Empty Church Buildings

This Sunday most church buildings around the world will be empty due to the many social distance policies in place.

However, each Sunday is a time to remember something more important that was empty.

Rolling Stone Grave, Meggido, Matthew 28:6, YouVersionThis tomb may look familiar to many of you, as it is one that is commonly used to illustrate the type of tomb Jesus was buried in.

And when Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, And laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn out in the rock: and he rolled a great stone to the door of the sepulchre, and departed.  (Matthew 27:59-60 KJV)

This was not the tomb of Jesus, but it is from the time period.

Edicule of the Holy Sepulcher, Jerusalem, Church, He is RisenThis Sunday the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem will not have the crowds that it normally would for Easter.Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem, Ladder, Easter Weekend

The doors of the building remain closed due to the virus, and according to some sources it is the first time since the Black Plague in 1349 since they have not been opened each day.

The doors to church buildings will be closed, but that doesn’t mean that Christians will not be meeting together. After all, the church is the people and not the buildings.

There are many opportunities for virtual services through Zoom, Facebook Live, streaming services and other apps or websites.

It is important to continue meeting together, but at the same time maintain physical distancing to help bring this pandemic to an end.

Steven

 

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