DAY 12 – FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30
Today was our last full day in Jerusalem. Following breakfast and loading our bus with luggage, we drove once again to the Old City. Entering the Dung Gate, we visited the Southwall excavations of the Temple. Here we saw massive stones toppled down by the Romans in 70 AD, the Roman street (one that Jesus would have walked on), the remnants of Robinson’s Arch, as well as southern steps of the Temple. We remembered the stories of Luke 2 & 18, Mark 13, John 6, and Acts 2, among other passages. To think that Jesus used these steps to enter the Temple is remarkable!
Leaving this area, we walked to the City of David excavations. Here we first viewed the area from a lookout tower, followed by watching a movie on the history of this area. We then walked down through “Area G” (where Pastor John excavated in 1982), “Warren’s Shaft,” and the newly-excavated water tower. Here at the Gihon Spring, some in the group walked through Hezekiah’s Tunnel, while others walked through the “dry” Canaanite tunnel. Both groups converged at the Pool of Siloam where we read from John 9 in dramatic form.
From here, some walked back to the SW corner of the Temple mount through the newly-excavated drainage channel. This channel ran under the Roman street that extended south from the Temple area (used by priests in John 7).
In the early afternoon, we walked up to the Jewish Quarter where we enjoyed a few hours on our own. Some shopped, while others explored the Old City and other sites (i.e. Upper Room, Oscar Schindler’s grave, rampart walk).
After gathering and walking out the Zion’s Gate, we boarded the bus and drove to the Garden Tomb. Here at this second site for Christ’s crucifixion and burial, we enjoyed a time of worship and Communion. It was a special time of celebrating Christ’s work on the cross and victory from the grave!
Driving west towards the airport, we stopped in Abu Gosh for our farewell dinner. We continued to the Ben Gurion Airport for our night flight home.
(at present, we are at the airport awaiting boarding for our flight home).
The end of a wonderful life-changing journey of a lifetime!
DAY 13 – SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1: ARRIVE HOME