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Religion Christian – Crime Investigation Report
This investigation report presents analysis of investigations into what happened during the Holy Week. The examined key events include the disappearance of the body of Jesus Christ, based on Christian belief.
The Elements of Crime
On the night of the 13th and 14th Nisan, the body of Jesus disappeared from the tomb of Joseph of Arimathea. In the morning of 14th, the stone that sealed the tomb had been rolled over and that the body of Jesus was missing. The tomb had been cut out of solid rock and had no back doors. Some myrrh used for embalming and a few linen clothes were found left inside the tomb. The central issue for investigation is therefore to investigate the circumstances underlying the disappearance of the body. The Crime was reported on Monday at 9.00am. The crime is investigated by NAME_____________
Description of the Crime Scene
On Thursday, Jesus had walked the streets of Jerusalem freely with his friends. Jesus had entered Jerusalem with his disciples for the Passover Festival. Next, Jesus had supper with his disciples. He was later arrested and hurriedly sent to death on Friday. His lifeless and battered body was removed from the cross and taken to the tomb (Bromling 1993). The entry to the tomb was locked by Joseph of Arimathea. On Friday night, the body was still there undisturbed. The entire day, on Saturday, it was still there, kept under guard. On Sunday at dawn, the tomb was empty. The stone that had covered its mouth had been rolled away (Christian Bible Reference Site 2014).
The case involves the disappearance of the body of Jesus Christ from the tomb of Joseph of Arimathea. It is believed that the body was stolen. Few linen clothes left behind.
The suspects include 11 disciples of Jesus Christ namely, James the son of Alphaeus, James the son of Alphaeus, Andrew, Bartholomew, James the son of Zebedee, Mathew, Thomas, Philip, Simon, Peter and John.
Witness Statement 1 and 2
Two key points need attention. First, Jesus had been placed in the tomb. At least four people witnessed his internment. Two witnesses gave their testimony, namely Mary Magdalene and the Roman Solidier.
Mary Magdalene gave her testimony on Monday at 12.00pm.
She stated that:
Joseph of Arimathea was permitted by Pilate to take the body of Jesus for burial (Mark 15:43-45). Joseph and Nicodemus took Jesus body and placed it in the tomb (John 19:38). She observed the activities along with Mary the mother of Joseph (Mark 15:46-47).
In the morning of 14th, she found that the stone that sealed the tomb had been rolled over and that the body of Jesus was missing. She found some myrrh used for embalming and a few linen clothes were left inside the tomb. Mary stated that at least six of Jesus followers, including Mary the mother of James, Mary Magdalene, Salome, John, Peter and Joanna (John 20:2-8) saw the empty tomb (Ramsay 2002).
.BibleTraining 2014)She and Mary also heard the angels proclaim glorious news that Jesus Christ had resurrected. She stated that two angels had broken the news to them. She saw Jesus at the tomb later that day (
She stated that Jesus had risen from the dead. This makes the scene of a miracle.
The Roman Soldier
The Roman soldier gave his testimony on Monday at 2.00pm.
He stated that:
The Pharisees and the chief priests asked Pilate to order a guard to be placed at the tomb (Matthew 27:62-65). They all believed that Jesus body had been inside the tomb until Sunday morning when Mary Magdalene found the tomb empty. He stated that he had heard Joseph of Arimathea ask the Roman Governor Pilate to appoint guards to safeguard the tomb after the burial of the body of Jesus (Matthew 27:62-66).
He stated that he and three other guards took guard after the stone had been rolled by Nicodemus and Joseph to seal the tomb. He sealed the tomb with a Roman seal making it punishable by death to open the tomb. They guarded the tomb for the next three days while taking turn for sleeping. At all times, they made sure that at least one of them remained awake (Morris 2006).
They did not believe the disciples had stolen the body while they were sleeping.He stated that they did not see any disciples invade the tomb or hear the heavy stone being rolled from the tomb. They also did not hear anyone strip the grave clothes from the body of Jesus.
The tomb presents powerful evidence of the missing body. At least four witnesses saw Jesus’ body inside the tomb on Friday. Pilate, the Jews and Guards accepted having the knowledge of the presence of the body on Saturday.
It was not possible to escape from the tomb without the slightest detection (John 19:32-34). The tomb was sealed by a massive stone (Matthew 27:60; Matthew 27:60). The tomb was also watched by guards. However, the body of Jesus was missing from the tomb on Sunday.
In sum, there were no witnesses to the stolen body of Jesus Christ. However, the disciples witnessed a resurrected Jesus. It is therefore concluded that Jesus had resurrected. This is based on two conclusions. First, the tomb Jesus had been buried was found empty after 36 hours. Despite claims that the disciples stole the body, the body was never produced or located by anyone else or those who were accused of having stolen the body.
Mary Magdalene and other disciples claimed that Jesus had reappeared and had indeed seen him. They were therefore witnesses of resurrection. It can therefore be ascertained that Jesus rose from the dead on the third day and that the angels had moved the stone. Hence, the 11 disciples who stand accused are innocent. The empty tomb can be explained best by the miracle of His physical resurrection and the testimonies given by Mary Magdalene. Christians believe that Jesus resurrected three days after his crucifixion. This is described in Mark 16, Matthew 28, John 20 and Luke 24.
Christians celebrate Easter Sunday in commemoration of resurrection of Jesus. Holy Week is the week before Easter, it begins with Palm Sunday, through Holy Thursday that commemorated the Last Supper, as well as Good Friday that commemorates the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ (Hottensen 2014).
BibleTraining 2014, Resurrection of Jesus Christ, viewed 4 June 2014, http://www.biblicaltraining.org/library/resurrection-jesus-christ
Bromling, B 1993, What Happened to the Body? Apologetics Press, Montgomery
Christian Bible Reference Site 2014, Easter — the Resurrection of Jesus, viewed 4 June 2014, http://www.christianbiblereference.org/story_Easter.htm
Hottensen, C. 2014, Holy Week tells the story of Christ’s death and resurrection, The Southern, viewed 4 June 2014, http://thesouthern.com/news/local/holy-week-tells-the-story-of-christ-s-death-and/article_875c2aec-1456-51e2-aead-40fcd81b33e4.html
Morris, H. 2006, Impact of the Empty Tomb, Institute of Creation Research
Ramsay, W 2002, Facts about the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, viewed 4 June 2014, http://www.riverpower.org/resurrection.htm
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