The Old And The New
Come and See
Visitors to Jerusalem can visit the Garden Tomb outside the old city walls if they want to see an example of the grave in which the bruised and battered body of Jesus was laid after his public execution. It might indeed be the very tomb itself, which is what the volunteer guides will suggest. You will be invited to look at the nearby rock face which looks a bit like a skull and the comparison will be drawn with “Golgotha” (which means ‘the place of a skull’) where Jesus was crucified, and the tomb itself. Of course there are rival sites, notably the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, and the original tomb could have been destroyed long ago, given Jerusalem’s turbulent history. But the key thing is not where Jesus was buried but that he rose from the dead. If his corpse had remained in the grave his teaching would have been in vain. Why believe in someone who promised eternal life to his followers but who didn’t receive it himself? But, miraculously and wonderfully, Jesus did rise from the dead and is now alive and well. This month’s issue looks at the meaning of the death of Jesus and the wonder of his resurrection.