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Tomb of Jesus Christ

QUESTION: What did the tomb of Jesus Christ look like?


The tomb of Jesus was in a garden, near the place of crucifixion (John 19:41). Overwhelming evidence supports that the newly carved tomb was somewhere near the Damascus Gate (on Jerusalem’s northern perimeter), outside the city (Matthew 28:1, 11).

The tombs of Hebrews were generally excavated in the solid rock or were natural caves. A kok was a burial tunnel vertically cut into a chamber wall, set back over projected rock ledges. The kok was the only possible resting place for the smaller, less elaborate tombs. The tomb contained one or more chambers with a low square entry, requiring one to crawl through.

Such a tomb -- which one must stoop to enter -- contained a niche for the body containing a long shelf carved into the stone. The mouths of such rocky tombs were closed by a large stone (Hebrew golal) which could only be removed by the unified efforts of several men (Matthew 28:2; Mark 16:3-4).

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We have all sinned and deserve God’s judgment. God, the Father, sent His only Son to satisfy that judgment for those who believe in Him. Jesus, the creator and eternal Son of God, who lived a sinless life, loves us so much that He died for our sins, taking the punishment that we deserve, was buried, and rose from the dead according to the Bible. If you truly believe and trust this in your heart, receiving Jesus alone as your Savior, declaring, "Jesus is Lord," you will be saved from judgment and spend eternity with God in heaven.

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