He Is Not Here!

Garden Tomb,Jerusalem.. (c) Wil Robinson 1986

As with most of the “Holy” sites in Israel, there are two tombs in Jerusalem. Both are alleged to be the “real” tomb of Yeshua. One is within a cathedral-size church, dark, stuffy, formal, seemingly walled off from the public. The other is in a garden outside a northern gate, near a bus depot. At this particular tomb, standing near the city wall and looking toward it, there is a huge skull-shaped stone. This rock is said to be Golgotha, where two thousand years ago three crosses would have been seen.

Inside the garden there are benches in which one may meditate upon the events in Jerusalem so long ago. Sitting in the garden one can’t even hear, for some reason, the noise from the nearby bus station and the main highway going to Jerico. It is pleasant within that garden. There is even a door on the tomb that tells us “He is not here.” It comes from the Gospel of Luke.  24:6-8 tells us:

” ‘Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men and be crucified and on the third day rise.” And they remembered his words. . .’ “

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