Garden Tomb

The Garden Tomb is a beautiful, peaceful garden area located just a few blocks north of the Old City of Jerusalem. Also known as Gordon's Calvary, it was identified by General Gordon in the 1880s. It is a possible location of the empty tomb of Christ and has an ancient cistern indicating a garden was there in ancient times and signs of veneration by early Christians. What we do know for sure is that He is not there nor in any other tomb for He is risen! It is a beautiful location for a worship service or the celebration of Communion.

Garden Tomb - Christ's passion (love of God)

There is no better place to sense that God is love than at the Garden Tomb. Seated under a tree with a gentle breeze blowing, it is hard not to be overwhelmed by God's salvation through the resurrection and triumph of his Son. Nothing in the objects of God's love called Him to exercise His love or send His Son incarnate into this world. His love is free, spontaneous, and uncaused. His love is eternal, infinite, immutable, holy, gracious, and sovereign and His love is no better represented than in sending His Son to this earth as an atonement for those who He has called. 

I John 4:8 
8: He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. 

Deuteronomy 7:6-9
6: For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God: the LORD thy God hath chosen thee to be a special people unto himself, above all people that are upon the face of the earth. 
7: The LORD did not set his love upon you, nor choose you, because ye were more in number than any people; for ye were the fewest of all people: 
8: But because the LORD loved you, and because he would keep the oath which he had sworn unto your fathers, hath the LORD brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you out of the house of bondmen, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt. 
9: Know therefore that the LORD thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations; 

Jeremiah 31:3
3: The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.

Ephesians 2:4
4: But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, 

Song of Solomon 8:6,7
6: Set me as a seal upon thine heart, as a seal upon thine arm: for love is strong as death; jealousy is cruel as the grave: the coals thereof are coals of fire, which hath a most vehement flame. 
7: Many waters cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it: if a man would give all the substance of his house for love, it would utterly be contemned. 

Romans 8:32-39
32: He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? 
33: Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth. 
34: Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. 
35: Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 
36: As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. 
37: Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. 
38: For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 
39: Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.