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...
He is Risen! He is Risen Indeed!