We are here. Today we will observe the nearby Golgotha, the place of Our Lord Jesus Christ’s crucifixion and tarry at The Garden Tomb.
Romans always crucified by a main road, there are two main roads here. Abraham also tried to sacrifice Isaac here. The Dome of the Mount and Golgotha are part of Mt. Moriah – the Lord will provide. Above is the year 1900 version of the picture of Golgotha, the place of the skull, as described in the New Testament.
Now current day, you notice the deep cisterns in the ‘eye socket’ areas of the ‘skull’ have eroded and the ‘skull features’ are much less prominent.
A beautiful and tranquil place, the Garden Tomb is a truly meaningful setting for pilgrims to pass through on their visit to the Holy Land. The site was discovered by a group of British Christians. The two-roomed Herodian tomb verified with archaeological evidence, with its huge, deep cistern and skull-shaped hill.
Discovered in the 1880’s, the Garden Tomb was built around a winepress surrounded by grapevines, as was the custom for the early Roman period. Joseph of Arimathea, who donated his own tomb to Jesus, (John 19) was a member of the Sanhedrin and was also a secret believer in Jesus. Nicodemus helped Joseph acquire the body of Jesus for burial. (Luke 23:50-55) The surroundings of Jesus’ burial in a ‘rich man’s grave’ fulfilled the prophesy of Isaiah 53:9 “He was assigned a grave with the wicked, with the rich in his death, though he had done no violence, nor was any deceit in his mouth.”
The Garden Tomb Association with its headquarters in London, founded in 1893, still carries out the administration of the Garden Tomb. The facility is staffed largely by believers from all over the world! They volunteer their time to guide tours, work in gift shops, and tend to the grounds.
Pastor Steve Vinson led us in a memorable time of communion in the Garden Tomb setting. It is an experience I will not forget. “The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, ‘This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.’ In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood, do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.’ For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lords’ death until he comes.” Halleluiah – He is Risen! He is Risen, Indeed!
Tomorrow’s stop will be: The Dead Sea Scrolls Museum