The Garden Tomb and the Great Stone | Our Search for the Tomb of Jesus Book, Read Online
Our Search for the Tomb of Jesus BOOK - Read Online
He who has ears to hear, let him hear. Matthew 11:15. ESV.
Seeing Jerusalem changed everything for me. Like millions of others around the world, I was brought up in a Christian society. But religion was not something I paid particular attention to when I was younger. I was apathetic, perhaps, as many people are in today’s world. Where I come from, if you ask people about their faith many would say they were Christian. Most would probably tell you that they believed in a creator. But few will relate these beliefs to their own life experience and what it really means to be a Christian. Their faith is something tucked away in the back of their minds, as mine was, as though it were something they didn’t want to deal with. Something to be afraid, or ashamed of. It’s not hard to understand why. Life has a way of constantly testing us. Testing our hearts and minds, testing our faith.
Sometimes even the strongest believer can hold their Bible in their hands and wonder if it could really be true. The stories of people and places so far in the past that they blur the line between fantasy and reality. Did Adam and eve really eat of the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden? Did God rain down fire and Brimstone upon Sodom and Gomorrah?
Did Jesus Christ die on the cross for our sins, and did he rise again? These questions troubled me, as they trouble many others. My mind was like an unfinished jigsaw puzzle, faith and doubt swirling around like missing pieces. There must be a creator, I knew, there must. It just made sense to me. But then, why was he hiding? What did he want from me? From us? What is the meaning of it all? Jesus said, “Seek and ye shall find. Knock, and it shall be opened unto you.” Well, I sought. And i knocked. And doors began to open all round me. I had heard of people investigating the stories of the Bible to find evidence of their truth, and this seemed like a good place to start. My first journey led me in search of Sodom and Gomorrah, where I witnessed with my own eyes the remnants of the destroyed cities - buildings, figures and landmarks just as described in the Bible. Residue of sulphur and ash. There was little doubt in my mind that the biblical account of what happened there must be true. How many people know that this evidence exists? How often do we hear about it? Maybe God wants people to open their eyes and see these things for themselves. Or maybe, I thought, maybe he wants me to show them. My first book and documentary about my search for Sodom and Gomorrah was a wake-up call. My wife and I received letters, e-mails and phone calls from people all over the world, thanking us for opening their eyes to these things that they had never seen before. Thanking us for affirming their faith and giving them strength to carry on. Some wept tears of joy, as though they had just heard the Good news for the very first time. I was inspired, and humbled. I consider myself incredibly fortunate to be able to visit the holy land myself, see the prophets tombs and walk where Jesus walked. There are no words to describe the experience of stepping into the Bible and seeing the evidence of its truth for yourself, for the first time. But I will do my very best to share that enlightenment with you, through my films and books,and hope that they will bring you as much joy as making them brought me. This book is the story of my return to Israel in search of the final resting place of Jesus Christ. What I am about to show you is based on what I saw there with my own eyes. Some of my findings astonished even those who have been studying the subject for decades. I will draw my own conclusions, but ultimately it is up to you to make up your own mind. There is a difference between knowing the path, and walking the path. And I pray that by the end of my journey you will be just beginning your own. God bless.
By Simon Brown