I had the amazing opportunity to go to Israel three years ago and it really brought the bible to life for me!
I wanted to share a few of the special moments I captured in pictures on this Good Friday Eve.
This is the picture of the The Garden of Gethsemane. Jesus knew what He would face the following day when He went to pray the night before He died.
The word Gethsemane means, literally, “oil press.” Jesus was under severe pressure in the Garden of Gethsemane, while he struggled in prayer – releasing his burden to the Father’s will: “if possible, let this cup pass… yet not my will, but Thine be done.”
Jesus was laid in a tomb near Golgotha which means the place of the skull. You can see why it’s called that.
The bible also doesn’t say where Golgotha was located. But it does give three specific clues:
Clue 1. John 19:41-42 says that Jesus’ body was carried only a short distance before it was placed in the tomb. This indicates that the site was probably near a cemetery.
Clue 2. Hebrews 13:12 says that the site was “outside the city gate”, but unfortunately doesn’t say which gate.
Clue 3. Matthew 27:39 indicates that the location was near a road which carried a lot of foot traffic.
And finally, THE TOMB IS EMPTY.
The Resurrection Of Christ was foretold by Jesus himself
Matthew 20:18-19 ESV
(18) “See, we are going up to Jerusalem. And the Son of Man will be delivered over to the chief priests and scribes, and they will condemn him to death
(19) and deliver him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and flogged and crucified, and he will be raised on the third day.”
He Is Risen! Happy Easter!