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MAKE NO BONES ABOUT IT (15 of 16)
The Way Home Series
Rev. Jim Henry
John 20:1-9, 1 Corinthians 15
Sunday, 04/23/00, 9:15 AM Service
The Lord willing, about three weeks from now, there's
going to be an excited group of tourists making a
journey to the Holy Land. One day they will step on
the top of Mount of Olives and our guide will show us
a panoramic view of Jerusalem. He will point all the
important sites to us as believers--the Eastern Gate,
the home of Caiaphas, the walls around Jerusalem. We
will be standing on the place where Jesus ascended
into Heaven and where, He promised, He will come back.
Then we will go down the steep road that leads to the
walls of Jerusalem. It's on the way to Gethsemane,
where Jesus went to pray. About half way down the
guide is going to take us aside for just a few minutes
to see a cave. Inside we will see some boxes and the
guide will ask us "Do you know what these boxes are?"
Those of you here today who will be going with us on
the trip will tell him we know what they are. They are
ossuaries, which hold the bones of Jewish people who
died hundreds and thousands of years ago. That's a
tradition in that part of the world, to put the bones
in those containers.
In 1996 the British Broadcasting Company, in
conjunction with the London Sunday Times, decided that
they would send reporters to Jerusalem to see if they
could find the bones of Jesus. They thought if they
could, it would make a great difference in basic
Christianity and the very foundation of our faith. The
journalists began to look for ossuaries in Jerusalem
and among those they found was a box with a label
listing the names of Joseph, Mary, Matthew and Judah,
son of Jesus. They thought they had found the bones of
Jesus but, it made no sense because there is no record
in the Bible of Jesus being married or having
children. Next, they wouldn't have had the ossuary
buried in Jerusalem because Jesus' ...
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