Now, the Garden Tomb, just north of the Old City walls, is the center of a dispute that threatens the delicate status quo between Christians and Muslims in the Holy City. Some Protestants believe the tranquil garden setting resembles the place described in the Gospels, where Jesus was buried and resurrected.
The serenity of the site, with its ancient tomb carved into the hillside, has been disturbed in recent years by the expansion of a Muslim cemetery, with an extensive stone wall strategically placed on the hill directly above the Garden Tomb. Though approved by the Jerusalem Municipality, the wall is threatening the physical integrity of the Christian place of meditation and worship.
This is yet another reason for us all to “pray for the peace of Jerusalem.”