Our walk around to the Garden Tomb followed the outside of the walls of the Old City.
Out of Jaffa Gate, passed New Gate and beneath these marvellous palm trees.
Across the road from the Damascus Gate, the Garden Tomb is in an oasis of calm in a garden. In the hustle and bustle of a busy noisy city it is amazing that you can cut it all out and relax.
The path meanders through the garden believed to be that of Joseph of Arimathea, and leads you to a fence over looking a cliff face. It is known as Skull Hill.
“And when they came to a place called Golgotha (which means the place of the skull)…. they crucified him.” Matt.27 v33
“And Joseph took the body. and wrapped it in a clean linen shroud and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn in the rock; and he rolled a great stone to the door of the tomb and departed” Matt. 27 v 59.
As you enter the tomb you step over the gutter in which the large stone was rolled and stand in the large weeping chamber. This area is typical of a tomb of the 1st century CE, and as with many before me I cried! I cried that he died for me, but then I smiled that he was not there, that he has risen!!
“The angel said to the women, ‘Do not be afraid; for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for he has risen, as he said. Come see the place where he lay.'” Matt 28 v 5, 6.
This shows the head stone inside the tomb.
Many people visit the garden including Barnaby,
He came with us wherever we went…
to Megiddo National Park..
where both King Solomon and King Ahab built palaces.
Driving along in the bus..
through Nazareth to the Sea of Galilee..
Visiting the Jesus Boat..
and the Western Wall in Jerusalem..
Down the Jordon valley to the ruins of Masada..
and David’s Waterfall in the middle of the desert at En Gedi..
and lastly, Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls..
One amazing holiday!! We hope you have enjoyed the tour!!
Now, crocheting. ONE…
little gnomes from school!!