by Jacki Mick
Wanna get down with Jesus this week? Tomorrow, the Holy Land Experience is offering free admission as part of its deal to continue operating as a tax-free entity. Starting at 10 a.m., guests to the Bible-centric park will receive free admission and free parking. However, once the lot is full, there's no more admittance to Jesus-land.
This is the second instance of the park's charity day this year. In January, the park opened its gates for free and our editor, Erin Sullivan, attended. She has some suggestions for in-park activities, including:
Visit the Scriptorium, an allegedly non-sectarian library of Biblical documents, which the Holy Land website promises will transport visitors to “historical and geographical areas of the world where displayed Biblical documents originated.
[It] gives guests a dramatic understanding of the history of the Bible, how it parallels the history of civilization, and the impact it has had upon the world.”
Check out the Wilderness Tabernacle, which, according to Holy Land literature, “tells the story of God’s never-ending love for His chosen people." They go on to encourage visitors to "travel back in time with the High Priest on an ancient journey that led through sacrifices, blood and death, to an explosion of God’s Glory Cloud in the Holy of Holies – God Himself meeting with man.”
Spend some time at Calvary’s Garden Tomb, where they say you can “follow the Via Dolorosa, the road on which Christ carried the cross, to Calvary’s Garden Tomb. Spend time resting, praying, or reflecting on the meaning and significance of the empty tomb. Atop the hill stands the cross of Golgotha, where Jesus was crucified and died for the sins of the world.”
And, without a doubt, be sure to catch the daily re-enactment of the crucifixion.
And, art-lovers, an extra treat for you: Check out local(ish) photographer E. Brady Robinson's Scenes From Jesusland series. The Orlando Museum of Art bought three of the pieces – check out "Pepsi Via Dolorosa" here or more at Robinson's website.