The Church of the Holy Sepulchre


Vast numbers of Christians, especially those of the “older mainstream” churches, believe the Church of the Holy Sepulchre marks the place where Jesus was crucified, buried by his followers, and where He rose from the dead three days later. Following a visit in 326 AD by Queen Helena, mother of the Emperor Constantine, a magnificent church was completed at this site in Jerusalem ten years later. Although that church was destroyed by Caliph El-Hakim in 1009. It was entirely rebuilt in 1099 by the Crusaders when they came to Jerusalem. This church is considered to be one of the holiest Christian sites in the world.

Roman Catholics, Greek Orthodox, the Armenian Apostolic, and Egyptian Coptic churches all share ownership of this church, however most Protestants believe there is another place called Golgotha where the crucifixion took place and many pray at the Garden Tomb.

Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying. Everyone who lives in me and believes in me will never ever die. Do you believe this, Martha?” John 11:25, 26 (NLT)

 I died and rose again so you might have life
And that, more abundantly.
I now sit at the right hand of Father God
ever interceding for you.

 The Bible passage is taken from the story of Jesus raising Lazarus, the brother of Mary and Martha, from the dead. God also raised Jesus from the dead, following his crucifixion.

I’m glad we celebrate a risen Lord. It was awesome and wonderful to visit the different sites in Israel where our Lord and Savior walked so long ago. But I rejoice in the thought He remembers us each by name and helps us in our daily walk.

About Rose Spillenaar Harmer

Rose is a retired marriage and family therapist and speaks on subjects related to prayer, spirituality, marriage and mental health. She travels throughout North America and one of her favorite subjects is "listening to God" through scripture, sermons and the still, inaudible voice of the Holy Spirit. She writes a weekly devotional called
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