The Via Dolorosa is in the Muslim quarter of the Old City. It is sad to realize the people who walk Christ's path each day don't actually know Jesus as their Savior.
The Wailing Wall or Western Wall is the last standing wall that surrounded the Temple. Though part of it was destroyed, it has been rebuilt since the 7th century. Many Jewish people believe that Divine Presence still dwells in the wall, so many people come to pray, leave prayers, recieve blessings and have Bar Mitzvahs.
BTW- Don't you LOVE my modest outfit? Modest is hottest. :)
Next, we headed to the Davidson Center, which is an archeological dig of the Temple. We walked the steps that led to the entrance of the Temple gates. The most incredible part of this was thinking of how many times in scripture Jesus walked up to the Temple on these exact steps. Though many of the places we visited were speculated to have been where Jesus was, there is no denying that Jesus had been there. The knowledge of that was incredible.
The entrance into the Temple Courts
Our next stop was the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. This church is said to be the site of Jesus's crucifixion, burial, and resurrection. There were hundreds of people flowing through the church, making it much less of a place to worship and more of a tourist spot. This, of all the sites in Jerusalem, was the most disappointing to me. Standing in the place where Jesus was said to have died on the cross to ensure our salvation, people were worshiping the spot and the place, rather than worshiping the Savior.
Seeing people kiss the place of the cross while church officials were rushing others through was exhausting and heart breaking. Jesus's death and resurrection was not to leave a place to worship, but to offer freedom from this world. It's not about a church, it is about our God and Savior.