The photos below are taken at the official site of the Empty Garden Tomb of Jesus in Jerusalem where thousands of tourists and pilgrims visit each year.
- Jesus was the Passover Lamb who was slain before the foundation of the world, and who takes away the sin of all who place their trust in Him. Because of His sacrifice on our behalf, we can now, by faith, enter into the forgiveness of our sins and peace with Yahovah God, our heavenly Father.
- After being crucified on the cross, Jesus was buried in a tomb. A great rock was rolled over the entrance and guarded by soldiers so that no one could steal His body.
- Just as He had predicted, on the third day He rose from the dead. Angels miraculously appeared to the frightened soldiers and rolled away the massive rock from covering the entrance.
- When the disciples of Jesus showed up early in the morning on the first day of the week they found the tomb empty. Angels appeared to them and reassured them that Jesus had risen from the dead and would soon meet with them in Jerusalem.
- Afterwards, Jesus appeared to them as the angels said. He gave His disciples encouragement and instructions, and miraculously ascended unto heaven to sit at the right hand of God the Father until He returns again
Passover is this Saturday.
This coming Saturday, April 7th, Christians and Jews throughout the world celebrate the Feast of Passover. Passover comes from the Hebrew word Pesach, which literally means “passed over.” It is a yearly holy day that, to the Jews, commemorates the Lord sending judgment to Egypt because of Pharaoh holding the children of Israel in bondage. Those who believed God and applied the blood of the sacrificed lamb to their dwelling as prescribed by the Lord were assured life and safety. At the very same time, those who rejected God’s provision and method of salvation were judged with death.
This night of both judgment and salvation is pivotal to our Christian faith. In the Old Testament, Passover foreshadowed Jesus Christ as the unblemished lamb who was slain for our salvation. In the New Testament, it reminds us of how God offered up His only begotten Son to release us from our slavery to sin and judgment.
Pray for those who are not yet “safe”.
Although we Christians can rejoice in our own salvation, let us also pray for those who are not yet “safe” in the salvation that only Jesus can provide. Whether Jew or Gentile, only those who receive Jesus Christ the Messiah as their Savior and Lord will be “passed over” today. God is no respecter of persons, so both Jews and Gentiles must passed through the same door of salvation.
“I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find good pasture. “ – John 10:9
Jesus alone provides the door of escape from God’s judgment. He is the [only] way, the truth and the life; no one can come to God the Father except through Jesus Christ.
Won’t you accept Jesus Christ today as the holy Passover lamb of God that was sacrificed for your sins? Pray and invite Him to give you salvation and freedom. Amen.
– Pastor Luis Yosefus
“. . . when I see the blood, I will pass over you.” – Exodus 2:13
“After Jesus was buried, religious leaders wanted to make sure no one stole his body. They went to Pilate and said: We remember that while he was still alive the deceiver said, ‘After three days I will rise again.’ So give the order for the tomb to be made secure until the third day. Otherwise, his disciples may come and steal the body and tell the people that he has been raised from the dead. This last deception will be worse than the first.
“Take a guard,” Pilate answered. “Go, make the tomb as secure as you know how.” So they went and made the tomb secure by putting a seal on the stone and posting the guard.
On Sunday morning, the first day of the week, some of the women went to look at the tomb. They found it empty, with the stone rolled away. The guards had been frightened “and became like dead men.”
Calling some of the disciples, the women returned to the tomb. Mary Magdalene stayed behind when the others went back to their homes. Looking inside the tomb, she: …saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus’ body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot. They asked her, ‘Woman, why are you crying?’
Never expecting to see Jesus again, Mary Magdalene responds:‘They have taken my Lord away…and I don’t know where they have put him.’ At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize it was Jesus. Jesus asked her: Why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?
Thinking he was the gardener, she asked Him to tell her where the body was so she could retrieve it. Not until Jesus said, “Mary,” did she realize who He was. Trying to touch Jesus, Mary Magdalene reached out for him. Jesus reproached her: Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet returned to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, I am returning to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.”
Read Matthew 27:57-66; 28:1-8