Tour Journal For New Life Church Israel Study Tour December 5-14, 2012

Day 7 – The Very Same Road

Day 7 – The Very Same Road

Well today was our last full day in Israel and fortunately for us we got to spend it in Jerusalem!  We first stopped at the top of the Mount of Olives and got to overlook the whole city and have a great view of the Temple Mount.  The Mount of Olives was so cool to get to be on because we looked at the passage where Jesus makes His triumphal entry into Jerusalem in Mark 11:1-11 and we got to actually see the place where this happened and on top of that we also got to walk on the one and only path down the Mount of Olives, the very same road that Jesus did!

We also had the privilege of walking through Jerusalem and then after waiting for about a half hour and some metal detectors got to go inside the Temple Mount.  This experience brought some mixed emotions for me.  It was really awesome to be in the same place that Jesus was and that the  Israelites built the Temple and the Holy of Holies, but it was eerie to see the huge Dome of the Rock shrine and Mosque in the same space as well.  We also got to experience the Western Wall (formerly the Wailing Wall) during the 6th night of Hannakah and the lighting of the huge Minorah there, which was really cool to see.

The two biggest highlights of the day for me were learning about the coronation of a Roman king and how the book of Mark was written to believers or those looking into following Christ in Rome.   Mark 15:16-39 almost perfectly mirrors what would’ve taken place during a Roman king coronation that Christ experienced.   The passage ends with a Centurion (a Roman) acknowledging who Christ really is and that He is king!

The other great experience I will never forget was visiting the actual pool of Bethesda!  John tells the story in John 5:1-9 of the crippled man being healed.    Getting to actually see the excavated site of the pool was beyond amazing for me.  We learned more of the backstory of how they also found a temple to the Greek god Asclepilus (god of healing )right by the poo.   John would have told this story to show how Jesus is the ultimate healer!  For years, many critics of the bible and book of John in the 19th century cited this story as one of the reasons that the book of John was inauthentic because they had never discovered any evidence of this pool and none of the other gospels tell this story.  However, the pool was located and excavated in the early 20th century and further validated the story and John’s gospel!

Lastly, the pool has a very deep “deep end,” I’d estimate about 40-50 ft.  This has truly been a great and amazing trip!  God’s Word has come to life before our eyes and I thank God for all that we’ve seen and learned.  I am a little sad to be leaving soon, but I am really looking forward to coming home and seeing my family and friends!  Hi Emily and Joey and Lucy!

Love,

Nik Spasvoski

Audio from this day

Reflections on the day – Ai Kit Toh
Reflections on the day – Dan Hamilton
Teaching at the Mount of Olives
Teaching prior to the Church of the Sepulchre

Today's Photos

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