I go to prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also.
– John 14:3
“And now for the rest of the story”…. When traveling to Jerusalem with our church last fall, this phrase kept repeating in my mind. As I walked on the path where Jesus walked, songs swirled around in my head. Scripture was ever present in my thoughts. I was in the religious capital of the world, and I didn’t want to forget a single moment. I knew God was creating a platform for me to take my faith and understanding of the Bible to the next level but didn’t how the journey was to unfold.
The first week we moved so quickly through amazing sights and sounds of Israel’s most amazing religious treasures that it almost became a blur. However, it wasn’t until the second Sunday that I felt a strong calling – a pull to go back to see the “Church of the Holy Sepulcher”. It was very early in the morning and very few people were even in the church.
My small group went exploring, and we found a doorway leading to a staircase made of limestone. The lighting drew you up into the space. So we moved toward the light, and up we went to find a glass–enclosed rock, which was the rock believed to be the place where the cross of Christ was placed. There were only 3 or 4 people in front of us and we were able to touch the glass, see the rock, and the amazing beauty around us. To the left was an altar where you could crawl under the space and actually physically place your hands upon the rock. I prayed “Lord, please never let me forget this moment”. Obviously this was nothing very profound but it was my deepest thought. I had touched the place where Christ died. My life was changed.
This inspiration is the picture on the poster for the Good Friday service this year. The music, photos and video have been selected to allow you to walk with me to the place where Christ died. It is my prayer that you too, will be drawn closer into your relationship with God. Please join me on this journey as the Good Friday service takes us to the cross of Christ.