FIRST BAPTIST BIBLE CHURCH-JERUSALEM

Address: p.o.box 19349, Jerusalem, Israel Phon: (011) 972-628-2118
Location: Salah Eddin St., - Asphahani St. http://www.baptistjerusalem.com
REV. ATIF HIMADEH, PASTOR

WHERE IS CALVARY

By Atif Himadeh

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"For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, that the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed, took bread: And when he had given thanks he brake it, and said, "Take, eat, this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me". 1 Cor. 11:23-24.

The shewbread is placed towards the north in the Holy place and not toward the West. To the West is the Holy of Holies that symbolically stands for the presence of the Lord. Ps. 76:2 "In Salem also is his tabernacle, and his dwelling place in Zion." West of the temple area is Zion, and to that hill the Lord is coming in order to abide and rule there for one thousand years.

North of the temple area lies Calvary where the Lord died for our sins as the Bible says. "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life". John 3:16. For a person to be born again it does not matter if you believe in the right place of Calvary or not. But it is necessary to believe in the right way. That is why Paul wrote his epistle to the Romans. "For all have sinned, and come short of the Glory of God". Rom. 3:23 Also it is written, "for the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord". Romans 6:23. From this verse we can see the way of salvation is given to us as a gift.

"But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us". Rom. 5:8. So if you believe in Jesus who died on Calvary for you, you will be saved and you will obtain the gift of God. When we accept Christ as our Lord and Saviour by faith then we are saved". That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation .... For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved". Romans 10:9, 10, 13. Call now upon the name of the Lord and you shall be saved.

When we study the gates of Jerusalem we find two gates. Towards the North, the first gate is called the Sheep gate, and this gate opens towards Gordon's Calvary which is located north of the walls. This gate might have been the gate through which Jesus went as the Lamb of God to die, to take away the sin of the world.


The Sheep gate, as located in the times of Christ was the nearest gate from the Antonia fortress to go to Calvary, and it is the most probable gate to be used to go out to the hill towards the north. The Fish gate could be another possibility, but the distance to Calvary from the Fish gate is farther than from the sheep gate. According to typolopy it is sure that the Lord Jesus Christ was led out of the city to be crucified towards the north. The Fish gate which is called Damascus gate, is the nearest gate to the Tomb in the Gordon's Garden Tomb north of the city.

The Temple that was built in Jerusalem is a type of the redeemed. When Jesus met Peter, He said to him, "thou shalt be called Cephas which is by interpretation a stone". In another words, Jesus appointed Peter to be a stone in the foundation of the church, built on the Eternal rock, "Jesus Christ". This is what Paul said in 1Cor. 3:11. "For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ".

 

WHERE IS CALVARY
ON THE DAY OF PENTECOST
Location
Jerusalem
p.o.box 19349, Jerusalem, Israel - (011)- 972-628-2118 - http://www.jerusalembibleinstitute.com - http://www..jerusalembibleinstitute.org