Jerusalem, the city of peace surrounded by war. Yad Vashem, a memorial for death and persecution. The Garden Tomb, the possible location of the burial and resurrection of the Savior of all of mankind.
Jerusalem itself could take years to explore
Yad Vashem, Israel's official memorial for the Holocaust, is an amazing and awful place to visit all at the same time. It's a reminder of how harsh human beings can be and how much influence Satan has on this world. The justification of the killing of millions, the reasoning behind torture and slaughter. I don't have words. Some of the images we saw on the walls I'd seen before on the pages of books. But here in this place are more than images. There is a street lamp and train tracks from the ghetto in Warsaw
We left that place, a place you can't experience without being there. Not just because we weren't allowed to take any photos once we were inside. We left and went to another place you can't possibly understand without being there, the Old City of Jerusalem. We could see the walls off in the distance as we approached the places called the Garden Tomb which lies outside its Damascus Gate near a bus station along what was probably once a main road past the city
The Garden Tomb is a proposed location of the burial of Jesus Christ. Christ was laid to rest for three days and three nights in the belly of the earth inside a rich man's tomb, hewn in the stone walls in a garden. “Now in the place where He was crucified there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb in which no one had yet been laid” (John 19:41). The garden we visited was set right near the side of a hill that has a face that, once upon a time, resembled a skull "which is called in Hebrew, Golgotha" (John 19:17). The garden contains a very deep cistern, a water source needed to feed a garden. There is a wine press there, possibly two, which makes some think there may have been a garden there in years gone by. Little details that seem to match with the account we have in scripture. Or perhaps there's another location that has since been destroyed that would fit even better. God only knows and we don't need to.
For sure this is the city where God wanted to dwell among His people in the temple He designed. And this is the city where Christ, our Redeemer, will return and again place His feet on the ground.
Yad Vashem and the Resurrected Christ
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Jerusalem, Jerusalem District, Israel