Mount of Olives

Mount of Olives

Why Was Jesus Crucified? Christian Hospice
Mount of Olives

Mount of Olives

The Mount of Olives lies directly east of Old Jerusalem, from where this photo was taken, across the Kidron Valley. Only 2,800 feet at its highest point, the Mount of Olives is less a mountain and more a plateau that tapers off eastward. Facing Old Jerusalem from the western foot of the Mount of Olives is the Garden of Gethsemane, where Jesus prayed before His crucifixion. After rising from the dead and proving His deity, Jesus ascended to heaven, also from the Mount of Olives:

"Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, “Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” And He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority. But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Now when He had spoken these things, while they watched, He was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight. And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel, who also said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven.” Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem..." (Acts 1:6-12)

Please take another look at the photo above. Venture to take a guess on the identity of all of the white stuff coverning the slope of Mount of Olives?

They are 150,000 tombs in a massive Jewish graveyard that faces Jerusalem. The photo below was taken looking downward from near the top of Mount of Olives:

Jewish Graves

Jewish graves in Jerusalem cost about $3,000 but these cost $25,000. Why? It's because many Jews believe that when the Messiah comes, those buried facing Jerusalem will be resurrected first.

The Bible says that the Messiah already came 2,000 years ago and that when we die, those who believe that He paid the death penalty for their sins (see why was Jesus crucified?) will go to heaven, while those who deny His sacrifice will "go to hell, into the fire that shall never be quenched, where their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched." (Mark 9:43-44)

See the graves above? Your body will end up in a grave one day, which could be in decades or tomorrow. When that happens, where will your soul end up? If you feel the Bible is wrong and that there is no heaven or hell, consider this:

You wouldn't give your opinion about a movie without first having watched it, right? Have you ever read the Bible for yourself? I'm not talking about hearing things about the Bible or watching people give their opinions about the Bible. Have you ever watched the movie for yourself?

If not, isn't the destiny of your soul too important to be entrusted to someone else's opinion? Why not watch the movie for yourself before passing judgment that could ruin the rest of your eternity? If the entire Bible seems daunting, just read or study the Gospel of John to start.

But before doing anything, pray first, to a God you don't believe in. Tell Him that you don't believe in Him. If desired, you could even tell Him that you don't particularly want to believe in Him. But if He really does exist, you will have no choice but to believe that reality. Ask God to show Himself to you as you read His Love Letter to you.

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