he was even more afraid. 9 He entered his headquarters again and said to Jesus, “Where are you from?” But Jesus gave him no answer. 10 So Pilate said to him, “You will not speak to me? Do you not know that I have authority to release you and authority to crucify you?” 11 Jesus answered him, “You would have no authority over me at all unless it had been given you from above. Therefore he who delivered me over to you has the greater sin.”
12 From then on Pilate sought to release him, but the Jews cried out, “If you release this man, you are not Caesar’s friend. Everyone who makes himself a king opposes Caesar.” 13 So when Pilate heard these words, he brought Jesus out and sat down on the judgment seat at a place called The Stone Pavement, and in Aramaic Gabbatha. 14 Now it was the day of Preparation of the Passover. It was about the sixth hour. He said to the Jews, “Behold your King!” 15 They cried out, “Away with him, away with him, crucify him!” Pilate said to them, “Shall I crucify your King?” The chief priests answered, “We have no king but Caesar.” 16 So he delivered him over to them to be crucified.

p1020710-2012-03-15-22-59.jpg Tomb of The Holy Seplucher

p1020712-2012-03-15-22-59.jpg Walking Through The Streets of The Old City

p1020713-2012-03-15-22-59.jpg First Temple City Walls- Teaching From 2 Kings 18-19 (Hezekiah and Sennacherib)

2 Kings 18:13 (ESV)
Sennacherib Attacks Judah
13 In the fourteenth year of King Hezekiah, Sennacherib king of Assyria came up against all the fortified cities of Judah and took them.

p1020721-2012-03-15-22-59.jpg Western Wall and Dome of The Rock

p1020724-2012-03-15-22-59.jpg Praying At The Western Wall

p1020733-2012-03-15-22-59.jpg Lord’s Supper In The Garden Tomb

We closed out our day of religious relics, crowded space, and hustling pace; with a great time of teaching on the Lord’s Supper at the Garden Tomb. This area is not historically significant, as most scholars do not think the crucifixion or burial are located here. However, it is a beautiful spot to reflect on the Passover Meal and Institution of the Lord’s Supper by Christ.

The LORD’S Supper
1 Corinthians 11:23–32 (ESV)
23 For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, 24 and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” 25 In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” 26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.
27 Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty concerning the body and blood of the Lord. 28 Let a person examine himself, then, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup. 29 For anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgment on himself. 30 That is why many of you are weak and ill, and some have died. 31 But if we judged ourselves truly, we would not be judged. 32 But when we are judged by the Lord, we are disciplined so that we may not be condemned along with the world.

Matthew 26:26–27 (ESV)
Institution of the Lord’s Supper
26 Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is my body.” 27 And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying, “Drink of it, all of you,

When I survey the wondrous cross On which the Prince of glory died,
My richest gain I count but loss,
And pour contempt on all my pride.

Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast,
Save in the death of Christ my God!
All the vain things that charm me most,
I sacrifice them to his blood.

See from his head, his hands, his feet,
Sorrow and love flow mingled down!
Did e’er such love and sorrow meet,
Or thorns compose so rich a crown!

[His dying crimson, like a robe,
Spreads o’er his body on the tree:
Then am I dead to all the globe,
And all the globe is dead to me.]

Were the whole realm of nature mine,
That were a present far too small;
Love so amazing, so divine,
Demands my soul, my life, my all.

Watts, I. (1998). The Psalms and hymns of Isaac Watts. Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc.

’Twas on that dark, that doleful night
When powers of earth and hell arose
Against the Son of God’s delight,
And friends betrayed him to his foes:

Before the mournful scene began,
He took the bread, and blessed, and brake:
What love through all his actions ran!
What wondrous words of grace he spake!

“This is my body, broke for sin;
Receive and eat the living food:”
Then took the cup, and blessed the wine;
“’Tis the new cov’nant in my blood.”

[For us his flesh with nails was torn,
He bore the scourge, he felt the thorn;
And justice poured upon his head
Its heavy vengeance in our stead.

For us his vital blood was spilt,
To buy the pardon of our guilt,
When, for black crimes of biggest size,
He gave his soul a sacrifice.]

“Do this,” he cried, “till time shall end,
In memory of your dying Friend;
Meet at my table, and record
The love of your departed Lord.”

[Jesus, thy feast we celebrate,
We show thy death, we sing thy name,
Till thou return, and we shall eat
The marriage supper of the Lamb.]

Watts, I. (1998). The Psalms and hymns of Isaac Watts. Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc.

p1020737-2012-03-15-22-59.jpg Isaac Taking His First Lord’s Supper In Israel


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