The Western Wall (Chapter 34 of Jesus: His Story In Stone)

“The latter glory of this house shall be greater than the former,” says the Lord of hosts. “And in this place I will give peace.” –Haggai 2:9

The Temple Institute in Israel is an organization devoted to establishing the Third Temple, a new Jewish temple to be built on the site of the Second Temple, precisely where the Muslim Dome of the Rock now stands.

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Christmas Adam

In my family we traditionally refer to the day before Christmas Eve as Christmas Adam. Similarly, Boxing day is Christmas Cain (or sometimes Christmas Candy Cane) and the day after is Christmas Abel, and so on.

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The Temple (Chapter 32 of Jesus: His Story In Stone)

Some of His disciples were remarking about how the temple was adorned with beautiful stones and with gifts dedicated to God. –Luke 21:5

The disciples who made this remark might have been anywhere in the Jerusalem Temple, for it was all beautiful. But my guess is that they stood before the enormous front door, 164 feet high and equally wide, that opened into the sanctuary.

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Salt (Chapter 30 of Jesus: His Story In Stone)

You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men. –Mt 5:13

While we’re on the topic of rocks, let’s not forget salt. It’s a rock which, strange to say, we eat. Arguably it is the only edible rock.

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Sand (Chapter 29 of Jesus: His Story In Stone)

Everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. -Mt 7:26

Jesus referred to sand only once, in the parable of two men who built houses, one on rock, the other on sand. Although sand is composed largely of rock, in this parable it comes to symbolize the opposite.

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The Tomb of Lazarus (Chapter 28 of Jesus: His Story In Stone)

Jesus, deeply moved, came to the tomb. It was a cave with a stone laid across the entrance. “Take away the stone,” He said. –John 11:38-9

Someone you dearly love has died. You’ve had the funeral, buried your loved one in the cemetery, and finally had a granite tombstone beautifully carved and placed over the grave. Then someone comes and says, “Take away the stone.”

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