Imagine walking into the tomb that is possibly the tomb Jesus walked out of when he was raised from the dead! You cannot imagine the emotion, the vibrant life you feel standing there, contemplating the moment of the resurrection and everything that has followed it. This is one of the pivotal points of all human history. This simple site is one of the most touching sites in all of Israel. We typically end our tours here because it gives you plenty to take home.
While in the Garden Tomb you will see a site that could well be the hill where Jesus was crucified. You will have communion with your travel companions as this is a place of contemplation. Take a few minutes and sit overlooking the tomb. Relive the history that is found here. Imagine what has led us to this point, a gruesome crucifixion that is forever marked in history. The fear and anxiety of his followers in the days leading up to the crucifixion. The agony of seeing Jesus dead. The horror of burying your friend.
Then, walk into the tomb and see where His body possibly lay. Think about that glorious morning when He was raised from the dead to forever change the course of mankind. And then, walk out just like Jesus did.
One of the nice moments in this site is finding a place to sit by yourself or with a few close friends and absorb the ambiance. For all the crowds of Jerusalem, this site is actually one that feels like you are almost alone. There is a solemnness that permeates the land here. You want to slow down and experience it first hand.
While we are here, we will have communion as a group, thinking back to that first communion just before the crucifixion. That moment when we celebrate what Jesus did for us, through Golgotha, which is right beside us, to the Tomb which is sitting in front of us. A great moment that creates just the right mood for leaving Israel and returning back to the reality of life.
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