As one descends Mt. Carmel going toward Megiddo, there is a rolling stone tomb whose usage dates back to the first century.
This tomb was discovered during road construction. It so well illustrates the biblical texts that narrate the burial of Jesus. Joseph of Arimathea had a new tomb (one which had not been previously used, John 19:38-42). Assisted by Nicodemus, Joseph wrapped Jesus’ body in a clean linen cloth, “and laid it in his new tomb which he had hewn out of the rock; and he rolled a large stone against the door of the tomb, and departed” (Mt. 27:59-60). The tomb in our photo was hewn out of the rock, and you can see the large stone positioned to the left of the opening.
On Sunday, the 1st day of the week when Jesus was raised from the dead, the text says this about Peter and “the other disciple:”
So they both ran together, and the other disciple outran Peter and came to the tomb first. And he, stooping down and looking in, saw the linen cloths lying there; yet he did not go in. Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb; and he saw the linen cloths lying there, and the handkerchief that had been around His head, not lying with the linen cloths, but folded together in a place by itself. Then the other disciple, who came to the tomb first, went in also; and he saw and believed. (John 20:4-8).
Note the record says the disciple stooped down to look in. The tomb in our photo shows how this would of necessity be true.
Note that we are not suggesting that this is the tomb in which Jesus was buried; it does however illustrate the type of tomb that would have been used.
For New Testament Christians, each first day of the week is significant. Christians assemble in the name of Jesus Christ to partake of His memorial feast, the Lord’s Supper. That Supper points back to His death, His body and His blood. But we serve a risen Savior! We proclaim His death till He comes (1 Cor. 11:26).
(Note: this is a re-post from April 4, 2010).