The Church of the Holy Sepulchre is known as the most sacred and revered site in the world. This church, which is located in Jerusalem, is believed to be the place where Jesus was crucified and the place where he was buried. The site encompasses the place called Golgotha, “When they reached the place called Golgotha, which means the Skull……, there they crucified him……” (Matthew 27:33-35) and Sepulchre where Jesus’ body was laid, “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).
The church has become a significant pilgrimage destination since the earliest centuries. It has drawn enormous numbers of pilgrims from all walks of life all over the world. From the very start it is considered the center of our Christian faith.
The Church of the Holy Sepulchre is a witness and testimony to the Father’s unconditional love for us. Christ’s sacrifice on the cross is a manifestation of how precious we are in God’s eyes. Christ lived among us to show us the way to the Father. The purpose of our humanity found its true meaning on how Christ lived with mankind. He lived a simple life, he preached the Good News to those who are thirsting for meaning, he ate with sinners, he healed the sick, he blessed the children, and he forgave those who were living in sin.
It was indeed a life well lived that we can all follow as we walk the path that was destined for each of us, the path that leads to the Father and His Heavenly Home. But we are weak, we lose our strength and our faith falters along the way. Our lives, for the most part, are lived in accordance with our own will. We forget so many times, we take pleasure in worldly things and more often we find it hard to get back to the right path.
This is exactly why Jesus made such a tremendous and painful sacrifice. Our sins have taken us too far away from the Father. Our eyes now refuse to see and our ears fail to listen. Perhaps it is because sin prevails everywhere and it has simply become impossible to fight back and uphold what is good and true. We have simply given up convincing ourselves that we cannot really do anything. So we live our lives relying on our own strength and human wisdom. Somehow we believe, partly convincing ourselves that we can get by. But our hearts are troubled and constantly dissatisfied for this is where God dwells and speaks to us.
The truth is God never gives up. We are his beloved creation and he will never let us fall into sin. We are his sons and daughters for whom the rest of creation came to be and to whom he longs to share his Kingdom. We have been taught since our earliest years how God moves in mysterious ways all through our lives. As young children we were told that God gave us our family and friends to enrich our lives. As adults we were constantly reminded through the events of our daily lives that God was ever on our side, guiding us, reminding us, forgiving us.
The Church of the Holy Sepulchre demonstrates the happy ending of our love story with God. It is a magnificent proof of how much we are loved and cherished, that no matter how many times we fall into sin and turn away from him, he who is our Merciful Father will come to us and lead us back to his side. As Christians, we are constantly reminded of the purpose of our being and that is to receive our inheritance in Heaven as the fruit of Christ’s sacrifice on the cross.