Today was Sabbath here in Jerusalem so everything Jewish was shut down. It’s funny how even in the hotel you see signs of the Sabbath. There are four elevators at the Inbal Hotel and two of them are called, “Sabbath” elevators. This means that during the Sabbath they stop on each floor so that Jews don’t have to push any buttons. Pushing buttons would be work. I’m so glad I live under the New Covenant instead of the Law!
Early this morning we went to Caiaphas’ house. Caiaphas was the high priest who plotted with the Jewish leaders to kill Jesus. (Matthew 26:3-4) After Jesus was arrested in the Garden of Gethsamane the took Him to Caiaphas’ house. These steps that I am sitting on in the picture are the actual steps that Jesus walked up to Caiaphas’ house. (You need to read Matthew 26-27 and John 18-19 to get the full picture.) Seeing Caiaphas’ house and Herod’s palace really gave me perspective. I never dreamed that it was such a distance from the Garden of Gethsemane to Caiaphas’ house or from Caiaphas’ house to Herod’s palace. It’s over a mile to each location and you’ve got to remember that Jesus was beaten to a pulp, scourged with a “cat o’ nine tails,” and physically exhausted from the events.
We went to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre where Jesus was hung on the cross and laid in the grave. If you will remember we visited the Garden Tomb a couple of days ago, but we were told today that most authorities believe that the Church of the Holy Sepulchre better fits the biblical description of Jesus’ death and burial. It was so wild being in the church. You wouldn’t believe the people. They were from all over the world.
We met some Chinese Communist this morning who are in Jerusalem studying the agricultural methods of the Jews. They were at Caiaphas’ house singing “Amazing Grace” when we met them! Isn’t God amazing! I can’t count all of the nationalities of people that I have met while I’ve been here in Jerusalem. There are many things that separate us–things like language, dress, economics, etc. but all of that is forgotten because of the one thing that has drawn us from all of these nations–Jesus. Well, I got to run. It’s an early morning tomorrow. Be sure and check out the pictures. There were some really cool ones today. I sure love you guys and pray for you each day.
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