Easter is a Christian holiday and festival that remembers followers of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ on a hill called Golgotha, as well as his later resurrection from the dead, as described in the New Testament.
The event is one of the holiest holidays kept by billions of Christians who worship Jesus as the son of God and the Messiah. On the Good Friday, they commemorate the torture and crucifixion of Jesus about 2,000 years ago. However, where is the location of Golgotha?
As per the Christian Bible, Christ carried his cross from Ancient Jerusalem to the hill of Golgotha, where he was killed. This location is believed to have been located outside the city, but there has been some intense debate all those thousands of years about the accurate location of Golgotha.
As per Tom Meyer, a college professor, also known as the ‘Bible Memory Man,’ the Romans attempted to remove all the ‘recent memory’ of the saint in order to halt the rise of early Christianity. The professor, however, believed that there is proof to show the correct location of the crucifixion.
Normally, The Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Old Jerusalem’s Christian Quarter is believed to have been built over the hill Calvary, or Golgotha. Other theories claim that the spot was located in another part of Ancient Jerusalem, close to Jaffa Gate.
Professor Meyer said: “The Roman emperor Hadrian visited Jerusalem in 129 to 130 AD some 60 years after the Roman Emperor Titus destroyed Jerusalem and the Second Jewish Temple. In a vain effort to erase the recent memory of Jesus Christ, whom Hadrian saw as a threat and competitor to the Roman way of life, Hadrian built a temple honoring the Roman goddess Aphrodite over the place where Jesus was crucified and resurrected: the present-day Church of the Holy Sepulchre.”
In 324 AD, the Roman emperor Constantine made Christianity the main religion in his empire. As per professor Meyer, Constantine has also been allegedly involved in the construction of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
Not the Original Church
However, that church now visited by millions of people today is not the original building constructed in Jerusalem.
Consecrated in 335 AD, the building was allegedly destroyed by the Persians in 614 AD but then rebuilt, destroyed again, and reconstructed several times.
“The Church of the Holy Sepulchre visible today was constructed in the 12th century and is built on top of the church built by Helena in the fourth century which was built over the rock of Golgotha where Christ was crucified, and the tomb where he was buried for three days and three nights,” professor Meyer explained.
He added: “More than 2,000 years later, despite wicked man’s best efforts to destroy his memory, Jesus Christ continues to be the focus of the human race and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre commemorating his passion lives on. All of the armies that ever marched, all the politicians that have ever legislated, all of them put together have not come close to impacting life on this earth so powerfully as this one man: the resurrected Jesus Christ.”
Currently, The Church of the Holy Sepulchre is controlled by various Christian denominations, such as the Catholic and Orthodox churches.