THURSDAY, 2 June, 2016
Mournful Ascent to the Mount
Imagine this tearful scene, David the king, head covered as he traveled barefoot and wept. His loyal company of people, mournfully began their ascent up the Mount of Olives, covered their heads and wept with him.
When I go to Israel, I like to go by myself to the Mount of Olives, right as the sun goes down. It is so cool to watch the city changing colors as the sun sets. It is a solitary place where I just sit and contemplate. Then I clearly picture the Old Testament stories in my mind. I can imagine David as he was walking and weeping, as he crossed through the Kidron Valley and up to the Mount of Olives and escaped from Absalom.
What incredible comparison do we see here? Jesus of Nazareth took this same sorrowful journey. He went up to the Mount of Olives to a familiar place which was the Garden of Gethsemane. Luke 22:39-44 tell us:
In the garden He was arrested, later beaten, tortured and put to death on the cross for our sins. He willingly accomplished our Salvation. Jesus Christ, King of Salem, Priest of the Most High God, brought peace to us (Ephesians 2:14-18; Hebrews 7:1). He not only ascended to heaven from the Mount of Olives but will return there for His second coming.
And in that day His [Jesus] feet will stand on the Mount of Olives…
and the Mount of Olives shall be split in two…
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