Researchers recently repaired of what is believed to be the tomb of the Lord Jesus Christ in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem, Israel. After long hours of work, they have found something that they consider to be amazing.
Emperor Constantine built the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in 325/326 A.D.
Inside the Church is a small building called “aedicule” or “little house,” which protects the tomb that is believed to have buried the body of the Lord Jesus Christ before His resurrection. Since 1555 A.D., marble cladding has been used to cover the tomb in order to prevent pilgrims from removing bits of stones as souvenirs.
Years have gone by and the structure needs some repairs.
On Oct. 26, Professor Antonia Moropoulou and her team conducted a restoration project for the tomb. The work lasted for more than 60 hours that included crucial steps in order to not damage the holy place.
During the work, the team found another marble slab that had a cross carved on its surface. This eventually led them to the original burial bed, which was generally accepted to be the one where the body of the Lord Jesus Christ was laid before His resurrection.
When they were about to reseal the tomb on the night of Oct. 28, the team found out that the burial bed has amazingly remained intact for hundreds of years.
National Geographic archeologist-in-residence Fredrik Hiebert was there and he was “absolutely amazed” of what he found out.
“My knees are shaking a little bit because I wasn’t expecting this,” Hiebert said. “We can’t say 100 percent, but it appears to be visible proof that the location of the tomb has not shifted through time, something that scientists and historians have wondered for years.”
In the Bible, Joseph of Arimathea asked Pilate for the Lord’s body. Accompanied by Nicodemus, who was one of Jesus’ followers, Joseph buried the Lord in a new tomb located in the garden.
“At the place where Jesus was crucified, there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb, in which no one had ever been laid. Because it was the Jewish day of Preparation and since the tomb was nearby, they laid Jesus there.” –John 19:41-42 (NIV)
However, there were disputes on the exact location of the tomb of the Lord Jesus Christ.
For Evangelicals and other Protestants, they do not believe that the original tomb of the Lord is in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Instead, they considered the Garden Tomb, a rock-cut tomb adjacent to a rocky steep slope in Jerusalem, as the exact place where Jesus was laid and where He went out on the day of His resurrection.
Although researches were done to support the claim, various scholars, however, dismissed the authenticity of the Garden Tomb because of insufficient evidence. The traditional Church of the Holy Sepulcher was generally accepted as the original location of the Lord’s tomb.
But despite of it, Evangelicals and Protestants still continue their pilgrimage in the Garden Tomb.
The exact location of the tomb of the Lord Jesus Christ is yet to be found and still needs further research, though the Church of the Holy Sepulcher has been widely accepted.
The Bible only states that the Lord was buried at a “new tomb” in the garden. This could either be found in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher or in the Garden Tomb.
Regardless of these uncertainties, believers of Jesus Christ firmly hold to the truth that the He died and rose again. He is not dead. He is alive and He is returning soon.
And as proof of this truth, here is a testimony of a Muslim man who got deaf and said that the Lord Jesus Christ healed him:
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