DAY 12 – FRIDAY, MARCH 24:
Today was our last day of our tour and our final day in Jerusalem. This last day would again provide almost perfect weather.
After loading up the bus with our luggage, we drove to the City of David. Here we heard the story of David (2 Samuel 5) conquering the city from the Jebusites, and the story of Hezekiah (2 Kings 20, 2 Chronicles 32, Isaiah 36-37). After seeing a movie about these stories from the Bible, we walked through the ruins dating from various times of the Old Testament. Descending down the slope of this ancient city, we walked through Warren’s Shaft down to the Gihon Spring, the water source of the city. Some in the group walked through the “wet” Hezekiah’s Tunnel (1,720 feet long) while others walked through the now “dry” Canaanite Tunnel. Both groups merged at the Pool of Siloam where we read John 9 in dramatic form!
From here some bussed back up to the South Wall Excavations while others walked up the Herodian drainage channel underneath the Roman street that extended southward from the Temple. At the SW corner of the Temple we saw the pinnacle of the Temple. On the southern steps we recalled all the people in the New Testament who used these steps to enter the Temple. This included Jesus, His disciples, Peter and the rest of the Apostles. We recalled the stories of Luke 2, Luke 19, John 10, Acts 2,3 and 5, and others.
From here we had a few hours of free time. Most walked to the Jewish Quarter where we enjoyed lunch and some shopping. It was fun watching people pass through this area.
Walking out of the Zion’s Gate, we met our bus and drove to the Garden Tomb. Here we enjoyed a visit of the suggested place of crucifixion as well as the suggested tomb of Christ. We shared in a time of brief worship, Scripture, and Communion as well.
Leaving the Garden Tomb we drove back to the hotel to freshen up for our night flight home. On the way, we stopped at the 9-11 Memorial just outside of Jerusalem. Continuing from here we had our farewell dinner in Abu Gosh. Continuing from here we arrived at the airport where we checked in.
(Note: At the time of this post, we just passed through the normal passport and security procedures, we are now awaiting boarding our flight home. Pictures will be added later of this last day)
DAY 13 – SATURDAY, MARCH 25: ARRIVE HOME