Life Instead of Death

    I have had the privilege of traveling in the Holy Land three times.  Every time the words of the song, “I walked today where Jesus walked and felt His presence there” went through my mind. I would like to take you on one of my trips.

    Our hotel in Jerusalem”The Seven Arches”  was on the Mount of Olives.  We looked across the Kidron Valley on the ancient city of Jerusalem.  As you leave the mount and walk down toward the kidron Valley, there is the “Tear Drop Church.”  It is shaped like a tear drop. It marks the spot where Jesus cried over the city of  Jerusalem, that city that had rejected Him. He cried:
“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing.”   Matthew 23:37  NIV
    In the Kidron Valley is the Garden of Gethsemane where Jesus struggled with His decision to go to the cross.  If those giant Olive Trees could speak, they would tell us of His agony.  On Thursday, He went to the place of the Skull, Golgotha, where Jesus was crucified. Close by, is the tomb where the body of Jesus was placed.  We shared in the Lord’s Supper there close to the Garden Tomb.  We went inside the tomb.  It was empty. The body was gone. What is the explanation?  The sign on the door holds the answer for there it is written:  “He Is Not Here, He Is Risen.”   Matthew 28:6  NIV

    The guide tells us this story.  He had taken a group of American school children through the garden to the tomb.  He told them that after they came out of the tomb, he would ask them a most difficult question.  When the children came out, a boy by the name of “Danny” came to him asking “What is the most difficult question?”  The man answered, “What is the most important thing about the tomb?”  As though it had been rehearsed, Danny put his hands to his mouth and said, “It is empty, sir.”  That’s it, for wherever the tomb was in which Jesus was buried, it is empty.  Jesus has resurrected from the dead and promised, “Because I live, you can live also.”   John 14:19 NIV

    Perhaps this is a new truth;  Jesus does not offer the believer, Life after death, He offers us Life instead of death.
                  Walk with Him through this world on into the next.

 

One Response to “Life Instead of Death”

  1. Thanks, Max, what a beautiful meditation just before Easter. Last night, in our small group, Mike and I led our group through Jesus’ last days using Luke and a research paper written by a MD and a M.Div. which explained in more detail the horrific trials of Jesus. Your meditation was along those lines.
    Hope your day is great!

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