I used to work at a prayer house in the city center of Jerusalem on the 20th floor with a 360° view of the city. On a clear day you could see past the hills of Jerusalem to the country of Jordan (166 KM away). Every morning I would pray in one of the private prayer rooms with a million-shekel view of the Mount of Olives, sitting quietly and humbly, not making too much noise or drawing any attention.
“What an unremarkable mountain. Why here?” I would think to myself. It’s just a ridge of mountains that look more like hills in the vast Judean desert filled with more mountains that look just like it. It’s not the Swiss Alps, Mt. Everest, or Mt. Fuji, but a dusty ant hill covered with tombstones.
Why was Jesus’ favorite “quiet time spot” a forgettable-looking mountain amongst the bugs and dust of the dry Israeli heat?
It was also where He was betrayed, the place of His ascension into the clouds of heaven, and where He will return and even destroy as He...
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