The Empty Tomb

After Jesus Christ’ crucifixion and burial, the chief priests and Pharisees urged Pilate to make the tomb secure as they feared His disciples would come and steal the body and then claim He had risen from the dead.  (See Matthew 27:62-66).  When Peter entered the tomb “he beheld the linen clothes laid by themselves, and departed, wondering in himself at that which was come to pass” (See Luke 24:12).  John’s account adds: “Then came Simon Peter following him (John), and went into the sepulchre, and saw the linen clothes lie, and the napkin, that was about His head, not lying with the linen clothes, but wrapped together in a place by itself” (See John 20:6-7).  This proved NO ONE stole Jesus’ body, not the other disciples, not His enemies – NO ONE!  If you are going to steal a body, you
wouldn’t strip it naked before departing the tomb with the corpse.  In the reduced light of a flickering torch in a pitch black tomb, you wouldn’t attempt to neatly fold the garments placed on the dead body.  And the napkin wasn’t a dinner napkin!  It was the napkin used with a burial shroud, much larger than a dinner napkin.
And how would these disciples have gotten past the Roman guards in the first place?  And, secondly, how would they have gotten into the sealed tomb that had a large stone rolled in front of the entrance?  Why risk your life to steal a corpse?  And why feel it imperative that the corpse be stolen immediately.  Wait a few days until the Roman guard had been dismissed then steal the corpse, arguing an even greater miracle – that Jesus was resurrected from the dead long after the body had begun to decay!
The arguments of men against the resurrection of Jesus Christ are not faulty arguments.  They are a mere grasping at straws in order to deny the obvious.
As they say in Russia at Easter time, “Jesus is risen, is risen indeed!”
Christ’s Servant (Galatians 1:10),
Donald Wiley
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