|View of Jerusalem from Mt of Olives|
The Kidron Valley was the place through which King David fled during the rebellion of Absalom. The same valley that Jesus crossed so many times when he left Jerusalem to go to the Mount of Olives and Bethany. The same KIdron Valley where blood flowed from the lamb sacrifices at the Holy Temple above it. And we thought about what it actually meant that Jesus, the Lamb of God, waded through the blood as he made his last trip through that valley before coming back to the city to be the ultimate sacrifice. Although the temple now is a mosque, we know there will come a day when a new temple will be built there. We know the Mount of Olives was where Jesus stood when he wept over Jerusalem and He had to be referring to all the whitewashed tombs you can see from that mountain when he compared the hypocrites to those tombs in Matthew 23. The Mount of Olives is also the place where Jesus began his triumphal entry to Jerusalem riding a donkey - and also the place, according to Luke 24, where Jesus ascended to heaven after the resurrection. There are no words or description of chill bumps that can describe being there.
|Garden of Gethsamene|
|The Garden Tomb|
I can also say that the culmination of God’s grace and provision for all of us can be found at that Garden Tomb. I can also tell you with 100% certainty that He is not there. Because of HIs death and resurrection I will live forever.
And because of that truth, I want to love well and finish well here.
"Hear O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. And love your neighbor as yourself."