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Three Days and Three Nights

"But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and The Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken. And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth." (Isaiah 53:5-9 KJV)

"The Lord hath laid on Him the iniquity of us all"

The Scriptures quoted above, found far back in Isaiah, can only rightfully apply to one man, Jesus Christ, the Anointed One of God, of Whom "The Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all." The grave described in those verses was provided by a man named Joseph:

"And, behold, there was a man named Joseph, a counsellor; and he was a good man, and a just: The same had not consented to the counsel and deed of them; he was of Arimathaea, a city of the Jews: who also himself waited for the Kingdom of God. This man went unto Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus."

"And he took it down, and wrapped it in linen [see Shroud Of Turin: A Miraculous Fake?], and laid it in a sepulchre that was hewn in stone, wherein never man before was laid. And that day was the preparation, and the Sabbath drew on."

"And the women also, which came with Him from Galilee, followed after, and beheld the sepulchre, and how His body was laid. And they returned, and prepared spices and ointments; and rested the Sabbath day according to the Commandment." (Luke 23:50-56 KJV)

Garden Tomb Garden Tomb

The Garden Tomb is one of the two strongest possibilities for the burial place that Joseph of Arimathaea provided for Jesus Christ . It was discovered by Charles Gordon in the 1880s.

The interior of the tomb measures 14 feet (4.3 meters) wide, 10 feet (3.0 meters) deep and 7½ feet (2.3 meters) high. Only one of the two graves inside appear to have been used, yet it does not appear as though the body had been left there for very long - there are no bones or other signs of natural decomposition.

The interior meets all of the requirements for the Bible's account - there is room for Peter and John to enter (John 20:3-9), and a place for the two angels to sit when they spoke with Mary Magdala (John 20:10-18).

Fact Finder: What was the only sign that The Messiah himself said would prove that He was the Messiah?
Matthew 12:38-40


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