Blogger: Amber Schamel
With the new movie Risen coming out, and Easter drawing near, I thought I would take ya'll on a trip with me to visit the Garden Tomb in Israel.
|The Garden Tomb|
The Garden Tomb is a beautiful place that simply takes your breath away. As you enter, you are met by plants, flowers and stone landscaping that transports you to the Biblical era. The site is very unique, and after hearing the guide's explanation, I too was led to believe that this might very well be the sepulchre of Joseph of Arimathea, which Jesus borrowed.
The garden was first discovered by a General Gordan in the late 1800's. He began to question whether the Church of the Holy Sepulchre was the true location of Jesus' tomb, because that site lay within the city walls, and the Scriptures describe the tomb as having been outside the walls.
The hill next to the Garden Tomb site is believed to be the most northern point of Mount Moriah. It was first a rock quarry, but afterwards became a place of execution, specifically for stoning. It would have been near here that Stephen would have been martyred. For this reason, it is considered that this may be the hill Golgotha. The word, Golgotha means "place of the skull". This hill looked very much like a skull, until they built at the foot of the hill around the 1960's.
|Golgatha Hill - Can you see the skull?|
There are three unique things about the Garden Tomb, that are spoken of in the Scriptures.
|Inside the Tomb, where Jesus would have laid|
Second, this tomb was hewn out of stone, (also Matt,. 27:60) rather than a natural cave as many in the area were.
But probably the most astounding element for me, was the third unique thing about this tomb. The gospel of Mark makes some detailed observations.
And entering into the sepulchre, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, clothed in a long white garment; and they were affrighted. Mark 16:5
So is this really the place where Christ was buried and resurrected? I don't know. No one does. But that's not what is important. What is important, is that HE IS NO LONGER THERE. He is risen, as He said.
In my book The Master's Calling, Malon visits the Garden Tomb during the short period that Christ's body is still there. In celebration of Easter, I'm offering an ebook giveaway so that you can experience it along with Malon!
Leave a comment on the post to get your name in the drawing.
Wishing each of you a very joyous Resurrection day!
If you'd like to learn more about the Garden Tomb, you can view a video of the tour and read all about the site at www.gardentomb.com.