Sunday, November 24, 2013

GOLGOTHA: The Place of the Skull

The Place of the Skull

“O death, where is your sting?” 1 Cor 15:55
Israel Pilgrimage—1987
We gather at the base
of a mountainous rock
into which time has carved
the natural image of a human skull
…hence, its chilling name:
Place of the Skull
Above this mound lies Golgotha
where on the most significant day
in the history of the world
Jesus of Nazareth was crucified
between two thieves
I stare into the hollow eyes
of this ominous image
and am reminded of Ezekiel
and the dry bones
bones that took on flesh
and blood and breath
and came to life
before his very eyes
Life is what happens at Golgotha
Life that is victorious
over the skull and bones. Victorious
over the ominous face of death
Life. Everlasting life—
for all atoned of sin
who believe
Maude Carolan Pych

[1] There are two locations worthy of serious consideration as the place of Jesus’ crucifixion and burial, the traditional site lies within the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, the other is Gordon’s Calvary (Golgotha/The Place of the Skull) and the Garden Tomb. Ref. Grace Communion International
The pilgrims from Beth Israel Worship Center in Wayne, NJ, have returned from walking in the footsteps of Messiah Yeshua/Jesus. The final stop on their itinerary was the Garden Tomb near Golgotha.

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