(2) Jesus was buried

While this event doesn’t sound very spectacular either, it might be prudent to alert my readers about the fact that none of the evidences are actually “mind-blowers.” In fact, it is just such non-mind-blowing events that qualifies them as evidential, separating them, significantly, from the embellishment and sensationalism that one might expect of mythological accounts. Hence, the seemingly mundane, but significant fact that Jesus was buried.

The burial’s significance emerges amidst three realities. First, since Jesus was buried in a borrowed tomb, that of Joseph of Arimathaea. Second, its whereabouts wasn’t the mystery acclaimed by proponents of the “wrong tomb theory,” and third, the tombs whereabouts was known by friend and foe. Said the Gospel accounts,

Mark 15:43
Joseph of Arimathaea, an honourable counsellor, which also waited for the kingdom of God, came, and went in boldly unto Pilate, and craved the body of Jesus.

Luke 23:52
This man went unto Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus.

John 19:38
And after this Joseph of Arimathaea, being a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews, besought Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus: and Pilate gave him leave. He came therefore, and took the body of Jesus

Matthew 27:62-66
Now the next day, that followed the day of the preparation, the chief priests and Pharisees came together unto Pilate, 63 Saying, Sir, we remember that that deceiver said, while he was yet alive, After three days I will rise again. 64 Command therefore that the sepulchre be made sure until the third day, lest his disciples come by night, and steal him away, and say unto the people, He is risen from the dead: so the last error shall be worse than the first. 65 Pilate said unto them, Ye have a watch: go your way, make it as sure as ye can. 66 So they went, and made the sepulchre sure, sealing the stone, and setting a watch.

Hence, the evidential value of Jesus’ burial. Even Jesus’ enemies knew the whereabouts of the tomb. In fact, Matthew’s account tells us that the chief priests and Pharisees approached Pilate in fear of the disciples stealing the body and then claiming a “resurrection.” Friend and foe alike knew the whereabouts making a visit to the wrong tomb practically unthinkable, particularly with the enemies of Jesus having the tomb both sealed with the authority of Rome and then guarded. They made it, says the text, “as sure as” they could.

Jesus was indeed buried

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