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Human Skull Remains

Jesus' Tomb Bone BoxJesus Christ's family tomb is believed by some modern scholars to have been discovered near Jerusalem. There, an ossuary, or bone box similar to the one shown was found buried in a tomb with some unusual and distinguishing marks on it. If of no other significance this shows the deemed importance of all members of Jesus' family and that they should have been buried with their kindred in the same tomb.

Ossuary Markings

Human Skull RemainsContrary to our modern view, the location would not have been important to the early Christians because they believed in the resurrection of the body and therefore the bones of the family members were not necessary to the faith any longer. When the institutional church arose and it was discovered that some of the bones of the saints and even the tombs of the saints had healing properties, the church in Rome as well as wealthy Christians in other places started collecting bones of the saints, pieces of the cross, nails etc. These do not however figure in whether a person is a Christian or not. There is no doubt that the bones, physical remains and even the grave sites of the Apostles and early saints had healing properties. Many were healed by touching the bones or even standing at a grave site but this genuine belief degenerated into a superstition. Only those with a genuine conversion normally have access to spiritual healing.

Jesus Blood Line

Emperor VespasianIn 70 AD, the Emperor Vespasian in an attempt to wipe out the blood line of Jesus and hopefully the enthusiasm of his followers ordered a search for descendants of Jesus, believing the line of David to be the royal household of the Early Church. Saint James, the brother of Jesus and leader of the church in Jerusalem after Saint Peter, was killed as he may have been regarded as the protector or prince regent until the imminent expected return of the his brother Jesus, the Messiah.

Jerusalem Congregation Leaders

The Historian EusebiusThe historian Eusebius reported that after James was killed another relative, a cousin of Jesus called Simon son of Clopas, became the leader of the Jerusalem congregation. These family members were sought after and persecuted by the authorities in an attempt to stamp out the Christian faith which had become a threat because of the sheer numbers and power of its adherents.

"Jesus Christ's Tomb"
by Ron Meacock © 2018

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