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Church of the Holy Sepulcher - Israel Tours

According to the Gospel of John, Jesus was buried in an adjacent garden

If you’re going on a pilgrimage to Israel you will probably stop at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher as it is one of the most celebrated churches, which was built on the tradition site of both the Crucifixion and Resurrection of Jesus. Golgotha (the place of the skull) is the hill on which Jesus was crucified and according to the Gospel of John, Jesus was buried in an adjacent garden. Queen Helena rediscovered the site in the corner of the western forum of Aelia Capitolina under the temple to Venus. Queen Helena, Constantine’s mother, knocked down the temple to Venus and built a large basilica which was dedicated on Easter in 326. A century later the church was rebuilt in part by Justinian and remained the same until the mad caliph Hakim destroyed almost all of it in 1009. A monk by the name of Robert made some repairs, but in 1099 the church was rebuilt by the Crusaders to half of its original size, which is how it stands today. With so much history and having been destroyed and resurrected so many times, it’s no wonder travelers often visit it on Christian Israel tours.

Mark Chapter 15:22-39

22 And they brought him to the place called Golgotha (which means the place of a skull). 23 And they offered him wine mingled with myrrh; but he did not take it. 24 And they crucified him, and divided his garments among them, casting lots for them, to decide what each should take. 25 And it was the third hour, when they crucified him. 26 And the inscription of the charge against him read, “The King of the Jews.” 27 And with him they crucified two robbers, one on his right and one on his left. 29 And those who passed by derided him, wagging their heads, and saying, “Aha! You who would destroy the temple and build it in three days, 30 save yourself, and come down from the cross!” 31 So also the chief priests mocked him to one another with the scribes, saying, “He saved others; he cannot save himself. 32 Let the Christ, the King of Israel, come down now from the cross, that we may see and believe.” Those who were crucified with him also reviled him.

33 And when the sixth hour had come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour. 34 And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, “Elo-i, Elo-i, lama sabach-thani?” which means, “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” 35 And some of the bystanders hearing it said, “Behold, he is calling Elijah.” 36 And one ran and, filling a sponge full of vinegar, put it on a reed and gave it to him to drink, saying, “Wait, let us see whether Elijah will come to take him down.” 37 And Jesus uttered a loud cry, and breathed his last. 38 And the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. 39 And when the centurion, who stood facing him, saw that he thus breathed his last, he said, “Truly this man was the Son of God!”

John Chapter 19:38-42

38 After this Joseph of Arimathea, who was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly, for fear of the Jews, asked Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus, and Pilate gave him leave. So he came and took away his body. 39 Nicodemus also, who had at first come to him by night, came bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about a hundred pounds’ weight. 40 They took the body of Jesus, and bound it in linen cloths with the spices, as is the burial custom of the Jews. 41 Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb where no one had ever been laid. 42 So because of the Jewish day of Preparation, as the tomb was close at hand, they laid Jesus there.

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