While most experts conclude that the sight of Jesus' crucifixion was in the place that is now marked by the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, there is another place that commemorates the same event in very meaningful way.
The Garden Tomb provides a beautiful setting for reflection on what Jesus' death and resurrection means to us as believers.
As they mention on their website, "...the Lonely Planet guide quotes a Roman Catholic priest who said 'If the Garden Tomb is not the right place, it should be'”. We all felt that as well.
In this peaceful garden setting, staffed by volunteers, they share the Gospel with nearly a quarter of a million visitors who come here each year.
A dear German man shared with us, a refreshment for our souls in the midst of a lot of religiosity throughout the rest of the city.
With the uncovering of a wine press in 1924, as well as other discoveries, they know that this particular location was a vineyard at the time of Jesus.
And while we don't know if this is the place of his crucifixion, the message is still so powerful.
The tomb is empty! Our Lord has risen, conquering death through his sacrifice, providing a way for us to the Father.
Our time here this morning brought a restfulness to our souls as we took communion together and worshipped in song, grateful with all our hearts for what Jesus did for us on the Cross.
Amidst all the tension and turmoil of the city, this place is a haven for the soul.
What joy for OUR souls to spend time here in reflection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.