Tomb Of Jesus Opened After 500 Year Wait, Miraculous Discoveries Followed

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Author: Cayton McDonald

The entrance of the Tomb of Jesus at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre (Photo: Getty)

The entrance of the Tomb of Jesus at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre (Photo: Getty)

The debate about whether the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem holds the actual tomb where Jesus was buried and then resurrected may finally be over. For the first time in 500 years the tomb has been opened for researchers to analyze for a three day period. Due to the nature of such a pillar of Christianity and the climax of the entire Bible where Jesus arose from the dead, it is no wonder it has taken so long for the heads of the Greek and Armenian Orthodox churches and the Franciscan monks (who share responsibility for the church) to come to the necessary agreement to allow such excavations.

Archaeologist Fredrik T. Hiebert (Photo: Getty)

Archaeologist Fredrik T. Hiebert was one of the few who were able to examine the tomb, and he said “There is a ladder by the main entrance to the church that hasn’t moved in 240 years and they still haven’t reached a decision. It’s called the immovable ladder. So the fact we were finally allowed to carry out this work is a triumph of negotiation.” According to their agreement, all members must agree on every single detail of anything that happens within the church, including whether or not to change a candle. To put this in perspective, negotiations to open the tomb for vital repairs began in 1959 and have just now come to fruition.

Fredrik added: “They let the patriarchs of the three churches go in first. They came out with big smiles on their face. Then the monks went in and they were all smiling.”
“We were all getting really curious. Then we went in, looked into the tomb, and saw a lot of rubble. So it wasn’t empty, even though there were no artifacts or bones.” Of course they wouldn’t have found bones, but that should go without saying, but what they found was nothing short of amazing.

The Tomb of Jesus, where his body is believed to have been laid (Photo: Getty)

The Tomb of Jesus, where his body is believed to have been laid (Photo: Getty)

There, in the room untouched for half of a millennium under loads of dust that took nearly all three days to remove, was the limestone shelf where Christ’s body is supposed to have been laid. They also discovered a second grey marble slab no one knew was there, it was engraved with a cross that researchers believed to be from the 12th century by none other than the Crusaders themselves.

Frederik could barely contain his excitement exclaiming “The shrine has been destroyed many times by fire, earthquakes, and invasions over the centuries. We didn’t really know if they had built it in exactly the same place every time.”

“But this seems to be visible proof that the spot the pilgrims worship today really is the same tomb the Roman Emperor Constantine found in the 4th century and the Crusaders revered. It’s amazing.

“When we realized what we had found my knees were shaking a little bit.”

The original bedrock of the tomb of Jesus Christ (Photo: Barcroft)

The original bedrock of the tomb of Jesus Christ (Photo: Barcroft)

Researchers used ground penetrating radar and thermographic scanners to gather as much information as possible in the short time they had. 35 conservation experts took 60 hours to remove the dirt and only discovered the slabs just hours before the required deadline to reseal the tomb again.The data retrieved will take months to analyze and the best discoveries may be yet to come from the virtual reconstruction of the tomb that all will be able to view eventually.

Frederik concluded:“Often in archaeology the eureka moment doesn’t happen in the field. It comes when you get home and examine all the data you’ve collected. Who knows what that will tell us.”

“Without bones or artifacts we’ll never be able to say for sure this was the tomb of Christ.”

“That is a matter of faith. It always has been and it probably always will be.”

It is obvious to every Christian that if they had found bones, this would be positive evidence that this was in fact not the burial place of Jesus Christ, but in the months to come we may find more about what lies inside of this place so many millions of people believe could be the place the body of Jesus was laid before His most incredible of all miracles, His resurrection.

Construction on the tomb (Photo: Barcroft)

Construction on the tomb (Photo: Barcroft)

Christ's Tomb Excavation (Photo: ODED BALILTY / NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC)

Christ’s Tomb Excavation (Photo: ODED BALILTY / NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC)

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Cayton McDonald

About Cayton McDonald

First and foremost I am a family man, married to my best friend and beautiful wife and all together we have five children. I am also a business owner, researcher, guitar player for nearly two decades, singer/songwriter, and someday hope to finish a book i have been researching and outlining for a while now. I grew up in church my whole life, I traveled the country leading worship at various youth camps while just in high school and had a band that had made it to the radio on several occasions and was getting noticed by some very big people. I ended up quitting the band so i could attend Baptist Bible College in Springfield, Missouri for three years where I majored in Intercultural Studies. My plan was to become a missionary some day but God had other plans for me. I ultimately ended up receiving Christ while I was there realizing that I had never really understood what it meant to really give my life to God. I had gone through the motions but just wasn't truly living the life, just talking the talk. Immediately after that I entered the roughest time of my entire life. I left college hating God because of the people who claimed to follow Him and their actions or lack thereof. I ended up with a massive drug habit and saw the darkest parts of this world first hand. I saw death face to face and I even tried to take my life a few times, fortunately to no avail. I ended up in rehab on my birthday after I had lost nearly every friend I had to either death or prison. Even after this I still struggled for a few years with my addiction but eventually was able to overcome my demons and really started to find out who God was for myself, instead of having other people tell me who he was. Now that is all that I do. I now own a business that God has blessed beyond words and spend most of the time I have with my family as much as possible. They are what is most important in my life, but i still find time to jam out on the guitar, write music and help with the worship team in my church. I live in Richland Hills, TX with my wife Sabrina, my children Ryan (14), Jackson (12), Lola (7), Carolina (5), Paxton(3), and our overgrown German shepherd Hans.
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