Tomorrow we will be celebrating communion at our little country church, and I will be thinking back to a week ago on Friday, when, led by our pastors, we celebrated communion in the Garden of Gethsemane in Jerusalem.
The garden is one of the possible sites of the empty tomb and the evidence for this being the site is compelling. Don Weglo, a retired veteran broadcaster with Kiss FM Vernon BC, Canada, was our guide.
He is in Jersualem, volunteering with his wife, for 3 months at the Garden Tomb. I thought how wonderful that would be! You can find out more about the Garden Tomb at the website :www.gardentomb.org
Don pointed out what looks like a skull in the rock face Golgotha—Skull Hill . Although the crucifixion is usually depicted on top of a hill, the Bible just says that it was at a place called Skull Hill. Don told us that it would most likely have been at the base of the hill, which was at a crossroads, where executions were done to make an example of the criminals to passers by.
Don told us to be sure to turn around and see the sign on the inside: HE IS NOT HERE FOR HE IS RISEN.
We found the spot in the garden that had been reserved just for us. Around us other groups of believers were singing and worshipping in many languages but they faded into the background as our pastor laid out the elements for our communion service and Pastor Wayne read the familiar passage from scripture, where Jesus broke the bread at the last supper and said that it was his body, broken for us.
worship team at church Paul and Elwood served us communion; the juice in little olive wood cups that pastor bought at the garden and which we all kept.
The air grew chilly as the sun went down, but surrounded by songs of worship and the sense of holiness and peace in that place, our hearts were bound together in the warmth of God's love.
5-6The angel spoke to the women: "There is nothing to fear here. I know you're looking for Jesus, the One they nailed to the cross. He is not here. He was raised, just as he said. Come and look at the place where he was placed.
7"Now, get on your way quickly and tell his disciples, 'He is risen from the dead. He is going on ahead of you to Galilee. You will see him there.' That's the message." (Matthew 28:1-7, The Message)