Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Place of the Skull

Thinking about the Easter season this morning and wanted to show you something cool. This is one of the traditional places of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, the Place of the Skull. See the skull's face?
This rock formation is found within the British-designated site of the Garden Tomb in Arab East Jerusalem. Mere steps away from the skull rock formation is the Garden Tomb. The spot of the crucifixion is supposed to be generally where I was standing and the bus stop right behind me facing the Skull. Across the street from the bus stop is the Wall of the Old City built on top of the highest bedrock of Mount Moriah, typically where one would expect Abraham to have attempted to sacrifice Isaac.

Was this where the crucifixion took place? No one knows more than its being outside the city of Jerusalem. I think it happened on the side of the city on the Mount of Olives b/c of the Kidron Valley graves, the access the centurion would have to see the veil rent in the Temple, King David's being cursed on the Mount of Olives, and the significance that Jesus will return to the Mount of Olives in power one day.

These photos are from my 1999 trip to Israel and Jordan.
It was the best gift Mary Lance Sisk ever gave me. She had to cancel her trip at the last minute and sent me in her place because she could not get her money back.

Visiting Israel has enriched my Bible study and understanding of the Scripture more than any course, teacher, or commentary. If you ever get a chance to go to the Holy Land, sell whatever you need to in order to get there. It's worth it.