Tour Journal For Frisco Bible Church "All The Difference" Study Tour June 10-23, 2012

Day 11 – I Was Blind, But Now I See

Day 11 – I Was Blind, But Now I See

By Matt Lantz

We awoke to another beautiful day in Jerusalem. We got up extra early in hopes that we might be able to get on to the Temple Mount area and by God’s grace we were able to do so. We spent some time up there not only learning about its significance while also looking at the story of Abraham and Isaac.

After coming down off of the top of the Mount, we had the chance to go way down below the surface of the ground in the Rabbinical Tunnels along the western retaining wall of the Temple Mount. There we came to understand how the Temple Mount was constructed and even got to see the bedrock of Mt. Moriah.

Then we made our way into the Western Wall Plaza and had the chance to see the hundreds and hundreds of orthodox Jewish men and women praying and celebrating Bar Mitzvahs at the Western Wall. It was a festive time and we were glad to be there on such a joyful day.

A short walk later brought us to the ancient cardo street (think main street) of 1st century Jerusalem. Wayne did a great job of walking us through the architecture of the temple and what would have been going on along cardo in Jesus’ day. He also showed us several mikveh (ritual baths) nearby and offered us the chance to repent of our sin as we walked in and then bless God for His salvation as we walked out. It was a moving moment for many in the group.

Around the corner on the southern side of the Temple Mount are the southern steps that led up into the Temple in Jesus’ day. We stopped there briefly to take pictures and notice the many many mikveh located along the steps.

Afterwards, we made our way just south of the Old City to the City of David where we had our water experience in Hezekiah’s Tunnel. At the end of the tunnel is the Pool of Siloam. There we considered what blindness is and how it is removed in our lives. We were grateful to God that Jesus saw us in our blind state and made it possible for us to see for the first time.

All that was before lunch, too, by the way.

We finished our day at the Garden Tomb – another possible location of the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus. It was a both a moving and a solemn moment as we had the opportunity to take communion together as a group there in the garden by the tomb. After singing a song, we blessed God for all he had shown us today.

Tomorrow is the last full day for many of us. It’s hard to believe the trip is winding down, but we are also eager to get home to see all of our loved ones. As always, thank you for praying for us. We cannot wait to relate to you all that we’ve experienced on this trip.


Audio from this day
Cardo – Wayne 

Today's Photos

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