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Knowing that we will be walking Jesus' last steps is a sobering and humbling thought. The connections between His final hours and fulfillment of prophecy are stunning: He is crucified at 9:00 a.m., the same time as the morning sacrifice; He died at 3:00 p.m., the time of the second sacrifice. The message is clear: Jesus, the Son of God, endured the cross as the sacrificial lamb of the ages, for all eternity.
The Church of the Holy Sepulcher commemorates the hill of crucifixion and the burial tomb of Christ. The church has been destroyed twice, and what is standing today dates from the time the Crusaders rebuilt it. First century tombs are preserved inside the church, called the Tomb of Joseph of Arimathea, after the wealthy Jew who provided the burial tomb for Christ.
Even though the building itself was erected after Christ, there is an undeniable special aura that surrounds the space. Gorgeous paintings, intricate lamps, and sacred statues occupy nooks and niches throughout the church. In front of each, stand worshippers with heads bowed in humility and gratitude, paying homage to the life that was lived to perfection and sacrificed for our sin.
Sitting outside a tomb similar to one that would have held the Savior, is a round stone resembling a wheel. It is this type of stone that would have covered Jesus' tomb. Our Rabbi reminds us that the stone wasn't rolled away to let Jesus out—no stone could have held back almighty God!
No, the stone was rolled away to let us in. It was to allow the witnesses entrance to behold the power of God over the grave. They needed to see Him to believe.
Have you seen Him? It is a sight beyond description. Coming to the Garden of the Tomb brings the sweet scent of His presence as a reminder of His victory and our victory in Jesus.