Researchers in Jerusalem, continuing their investigation into the traditional site of the burial place of Jesus, claim to have confirmed that they have determined that portions of the original tomb are still present. According to National Geographic, the tomb has survived centuries of wear and tear of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem’s Old City.
On the night of October 26, researchers removed marble cladding that had been placed to protect the original limestone burial bed. Sixty hours later, they had cleared a layer of fill material to find the slab intact. Was it really the tomb where the body of Jesus lay after His crucifixion? “While it is archaeologically impossible to say that the tomb recently uncovered is the burial site of a Jew named Jesus of Nazareth, there is indirect evidence to suggest that identification of the site by representatives of the Roman emperor Constantine some 300 year later may be a reasonable one” (Kristin Romey, National Geographic).
If they found the tomb, where is the body? There are two answers to the question.
- Christians believe that Jesus was resurrected on the third day. The tomb was a temporary resting place that was no longer necessary.
- Christians also believe that Jesus established the church as His body on earth. Paul wrote to the Corinthians: “Now all of you together are Christ’s body, and each one of you is a separate and necessary part of it” (1 Corinthians 12:27).
Where is His body? You certainly do not need to be searching tombs in Jerusalem for it. The body of Christ appears …
… every time Christians model the example Jesus set of love, grace, and mercy
… every time Christians express compassion
… every time Christians stand on biblical truth
… every time Christians live out the promises and principles in God’s Word
… every time Christians choose to be in the world, but not of the world
… every time Christians give witness by word and deed of their changed lives
We are the body of Christ!