Sunday, April 16, 2017

Garden Tomb- Jerusalem

On a 2 acre plot of Land in Jerusalem
is what many believe to be a viable spot 
for the burial spot of Jesus.
The Gospel of John says,
 "... at the place where Jesus was crucified, there was a garden ... "
  (John 19: 38; 41)If you have a garden, you need lots of water, 
especially in the dry Middle East. 
The Garden Tomb contains one of the oldest and largest cisterns in Jerusalem.
It's 2,000 years old and holds about 200,000 gallons of water. 
"So the tomb we have here is a typical of a first century
 Jewish rolling stone tomb.
 It's dated at least 2,000 years, possibly older." 
Inside the Garden Tomb

In Jerusalem for a visit in 1883, General Charles Gordon 
spied a prominent rocky crag which looked to him
 like it could be the “place of the skull” mentioned 
in the Bible as where Jesus was crucified.
Around the corner Gordon identified an ancient tomb 
and putting the two together he located 
the hill of crucifixion and the nearby burial place.
Much of the "face" of the skull 
has slipped in the past one hundred years.

Whether the actual death and burial site of Jesus 
is at this site or at the church of the Holy Sepulcher-
this Easter Day 2017, we are reminded that we 
do not worship the site but the person.
Giving thanks for the truth 
of His Word that endures forever. 
 He is Risen!
He is Risen indeed! 

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