BC: Caesarea Western Samaria | Caesarea was an important seaport town on the main road from Tyre to Egypt passing through Jerusalem. Jesus probably passed through here going to Tyre & Sidon. | Sharon Nelson 2014
FC: Walking In His Footsteps | Sharon Nelson
1: More than 2,000 years ago, a young woman named Mary lived in the little village of Nazareth. We know nothing of her immediate family except that she was engaged to marry Joseph, a descendant of King David. She was visited by the angel Gabriel, from the presence of God. He greeted her: “Hail, thou that art highly favoured, blessed art thou among women. The angel then told her that she had been chosen to be the mother of His Only Begotten Son. His name was to be Jesus. “He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest,” Gabriel said. Mary did not understand and said, “How shall this be?” The angel explained that it would all come about miraculously by the power of the Holy Ghost (see Luke 1:26–35). Joseph, a kind and spiritual man, received the assignment to watch over and care for the boy Jesus. The angel also visited Joseph, to whom she was betrothed. Mary, therefore, would be the virgin mother of Jesus Christ, the Messiah. | Mary & Joseph of Nazareth | Isaiah 7:14—Isaiah prophesies that a pure young woman will give birth to God's son. Isaiah 9:6—Isaiah prophesies that Jesus Christ will come as a baby; Jesus is described by several names. Micah 5:2—Micah prophesies that Jesus will be born in Bethlehem. Matthew 2:4–6—The scribes knew that Bethlehem was the prophesied birthplace of the Messiah. 1 Nephi 11:18–21—Nephi prophesies that the Son of God will be born to a virgin. Luke 1:26–31—A virgin named Mary will be the mother of Jesus Christ. Alma 7:9–10—Alma prophesies that Jesus will be born to Mary. Helaman 14:1–6—Samuel the Lamanite prophesies of the signs at Jesus’ birth. | Prophesies of Christ's Birth
2: "And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed." Mary & Joseph lived in Nazareth, how could the prophecy be fulfilled in Bethlehem nearly 100 miles away? Thousands went back to their ancestral hometowns. Joseph & Mary set out on an arduous journey. Joseph went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, to Bethlehem to be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child (Luke 2). Their journey took them southeast across the Jezreel Valley, connecting with the Jordan Valley, then to Jericho, and up through the Judaean Desert to Jerusalem and Bethlehem. | Traveling to Bethlehem | It is written by the prophets, that he should be born in Bethlehem of Judea.
3: The route is about 92 miles long. A traveler can usually walk between 17 and 24 miles a day. The journey would have taken Joseph and Mary at least 4-5 days. Where did they stay each night? It would have been a wearying journey, but especially for a pregnant woman soon to give birth. The last leg of the eastern route would have been the hardest of all. Jericho is the lowest city on the globe, and Jerusalem and Bethlehem are situated right in the top of the hills. From Jericho's desert to Bethlehem is an uphill hike of 3,500 feet. They must have been exhausted! And so it was, that while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. | Arrival in Bethlehem
4: Christ cometh of the seed of David, and of the town of Bethlehem. Joseph and Mary did not live in Bethlehem at the time of Christ's birth. Rather, they lived in Nazareth But obedient to the pronouncement of prophecy, circumstances transpired that brought them to Bethlehem for the birth of Christ. Announcement of a Savior might have come as no surprise to the shepherds, or other Judaeans in the area, because many were awaiting a Savior to deliver them from Roman oppression. Nor would the announcement of a Christ have greatly surprised them. The word Christ is the exact Greek equivalent of the Hebrew Messiah—meaning “the Anointed One.” Jews had long awaited their Messiah. But the word Lord may have caused those shepherds solemn reflection. Lord was a title for Jehovah, the Creator, the One who gave the law to Moses on Sinai, the God who was worshiped in the temple just five miles away. Little did they comprehend that it was the great Jehovah who was born as a babe in nearby Bethlehem.
5: No Room in the Inn The annual festival of Passover was an ideal time to conduct the enrollment, since all males were required by Mosaic law to assemble in or near Jerusalem at that time and the ancestral homes of most families were in Judea. Yet with Jews there for the enrollment and for Passover the normal population of Jerusalem and neighboring Bethlehem would have been swollen with many relatives of the local citizenry. Passing through Jerusalem and going on to Bethlehem, Joseph and Mary applied in vain for space in local caravansaries, or khans, which catered to caravans as well as pilgrims. Courtyards provided space for camels and donkeys to rest and to refresh with water. Rooms were simple roofed enclosures with little privacy; travelers competed for space to spread their blankets on the floors. Because there was no room for Joseph and Mary, even in one of these inns, they took shelter in a stable.
6: The Church of the Nativity is built over the cave that tradition marks the birthplace of Jesus of Nazareth. The Star is believed to be the actual spot of the birth of Jesus. While they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. | Church of the Nativity | And behold, there shall a new star arise, such an one as ye never have beheld; and this also shall be a sign unto you.
7: Court of the Women | Simeon and Anna When the Savior was 40 days old, Mary and Joseph took Jesus to the Court of the Women in the Temple to offer an offering according to the law, 2 young pigeons. A devout man named Simeon had been promised through the power of the Holy Ghost that he would not die until he had seen the Christ. When Simeon came into the temple, he saw Mary and Joseph and the baby. Happily he reached out and took the baby into his arms “and blessed God,” knowing at last that the Savior had come. Simeon also prophesied that Jesus would be a blessing to all people. Also in the temple that day was Anna, an aged prophetess. When she saw the baby Jesus, the Spirit of the Lord bore testimony within her that the child she beheld was the promised Messiah. Anna thanked the Lord for her knowledge of this wonderful event, and she hastened to tell all who would listen of its importance. | Jesus is given a name and presented at the Temple | Mary and Joseph were careful to observe all the commandments that had been given them. The law of Moses required many performances and ordinances, including the custom that male children were to be circumcised when eight days of age as a token of the covenant the Lord made with Abraham. So while in Bethlehem, and when eight days were accomplished for the circumcising of the child, his name was called JESUS, which was so named of the angel before he was conceived in the womb. The Savior’s life from beginning to end was bound to the Temple. When Mary had fulfilled the forty-day ritual of purification after giving birth, she and Joseph took the infant Jesus to the Temple in Jerusalem for the ceremonial redemption of the firstborn.
8: Traditional caves used by shepherds. | Shepherds near Bethlehem And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. There is more to this symbolism of shepherd and sheep. Scholars note that a tower called Migdal Eder—the watchtower of the flock—stood on the road between Bethlehem and Jerusalem. The sheep that were gathered there belonged to the temple flock, from which the sacrificial lambs would be taken. | And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.
9: And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for I bring you good tidings of great joy, For unto you is born this day a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was a multitude of heavenly host saying: "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men." With the departure of the angels, the shepherds went with haste to see for themselves the Messiah, the "Lamb" of God. | Fields outside Bethlehem | As the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us. They found the Babe in the manger, with Mary and Joseph. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.
10: Thou Bethlehem, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel. Micah 5:2
11: Wise Men from the East -- Now in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? For we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him. When Herod had heard these things, he demanded of the chief priests and scribes where Christ should be born. And they said, In Bethlehem of Judea. Then Herod, called the wise men, and sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and search diligently for the young child; and when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also. They departed and the star which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was. And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshiped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh. And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way. | Wise Men come to See the Christ Child in Bethlehem | Interesting note -- According to the KJ Bible the only people in the Holy Land mentioned seeing the star at Christ's birth is when the Wise Men tell of seeing it in the East and following it. Although it is naturally assumed that the Shepherds and many others also saw it.
12: The angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek to destroy him. He arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt. And was there until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I called my son. | The ancient Israelities in the Old Testament, were living for a time in Egypt during Joseph's time and then were called out of Egypt during their exodus in Moses's time in similitude of our Lord, as a child, coming out of Egypt. | Escape to Egypt
13: When Herod was dead, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and go into the land of Israel: for they are dead which sought the young child's life. And he arose, and took the young child and his mother, and came into the land of Israel. | When he heard that Archelaus did reign in Judea in the room of his father Herod, he was afraid to go thither: notwithstanding, being warned of God in a dream, he turned aside into the parts of Galilee. And he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, He shall be called a Nazarene. | Egypt
14: Nazareth -- A village among the hills west of the Sea of Galilee. Here the Angel Gabriel appeared to both Mary and Joseph individually before the birth of the Savior. This was the early home of Jesus, where he spent his childhood and youth. The only verse in the scriptures telling us of his childhood after being in Egypt until the time he turns twelve is Luke 2:40 -- And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him. In the New Testament, it mentions the brothers and sisters of Jesus. “Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, & Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? and are not his sisters here with us?” Mark 6:3.
15: Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the feast of the passover. When he was 12 years old, they went up to Jerusalem after the custom of the feast. As they returned, Jesus tarried behind in Jerusalem; and Joseph and his mother knew not of it. But they, supposing him to have been in the company, went a days journey; and sought him among their kinsfolk And when they found him not, they turned back again to Jerusalem, seeking him. After 3 days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions. And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers. Having reached the age of 12, Jesus, according to Jewish practice, was no longer considered a child but now took his place among men. His studies would have intensified. At that age, he was entitled to enter the temple courts and listen to the rabbis, even to participate. | Jesus in the Temple of Jerusalem at age 12 | From age 12 to 30 this all that is written of his life -- Luke 2:52 And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man. Matt 3:23 And he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, He shall be called a Nazarene. JST, Matthew 3:24–26 And it came to pass that Jesus grew up with his brethren, and waxed strong, and waited upon the Lord for the time of his ministry to come. And he served under his father, and he spake not as other men, neither could he be taught; for he needed not that any man should teach him. And after many years, the hour of his ministry drew nigh.
16: Jesus went to John to be baptized. John thought that Jesus should baptize him. The Savior explained that He needed to be baptized to be obedient to the commandments of Heavenly Father. And John went down into the water and baptized him. And Jesus when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water; and lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove. And lo, he heard a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Hear ye him. After these things came Jesus and his disciples into the land of Judea; and there he tarried with them, and baptized. And they came unto John, and said unto him, Rabbi, he that was with thee beyond Jordan, to whom thou barest witness, behold, the same baptizeth, and all men come to him. Formed by several springs rising in Mount Hermon it descends to the Sea of Galilee. Flowing out the southern end of the lake, the river makes its way through the valley, and finally enters the Dead Sea. | Jordan River at Bethabara | Always obedient to the Laws of God
17: Dead Sea Scrolls. In 1947 in Qumran, near the NW corner of the Dead Sea, rolls of leather and a few copper manuscripts were found preserved in earthen jars in some dark caves. They were found quite by accident by goat herders. The languages are Hebrew & Aramaic. Some are dated as early as 200 B.C. Complete copies or fragments of every book of the Old Testament have been found except the book of Esther. * Christ would have walked in this area when he was fasting for 40 days and possibly whenever he was in the Jericho area. Old Testament scrolls just like these are the kind Christ would have studied from. | Qumran by the Dead Sea
18: After He was baptized, Jesus left the Jordan River and went to the wilderness of Judea. There He would be alone and prepare to begin His mission. In the wilderness Jesus fasted for 40 days and nights. It was a time when He could feel close to His Heavenly Father. | Judean Wilderness | Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple. (Which in Jesus day was much higher up. There was not so much rubble down below and a tower above.) And again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain. Jesus said unto him, It is written, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God. Then he departs for the Galilee. | Prayed unto His Father when he was lonely and tempted
19: Jesus meets those who later are called to be his Apostles | Philip findeth Nathanael of Cana, and saith unto him, “We have found him”, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, did write, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph. And Nathanael said unto him, Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth? Philip saith unto him, Come and see. Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him, and saith of him, Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile! Nathanael saith unto him, Whence knowest thou me? Jesus answered and said unto him, Before that Philip called thee, when thou wast under the fig tree, I saw thee. Nathanael answered and saith unto him, Rabbi, thou art the Son of God; thou art the King of Israel. The five new followers of Jesus then depart for Cana and the wedding feast there. | At Bethabara, after hearing John the Baptist say "Behold the Lamb of God" Andrew and John (from the Gospel of John) immediately followed Jesus; and He, turning toward them asked: "What seek ye?" They replied with: "Rabbi, where dwellest thou?" And His response was "Come and see". And they followed him. | After discovering Jesus, Andrew went to his brother, Simon, and said, “We have found the Messias,” that is, the Christ. So Andrew brought Simon Peter unto Jesus. Jesus said, Thou art Simon, the son of Jona, thou shalt be called Cephas, or stone. The day following Jesus would go forth into Galilee, and findeth Philip, and saith unto him, Follow me. Now Philip was of Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. | And after these things he went forth by the Sea of Galilee, and saw a publican, named Matthew or Levi, sitting at the receipt of custom: and he said unto him, Follow me. And he left all, rose up, and followed him. And Levi made him a great feast in his own house: and there was a great company of publicans and of others that sat down with them. But their scribes and Pharisees murmured against his disciples, saying, Why do ye eat and drink with publicans and sinners? And Jesus answering said unto them, They that are whole need not a physician; but they that are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance. | Now as he walked by the sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew his brother casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers. And Jesus said unto them, Come ye after me, and I will make you to become fishers of men. And straightway they forsook their nets, and followed him. And when he had gone a little further thence, he saw James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, who also were in the ship mending their nets. | Come Follow Me | Chose good people to surround himself with.
20: After calling Andrew, Peter, John, Philip, and Nathanael, Jesus took them with him to a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and the mother of Jesus was there. And when they wanted wine, the mother of Jesus saith unto him, They have no wine. Jesus saith unto them, Fill the water pots with water. And they filled them up to the brim. And he saith unto them, Draw out now, and bear unto the governor of the feast. And they bare it. When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and knew not whence it was: the governor of the feast called the bridegroom, and saith unto him, Every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine; but thou has kept the good wine until now. This was the first recorded miracle of the Lord. | Cana -- In The Galilee | So Jesus came again into Cana of Galilee, there was a certain nobleman, whose son was sick in Capernaum. When he heard that Jesus was come, he went unto him, and besought him that he would come, and heal his son: for he was at the point of death. Jesus saith unto him, Go thy way; thy son liveth. And the man believed the word that Jesus had spoken unto him, and he went his way. And as he was now going down, his servants met him, and told him, saying, Thy son liveth. Then enquired he of them the hour when he began to mend. And they said unto him, Yesterday at the seventh hour the fever left him. So the father knew that it was at the same hour, in the which Jesus said unto him, Thy son liveth: and he believed, and his whole house. Christ's second recorded miracle .
21: Christ's first Passover of his Ministry | And the Jews’ Passover was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. Now when he was in Jerusalem at the Passover, in the feast day, many believed in his name, when they saw the miracles which he did. After these things came Jesus and his disciples into the land of Judea; and there he tarried with them, and baptized (Jesus baptized). | Nicodemus, who was a Pharisee and who occupied a high place as one of the rulers of the Jews, came to Christ. There is significance in the fact that this visit was made at night. Apparently the man was impelled by a genuine desire to learn more of the Galilean, whose works could not be ignored; though pride of office and fear of possible suspicion that he had become attached to the new Prophet led him to veil his undertaking with privacy.w Addressing Jesus by the title he himself bore, and which he regarded as one of honor and respect, he said: “Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.” | Cleansing "His Father's House" Jesus was protective of his Father's house. In the very early days of his ministry, he cleansed the Temple court of the selling of animals and money changers. | Nicodemus
22: The Woman at the Well -- Jesus traveled through Samaria and came to JacobÂ’s well. He rested by the well and when a Samaritan woman came to get some water, Jesus asked her to give Him a drink. Since the people of Judah usually had nothing to do with the Samaritans, the woman was surprised. Jesus told her He could give her water that would cause her to never thirst again. He explained that He was the Messiah and that the water He offered her was the Â“living waterÂ” of eternal life. The woman went to the city and told many people what she had heard. They went to the well and spoke with Jesus themselves, and many of them believed His words. This is the first time Jesus mentions to someone that he is the Promised Messiah. | Jacob's Well | He departed again to go to Galilee. And he must needs go through Samaria and came to a city which is called Sychar. Many of the Samaritans of that city believed on him for the saying of the woman, which testified, He told me all that ever I did. So when the Samaritans were come unto him, they besought him that he would tarry with them: and he abode there two days. And many more believed because of his own word; And said now we believe, for we have heard him ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world. | Traveling through Samaria | Mt. Ebal | Mt. Gerizim
23: Christ's Galilean Ministry Jesus’ formal ministry began in Galilee and specifically in Nazareth. What he did there provoked his own townsmen to make an attempt on his life. His testimony there, is most significant. Because of this rejection of his townsmen in Nazareth, Jesus went to Capernaum. During the next eighteen to twenty months this city became his home base. In this and surrounding cities, Jesus taught and manifested many marvelous works. A map of the region at the time of Jesus would show many more towns and villages. The population was numerous and concentrated in this area. Josephus, a Jewish general and historian who governed this province thirty-four years after Christ's ministry, reported a population of nearly three million. | Gennesaret | Capernaum | Magdala | Cana | Nazareth | Chorazin | Bethsaida | Nain | Sea of Galilee | Galilee
24: Nazareth -- where He announced His divine Sonship, was rejected twice then never returned. | Structure of a Synagogue | After His baptism and fasting previous to his mortal ministry, Jesus returned to Nazareth. There He gave His Jewish neighbors His first public discourse. He went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up to read. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written, The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord. And he closed the book, and sat down. And he say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears. And when they heard these things, they were filled with wrath, And rose up, and thrust him out of the city, and led him unto the hill whereon their city was built, that they might cast him down headlong. But he passing through the midst of them went his way. *Later towards the end of his Galilean ministry he again tries to teach the people here and is again rejected in the home of his youth. | Attended synagogue even at the peril of his life.
25: Road from Nazareth down to Capernaum Now when Jesus heard that John was cast into prison, he departed into Galilee; preached in his home town, was rejected and leaving Nazareth, he came and dwelt in Capernaum, which is upon the sea coast, in Galilee. | And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people. Matt 4:23
26: And when they were come out of the synagogue, they entered into the house of Simon and Andrew. But Simon’s wife’s mother lay sick of a fever, and they tell him of her. And he came and took her by the hand, and lifted her up; and immediately the fever left her, and she ministered unto them. Jesus went away privately with the Apostles, multitudes followed him, and healed a blind man. Took 5 loaves, and 2 fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed, and gave the loaves to his disciples to give the multitude. And they did all eat, and they took up of the fragments 12 baskets full. And they that had eaten were about 5,000 men, beside women and children. | Bethsaida | Jesus asked: How many loaves have ye? We need to bring to him what we can and he will supply the rest. What effort will we put forth?
27: Brother of Andrew from Bethsaida; householder in Capernaum, married, prosperous fishing business with Andrew, James, and John; crucified upside down in Rome. Son of Zebedee, brother of John; first martyr apostle, beheaded by Herod Agrippa. He and his brother John are known as the Sons of Thunder. Son of Zebedee, brother of James; role in Last Supper and at Golgotha; wrote the Gospel; now translated being; only apostle mentioned by name in Book of Mormon. Son of Jonah; Peter’s bother. From Bethsaida, as were Peter, Andrew. Son of Tolmai; from Cana; Jesus said, “Behold an Israelite in whom is no guile.” “Doubting” Thomas? It was Thomas who said, “Let us also go, that we may die with him.” Son of Alphaeus, brother of James? Former publican; wrote the Gospel. Son of Alphaeus, brother of Matthew? Sometimes called “not Iscariot” to distinguish him from the traitor Judas. Former Zealot, advocate of violent overthrow of Roman rule. Only apostle that is Judean; treasurer of Quorum; betrayed Jesus; died by suicide. A follower before his call, later added to Quorum. | Simon Peter James John Andrew Philip Nathanael Bartholomew Thomas Matthew Levi James Jude Simon Judas Iscariot Matthias | Philip & Nathanael | Calling the Twelve Apostles | And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God. And when it was day, he called unto him his disciples: and of them he chose twelve, whom also he named apostles. And he ordained then, that they should be with him, and that he might send them forth to preach, and to have power to heal sicknesses, and to cast out devils. And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand. | He provided Apostles & Prophets Will we follow them, as they followed Him?
28: And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people. Miracles here include: he healed a leper, commanded his disciples to cast their nets, by which they caught many fish, healed many people & appeared after his Resurrection to his disciples. Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal, But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. | Mount of Beatitudes | Sermon on the Mount In His Sermon on the Mount, He tells us to be merciful, to be humble, to be righteous, to be pure in heart, to be peacemakers. He instructs us to stand up bravely for our beliefs, even when we are ridiculed and persecuted. He asks us to let our lights shine so that others may see them and may desire to glorify our Father in Heaven. He teaches us to be morally clean in both our thoughts and our actions. He tells us it is far more important to lay up treasures in heaven than on earth. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven. As we strive to place Christ at the center of our lives by learning His words, by following His teachings, and by walking in His path, He has promised to share with us the eternal life that He died to gain. There is no higher end than this, that we should choose to accept His discipline and become His disciples and do His work throughout our lives. Nothing else, no other choice we make, can make of us what He can.
29: Luke (7:11-17) reports that as Jesus approached the town gate a funeral procession was in progress. When Jesus saw the widow He had compassion and told her to stop weeping. Luke, the physician (Colossians 4:14), reports that Jesus touched the bier and said, Â“Young man, I say to you, get up!Â” Then, as a simple matter of fact, Luke says, So the dead man sat up and began to speak, and Jesus gave him back to his mother. The place where the miracle occurred is the small village of Nain, is six miles southeast of Nazareth, on a hill that adjoins the north slope of ancient Mount Moreh. The day before his arrival at Nain, Jesus had been with his disciples in Capernaum. They had a rigorous hike uphill of more than twenty-five miles to get to Nain "the day after." | Nain | He was Compassionate
30: This was the place of many miracles: healed many people, including a centurion's servant, paralytic whose bed was lowered through a roof, man with a withered hand, daughter of Jairus raised from the dead. Woman with an issue of blood 12 years healed by touch of Christ's garment, two blind men healed. More miracles are recorded here than in any other place throughout the Land. | The octagon shaped structure is believed to be the home of Simon Peter, where the Savior stayed so often. It was probably here that Peter's mother-in-law was healed. Excavators found inscriptions with the words for Peter and Jesus in these ruins. | Capernaum | Millstone
31: They that received tribute money came to Peter, and said, Doth not your master pay tribute? He saith, Yes. Lest we should offend them, go thou to the sea, and cast an hook, and take up the fish that first cometh up; and when thou hast opened his mouth, thou shalt find a piece of money: that take, and give unto them for me and thee. | Capernaum This synagogue stands upon the ruins of a former one, considered to be the synagogue in which Jesus taught. We, like Jesus, can walk the path of service. As a glowing searchlight of goodness is the life of Jesus as He ministered among men. He brought strength to the limbs of the cripple, sight to the eyes of the blind, hearing to the ears of the deaf. | Ark of the Covenant
32: The Savior departed for the Sea of Galilee, traveling through the region of Decapolis. It was an area east of the Sea of Galilee where many Gentiles lived. And there followed him great multitudes of people from Galilee, and from Decapolis. | Decapolis | In Gadara, of Decapolis, Jesus commanded a legion of unclean spirits to leave the body of a tormented man, whereupon they entered into a herd of swine and run off a cliff.
33: There lay a great multitude of folk, blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water. For an angel went down, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had. A certain man was there, which had an infirmity 38 years. When Jesus saw him he saith unto him, Wilt thou be made whole? The man answered him, Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steppeth down before me. Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk. Immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed. | Pool of Bethesda | in Jerusalem for the Second Passover | Jesus has compassion on the man when no one had come to help him for 38 years.
35: Sheep and Goats | Lost Coin | Laborers in the Vineyard | Behold, a sower went forth to sow; and when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up. Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth: and when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away. | Matthew 20:1–15, the parable tells of a householder who employed groups of workers at various times throughout the day to meet the evolving urgency of the harvest. At the end of the work day, all the workers gathered to receive their day’s wages. Surprisingly, all received the same wage in spite of their different hours of labor. “May I plead with us not to be hurt—and certainly not to feel envious—when good fortune comes to another. We are not diminished when someone else is added upon. We are not in a race against each other to see who is the wealthiest or the most talented or the most beautiful or even the most blessed. The formula of faith is to hold on, work on, see it through, and let the distress of the earlier hours—real or imagined—fall away in the abundance of the final reward,” said Elder Holland. “Don’t dwell on old issues or grievances—not toward yourself nor your neighbor nor even, I might add, toward this true and living Church.” | All shall be gathered: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: and he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you: And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. | What woman having ten pieces of silver, if she lose one piece, doth not light a candle, and sweep the house, and seek diligently till she find it? And when she hath found it, she calleth her friends and her neighbors together, saying, Rejoice with me; for I have found the piece which I had lost. | Sower | Parables of Christ | His parables teach with power and authority. With the account of the good Samaritan, He teaches us to love and to serve our neighbors. In His parable of the talents, He teaches us to improve ourselves and to strive for perfection. With the parable of the lost sheep, He instructs us to go to the rescue of those who have left the path and have lost their way.
36: Land of Gennesaret | And when they came into the land of Gennesaret. And when the men of that place had knowledge of him, they sent out into all that country, and brought unto him all that were diseased; And besought him that they might only touch the hem of his garment: as many as touched were made perfectly whole. Following the miracle of the feeding of the five thousand, Jesusâ€™ disciples entered a ship bound for the â€œother side.â€ When evening came, a â€œcontrary wind€ arose, and the ship was â€œtossed with waves.â€ Then came Jesus to them, walking upon the water; and when he had come into the ship, the wind ceased. Jesus and his disciples then sailed to the west shore. Multitudes of people, learning that Jesus was in the area, flocked to see him in the Plain of Gennesaret. Many of the sick were healed simply by touching the hem of Jesusâ€™ clothing. The Plain of Gennesaret is seen here from the pass leading down from Mt. Arbel. The lowland below is located on the northwest shore of the Sea of Galilee. The plain itself is approximately three miles long and one mile wide. In our Lords' day it was considered the best part of Galilee, but it became desolate and uncultivated until the rise of modern Israel.
37: Jesus calls the apostles to be fishers of men. They left everything and followed Him. After His death he comes to the Sea and his apostles are fishing. He has them cast the net and they catch a multitude of fishes. | Sea of Galilee | The Savior taught the multitudes crowded near the waters edge. With people pressing ever closer, Jesus stepped into a boat and pushed out a few yards into the sea. There, a short distance from the eager crowd, he could be seen & heard by many. His first parables were taught on the Sea of Galilee.
38: Magdala | And he sent away the multitude, and took ship, and came into the coasts of Magdala. There the Pharisees also with the Sadducees came, and tempting desired him that he would shew them a sign from heaven. | And certain women, which had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities, Mary called Magdalene, out of whom went seven devils. The birthplace of Mary Magdalene, was a prosperous fishing village at the time Jesus was active in this region. Archaeologists found the remains of the village dating from the time of Jesus, and a boat with cooking pot, nails, hooks and oil lamp. Mary followed Him and was rewarded by His presence to always be with her.
39: Master the tempest is raging -- When they had sent away the multitude, they went in the ship. And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship. And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: And they awoke him, saying unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish? And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him? Is it any wonder why they followed him. | Peter walking on the water -- In the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea. When the disciples saw him walking on the water, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear. Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid. Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water. And he said, Come. As Peter came down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to Jesus. But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. Immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, where fore didst thou doubt? And when they were come into the ship they worshiped him, saying, Of a truth thou art the Son of God. | Sea of Galilee | Have Faith -- Doubt Not
40: Looking westward from the top of Mount Tabor you can see the valley of Megiddo. It is in the western portion of the Jezreel valley. It was the main route across the Holy Land between the Mediterranean Sea to the west and the Jordan Valley to the east. Christ would have traveled through this area a lot. Also is the location of the last battle at the Second Coming -- the valley of Armageddon. Are we on His side? | The Valley of Armageddon | Tel Megiddo
41: Caesarea Philippi | The Savior brought his disciples a great distance to teach at a place called Caesarea Philippi, where He asked them this crucial question: Â“Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?Â” Simon Peter gave his inspired answer: Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. Â“And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-jona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven, upon this rock I will build my church. As Jesus was preparing for His mortal ministry, here He trained future leaders of His Church. Could it be that the Savior brought His disciples to this spot to teach the lesson that this majestic mountain symbolized the rock of Christ from whom revelation would flow?Â — revelation to bring light and life to them, just as that flowing water of the River Jordan nourishes Israel. Behold, look ye unto the revelations of God.
42: The Miracles of Jesus Asserting Power Over the Elements Water to wine John 2:1-11 Cana Jesus leaves unseen Luke 4:28-30 Nazareth Catch of fish Luke 5:1-11 Sea of Galilee Storm stilled Matt 8:23-27 Sea of Galilee 5,000 fed Matt 14:15-21 Near Bethsaida Jesus walks on water Mark 6:47-52 Sea of Galilee Peter saved walking water Matt 14:28-33 Sea of Galilee 4,000 fed Matt 15:29-38 Mt. by Sea of Galilee Tribute money in fish Matt 17:24-27 Capernaum Jesus – crowd unseen John 8:39 Temple-Jerusalem Barren fig tree cursed Mark 11:12-21 Bethany/Bethphage Great haul of fish John 21:6-14 Sea of Galilee Healing the Sick Nobleman’s son John 4:46-54 Cana Peter’s wife’s mother Luke 4:38-39 Capernaum Multitudes Matt 8:16-17 Capernaum A leper Mark 1:40-45 Galilee One sick with palsy Luke 5:17-26 Galilee Man w/infirmity 38 years John 5:1-16 Jerusalem Man with withered hand Matt 12:9-13 Galilee Centurion’s servant Luke 7:2-10 Capernaum Woman w/issue of blood Mark 5:25-34 Capernaum Two blind men Matt 9:27-31 Capernaum People -- touch of garment Mark 6:53-56 Gennesaret Daughter of Greek woman Matt 15:21-28 Tyre/Sidon Deaf w/speech problem Mark 7:32-37 Galilee Blind man Mark 8:22-26 Bethsaida Man born blind John 9:1-41 Jerusalem Woman on Sabbath Luke 12:11-17 Perea Man w/dropsy Sabbath Luke 14:1-6 Perea Ten lepers Luke 17:11-19 Samaria? Bartimaeus & blind beggar Matt 20:29-34 Leaving Jericho Blind & Lame Matt 21:14 Temple-Jerusalem Ear of Malchus restored Luke 22:50-51 Gethsemane Casting Out Devils Unclean spirit Mark 1:21-28 Capernaum Blind & dumb demoniac Matt 12:22-23 Galilee Two demoniacs or one Luke 8:26-39 Gadara Dumb demoniac Matt 9:32-34 Capernaum Demoniac disciples fail Luke 9:37-43 Galilee A dumb devil Luke 11:14-26 Galilee Raising the Dead Son of the widow of Nain Luke 7:11-17 Nain Daughter of Jairus Mark 5:22-43 Capernaum Lazarus John 11:1-46 Bethany
43: Fed the 4,000 and 5,000 But he said unto them, Give ye them to eat. And they said, We have no more but five loaves and two fishes; except we should go and buy meat for all this people. For they were about five thousand men. Then he took the five loaves and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed them, and brake, and gave to the disciples to set before the multitude. And they did eat, and were all filled: and there was taken up of fragments that remained to them twelve baskets. | Cast the net on the right side of the ship, and ye shall find. They cast therefore, and were not able to draw it for the multitude of fishes. | Many Miracles Happened in the Galilee Area And he said unto them, Let us go into the next towns, that I may preach there also. And he preached in their synagogues throughout all Galilee. And through that whole region round about, and many began to carry about in beds those that were sick, where they heard he was. And whithersoever he entered, into villages, or cities, or country, they laid the sick in the streets, and besought him that they might touch if it were but the border of his garment: and as many as touched him were made whole. And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves.
44: Jesus pronounced a curse on Chorazin, as well as on Capernaum and Bethsaida. Â“Woe unto thee, Chorazin! for if the mighty works, which were done in you, had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. Jesus cursed the people because of their unbelief in the face of miracles. (See Matt. 11:21Â–22; Luke 10:13.) Of these three cities, nothing remains today but ruins. | Chorazin
45: Mount Tabor One of the traditional locations of the Transfiguration of Christ, with his Apostles Peter, James, and John. And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with him. They also could hear the voice of their Heavenly Father. While Jesus spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and a voice out of the cloud said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him. This event took place about 6 months before Christ's death to confer the keys of the kingdom on the "First Presidency. The Church of the Transfiguration is a Franciscan church located on the top of Mount Tabor in Israel. Looking westward from the top of Mount Tabor toward a portion of the Jezreel Valley. | His Priesthood is conferred to His Apostles
46: Then Jesus went thence, and departed into the coasts of Tyre and Sidon. And behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried unto him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou Son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil. But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel. It is not meet to take the children’s bread, and to cast it to dogs. And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table. Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour.” Earlier, people from Sidon and Tyre had come to Galilee to hear his teachings and witness his miracles. | Tyre | Sidon | Faithful people were rewarded even among those not of His church
47: While teaching a great multitude in Perea. Jesus testified of His messiahship frequently during the final weeks of His mortal ministry. Both Matthew and Mark relate that Jesus passed through the region of Perea, simply referred to in the gospels as "across the Jordan. John reports that while Jesus was in Perea, news came to him that his friend Lazarus, the brother of Martha and Mary, "now lay sick" at his home in Bethany. | Perea -- East of the Jordan River | There was a woman which had an infirmity 18 years, and could in no wise lift up herself. And when Jesus saw her, he called her to him, and said unto her, Woman, thou art loosed from thine infirmity. And he laid his hands on her: and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God. And the ruler of the synagogue answered with indignation, that Jesus had healed on the sabbath. | This is where Christ spends the last three months of his public ministry. He heals a woman on the Sabbath, great multitudes followed him; and he healed them there. Parables of the unjust steward, Lazarus and the rich man, and laborers in the vineyard given. He suffers the little children to come unto him and the rich young ruler was told to give all to the poor.
48: Samaria | 10 Lepers -- Later in His ministry -- As He entered into Samaria, ten men who had leprosy met Him. The men cried aloud from far off, Â“Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.Â” Jesus knew that according to Jewish custom a leper could not return to live with his family and friends until he was first declared to be cured or clean by a priest. So He replied, Â“Go show yourselves to the priests.Â” The ten men did as they were told, and as they went on their way, they were made well. Then one of them, a Samaritan, seeing he was healed, quickly went back to find Jesus. He fell down before Him and thanked Him. Jesus asked the man who returned, "Were there not ten lepers made well? Where are the other nine?" Do not neglect to be thankful in all things. | Jesus immortalized the Samaritan people by his parable about a man (a Jew) assaulted along the Jericho road: "A certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him"
49: Judean Hills | The Good Shepherd The shepherds’ scene is indeed symbolic: It brings to mind the care and loving concern with which our Heavenly Father watches over all of his children. And it helps to remind us that he sent his beloved Son — the Good Shepherd with an unparalleled, divine mission—to guide us back to him. Many of our scriptures present types and shadows of the coming of Jesus, his mortal ministry, and his mission as the Savior of all mankind. Certainly symbolism is apparent in the many references to the Shepherd and the flock. Indeed, the Savior himself used these symbols often in his teaching. “ And the sheep follow him: for they know his voice. To introduce his mission among men, Jesus identified himself as the Good Shepherd: “I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep”. Parable given during his later Judean ministry.
50: Judean Ministry The first year of the Savior’s public ministry was opened by the dramatic event of the cleansing of the temple. discussion with Nicodemus and the woman of Samaria followed, in which Jesus declared his identity and important doctrines for entrance into his kingdom. This is referred to by scholars as his early Judean ministry. For the last six months of his life Jesus travels to Judea for his Later Judean ministry. During this time he also goes into Perea to preach and back again to Judea. This is a time of many parables and teaching his apostles and multitudes. Attends the Feast of the Tabernacle in winter, Feast of Dedication and Passover in the spring. Lazarus is brought to life and Christ retires to Ephraim. In the Jerusalem He heals many, instructs on the widow’s mite and the adulterous woman, and has the last supper. In the end He tells of His forthcoming death and Resurrection. | City of Jerusalem | Jericho | Bethlehem | Bethany | Bethphage | Emmaus | Ephraim | Mt. of Olives
51: Jerusalem from the Mt. of Olives And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for the law shall go forth of Zion, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.
52: Jews in Jerusalem The small green door is the "eye of the needle" spoken of by Christ. It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God (Mark:10). The Western Wall was built by King Herod in 20 BC during his expansion of the Temple enclosure, and is part of a retaining wall that enclosed the western part of Temple Mount. It is considered the holiest of Jewish sites, sacred because it is a remnant of the wall that once enclosed and supported the Temple. It is called the Wailing Wall because for centuries Jews have gathered here to lament the loss of their temple.
53: And early in the morning he came again into the temple and the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman and they say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery. Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou? This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not. So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her. And they being convicted by their own conscience went out one by one. Then without condemning stated, go and sin no more. | Temple Mount | Jesus spent his days in the temple when he was in Jerusalem. They brought unto him all sick people that were taken with divers diseases and torments, and those which were possessed with devils, and those which were lunatic, and those that had the palsy; and he healed them. | He Encourages All to be Better
54: Jerusalem in New Testament Times
55: Jerusalem 1.Golgotha Jesus’ crucifixion. 2.Garden Tomb Jesus was buried. The risen Christ appeared to Mary Magdalene. 3.Antonia Fortress Jesus was accused, condemned, mocked, and scourged. 4.Pool of Bethesda Jesus healed invalid on the Sabbath. 5.Temple Gabriel promised Zacharias that Elisabeth would bear a son. The veil of the temple was rent at the death of the Savior. 6.Solomon’s Porch Jesus stated that he was the Son of God. The Jews attempted to stone him. 7.Gate Beautiful Jesus triumphal & 2nd coming entry. 8.Pinnacle of the Temple Jesus was tempted by Satan. 9.Holy Mount Jesus taught in temple at age 12, cleansed the temple, and taught on many occasions. 10.Garden of Gethsemane Jesus suffered, was betrayed and arrested 11.Mount of Olives Jesus foretold the destruction of Jerusalem and temple. He also spoke of the 2nd coming 12.Gihon Spring Solomon anointed king. Hezekiah had a tunnel dug to bring water from the spring in the city. 13.Water Gate 14.Hinnom Valley 15.House of Caiaphas Jesus was taken before Caiaphas. Peter denied he knew Jesus. 16.Upper Room The traditional location where Jesus ate the Passover meal and instituted the sacrament. 17.Herod’s Palace Christ was taken to Herod.
56: City of Jerusalem | The Wailing Wall is located in the bottom center of the photo below. | Solomon's Stables | Walk, even as He walked. | In the Court of the Women stood giant 75 ft high menorah lamp stands to light the Temple Mount and much of the City of Jerusalem. | There under the light of the menorah Jesus uttered the following: Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.
57: From the Gihon Spring through Hezekiah's Tunnel An elaborate engineering scheme extending about 1770 feet through limestone rock, bringing the waters of the Gihon spring inside the walls of Jerusalem to the Pool of Siloam. The tunnel was built in the days of Hezekiah, about 701 B.C., as a defense against possible attack from the Assyrian army. Workmen dug from both ends, in a zig-zag course, until they met. A dramatic account of the meeting of the workmen is told by an inscription carved in stone near the Siloam end of the tunnel. It reads: Â“The boring through is completed. While the workmen were still lifting pick to pick, each toward his neighbor, and while three cubits remained to be cut through, each heard the voice of the other who called his neighbor, since there was a crevice in the rock on the right side. And on the day of the boring through the stonecutters struck, each to meet his fellow, pick to pick, and there flowed the waters to the pool for a thousand and two hundred cubits, and a hundred cubits was the height of the rock above the heads of the stonecutters.Â” | Pool of Siloam Once when Jesus was in Jerusalem on the Sabbath Day, he and his disciples came upon a man who had been blind since birth. The Savior spat upon the ground and made mud with which he anointed the man’s eyes. He then told the man to go and wash in the pool of Siloam. The man obeyed, and when he finished washing, his eyes had been healed and he was able to see.
58: Under the city of Jerusalem, you can see the Master Course, the name given to a row of huge stones in the tunnels. The stones are the largest building stones ever found in Israel. These blocks form part of the lower level of the Western Wall. The largest stone is 44.6 ft long and about 10.8 ft wide and 12-16 ft. thick. It weighs 570 tons. The largest stone in the Great Pyramid weighs 11 tons. These same passageways were visible and traveled at the time of Jesus. | Western Wall Tunnels
59: Hulda Gates The main entrance and exit to the Temple Mount were the two sets of gates, called the Huldah Gates, leading in and out of the Temple Mount from the south. Through the ones on the right a person would enter to perform the holy work in the Temple, after having gone through ritual washings or cleansings accomplished in small pools or fonts (mikvehs) outside the retaining walls of the sacred enclosure. Through the gates on the left a person would exit following the Temple work or service. Only a small portion of this one is visible today. | Steps to the Temple Now partly visible after recent archaeological restoration is a beautiful stone staircase leading up to the wall. The elaborate stairway was originally two hundred ten feet wide. There are thirty steps, alternating steps and landings—conducive to a slow, reverent ascent or descent. From here rabbis sometimes taught the people. Jesus could have taught on this stairway also, at one point in his scathing condemnation of hypocrites even pointing eastward over the Kidron toward the city and comparing hypocrites to whited sepulchres, radiant and impressive on the outside but on the inside full of corruption. | Jesus was frequently in the Temple: The blind and the lame came to him in the temple; and he healed them. About the midst of the feast Jesus went up into the temple, and taught. And early in the morning he came again into the temple, and all the people came unto him; and he sat down, and taught them. He taught daily in the temple. | -- Larger mikvah have separate entrances and exits for entering on one side and coming out clean on the other side. “And the Jews’ passover was nigh at hand: and many went out of the country up to Jerusalem before the passover, to purify themselves.” Joseph and Mary brought the infant Jesus forty days after his birth so that he, as a firstborn, could be redeemed and so that Mary could be ceremonially cleansed in a mikvah outside the temple. | Mikvah
61: Jerusalem the city of the Great King (Matt. 5:35.) Jesus clearly knew the importance Jerusalem would have in his mission. When the time was come that he should be received up, he steadfastly set his face to go to Jerusalem. He told his disciples, "We go up to Jerusalem, and all things that are written by the prophets concerning the Son of Man shall be accomplished This is where the Redeemer brought about the greatest events and contributions of all time Â—His atoning sacrifice and Resurrection from the dead. These and many other events have made the name Jerusalem forever holy.
62: Jericho is the lowest permanently inhabited site on earth. It is also believed to be one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities of the world. In the background is the traditional Mount of Temptation. The Savior passed through here on his last visit to Jerusalem, healing the blind Bartimaeus and abiding with Zacchaeus, the publican (Luke 18-19). The Good Samaritan was on his way here. And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all. | Jericho | The Good Samaritan's Inn
63: This eastern portico, called Solomon’s Porch, is possibly where twelve-year-old Jesus conversed with the learned rabbis. Here the Savior later walked and taught at the feast of dedication (Hanukkah) and testified that he was God’s Son; the Jews tried to stone him here on that occasion. He later walked and taught at the Feast of Dedication and cast out the money changers. And the JewsÂ’ passover was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem, and found in the temple those that sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting: and when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple (for the second time) and said, Take these things hence; make not my FatherÂ’s house an house of merchandise. -- Then came the Jews saying: If thou be the Christ, tell us plainly. Jesus answered, I told you, and ye believed not: the works that I do in my FatherÂ’s name, they bear witness of me. But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you. My sheep hear my voice, and follow me. Then the Jews took up stones to stone Him. | Solomon's Porch | Wailing Wall Area | Robinson"s Arch | Wilson's Arch
64: As the last week of His life draws closer, Jesus resides in Bethany, a village two miles from Jerusalem, on the southeast slope of Olivet in the home of Mary, Martha, and Lazarus. Mary heard JesusÂ’ words, and Jesus spoke to Martha of choosing the Â“good partÂ”. Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead; and Mary anointed JesusÂ’ feet. And being in Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he sat at meat, there came a woman having an alabaster box of ointment of spikenard very precious; and she brake the box, and poured it on his head. This was also where our Lord stayed during Holy Week. | Bethany | Lazarus Come Forth
65: Town of Ephraim | After he raised Lazarus to life the Jewish authorities planned to put Jesus to death. Then gathered the chief priests and the Pharisees in a council, and said, What do we? for this man doeth many miracles. Then from that day forth they took counsel together for to put him to death. Jesus therefore no longer walked about openly among the Jews, but went from there to a town called Ephraim in the region near the wilderness; and he remained there with the disciples.
66: http://www.swartzentrover.com | The mortal ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ was comparatively brief. He lived only thirty-three years, and His ministry was only three years. But in those three years He taught the human family everything that is necessary to receive all of the blessings our Father in Heaven has in store for His children. He concluded His mortal ministry with the single most compassionate and significant service in the history of the world: the Atonement. | The Saviors Mortal Ministry
67: Easter Week -- The last day's of Christ's Life | An important holiday called Passover was only six days away. Many people were coming to Jerusalem so they could offer sacrifices in the temple on that day. Jesus walked to Bethany, a village near Jerusalem. He would stay there for five nights with His friends Lazarus, Mary, and Martha. Mary anointed His feet with oil. See John 12:1Â–3. | Jesus walked from Bethany to Jerusalem. He rode into the city on a donkey, as a verse in the Old Testament said He would. People recognized Him as their King, shouting, Â“Hosanna,Â” and laying down palm leaves in front of the donkey to keep dust from getting on the Savior. Jesus visited the temple and then returned to Bethany. See Zechariah 9:9; Matthew 21:1Â–11; Mark 11:1Â–11. | Jesus saw people buying and selling things in the temple. Because He wanted the temple to be a Â“house of prayer,Â” He made them leave. Then He healed people who were lame or blind. The jealous priests were angry with Him. See Matthew 21:12Â–17; Mark 11:15Â–19. | Jesus taught people in the temple and on a nearby hill called the Mount of Olives. The priests plotted to kill Jesus. One of His disciples, Judas Iscariot, agreed to turn Jesus over to the priests in exchange for 30 silver coins. See Matthew 25:31Â–46; 26:14Â–16. | The scriptures do not say what Jesus did on this day. He may have spent the day with His disciples preparing for the inevitable. | JesusÂ’s disciples got ready for the Passover meal. During the meal, Jesus told the disciples that one of them would betray Him. Then, to help them remember Him, He gave them the sacrament for the first time. Jesus went to the Garden of Gethsemane to suffer for our sins and to pray to God. People came with swords and arrested Him. The disciples ran away in fear. See Matthew 26:17Â–29, 36Â–56. | JesusÂ’s body lay in the tomb. A large stone was put in front of the door. The wicked priests asked Pilate to have guards stand outside the tomb to make sure no one went inside. See Matthew 27:57Â–66. | Jesus was resurrected! He had risen from the tomb. An angel descended from heaven and rolled away the stone. Jesus told His disciples to teach and baptize others and promised to always be with them.
68: Bethphage -- House of Figs The village of Bethphage is remembered as the starting point of Jesusâ€™ triumphal entry into Jerusalem on the day that is commemorated as Palm Sunday. The exact location of the village, on the eastern slope of the Mount of Olives and close to Bethany, is uncertain. One possible location of Jesus cursing the fig tree is Bethphage, since they were traveling from Bethany to Jerusalem and there would be fig trees there. As he walked, he became hungry, and when he saw a fig tree in the way, he came to it, and found nothing thereon, but leaves only, and said unto it, Let no fruit grow on thee henceforth for ever. And presently the fig tree withered away. The fig tree representing Israel was fruitless, and as a hypocrite, trying to show itself to be something it wasn't.
69: Christ's triumphal entry in Jerusalem was through these arched gates that are now sealed. | The last week of Christ's life -- spent living in Bethany with Mary, Martha and Lazarus while traveling back and forth to Jerusalem. And when they drew nigh unto Jerusalem, and were come to Bethphage, unto the mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, Â“Saying Go into the village and straightway ye shall find a colt tied; bring it unto me; and if any shall say aught unto you, ye shall say, The Lord hath need of it and straightway he will send it. The disciples went, and did as Jesus commanded them; and brought the colt. Jesus took the colt and sat thereon; and they followed him. The people took branches of palm trees, and went forth to meet him, and cried, Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord. While a donkey does not seem to be a regal mode of transportation to modern readers, Old Testament kings, especially David, commonly rode donkeys. Also, the prophet Zechariah had specifically foretold that the messianic king would come in this fashion.
70: Last Supper in Upper Room According to tradition, the Last Supper took place in what is called today The Room of the Last Supper on Mount Zion, just outside of the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem, and is traditionally known as The Upper Room. Jesus ate the Last Supper with his chosen Twelve before his arrest and crucifixion. The Savior blessed bread and wine and gave it to the Apostles. Judas betrayed the Lord and departed. He then washed the feet of the Apostles. Â“He their Lord and Master had washed their feet. It was a kind and gracious task, and such ought to be the nature of all their dealings with each other. He had done it to teach them humility, self-denial, and loveÂ”. They then sang a hymn, and went out into the Mount of Olives. | There shall a man bearing a pitcher of water. Follow him and he shall shew you a large upper room furnished; there make ready the passover.
71: On its western slopes is the Garden of Gethsemane. Leaving the temple, Jesus took His disciples to the Mount of Olives. There He gave them a prophetic discourse that dealt with the imminent destruction of Jerusalem and the temple, and also focused on the destruction of the world at the Second Coming. On 24 October 1841, Elder Orson Hyde climbed the Mount of Olives and offered a prayer of dedication for the return of the children of Abraham and the building of the temple. | Mt. of Olives facing Jerusalem | Standing on the peak of the Mt. of Olives in Jesus’s time, one could look in a straight line from the east to the west, through the Golden Gate and into the temple and the altar of the Holy of Holies. Repent ye and prepare the way of the Lord, and walk in his paths (obey the commandments), which are straight; for behold, the kingdom of heaven is at hand (the temple – leads to eternal life). For the Lord’s path is always straight. | And he came out and went to the mount of Olives and his disciples followed him. Jesus ofttimes resorted thither with his disciples. And in the day time he was teaching in the temple; and at night he went out, and abode in the mount of Olives.
72: The word Gethsemane means “oil press”. Olives were pressed under the weight of great stone wheels to squeeze precious oil from them, the color of blood. So Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane was literally pressed under the weight of the sins of the world. He sweat great drops of blood — his life’s “oil” — which issued from every pore. On the night Jesus was betrayed, He took the remaining 11 and went into the place called Gethsemane. There He suffered the pains of all men. He suffered as only God could, bearing our griefs, carrying our sorrows, being wounded for our transgressions, voluntarily submitting Himself to the iniquity of us all. Moving slowly, kneeling, falling forward on His face, He cried, “Abba, Father, all things are possible unto thee; take away this cup from me: nevertheless not what I will, but what thou wilt” | Gethsemane
73: As Jesus finished praying in Gethsemane, He awoke His Apostles, saying, "Rise, let us be going: behold, he is at hand that doth betray me". While Jesus was speaking, Judas, one of the Twelve, brought a large group of men that had been sent by the chief priests and elders. The Savior could see the band of men and officers coming down through the gate with lanterns and torches and weapons. He could hear the armor clanking and could perhaps follow every footstep as they came down the hill, and entered the garden. “Jesus said unto them, Whom seek ye? “They answered him, Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus saith unto them, I am he. And Judas also, which betrayed him, stood with them. “As soon then as he had said unto them, I am he, they went backward, and fell to the ground. “Then asked he them again, Whom seek ye? And they said, Jesus of Nazareth. “Jesus answered, I have told you that I am he: if therefore ye seek me, let these go their way. “Then the officers of the Jews took Jesus, and bound him.” | Betrayal & Arrest
74: Soon enough He was arraigned before the Israelite leaders of the day—first Annas, the former high priest, then Caiaphas, the current high priest. In their rush to judgment these men and their councils declared their verdict quickly and angrily. “What further need have we of witnesses?” they cried. “He is worthy of death.” The Church of St Peter, stands on the site of the courtyard of the high priest Caiaphas in Jerusalem, where the apostle Peter’s triple denial of his Master, his immediate repentance and his reconciliation with Christ after the Resurrection. Christ prophesied that Peter would deny him 3 times “before the cock crows”. Under the church is a dungeon thought to be the cell where Jesus was held for the night following his arrest. | Home of Caiaphas the High Priest
75: Herod's Palace | So when they still called out for his blood, Pilate sent Jesus to an even higher Roman official, Herod Antipas, who ruled in Galilee. So, Jesus was taken before Herod. “And when Herod saw Jesus, he was exceeding glad: for he was desirous to see him of a long season, because he had heard many things of him; and he hoped to have seen some miracle done by him. “Then he questioned with him in many words; but he answered him nothing. “And the chief priests and scribes stood and vehemently accused him. “And Herod with his men of war set him at nought, and mocked him, and arrayed him in a gorgeous robe, and sent him again to Pilate for he could find no evidence of wrongdoing . Herod would be the only person in Jesus' recorded life to speak directly to the Master but hear nothing in reply. | Remains of Herod's Palace are being uncovered under existing structures in the city of Jerusalem.
76: Antonio fortress -- Pilate Pilate is prominent in the story of our Lord (Matt. 27:2–26; Mark 15:1–15; Luke 23:1–25; John 18:28 – 19:22). As the Sanhedrin had no power to carry out their sentence of death, Pilate’s consent had to be obtained. The Lord was therefore charged before him with stirring up sedition, making himself a king, and forbidding to give tribute to Caesar. Pilate saw that there was no evidence to support the charge, and, having received a warning from his wife, he wished to dismiss the case. He also tried to avoid all responsibility in the matter by sending our Lord for trial to Herod Antipas, tetrarch of Galilee, but Herod sent him back without any formal decision on the case. It was not until the Jews threatened to tell Emperor Tiberius, whose suspicious nature Pilate well knew, that he did anything. "What shall I do then with Jesus which is called Christ?" Crucify Him, was the reply. He then passed a death sentence, knowing it to be unjust. | Then the soldiers, took his garments, and made four parts, to every soldier a part; and also his coat: now the coat was without seam, woven from the top throughout. They said therefore among themselves, Let us not rend it, but cast lots for it, whose it shall be: that the scripture might be fulfilled, which saith, They parted my raiment among them, and for my vesture they did cast lots. These things therefore the soldiers did. | He brought Jesus forth, and sat down in the judgment seat in a place that is called the Pavement, but in the Hebrew, Gabbatha. No one is sure where Gabbatha was located.
77: The Via Dolorosa ("Way of Grief") is a road in the old part of Jerusalem -- the path where Jesus supposedly was lead in agony, carrying the crucifixion cross from the Antonio Fortress to Golgotha. And as they led him away, they laid hold upon one Simon, a Cyrenian, and on him they laid the cross, that he might bear it after Jesus.
78: And he bearing his cross went forth into a place called the place of a skull, which is called Golgotha: Where they crucified him, and two other with him, on either side, and Jesus in the midst. And Pilate wrote a title, and put it on the cross. And the writing was, "Jesus of Nazareth King of the Jews". | Golgotha or Calvary | Abraham left his home at Beersheba and journeyed to Moriah, arriving there on the third day. As Abraham was preparing to sacrifice as God had commanded, his beloved son asked the heart-rending question, Where is the sacrificial animal? Abraham said, “My son, God will provide himself a lamb”. At the critical moment when the profound test was made, the Lord’s angel appeared and instructed Abraham to offer up a ram caught in a thicket instead of his son. It is interesting to discover that a place now supposed by many to be Golgotha or Calvary, just northeast of the present Damascus Gate of Jerusalem, is the northern extension of the same Mt. Moriah. At Golgotha God did provide a lamb as prophetically uttered by Abraham—the Lamb slain for mankind.
79: “Joseph of Arimathaea came therefore, and took the body of Jesus. And there came also Nicodemus, and brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes. Then took they the body of Jesus, and wound it in linen clothes with the spices, as the manner of the Jews is to bury. Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden; and in the garden a new sepulchre, wherein was never man yet laid. There laid they Jesus.” | “Now the chief priests and Pharisees came together unto Pilate, saying, Sir, command that the sepulchre be made sure until the third day, lest his disciples come by night, and steal him away, and say unto the people, He is risen from the dead. Pilate said unto them, Ye have a watch: go your way, make it as sure as ye can. So they went, and made the sepulchre sure, sealing the stone, and setting a watch.” And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it. His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow. And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men.Now when they were going, behold, some of the watch came into the city, and shewed unto the chief priests all the things that were done. And when they were assembled with the elders, they gave large money unto the soldiers, Saying, Say ye, His disciples came by night, and stole him away while we slept. And if this come to the governor's ears, we will persuade him, and secure you. So they took the money, and did as they were taught: and this saying is commonly reported among the Jews until this day. | Garden Tomb
80: To those who came to the tomb, with sorrow, the angel declared, Why seek ye the living among the dead? He is not here, he is risen. Here was the greatest miracle of human history. Earlier He told them, I am the resurrection, and the life. They understood not, now they knew. He died and now on the third day he rose in power and beauty that in Christ shall all be made alive. | Dawn on the Sabbath | “When the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, had brought sweet spices, that they might come and anoint him. And they said among themselves, Who shall roll us away the stone from the door of the sepulchre? And when they looked, they saw that the stone was rolled away: for it was very great.” (Mark 16:1, 3–4.) “They entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus. And it came to pass, as they were much perplexed thereabout, behold, two men stood by them in shining garments: and as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said unto them, Why seek ye the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen.”
81: The Apostles come to the Tomb | After the women went to the tomb of Jesus and found that his body was not there, they hurried to find Peter and the Apostles and told them what they had found. Peter and John hastened at once to the tomb. John outran his older companion. Stooping down, he gazed in silent wonder into the empty tomb. Entering, Peter saw the burial clothes lying where the body of Jesus once lay. And then John followed him. And in spite of fear, there dawned upon them the hope, which later would become an absolute knowledge, that Christ had indeed risen, but as yet no one had seen him. The two wondering Apostles returned to their brethren.
82: He shows himself to the apostles in the upper room. | Jesus said to her, “Woman, why weepest thou? And Mary, supposing Him to be the gardener, replied, “Sir, if thou hast borne Him hence, tell me where thou hast laid Him, and I will take Him away.” Then Jesus softly called her name, “Mary.” Mary recognized His voice, and she turned again and cried with joy, “Rabboni,” which means “My beloved Master.” Jesus said to her, “Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and unto my God, and your God.” And Mary Magdalene, with a heart full of joy, went and told the disciples the wonderful news that she had seen the Lord and that He lived and had spoken unto her! | Mary Magdalene and the Lord | Later that day He appears to the apostles, but Thomas was not there and did not believe, just as it was hard for the others to believe earlier. A week later, Thomas met with the other disciples. Once again the Lord appeared. This time he directed some of his attention to the disbelieving disciple. “Reach hither thy finger,” he commanded, “and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing”. Doing so, Thomas’s reaction was quick and sincere; he simply exclaimed, “My Lord and my God”. To Thomas the Lord said further, “Because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed”.
83: On the third day after Jesus was crucified, two of his disciples were walking from Jerusalem to Emmaus. They talked about how he had been crucified and then placed in the sepulchre. They were confused when Mary Magdalene and other women had told the disciples that the stone had been rolled away from the sepulchre, which was guarded by soldiers, and that Jesus’ body was gone. As they walked, another traveler joined them. He asked them what they were talking about and why they were so sad. One of the disciples, Cleopas, couldn't believe that the traveler had not heard about the crucifixion of Jesus. Then the traveler reminded them of all the scriptures that prophesied that a Savior would come, teach people how to live, then die and rise from the dead, so that all people could live again. As evening approached, the men neared the village of Emmaus. The two disciples asked the traveler to spend the night with them. He agreed. As they ate together, the two disciples realized that the traveler was the resurrected Jesus. As soon as they understood this, he vanished from their sight. And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us, and opened to us the scriptures? | Abide with me 'tis eventide. The day is past and gone; The shadows of the evening fall; The night is coming on. Within my heart a welcome guest, Within my home abide. O Savior, stay this night with me; Behold, 'tis eventide. Abide with me 'tis eventide. Thy walk today with me Has made my heart within me burn, As I communed with thee. Thy earnest words have filled my soul And kept me near thy side. O Savior, stay this night with me; Behold, 'tis eventide. | Road to Emmaus
84: Appearances of Christ between His Resurrection and Ascension 1. To Mary Magdalene, near the sepulchre (Mark 16:9, 10; John 20:14). 2. To other women, somewhere between the sepulchre and Jerusalem (Matt 28:9). 3. To two disciples on the road to Emmaus (Mark 16:12; Luke 24:13). 4. To Peter, in or near Jerusalem (Luke 24:34; I Cor. 15:5). 5. To ten of the apostles and others at Jerusalem (Luke 24:36; John 20:19). 6. To the eleven apostles at Jerusalem (Mark 16:14; John 20:26). 7. To the apostles at the Sea of Galilee, (John 21). 8. To the eleven apostles on a mountain in Galilee (Matt. 28:16). 9. To five hundred brethren at once (l Cor. 15:6); probably in Galilee. 10. To James (l Cor. 15:7). Recorded by the Apostle Paul who saw Christ after the ascension. 11. To the eleven apostles at the time of the ascension, Mount of Olives, near Bethany (Mark 16:19; Luke 24:50, 51).
85: Another unnamed mountain was the site of a post-resurrection appearance by Jesus to his apostles: "Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them." (Matt. 28:16.) This could be Mount Arbel, a secluded twelve-hundred-foot-precipice, with a grand panoramic view overlooking the whole Sea of Galilee region where Jesus' teaching ministry had been accomplished. Jesus inspired his leading disciples with their commission to take the gospel to all the world. It is likely the occasion of which, as Paul wrote later, ‘he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once.’ (1 Cor. 15:6.) If so, the seventies and leading brethren of the Church would have been present. This was an appearance by appointment, by prearrangement, to which probably a great multitude of disciples was invited. | He told the 12 before his crucifixion “after I am risen again, I will go before you into Galilee” and also told the women at the tomb about this meeting. And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations,baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway. | Mt. Arbel in the Galilee
86: Ascension at the Mount of Olives | The Mount of Olives is where Jesus descended below all (the Atonement) and where he ascended above all (the Ascension). With his mortal work finished, Jesus departed into heaven. His return in the end of time will be to the same Mount: "And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight. And while they looked toward heaven, behold two men stood by them in white apparel; which said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go.
87: The Golden Gate, has long interested Muslims, Jews & Christians as the place of the Last Judgment. Historically, judgments were rendered in the gates of the city. Zechariah 14 states that the Messiah of Israel will triumphantly return to Jerusalem from the summit of the Mount of Olives and then surely proceed into Jerusalem from the East, in the direction of the Golden Gate and through its double arches. Behold, I will come; and they shall see me in the clouds of heaven, clothed with power and great glory; with all the holy angels. Then shall the Lord set his foot upon this mount, and it shall cleave in twain, and the earth shall tremble, and the heavens also shall shake. And the Lord shall utter his voice, and all the ends of the earth shall hear it. Then shall the Jews look upon me and say: What are these wounds in thine hands and in thy feet? Then shall they know that I am the Lord; for I will say unto them: These wounds are the wounds with which I was wounded in the house of my friends. I am he who was lifted up. I am Jesus that was crucified. I am the Son of God. And then shall they weep because of their iniquities; then shall they lament because they persecuted their king. | The Ten Virgins / The Bridegroom Cometh Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them: but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out. But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves. And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut. Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. But he answered and said, I know you not. Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh. | Interior of the gate | Above is the view of the Golden Gate from the outside of the city. Below is from the inside of the city walls. | Jesus' Second Coming
88: I walked today where Jesus walked, in days of long ago; I wandered down each path He knew, with revÂ’rent step and slow. Those little lanes, they have not changedÂ—a sweet peace fills the air. I walked today where Jesus walked, and felt His presence there. I knelt today where Jesus knelt, where all alone He prayed; The Garden of GethsemaneÂ—my heart felt unafraid! I picked my heavy burden up, and with Him by my side, I climbed the Hill of Calvary, where on the Cross He died! I walked today where Jesus walked and felt Him close to me! | I walked today where Jesus walked | Pres. Monson said, "My thoughts turned to the counsel GodÂ’s prophets had provided: Follow the pathway of the Lord, walk in His footsteps". I reflected on the words of a poet: | In a very real sense, all can walk where Jesus walked when, with His words on our lips, His spirit in our hearts, and His teachings in our lives. I would hope that we would walk as He walked — with confidence in the future, with an abiding faith in His Father, and with a genuine love for others.