One of the most interesting things that visitors to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem discover is the proximity of Golgotha to the place that marks the tomb. The current church encloses both the traditional location for the crucifixion and the place of the tomb under one roof.
We often suppose that Jesus’ body was carried some distance to the garden for burial in Joseph of Arimathea’s newly hewn tomb. There is no scriptural reason for this assumption, however. The hill upon which the cross stood and the place where Jesus was laid when he was taken down could easily have been adjacent.
What is remarkable in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre experience is that the single church for both sites offers a potent reminder of the allsignificant connection between the two. Here is the very ground of our Christian faith. As we express it sometimes in our service of Holy Communion, “Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again.”
This is the main thing. And today you visit where most believe the main thing happened. He died for you. And he is risen. There is nothing he cannot do. Trust and worship him.
Praise God from whom all blessings flow;
Praise God all creatures here below.
Praise God the source of all our gifts!
Praise Jesus Christ whose power uplifts!
Praise the Spirit, Holy Spirit! Hallelujah!