Back in Jerusalem. Today we start journeying through the last week of Jesus earthly life.
Bethany (visit Lazarus’ tomb) – Scripture tells us that Bethany was a mile (1.6KM) from Jerusalem. This would have been on the outskirts of Jerusalem, located on the south eastern slope of the Mount of Olives. Bethany was where Jesus would have dinner with Simon the leper (John 12: 1 – 8) and also spent a great deal of time with Lazarus and his two sisters.
Mount of Olives – Triumphal entry/Palm Sunday – Separated from the Eastern Hill (the Temple Mount and the City of David) by the Kidron Valley, the Mount of Olices has always been a very important feature in Jerusalem’s landscape. From the third millennium BC until the present, this 2900 foot hill has served as one of th emain burial grounds for the city. The 2 mile long ridge has 3 summits each of which has a tower built on it. We will walk down the Mount of Olives remembering Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem.
Dominus Flevit chapel – where Jesus wept over Jerusalem – This is traditionally the site where Jesus would say these words and weep over Jerusalem. “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were not willing.” Matt 23:37 The church was built in 1955 to commemorate the Lord’s weeping over Jerusalem and features a beautiful view of the city through its distinct chapel window. Excavations during the construction of the church uncovered a number of ossuaries (bone boxes) from the time of Jesus with numerous inscriptions.
Day 10: Monday 30 September
(Accommodation at the Lutheran Guest House, Jerusalem)
Today we will journey through last 24 hours of Jesus’ life. He would have dinner with his close disciples and then have prayed together with them in the garden of Gethsemane. He would then be arrested and finally be crucified.
Upper room – This room is unlikely where Jesus and the disciple had the last supper but it is in the general location of where the meal would have taken place.
Garden of Gethsemane – This garden is located at the foot of the Mount of Olives. We will walk the from the upper room down to the Mt of Olives to a private Garden located in an olive grove. This would have been in the general location of where Jesus would have prayed with His disciples and where he would have been arrested when Judas betrayed him with a kiss.
Caiaphas’ house/ St Peter in Gallicantu’s Church – St Peter in Gallicantu’s Church is the location typically said to be Caiaphas’ house and the location where Jesus was illegally put on trial and where Peter denied Him.
Walk the alternative Via Dolorosa from Jewish Quarter – This is a possible route that Jesus would have walked once he was finally condemned to death. We will trace this route to the most likely location for the crucifixion.
Church of the Holy Sepulchre – This is a church in the Christian quarter of the Old City. According to traditions dating back to at least the 4th century, this site houses the crucifixion site as well as the burial site of Jesus.