The Sepulchre

The resurrection of Jesus Christ is very important to our salvation. If Jesus had not been resurrected, then our faith and salvation would be worthless. Paul bears this out in I Cor. 15: 12-23 where he says that if Christ be not risen, then our faith is in vain. We are putting our trust and confidence in an event that did not happen. Please see my separate entry on this scriptural passage entitled “The Connection Between Jesus’ Resurrection and Our Salvation.”

The Sepulchre

Jesus was buried in a rich man’s sepulchre.  This fact did not matter because He would not be in it for long.  As we can see from the text, this rich man’s burial place was hewn out of some rock on his own ground. It would be like a cave where relatives were buried. It would be what we call a “family plot.” To those who entered the sepulchral cave, those who carried the bier would enter the first floor. They would sit down the bier into the sepulchre. There would be a place that was hollowed out. It would be a hollowed out space, which would be four cubits deep where the dead would rest. From this information, we can glean many matters concerning Jesus’ place of burial. The women entering into the sepulchre saw a young man sitting on the right “side”: in the very floor immediately after the entrance into the sepulchre. Note Mark 16:5. Once they got inside, they sought to find His body, and it was not there. Note what Luke 24:3 says:

(Luke 24:3)  “And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus.”

While they bowed down their heads in sorrow, Peter ran to the sepulchre, and he had to stoop down in order to look inside. He was confronted with the linen clothes and no body. At the head and the foot where Jesus’ body had laid were two angels. [For further information, you can Google J. Lightfoot, D.D. for more insightful information concerning ancient burial sites

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