The Highlight Of Our Trip To Israel

The Western (Wailing) Wall

Our trip to Israel was led by a wonderful Israeli Christian guide by the name of Makoult. Makoult structured our trip to end on the highest note possible as we went to the Garden Tomb to celebrate the resurrection of our Lord.

The Garden Tomb is one of two major sites where Jesus may have been crucified and buried.

We spent our last full day touring the old city of Jerusalem beginning with the Western Wall of the temple and following the way of the cross through Jerusalem. After briefly touring the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, we ended our day by having a worship service at Gordon’s Calvary.

They took Him to the place of the skull

Gordon’s Calvary is named for the man who publicized the possibility that the place contains a rock wall which looks amazingly like a skull (compare John 19:19). Later, a tomb was also discovered in the same area. We toured the entire site, including the empty tomb. We concluded our day with a simple worship service in which we remembered the body and blood of our Lord and His glorious resurrection. Gordon’s calvary and the Garden Tomb help you visual what we read in the gospel accounts. More than 250,000 visitors each year visit the Garden Tomb.

In the end, whether or not we know or see the place where our Lord was buried is not important. Jesus is not here; He is risen. The place is not of critical importance to the Christian faith. What is important is that “Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep” (1 Corinthians 15:20). That fact makes all the difference.

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The Garden Tomb

 

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One Comment


  1. Ed Matthew
    May 04, 2012

    He has risen indeed! Amen. Thank you!
    “Let not your heart be troubled, ye believe in God, believe also in Me…”
    The Heart of God revealed to us. Wonderful report!
    “Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”
    Happy Birthday Levi!

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