May 13 – Mount of Olives, Dominus Flevit, Garden of Gethsemane, St. Peter en Gallicantu, Pool of Bethesda (Jerusalem, Israel)


Jerusalem – This morning, we visited the Mount of Olives from which we could see the old city of Jerusalem.
The Mount of Olives, named for the olive groves that once covered its slopes, has also been an important Jewish cemetery for over 3,000 years.
We left the lookout point and walked to Dominus Flevit, the traditional site where Jesus wept over Jerusalem.



Bible talk at Dominus Flevit
It was a beautiful day in Jerusalem!
View of the old city from Dominus Flevit, the traditional site where Jesus wept over Jerusalem: O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not! (Matt. 23:37)



We viewed old olive trees and colorful roses in the traditional site of the Garden of Gethsemane.
Jesus prayed often in the Garden of Gethsemane. Before his arrest in the garden, we read that he prayed, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done. (Luke 22:42)
The Garden of Gethsemane lies at the foot of the Mount of Olives, outside the city wall, and apart from the activity of city life.



We also visited St. Peter en Gallicantu, a church and site that commemorates Peter’s three denials of Jesus: Peter said unto him, Lord, why cannot I follow thee now? I will lay down my life for thy sake. Jesus answered him, Wilt thou lay down thy life for my sake? Verily, verily, I say unto thee, The cock shall not crow, till thou hast denied me thrice. (John 13:37, 38)
Bible talk at St. Peter en Gallicantu.
St. Peter en Gallicantu – this site is also believed to be the location of the high priest Caiaphas’s palace. In the distance is the Mount of Olives where Jesus was arrested and brought to trial by way of the valley and up the set of stairs shown in this picture.
On the road again and this time our walk takes us up hill to the Pool of Bethesda.



Jesus healed a man which had an infirmity of 38 years at the Pool of Bethesda.
Pool of Bethesda – in this hospital-like, superstitious environment, Jesus asks the man: Wilt thou be made whole? (John 5:6)
Pool of Bethesda – unimpressed by the seeming longevity of the condition, Jesus commands him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk. And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked: and on the same day was the sabbath. (John 5:8, 9)


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