Category Archives: Jerusalem

Jade/Joy Bus 7 Places and Faces


With thanks and appreciation for the BEST Bus Shepherds ever, Tommy & Stephanie Mello along with ‘our’ 93 year old inspiration, Joy O’Connor! Philippians 1:3

Tommy, Stephanie and Joy at the Herodium

Northern Border

All of Bus 7 were greatly impressed with our guide, Shimon Eyal and literally learned volumes plus he was a barrel of FUN!

Our guide, Shimon Eyal, at the Northern Border

Shrine of the Book

Bus 7 SAW part of the scroll of Genesis on display for the first time at The Shrine of the Book on March 13th! (Pictures were prohibited inside the museum)

Joe and Lindsey Allen outside the Shrine of the Book

Joe & Lindsey Allen
Jade/JOY Bus 7

A Place of Remembrance . . . How Could Anyone Forget?

This morning we toured the sobering Holocaust museum, called Yad Vashem.

The Hebrew words Yad Vashem means, “a hand and a name,” an idiom from Isaiah 56:5 that refers to a memorial.

Yad Vashem
Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust Museum

Every time I go to the museum, I visit the “Row of Righteous Gentiles.” A row of trees planted in dedication to individuals like Corrie Ten Boom, Oskar Schindler, and many others, honors those Gentiles who risked their lives by sheltering and helping the Jews during a time when few did.

A place of remembrance. How could anyone forget?

—Wayne Stiles
Bible Teacher for Sapphire Bus 6
(Read more of my Bible lands devotionals here)

Passion Week Locations

We visited some of the locations around Jerusalem that are significant to the week leading up to the crucification of Christ. It is amazing to reflect on Christ’s sacrifice for the whole world and to see these places first-hand, especially as we prepare to celebrate Resurrection Sunday in a couple of weeks back home.

View of Jerusalem from inside the Dominus Flevit, church built over site where Jesus wept over Jerusalem.
Walking down the Palm Sunday road.
Garden of Gethsemane.
Rock where Jesus agonized before being arrested.
Thorn tree on the Mt. of Olives . . . Jesus’ crown of thorns could have been woven from these.

Terri Hays
Bus 4

Contemplating the Resurrection of Jesus

Although many hold the Garden Tomb as the authentic site of the death and resurrection of Jesus, the levelheadedness of history and archaeology beg to differ.

The tomb represents a typical 7th-century BC tomb. Because of this, it couldn’t be the “new tomb” the gospels record in connection with Jesus (Matthew 27:60; John 19:41).

Yet . . .

Garden Tomb
The “Garden Tomb” in Jerusalem

Yet there is no better place in Jerusalem than the Garden Tomb to contemplate the central truth of Christianity’s faith—the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus.

“The important thing is,” the guides always point out, “the tomb is empty.”

—Wayne Stiles
Bible Teacher for Sapphire Bus 6
(Read more of my Bible lands devotionals here)

Walking in Jesus Steps

Original steps that Jesus walked as he was brought to the house of Caiphus, where Peter denied Him….Mount of Olives is in the background

Jesus Steps
Original steps that Jesus walked

The Eastern Gate of the temple where Jesus will return as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

The Eastern Gate
The Eastern Gate

Lynn Robertson
Emerald Bus