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Holy Sepulchre Resources

  • The Church of the Holy Sepulchre is known as a sacred site with a notable history. Located in Jerusalem, many millions believe the Church of the Holy Seplechre rests on the site where Jesus was crucified and, amazingly, the place where he was buried.

    The site encompasses the area known by the ancient name, Golgotha. Weread in the Gospels: “When they reached the place called Golgotha, which means the Skull...there they crucified him...” (Matthew 27:33-35). The Sepulchre is where the Jesus’ body was laid after it was taken down from the cross. Scripture notes: “So Joseph took the body of Jesus, wrapped it in a clean linen sheet, and laid it in his

    own new tomb...” (Matthew 27:59-60).

    For centuries, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre has been a pilgrimage destination for people wanting to renew their faith, and for the faithful who desire to honor God. Countless sojourners from all walks of life and from all over the world have journeyed to visit the church with an unmatched history.

    The Church of the Holy Sepulchre is a witness and testimony to the Father’s unconditional love. Its location and history reminds us of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross and resurrection. The redemption story is treasured above all, and often, people find new meaning in the story when they actually views the site where the greatest work in all of history was accomplished. In honoring His Church, we honor His coming, His sinless life, His atoning and sacrificial death on the cross, His glorious resurrection, and His promise that He is coming again.

    It is easy to fall short—to faulter. Indeed, “the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak” (Matthew 26:41). Jesus, the Light, came not just to tell us how to live, but to show us how to live. His light illuminates our journey in this life, and will lead us to glory in His eternal Kingdom in the age to come.

    Yes, often our sins take us far from the Father. Too often our eyes refuse to see and our ears fail to listen. Too often, we rely on our own strength and wisdom, and become weak and weary. God desires to help.

    The truth is, God never gives up. We are called His workmanship—His beloved. In Him we find hope, life, truth, purpose, and redemption. Through the gift of the Church, we learn that we are loved and cherished, we are called and gifted, and we are chosen and forgiven. In Christ, and through the Church, we draw close to our merciful Father, and find purpose and hope in living.