Thursday, November 8, 2007

The Garden Tomb

33 And when they came to a place called Golgotha (which means Place of a Skull), 34 they offered him wine to drink, mixed with gall; but when he tasted it, he would not drink it. 35 And when they had crucified him Matthew 27:33-35a

57 When it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who was also a disciple of Jesus. 58 He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus; then Pilate ordered it to be given to him. 59 So Joseph took the body and wrapped it in a clean linen cloth 60 and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn in the rock. He then rolled a great stone to the door of the tomb and went away. Matthew 27:57-60

1 After the sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. 2 And suddenly there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord, descending from heaven, came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. 3 His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. 4 For fear of him the guards shook and became like dead men. 5 But the angel said to the women, "Do not be afraid; I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. 6 He is not here; for he has been raised, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. Matthew 28:1-6

As I mentioned earlier, there is more than one place that claim to be the tomb of Jesus. I'll share the pictures from the Viadelarosa later, but the is the "Protestant" tomb. And as you can see from the pictures they have a good claim for this spot. You can see the skull. Also, it is located outside the city walls and what would have been a main thoroughfare (now a bus station) where crucifixions normally took place. The man in this picture was our very delightful British guide.

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