Holy Communion service for Christ's Church began at 9:30 so we had a little extra time to relax in the morning. The service was a mix of contemporary and low church liturgy. The message covered the first miracle of Jesus in John 2.
Because of possible inclement weather our schedule changed to take advantage of the beautiful day given to us and we began by walking through the Jewish quarter, followed by the southern wall excavation and finally to the western or wailing wall. The tour was helpful to set us up to understand how the second Temple era started in 538 BC to 70 AD which was a new way to consider it for me as I learned that the Jews did not accept Zerubbabel's rebuilding as a legitimate Temple.
Another lesson learned was that I had always thought that the Western Wall was the only wall of the Temple left standing. Actually much of the Southern Wall is left as well and it was magnificent touch the southwest corner and gaze up at the massive structure while imagining what it once was. The privilege was to step on the very steps that Jesus and his disciples would have stepped on to walk through the Southern Gate. This is what makes for a true pilgrimage.
Most men decided to go into the section gated off to get to the Western Wall but I stayed behind the fence. For me it was sad to watch so many devoted men rocking, praying and hoping for a deliverance that had come 2,000 years ago and who was and is the True Temple.
We finished with standing on a roof top in the evening to see the Holy City. It is a honor to be here. Peace, Pastor Eric