It will never preach the same.                                                               May 4, 2016

Before I go into what we saw on May 4th, I want to share a few extra photos from the 3rd.  This is when we walked around the Temple Mount and the Via Dolorsa.  We also saw Golgotha, the Garden Tomb where Jesus body was possibly laid.

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We began today (May 4th) by traveling to St. Peter in Gallicanti (the place where the rooster crowed).   We went to the house of Caiaphas, a Roman official.  This is where Jesus might have spent the night before he was crucified.  I must say, this was an exceptionally emotional time for everyone.  Our guide explained that following his brutal beating, Jesus was thrown into the pit.  We went to the “pit” located under Caiaphas’ house.  One could only imagine what it must have been like for Jesus as we sat there quietly in that small area.  In the ceiling was a small hole where the prisoners were let down, (or dropped) into the pit.

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As we silently walked from the “pit” back into the open air, one of our new friends, John looked at me with tears in his eyes and calmly said, “it will never preach the same.”  I know the feeling.

We then walked to the Roman steps that Jesus had to walk up in the terrible physical Screen Shot 2016-05-05 at 9.00.22 PMcondition he was.  It was there that we saw a powerful statue depicting Peter’s denial of knowing Christ.  At the top of this statue was a rooster crowing.

If we thought that this was an emotionally draining experience, we had more coming as we visited the Holocaust memorial.  We were not able to take pictures of this site, but the picture is still visible in our minds (and hearts) as we read and heard personal experiences of this horrible tragedy.  There is a Hebrew phrase called, “Ain Melim” which means “No Words”.  No words can adequately express what went on.

The evening finished with many hugs as we said our good byes as this was the final day of our “Steps of Jesus Tour”.  I must also say that today we missed having Joan Lindia with us.  She has been dealing with a bad cold and was encouraged by our resident medical experts that she should stay home and rest.  I wonder if she missed us as much as we missed her.  Keep her in your prayers as she travels home tomorrow.  Kim and I will fly to Turkey to begin the “Steps of Paul and John tour”.  There is one other couple from Australia that is also traveling a portion of this tour.

Blessings,     “It will never preach the same” & “Ain Melim”