Sunday, April 20, 2014

The Garden Tomb-- in Jerusalem

For we sing Alleuia!!!  He is not Here! For He is Risen! 
He is Risen Indeed!

A few yards to the west of  Golgotha-
 (the place of the skull)
 a garden tomb was discovered in 1867.
It was early identified as a possible burial place of Jesus.
 Early British acceptance declared this as the official site,
 rather than the traditional Holy Sepulcher Church.

A stone like this was rolled away.

 The deep channel along the ground is the groove
 for the rolling stone used to seal the tomb.

This quiet, contemplative site
 is a favorite spot for Protestant visitation. 
An outdoor chapel setting with benches
 allows for a gathering spot for readings of the
 crucifixion, burial and resurrection.

Perhaps not the crowded site
 of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, 
where religiosity reigns in busy, ornate worship.
But, a quiet garden here allows a visitor time
 to reflect on the gift of grace. 
 As a follower of Jesus,
 I walk in a loving relationship
 with the One who gave His life for me.

So on this Easter Sunday...
we rejoice.

He is Risen!  He is Risen Indeed!

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