Jesus resurrected from the dead?
5) the wrong tomb?
we remember that when He was still alive that deceiver said, 'After three
days I am to rise again.' "Therefore, give orders for the grave to be
made secure until the third day, lest the disciples come and steal Him
away and say to the people, 'He has risen from the dead,' and the last
deception will be worse than the first."
Did everyone go to the wrong tomb?
Jesus was truly crucified, as many ancient and modern historians agree,
then his body either
1.) remained where
it was placed afterwards, or
2.) was removed.
it remained, which is typical for dead bodies, then the simplest answer
would be that the tomb found empty was simply the wrong one.
it reasonable to conclude that with the trauma of Jesus' sudden arrest and
death, his devotees could have made this error?
it seems unlikely that those who loved him so dearly would so soon forget
where he was buried. Nevertheless, there is a small possibility that the
women, even after having watched Joseph and Nicodemus at the tomb, returned
to the wrong one. However, the possibility of a mistaken tomb shrinks every
time another person and another visit is factored in.
only would Mary Magdalene, the other Mary, Joanna, Salome and the other
women had to have mistaken the tomb, so would Peter and John, and Mary Magdalene
again, and the Roman guard, and the Jews, and the disciples, and everyone
else who ever tried to produce his body. With the uproar that the proclamation
of Christ's resurrection stirred, it is impossible to believe the whole
world was never able to find the tomb a second time.
the wrong tomb theory fails to account for the many and lengthy appearances
of Christ after his resurrection, the appearance of the angels
at Christ's tomb (unless we are to believe even they could not find the
right tomb), the angels' proclamation that Christ was risen, and
the fact that no body was ever produced.
the Jewish authorities, who least wanted to propagate Jesus' resurrection,
claimed that his body was stolen by the disciples, it can be inferred they
verified that the right tomb was checked (if not all the tombs). Therefore,
if even Christ's enemies believed his body was no longer residing in
its original resting place, it is quite reasonable to agree with them that
the question becomes, "So where did it reside?"
or, even before that, "Who removed it?"
NEXT: Was Jesus resurrected from
the dead? - part six
What do we know about Jesus
from non-biblical sources?
Do miracles really happen?