Israel Pilgrimage : DAY 8Friday, February 27, 2015
MOUNT SCOPUS / KIDRON VALLEY
THE GARDEN TOMBThe tomb is located outside the walls of Jerusalem, this garden is also believed to be the tomb and site of Christ's resurrection. The large cistern located underneath the garden indicates that this could be the garden of Joseph of Arimathea. The Garden Tomb was discoverd by General Charles Gordon in 1884 when he identified a prominent rocky crag, which looked like a skull, as Golgotha, or literally "place of a skull".
Can you see the skull outlined from the rock? Unfortunately for us modern visitors, only the eyes is still visible as the mouth has been buried underground.
In the midst of the garden lies a tomb whose interior meets all the requirements for the seating of the two angels who spoke with Mary of Magdala (John 20:10-18).
Visiting the garden tomb for me is the pinnacle of our visit to Israel. I'm finally here! I'm finally standing where Jesus was raised from the dead, conquered the grave and ascended to heaven to be seated at the right hand of the Father. Woohhooo!! This is awesome! I felt like achieving something great. :D
YAD HASHMONA BIBLICAL GARDENThis place is found in a rural village in the Judean hills run by messianic Israeli Jews and Finnish Christians. The Biblical Garden displays plants and agricultural tools from biblical times. It provides visitors with hands-on experience of the manners and customs of the ancient Israelites.
We had a Passover lunch experience at Yad Hashmona. We also did a reenactment of what happened during the Last Supper: the manner of how they were seated, who's seated next to Whom and what they probably did having their last meals together.
THE ROAD TO EMMAUS (Drive by)This is where the resurrected Jesus appeared to two of His disciples and opened the scriptures to them concerning Himself (Luke 24:13-35). The disciples did not realize who was talking with them until they invited Jesus to dinner and He took bread, gave thanks and gave it to them (Luke 24:30).
THE VALLEY OF ELAH ("oak")This was where the Philistines came against the army of Israel and where the legendary battle of David against Goliath took place (1 Samuel 17). In the dried-up riverbed of the Brook of Elah, you can still find smooth stones similar to those which David had used to slay Goliath.
At the Valley of Elah the group also did a reenactment of the story of David and Goliath. Indeed we found the dried up brook mentioned in the Biblical account where David choose 5 smooth stones used to slay the giant Goliath.