Kids love pictures. It’s one of the first ways children learn. And since many parents are focusing their kids’ attention this week on the topics of Jesus’ last week, perhaps these pics will help bring even more visualization to what you teach concerning his final hours.
NOTE: These pictures are from my trip to Israel in 2013. Other than noting the place and event, there is little commentary by these pictures; I’ll leave that up to each viewer.
Jerusalem from top of Mt. of Olives. This is the general area where Jesus would have begun his descent into the city on Palm Sunday. The easter gate isn’t visible in this pic, but it would have been just to the right.
A broader look at the descent Jesus took from Mt. of Olives down into Jerusalem. You can see the Garden of Gethsemene just beyond the paved path, and then the city in the top right half of the picture.
This is believed to be the general descent Jesus took from the top of the Mt. of Olives into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. This path led by the Garden of Gethsemene as well, so it was a common route for Jesus.
An upper room in Jerusalem, probably much like where Jesus would have met with his disciples in those last days. These were usually in sections of the city known for aristocracy and wealth, which is why some believe Mark’s parents had one and allowed Jesus to use it on the Thursday before his death.
The Garden of Gethsemene, at the base of theMt. of Olives, where Jesus prayed on Thursday night with his disciples (and where they fell asleep). This is also where Judas kissed Jesus in betrayal.
A closer look at the Garden of Gethsemene, where you can see how the spaciousness would provide an ideal place for both individual and group prayer. Jesus often retreated here to pray.
Some of the trees in the Garden of Gethsemene are believed to be up to 2,000 years old.
A holding cell/punishment chamber below Caiaphas’ house. Probably where Jesus was initially taken after his arrest in the Garden, and where he spent most of Thursday night between his questionings and beatings.
This is the courtyard of Caiaphas the High Priest, and Jesus would have ended up here after his interrogation and beating at the hands of the Jewish leaders. This may very well have been where Peter was warming himself as well, watching from a distance, and eventually denying he knew Jesus.
This is the courtyard of Caiaphas, and Jesus, after being tried by the Jewish leaders here throughout late Thursday and very early Friday, probably was led from this porch area down this path and handed over to Pilate.
Standing on the Via Dolorosa, the path that Jesus was led on with his cross on the way to be crucified.
Golgatha. “Place of the Skull” — where Jesus was crucified. Executions occurred at the base (where you see buses), and the name comes from either 1) the fact that lots of bones and skulls were obviously left here, or 2) there is a “skull” image pressed into the side of the hill. The walled city of Jerusalem would be just to your right.
Broader view of supposed site of Jesus’ tomb. Notice the track at the bottom for the large stone/wheel.
Standing by the door of supposed site of Jesus’ tomb, from which an angel rolled the stone away upon his resurrection.