Contending for Easter is an 8-part blog series published by the Canadian Apologetics Coalition. Part I (by Tim Barnett) established the centrality and testability of the resurrection within Christian faith. Part II (by me) argued that the New Testament documents are generally trustworthy historical documents. Part III (by Paul Buller) established the historical fact that Jesus of Nazareth died by crucifixion. Today brings Part IV (by Kelly Madland) - the essential argument that after His crucifixion, Jesus was buried in a tomb by Joseph of Arimathea.
As part of an Easter blog series, the Canadian Apologetics Coalition wanted to give you, the reader, good reasons to believe that Jesus is the risen Son of God. Yesterday’s blog established that Jesus died by crucifixion. Today, we want to examine what happened to his body. Was Jesus actually buried? Does it matter? I believe it does. The importance of establishing that there is historical evidence for Jesus’s burial is the pivot on which turns further proof that Jesus was actually dead and that he came to life again. We will look at why this is not just a legend, why Joseph of Arimathea as an unlikely undertaker matters to the account, and that the tomb of Jesus was public knowledge.
- See more at: http://www.thinkclearly.ca/theunlikelyundertaker/#sthash.tXQ7hJwj.dpuf