After the miles traveled and arrangements that mark this once in a lifetime visit to the Land, it is well worth the altered course to visit this special site. Traditionally, Jesus was here. When His busy ministry captured all of His brief days in this region, He paused here. The Gospel of Luke in chapter 19 verse 41, the event was captured.
Jesus looked over the city of Jerusalem and knew what would transpire. As grand a city as it was and as fabulous a location of strength and faith that it was, it would fall because of sin. Its people would be carried away into the Dispersion.
The heart of God for His people is captured in this tender moment. Love clashes with the reality of impending judgment. It is not cruel but necessary and consistent with the holiness of God.
Grace comes from the Almighty as well. He will bring the nation back. Our moment of the hillside marks the reality of that anticipation from ancient days.
Here coffins are laid above the ground. Families bury their loved ones here in sight of the city walls. The closer they are to the walls the hope is that their resurrection will be splendid when the King returns.
Family members leave a stone on top of the grave tops to mark their visit. Some day a reunion would take place. All in the family would be reunited and their hope in the city when Jesus would reign there would be the focus of their faith.
While our busy pilgrimage schedule was full, it was well worth the time to pause here and take in the love of God for His people. Like a loving father who disciplines his children, our Heavenly Father will bring His holiness to bear on our lives when the ugliness of sin makes its presence known. He loves us and does what is right.
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