"Come to me, all who are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest." Matthew 11:28 (New American Standard)

The Covert Letter was gratified by the response to publication of the series, “Jerusalem Dispatches” in April 2011.  It was determined to reprint the entire series because the story of Jesus Christ’s journey to the Cross and His Resurrection is timeless.

Christians worldwide mark this Lenten and Easter Season as fulfillment of His promise of salvation. Part I was published Sunday, Part II on Monday, Part III appeared Wednesday  and successive installments appear today through Easter Sunday.

The publisher’s original intent was to mark Holy Week in the present tense, as if international news services’ reporters filed dispatches on Jesus Christ and his remarkable final days in the holy City. Some time compression was necessary in writing the narrative in the style of a news reporter, but as with any news report, we wanted to provide a straightforward narrative using journalistic rules of attribution. Accounts are based on the New Testament Gospels of Apostles Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.

Were Jesus in Jerusalem today, it is certain he would have been front page news, especially with the on-going struggle between Arabs and Jews for preeminence in Jerusalem.

Christian pilgrimages to the ancient city of Jerusalem lead worshippers down ancient paths to hallowed sites dwarfed by modern buildings. Juanita Ellis, foreground, authored an historical perspective on the city and Israel here May 25, 2011.

The rare images accompanying each story came from glass slides hand-painted by unknown artists from photographic outlines. They were used in several presentations on the Gospels prepared by the Rev. Harry M. Covert, Sr. He purchased them from Blackhawk Films. His multiple visual presentations were shown using a turn-of-the-century Magic Lantern projector. He converted it from the former oil lamp and parabolic reflector to an electric light bulb.

We trust the Jerusalem Dispatches will be a blessing to you and your family this Holy Week and Easter celebration. We hope to hear from you.–Norman M. Covert