What if the Body of
Christ Had Been Stolen and, if at last, They Have Found the
Body of Christ?
by Abouna Labib Kobti
In his book, The Jesus Family,
Simcha Jacobovici argues that the Tomb of Jesus has been found.
On March 4, 2007, the Discovery Channel aired the documentary
"The Lost Tomb of Jesus," and James Cameron is producing a new
film on the same subject.
Let us suppose that the
disciples had stolen the body and then after few days or months
they gave it to the family of Jesus to be buried in Jerusalem as
Simcha Jacobovici and others claim.
If this were [subjective in
English] true, the Roman soldiers would have been executed
because the Roman Empire would not have tolerated any failure on
their part. Pilate, out of fear for his position, would have
sent his army to look for the body of Jesus on every corner and
in every house that Jesus had ever visited or passed by during
his three years of public life. He would have persecuted all
those who had been cured by Jesus, and he would have killed the
disciples of Jesus. This would have been a great victory for the
high priests who wanted be finished with this new sect of
Nazarenes, called Christians.
The high priests would have
shown the tomb and the body to people in an effort, against the
Christians, to prove that Jesus was not the Messiah and to
destroy Christianity from the very beginning.
St. Paul, who had persecuted Christians and carried letters from the high priests
with orders to bring back Christians from Damascus to Jerusalem
to be killed (Acts 9), would have killed all the Christians for
witnessing against God, as Paul was a known zealot.
However, none of the previous
events happened. The Romans did not act. The high priests
arrested, jailed, and punished the disciples many times and
ordered them not to mention even the name of Jesus (Act 4, 1-20,
Acts 5, 17-42). The disciples responded "Whether it is right in
the sight of God for us to obey you rather than God, you be the
judges. It is impossible for us not to speak about what we have
seen and heard' (Acts 4:19-20).
The Roman Governor Festus
presented to King Agripa and his wife Bernice the case of Paul
saying: "There is a man here left in custody by Felix (the late
Governor before Festus). When I was in Jerusalem, the chief
priests and the elders of the Jews brought charges against him
and demanded his condemnation. I answered them that it was not
Roman practice to hand over an accused man before he had faced
his accusers and had opportunity to defend himself against their
charges... His accusers stood around him, but did not charge him
with any of the crimes I suspected. Instead they had some issues
concerning Jesus who had died but Paul claimed was
alive...”(Acts 26, 13-27).
This was few years after the
death and resurrection of Jesus. If indeed the chief priests or
the Romans had had any proof of the existence of the body or of
the “lost tomb of Jesus", would they still have discussed
condemning Paul for a false claim?
So do not listen to the people
who make claims about things such as this “lost tomb.” Many
others tried to destroy the Christian faith and they could not.
They even one time tried to sue
the church. An Italian atheist Luigi Cascioli, who marketed The
Fable of Christ, brought a suit against the Catholic Church for
perpetuating a fraud, questioning the existence of Jesus.
Archeologists, historians, scientists, and Biblical scholars
have proven the existence and the resurrection of Jesus.
He is risen!