The Empty Tomb

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The Empty Tomb “And here he is, speaking openly, and they say nothing to him! Can it be that the authorities really know that this is the Christ?” This is quoted from the gospel of John (NKJV, John 7:26). Jesus was a man who performed various and unexplainable miracles, and who also claimed to be “One with God.” He created unrest among the Roman government, who struggled for power and authority when Jesus and His teachings started to spread among the nations. The Pharisees planned many attempts to capture and destroy Jesus, yet they never prevailed. The reason for this is explained in the gospel of John “At this they tried to seize him, but no one laid a hand on him, because his hour has not yet come.” (John 7:30). However, Jesus did eventually give himself up to be viciously beaten, as well as later to be hung on a cross for a slow and painful death. He rose after three days and changed history forever. There is a lot of speculation about the actual resurrection of Jesus Christ. The event is argued through the witnesses, the guards, and the empty tomb, although, I want to touch on why the Bible is a historical document first. F.F. Bruce, a Bible historian, contends, “There is no body of ancient literature in the world which enjoys such a wealth of good textual attestation as the New Testament” (Niles). The Bible is a historical document with an abundance of reasons why it can be supported as one. One explanation would be the consistency of the documents that were

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