From Hans Quitmeyer
Today was another remarkable day under another crystalline sky for us intrepid pilgrims. We attended a memorable English/Arabic service at Christ Church in Nazareth and then travelled to Sepphoris, a large Roman/Byzantine period town with dramatic ruins and fine mosaics.
This discovery provides interesting context for what happened to Jesus’s body after it was placed in Joseph of Arimethea’s unused tomb. Because Jesus died as the Sabbath was approaching and people were in a hurry, his body was likely placed in an antechamber like this one to await full preparation for burial when the women returned Sunday morning. His body would not yet have been buried in the actual burial holes. When the women arrived on Sunday morning, they expected to prepare the body and then place it in a burial hole. Instead, of course, they found an empty grave.
I won’t imagine Easter morning in quite the same way again!