By this time I am sure that most of you have heard about the latest new “archaeological finding” about Jesus. This time it is as far-fetched as ever; a documentary (to accompany a book) will be coming out revealing that Jesus’ body has been found in a tomb in Jerusalem. It seems like every year just before easter something like this comes up (just like around Christmas someone always shows up to disprove the virgin birth). The bottom line is that this is completely media driven. There is not a single reputable scholar who would back any of the evidence that the makers of the documentary are pointing to. It is ridiculous! I have heard several debates on this topic on the radio, and inevitably those who support this finding will accuse dissenting Christians of not wanting to deal with the evidence. Well let me just scratch the surface of the evidence and show just how ridiculous this claim is. First, the type of family tomb that these people claim to have found would have been accessible only to the wealthy. Jesus’ family, with Joseph being a carpenter, was not wealthy enough to afford such a tomb. Additionally, if Jesus’ family had owned such a tomb then why did Joseph of Arimathea have to lend his tomb for Jesus’ burial?
After these things Joseph of Arimathea, being a disciple of Jesus, but a secret one for fear of the Jews, asked Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus; and Pilate granted permission. So he came and took away His body.
Second, why would a family from Nazareth have a family tomb in Jerusalem?
And He (Jesus) came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up; and as was His custom, He entered the synagogue on the Sabbath, and stood up to read.
Third, how could Jesus’ body (They claim to have DNA to prove it is Jesus, but since we have no samples of Jesus’ DNA this could not be possible.) be in this tomb when he rose from the dead and ascended into heaven?
1 Corinthians 15:3-6
For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that He appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. After that He appeared to more than five hundred brethren at one time, most of whom remain until now, but some have fallen asleep;
And He led them out as far as Bethany, and He lifted up His hands and blessed them. While He was blessing them, He parted from them and was carried up into heaven. And they, after worshiping Him, returned to Jerusalem with great joy, and were continually in the temple praising God.
Don’t let someone tell you that you just don’t want to deal with the facts because you don’t want to loose your faith. The fact is that those who have come out with this (and those who support this) do so because they would rather suppress the truth about Jesus than obey Him. The men behind this have made the claim that you can believe their findings and still remain faithful to the Christian faith, but this proves that they have no idea what the Christian faith is. The Christian faith is all about belief and submission to a RISEN LORD:
…if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.
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