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ne big mystery that is still very much argued to this day is, Where is Jesus Christ buried? Some even do not believe that his corpse was buried, but transitioned into the other world. Whilst most Christians follow the explanation that only our souls rise to heaven whilst our corpses remain here. As per Biblical description, the corpse or body of a human is only a tool used to guide them through life, it is only the soul that truly matters.

Tomb of Jesus

The most popular belief is that Jesus was buried in his tomb. The Tomb of Jesus, also known as the Holy Sepulchre, is one of the world’s most important holy sites, treasured by Christians as the location where Jesus was buried following his crucifixion. It is located in Jerusalem’s Old City and is regarded as one of the most sacred sites in the world by many. Over the ages, the exact location of the tomb has been the subject of considerable controversy and speculation, but it is universally regarded as the spot that has been honored for over two thousand years.

The Church of the Holy Sepulchre (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

The tomb is placed within the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, which was erected by the Roman Emperor Constantine in the early fourth century. Over the years, the church has undergone several modifications and expansions, with the current edifice the product of major restoration work completed in the nineteenth century. The tomb sits in the heart of the cathedral, surrounded by chapels and shrines such as the Chapel of the Angel, the Chapel of the Finding of the Cross, and the Chapel of St. Helena.

The Tomb within the Church, Jerusalem (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

One of the most significant characteristics of the Tomb of Jesus is how Christians have respected and cared for it over the years. Despite the many wars and conflicts that have occurred in Jerusalem over the ages, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier has remained a place of pilgrimage and worship for Christians from all over the world. Over the years, the location has also been the site of innumerable acts of devotion and respect, with many Christians laying offerings and prayers at the tomb.

The limestone church was later demolished and rebuilt by Muslims in 1009, leaving little evidence of its previous history for scientists to investigate. Previous examinations only dated the construction to the Crusader period, some 1,000 years old.

According to the New Testament of the Bible, Christians believe Jesus was the Messiah, executed by the Romans in the year 33. There is no confirmation that Jesus was buried at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre at the moment, but the evidence suggests that he could have been there. The tomb has a burial bed shelf, which National Geographic describes as “a common feature in graves of wealthy 1st-century Jerusalem Jews.”

It is not only due to the physical proof of the location, but also the historical records and biblical mentions that point towards this location being where Jesus Christ’s corpse had been buried. Despite all this, there is no actual hard proof showing that Jesus was buried here, his corpse or a corpse was never found within this place.

Jesus buried in Japan

Another less common belief is that Jesus is actually buried in Japan.

The tomb of an itinerant shepherd who settled down to grow garlic two millennia ago on the flat top of a steep hill in a remote part of northern Japan. He married a farmer’s daughter named Miyuko, had three children, and died at the ripe old age of 106. In the mountain hamlet of Shingo, he is known as Daitenku Taro Jurai. The rest of the world is familiar with him as Jesus Christ.

It comes out that Jesus of Nazareth, the Messiah, miracle worker, and spiritual figurehead for one of the world’s most important religions, did not die on the cross at Calvary as widely recounted.

That was his baby brother, Isukiri, whose severed ear was put in a neighboring burial mound in Japan, according to hilarious local folklore.

The Grave of Jesus in Shingo, Aomori, Japan (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

Shingo bills itself as Kirisuto no Sato (Christ’s Hometown), despite having only one Christian resident (Toshiko Sato, who was 77 when I visited this spring) and no church within 30 miles. Every year, some 20,000 pilgrims and pagans visit the site, which is kept up by a nearby yogurt business. The Legend of Christ Museum, a treasure trove of religious treasures that sells everything from Jesus coasters to coffee mugs, charges a 100-yen entrance fee.

Risen with his Corpse

Based on the Old Testament, there is a mention that after being buried, his corpse disappeared from the tomb. Whilst some may say his corpse had been taken, some Christians believe that his corpse has also risen to heaven.

On Sunday morning, as Mary Magdalene, Mary mother of James, and Salome proceeded to approach the tomb, they worried and discussed who would raise the large stone that sealed the entrance. When they arrived, however, they were astonished to see that the stone had already been rolled away (Luke 24:1-2).

The women were even more astounded to discover that Jesus’ body had vanished. While they were still standing there, puzzled, an angel of the Lord appeared in white clothes that gleamed like lightning and said:

“He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again’”

(Luke 24:6-7).

As with religion, it all comes down to belief. Is the location of where Jesus is buried that important?

For some very much, but for some, it does not matter as long as his soul is in our hearts.

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