Wednesday, February 29, 2012

The "Real" Tomb of Jesus Found!

Every few years a new archeological dig discovers the tomb of Jesus. I've been asked, "If they discover Jesus' body in a tomb will it destroy Christianity?" Yes. If Christ was not raised from the dead EVERYTHING we believe in faith is false. The Apostle Paul says it best in 1 Corinthians 15:14, 17 
...if Christ has not been raised, then our proclamation is without foundation, and so is your faith. ...For if the dead are not raised, Christ has not been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless; you are still in your sins.
That is an extremely strong statement. Recently a newly discovered tomb underneath a condo in Jerusalem was found. They clame it is the tomb of Jesus' family, and it may be. Of course the goal is to find the body of Jesus. Archeologist know a discovery like that would rock the world. iPad 3 news would have nothing on finding Jesus' body.

The mechanical arm that first explored the tomb

The Discovery channel has jumped all over it. They'll be releasing a Discovery special on the "Patio Tomb." In this special they'll tell us if they found the body of Jesus Christ. If they're saving the information for a Discovery Special then my guess is they don't even believe they've found the body of Jesus. That of course that is just my wild conjecture.

A grave inside the family tomb

They won't find Jesus' body because it's not there! Christ was raised from the dead and hundreds were witnesses.
He was buried, that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that He appeared to Cephas, then to the Twelve. Then He appeared to over 500 brothers at one time; most of them are still alive, but some have fallen asleep. Then He appeared to James, then to all the apostles. Last of all, as to one abnormally born, He also appeared to me. 1 Corinthians 15:4-8
I urge you to not get too worked up over this because as the popular song by The David Crowder Band says, My God is not dead He's surely alive He's living on the inside roaring like a lion. Beyond the recorded evidence of Christ's resurrection from the dead your life change is evidence that Jesus is alive and ruling.

People have been trying to find Jesus' body for almost 2000 years and they haven't been able to. It's nowhere to be found. So if we believe Christ died for our sins and resurrected from the dead let's starting living life like we have the power of the God of the universe inside of us. I hope our newest study into the memoirs of a wine taster named Nehemiah will help us to act on the amazing power of our God. Get in a Change Your World in 52 Days small group and join us on Saturday evenings and Sunday mornings for the 52 Day Momentum Challenge.