After Masada, I got sick. People have been passing germs around the group and it really is unavoidable when you have so many people in such close proximity.
So, I am behind again on posting.
On Saturday, we visited The Upper Room. This is not the actual room where Jesus shared the Last Supper with the Disciples, but it is in the proximity of it and it is the place the Crusaders chose to build a remembrance.
Jeff gave a lecture on how the Last Supper had all the components of a traditional Passover meal except the lamb – Jesus was the Lamb.
The Catholic Church practices Zacchar (to remember) by reenacting and participating in the Last Supper. Through trans-substantiation, we fully believe that the bread and the wine become the body and blood of Christ.
In baptism you are forgiven of sin and united with the community of the Church, but in confirmation you are imparted with the Holy Spirit and are empowered to witness to the message of Jesus.
“Lord, I want to walk in the power of confirmation through the Holy Spirit.”
After our visit to the Upper Room we went to the home of the High Priest, Caiaphus. This is the site where Jesus was taken prisoner and where Peter denied him three times before the cock crowed the following morning.
The Church that has been built here has a rooster mounted atop its Dome, signifying the connection to Peter’s denial.
Down below, in the Church, are the original excavated ruins of a portion of Caiaphas’ house and the dungeon where Jesus was held prisoner. There were no iron bars used back then. Instead, Jesus was lowered through a hole into the dark pit of a cave under the home.
Immediately adjacent to the Church, are the excavated remains of the Roman road, where Jesus would have walked from the Last Supper to the Garden of Gethsemane and then back when he was imprisoned and led to Caiaphas’ house and later brought to Pontius Pilate.
Could we have been on His mind while He was walking this path?
While we were here, listening to Jeff’s lesson a rooster was crowing across the valley incessantly. It was amazing!
We finished our day in the gorgeous church built above the remains of Caiaphus’ house. The mosaics in the Church were spectacular!