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Three Days and Three Nights
by Wayne Blank
"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."
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).
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