For the next two weeks, I'll be spending time on a Holy Land Pilgrimage in Israel with Ecclesia Houston and my Pastor, Chris Seay. I'll be posting daily updates at the end of every day documenting moments through photo and video. I recommend following our fellow friend + genius photographer, Kirby Trapolino, at KirbyTrapolino.com
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On Thursday, we took time to visit the Garden Tomb, a possible site of the resurrection of Jesus. The Garden Tomb is an alternative site to the famous Holy Sepulchre. This is the site many American Christians have embraced as the site of Jesus' tomb. Many have come to believe that this could be the site of the crucifixion, burial and resurrection of Jesus because it so clearly fits the description provided by the writers of the New Testament:
Site of the Crucifixion:
- Outside the city walls of Jerusalem
- Near a gate of the city
- Along a busy thoroughfare
- At a place of public execution
- At the place of the skull - Golgoatha
- A garden nearby
Site of the Tomb:
- Located in a garden
- Belonged to a rich man (Joseph of Arimathea)
- Hewn out of the rock
- Sealed with a rolling stone
- Entered through a low doorway
- Burial chamber situated to the right of the entrance
During my time at the tomb, I prayed the Lord's Prayer and recited the Apostles Creed:
I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, God's only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen. - The Apostles Creed
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be thy name.
Your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil. - Matthew 6:9-13
Also, here's a late video of Wednesday's tattoos in honor of Jamilyn and Hudson. If you haven't read on their story, you can by clicking here.