Day 7 Israel – Garden of Gethsemene, Garden Tomb, Bethlehem

treeWe began the day by touring the Garden of Gethsemane where stood olive trees believed to be 2000 years old. This was the moving landmark of our journey for me. I think it is because the area probably looked much the way it did in the time of Christ and it was easy to imagine Him agonizing there as He faced the bitter cup of the Father’s fury as Christ bore our sin. I was reminded that the Father was silent at the request of Jesus so that He might answer my request for forgiveness.

The location of the Garden tomb is highly disputed, but the sight we visited first seemed to bear many of the evidences one would expect. Either way it gave us a good idea of what exactly the tomb would have looked like. Just above the place of the tomb was a rocky hill called Golgotha (the place of the skull), close by was an ancient roadway. History tells us that the Romans would crucify in very public areas at the side of busy streets so that the public would see the torment and fear breaking Roman law. Today the place where Jesus was most likely crucified is literally a bus station with a Muslim grave yard above it. How commonly our Lord was treated.