From Jerusalem Live

Greetings from Jerusalem, a place that is the epic center of religion, history and diverse culture. As the Muslim tries to make a pilgrimage to Mecca, the Christian will find depth and enlightenment of their faith in making the pilgrimage to Jerusalem. During this week of Unleavened bread and Easter there is many visitors from all three faiths in abundance. Today I visited The Church of the Holy Sepulcher and Greek Orthodox church claiming to be built over the tomb of Jesus. Either way it was full of tourist and the faithful as they close in on Easter Sunday. For me it was a reminder of my Catholic past and the great cathedrals. This church certainly was a structure to be impressed with, as well as the ornate object’s and symbols inside. We also visited the garden at Golgotha believed to be the tomb where Jesus was buried. The tour stated that it could have been the place but no one knows for sure. The interesting thing is we Christians know that somewhere near the city Jesus was crucified died and was buried. This is what’s important not so much as where. We also visited the garden of Gethsemane which again with all the different people destroying and rebuilding structures over rubble makes it hard to pinpoint these exact places, I’m not sure we were suppose to know thee exact place, to prevent the of worship of the place, instead of the message that Christ brought. which was love The father with all your heart mind and soul and to love your neighbor like yourself, but you already knew that. The streets into and around the old city were shut down in the early afternoon and remain closed thru the nite because of trouble on the mount from Friday and a shooting in Hebron on Monday of a family traveling home from Seder meal. So a lot of tension for the police which doesn’t necessarily transfer back to the tourist as worry. It’s a strange mixture like I said of culture and power and years of conflict, so we must all pray thy kingdom come.

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