I just found out that the Discovery Channel is going to air a special titled “The Resurrection Tomb Mystery.” in a few hours’ time. Apparently the special will be filmed like an episode of CSI, with all the flashy effects and things. Being a Christian Blog writer, obviously I am ecstatic about this. Not about the fact that they may or may not have found the rightfully empty tomb of Jesus Christ, but simply because people are talking about it. Hoorah!
They’ve got all the permissions and professors and crew behind it and some nifty equipment, a robotic arm-camera, to explore the contents of what they think will be the savior of mankind’s tomb. They’ve already uncovered some amazing Christian art, including a picture of Jonah being spat out by the fish. Their website (linked above) says this:
“the piece of art predates the earliest Christian symbols in the catacombs of Rome by at least 200 years and is contemporary with Jesus’ apostles.”
So far, we’re told they found a tomb, located on land owned by Joseph of Arimathea, that is in fact some 2,000 years old. Additionally, it has engraved in it, a picture of Jonah from his time with the fish. Jesus spoke of this being the sign he would show the disbelievers: his resurrection from death. That just as Jonah was in the fish for 3 days, so he would be in the grave for 3 days only to rise again later, just as Jonah was spat out. They just found that in a tomb near where Jesus was buried, that dates to around the time he was buried.
Here’s the best bit: researchers claim that in the tomb, it is engraved “Jesus son of Joseph.” (squeal!) We’re also told that they have found inscriptions that could mean something like ”O Divine Jehovah, raise up, raise up” or “The Divine Jehovah raises up to the Holy Place” or “The Divine Jehovah raises up from.” The reactions to these findings have been profound. Scholars, historians and professors are actually increasingly affirmative of these findings, saying that there is nothing that can compare with the quality and clarity of these results. The advocates heavily outweigh the skeptics.
What do you think? Could this really be Jesus Christ, God’s empty tomb? Leave a comment! The Discovery special will air eventually and it’ll play out for the best. After all, someone awesome is in control of this whole thing. I can’t wait to watch this, I hope you’re excited as I am. JESUS ON TV! YAY!