The resurrection came after incredible darkness and a shaking of the earth. On Good Friday, Jesus was laid to rest in a tomb, owned by Joseph of Arimathea. They covered His body with spices and lovingly laid him down. Few if any understood what happened that day, and why Jesus, this man they called Messiah, died on the cross.
The Garden Tomb
Tradition has it that Jesus was laid in what is known as the Garden Tomb in Jerusalem, Israel. This tomb was a mystery to many until a General named Major General Charles George Gordon. General Gordon just happened to notice the tomb just below the rock of Golgotha. Two women later purchased the tomb and created a trust for it, housed in Britain. The association is called The Garden Tomb (Jerusalem) Association. Many Christians flock there, even now, to see this amazing scene.
The skull hill, as the assumed location of Golgotha is now termed, remains a Muslim cemetery. The Garden Tomb faces the skull hill at the base of the mount. This location is inconsistent with the assumed location of the death of Jesus, located in the Church of the Sepulchre. However, the tomb itself remains a source of Christian inspiration for many.
As the story of the resurrection goes…
Rumor had it that the disciples might go and steal Jesus’ body from the tomb to claim His resurrection. Pilate, judiciously ordered soldiers to guard the entrance of the tomb. This way, there was no question about where Jesus’ body was. Or so he thought.
Mary and Martha came on Sunday morning. In one account, another earthquake rolled the stone away The tomb where Jesus had laid was empty. When they turned and looked, two angels sat on top of the stone. There was a bright light everywhere, and the soldiers were “as dead.” They said to them, Why do you look for the living among the dead? (Luke 24:5) The tomb, where they had put Jesus was empty.
The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.” (Matthew 28:5-7)
In another account, the stone was rolled away. Mary, overcome with grief, begged the man she thought was the gardener, for help. It turned out to be Jesus, who had risen from the dead.
We have a mission
As special needs parents, we forget this. If you are a Mom who stays and takes care of your special needs child or children, you may forget this. Yet, every day we go to a doctor’s appointment, therapy, or even run an errand, we become missionaries. People do stare, or gawk at different. It is their nature. My solution is to make the best out of it.
Win them over. Let them see different through the love of God. Let them view special needs children through the eyes of Christ. Make love your mission, and fulfill the Great Commission.
When I was younger, I had these dreams of going out on the mission field. Life took me on a different road, or should I say, my sins? But, you know, the Lord took me to the end of myself and gave me grace and mercy. I won’t say that I will never go on an overseas mission, but I think I am already on one everyday. We are winning souls for Christ, just by being ourselves.