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Glendalough Walk 6 - Up the slopes of Derrybawn Mountain

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The Walk starts from the back of the Lower Car Park along the Green Road in the opposite direction to the Upper Lake.

Along the Green Road Along the Green Road
                                 
Along the Green Road
                 
Ascending the slopes of Derrybawn Mountain

The route takes the first turn to the right and starts ascending the slopes of Derrybawn Mountain climbing 265 metres.

                             
Ascending the slopes of Derrybawn Mountain Ascending the slopes of Derrybawn Mountain
                             
View from the slopes of Derrybawn Mountain View from the slopes of Derrybawn Mountain
                                                   
Looking down to the car park

Looking down

to the Lower Car Park

 

                   
View from the slopes of Derrybawn Mountain
                                 
Looking down to the Monastic Settlement

Looking down

to the Monastic Settlement.

                                   

What is the Christian Gospel?


If we asked this question when the ruins below us were inhabited, we would have been told that
“The Gospel is Law.
Not the moral law of Moses but a kinder gentler Moses , has now given us the command of Love.
In reply to the question “What is the greatest commandment ?” Jesus said "‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’” Matthew chapter 22 verse 37 to 39)”
Martin Luther found that he was powerless to keep this new law. Because this “new law” did not diminish but intensified the law of Moses. The command was to love with all your heart, all your heart, all your soul and with all your mind. In his despair Luther was encouraged to study the New Testament. There Luther discovered that the purpose of the Law was not to save us, but to reveal the sinfulness of sin and to reveal our need of a Savour. And he also discovered that Gospel was not Law but Promise. A Promise of Salvation that is obtained not by law keeping but by believing the Promiser. Faith unites the sinner to Jesus Christ. The benefit of this union for the sinner is illustrated by the marriage union where the property of two individuals are considered common to both by law. The sinner shares the righteousness of Jesus Christ (which he earned by his law keeping). And the satisfaction demanded by the Law for the sinner's lack of law keeping is met by the death of Christ on the cross.

The Apostle Paul wrote the following
Romans chapter 3 verse 28 For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from observing the law.
chapter 4 verse 6 You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly.
chapter 4 verse 13 It was not through law that Abraham and his offspring received the promise that he would be heir of the world, but through the righteousness that comes by faith.


View from the slopes of Derrybawn Mountain

                     
Looking down to the Upper lake

Looking down

to the Upper Lake.


                           

The route now follows the Wicklow Way descending to the bottom of the glen and then along the Green Road back to the Car Park.

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Along the Wicklow Way Along the Wicklow Way
                                   
Along the Wicklow Way
                                       
The Green Road along the Wicklow Way
            The Green Road              
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