See pictures and some comments here of Jerusalem as Jesus might have seen it from the Mt. of Olives before entering the Holy City on Palm Sunday. Below are pictures of the Mt. of Olives and Gethsemane as Tra and I saw them last year.  Narrative from our guidebook: The Mount of Olives runs parallel and east … Continue reading “Palm Sunday’s service will be posted here after the fact.”

 

See pictures and some comments here of Jerusalem as Jesus might have seen it from the Mt. of Olives before entering the Holy City on Palm Sunday.

Below are pictures of the Mt. of Olives and Gethsemane as Tra and I saw them last year.  Narrative from our guidebook:

The Mount of Olives runs parallel and east of the Old City of Jerusalem across the Kidron Valley.  The Jewish Temple rebuilt by Herod the Great was located in the place of the golden dome in this picture.  As Jesus sat with his disciples observing the exquisite beauty of Jerusalem and the imposing structure of Herod’s temple, Jesuss taught His disciples about the End Times in what is called the Olivet Discourse. (Mt. 24:1-25:46)

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Looking over the Kidron Valley from the Mount of Olives to Jerusalem.

 

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This is the Mount of Olives as viewed from Jerusalem.  The Church of All Nations is in the foreground.  Notice the acres of tombs–the white swaths, thousands of tomb stones.  The Mount of Olives is used for a Jewish cemetery.

The central part of the Mount of Olives was a place of refuge and rest.  David fled to this mountain when he was running from his son Absalom (2 Sam. 15:30-32).

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Scholars estimate the trees shown here are between one and two thousand years old, not alive during the time of Christ, as the Romans destroyed all of them during their seige of Jerusalem in 70 A.D.

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During the New Testament times, Olivet proper was referred to as “The place of Men of Galilee,” since it was a favorite resting-place for Galileans on their many trips to Jerusalem to celebrate the feasts.

Jesus descended from the Mount of Olives on his way into Jerusalem on the day of his Triumphal Entry.  After celebrating the last Passover with His disciples, Jesus led them back to the Garden of Gethsemane on the lower slope of the Mount of Olives.  Forty days after His resurrection Jesus then ascended into heaven from the Mount of Olives.

the Lord's supper
We shared in this Lord’s table during our visit to the Garden of Gethsemane.
Our group communion
And here’s our group at that time.

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