The City of Sacrifice

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Day 3.
The view of old of Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives is simply stunning. It is easy to see why Jesus frequented the mountain with his disciples. Jerusalem is sacred to three great monotheistic religions. It is known as the City of Peace to Jews, as El Qud to Moslems and as the City where Christ was condemned, crucified and rose again to Christians. As I looked down on this great, white city, I imagined Jesus having the same viewpoint, but his bird’s eye view has changed over two millennium. Instead of the golden dome of the Mosque, the second temple would have been centre stage of Temple Mount.
When the guide reminded us that Jerusalem is situated on the mountain where Abraham offered Isaac as a sacrifice, it all fitted logically into place. The Lord God Almighty, who is so good to us feeble minded humans, offered us the perfect link for the Old Testament and the new because here is the site where he sacrificed his son too, but whereas Abraham did it to show his love for God, ‘God so loved the world that He gave His only Son that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life,’(John 3:16). It is the Mount of Olives where He will stand when He returns.

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From our viewpoint we could see the Golden Gate, which Jesus must have gone through on travelling from Bethany on a colt on Psalm Sunday, and the Garden of Gethsemane, where He sweated blood on the evening before His crucifixion.

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Twisted trunks and gnarled branches reflect the agony Christ must have felt at the Garden of Gethsemane. It’s hard to tell how large it was then, but it looks no bigger than the average medium-sized garden belonging to most UK homes and a church now stands close by. Adorned with flower beds, the garden hides it treacherous past. I stood and reflected on the Lord’s last evening. Would I have fallen asleep while he prayed? Probably. Would I have tried to stop the soldier taking Him? More than likely. Would I have denied Him three times before the cock crew? To save myself, for sure. Sorry Lord and thank you for sacrificing your life and rising again for such a sinner!

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7 thoughts on “The City of Sacrifice

  1. What a wonderful place. My hubby & I were blessed to visit the Holy Land in 2010. I never, ever thought I’d get to go. Your articles bring back such great memories…and remind me of the day to come when we will go out and come in with our Lord.

    Thank you for stopping by Lessons by Heart, and for the “Like.”

    Have a fantastic time!

    \o/
    Praise Jesus

  2. Dear Sister Sally, Thank you so much for this spiritfilled messages to study and to meditate and to reach for others in India, i am Teaching to our Congregations and outreaches here, please share more regularly. Have you been to India to preach? please pray for us, we have much idolatry here and we want to win more souls. Please greet all the saints with you and ask them to pray for India. in Jesus Love, Evangelist Babu.

  3. Thanks for this Sally I have need some inspiration the last few days
    and you paint a very realistic colourful picture.
    I find it hard to accept that because I believe and trust in HIM I have
    eternal life, at my age and with the time left to me I hope I can find
    His Holy Spirit again and have that daily conversation that was so
    dear to me.

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