Just a few hours ago, I was standing beneath Golgotha here in Jerusalem. It was a sight to behold. Encircling Golgotha is a wall recently erected by Muslims. Engraved upon it is an Arabic phrase which, when translated, says, “Allah is the only God. Muhammad is the only Prophet.” A massive modern cannon is positioned near the statues of three crosses on Golgotha. They fire the cannon throughout Ramadan. As I was there taking it all in, the Muslim call to prayer was being projected from two large Muslim prayer towers pointed directly at Golgotha.
This is but one example of how Jerusalem is ground zero for the intersection of Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. Whereas the biblical and archaeological sites of the Sea of Galilee were profoundly moving and renewing, Jerusalem, albeit beautiful, is thick with collisions of ideology and all manner of spiritual warfare.
I’m more deeply convicted than ever that Jesus – His life, death, resurrection, teachings, Spirit – really is our world’s greatest hope. He died for those Muslims who erected the wall and engraved the message. He died for the orthodox Jews moving all around me. He died for our neighbors, co-workers, and friends. He died for you and for me.
And He’s alive. (I went to the Garden Tomb to confirm. He wasn’t there. But then I didn’t have to see it to know it. Because I know so many of you. You are evidence that He’s alive!)
I’m very much looking forward to being back with you this weekend and bringing you a message that I had written before I left, but which has come to mean all the more in light of the last several days. Lord willing, we’ll be home Friday afternoon.
Thank you for your prayers, and pray us home!
See you this weekend!
Grace and Peace,
Posted on Wed, March 18, 2015
by Chris Seidman