Sabbath before Easter Sunday we have for the past several years attended the "Sonrise" at Southern Adventist University (which is where I went to college). It is an actual walk thru and very real.....I don't want to use the word enjoyable for all ages but it truly captures the attention of both young and old. This year we were able to get tickets for the first walk thru of the day and we definitely will try our best to do this for future years. We were able to get close up to each scene and it made it all the more real. There are times that the scene's are quite graphic and Jon and I found ourselves wanting to shelter to the girls. But then realized that this is something they need to see, we read about this in the Bible and hear about it but it's ALL THE MORE to see it in person.....and this is just "acting". Jesus suffered SO VERY much for each of us. Tears rolled down my face on and off through the couple hours we were out there, just imagining all that he did just for me and for you. I pray that I can be more of a servant for Him and be ready for His GREAT return!!!!
We start out in the Collegedale Church and you see glimpses of current events.......very sad. Parents loosing their children, house foreclosures, school shootings, fires, gang activity, drinking/drugs, homelessness, ect. I know that I feel very heavy and sad when I think of each of my family's/friends burdens but to think that Jesus knows and carries each of our burden's is just totally mind boggling for me. After each "scene" is lit up angels start walking down the long isles of the church to each set up people.....candles are lit and Jesus comes out to the stage and everyone is "healed". I cannot wait for that day!!!!
***If you have kids and are looking through these pictures together please look first as there are some graphic pictures.....at your discretion to allow them to see or not***
We then start the "walk thru".....starting with lots of animals for the kids to pet and on the opposite side the blind/crippled/people with leprosy begging for money.....
We then started walking the streets of Jerusalem.....lots of different items for "sale".
A group of women selling wheat....I especially took this picture because the lady in the middle laughing is my best friend's (Heather Robberson) mom Sharon!!!
While walking down the "street" a man called out "is that the Zimmerman lady's??"!!!! It was my coach from high school who I haven't seen since then!!! So just about 15 years! I almost cried, just one of those GREAT teacher's who made your high school the BEST it could possibly have been!!!! Great to see you Mr. Wilson!!!!.....and what a memory I might add!!
Jesus being taken to go before Pilate
Jesus being taken to be crucified
Jesus walking with the cross