Form III and the search for Jesus

Posted: 9th May 2022

To Whom It May Concern.

In this Easter season, Mrs McDermott posed the following question to Form III in their Religious Education lessons:  ‘Write an explanation of your views and conclusions about Jesus’ missing body’.  This was to take the form of an official report and Aneet decided to write a police report, outlining her findings as a trainee detective:

‘Official Police Report:

To those it may concern,

I have carefully examined the evidence regarding the missing body of the man you call Jesus. In light of my investigations, I have come to the conclusion that  Jesus may have actually risen from the dead. There are many reasons for how I reached this conclusion. This is what I will be explaining in this report.

Firstly, when one is crucified, it takes a few days to die and the lungs to pass out. But, the man you call Jesus, died in 6 hours!  I think that Jesus rose from the dead because he was special and the Son of God. Also, because of the miracles Jesus did and saved people’s lives. He also said, before he died “The Son of Man is going to be betrayed into the hands of men. They will kill him, and after three days he will rise.”  Matthew 17:22–23.

It was found that the women went to put the spices they had prepared beside Jesus’ tomb.

“It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the others who told this to the apostles.”

However, there are many solutions that have been brought up for the case of the missing body and why they were invalid.

“The disciples could have stolen the body.”  According to one of our detectives, the disciples may have hidden or stolen the body. The disciples could have hidden the body to show that Jesus was the Son of God. Also to show that he was divine. This was quite convincing when I was investigating but I found a reason why this is untrue. It was a rumour this whole time!

“Romans burnt the body”  I found this quite unconvincing because there are no clear reasons why they would have done it. If they were against Christianity, they would have wanted to disprove the resurrection.

“Women went to the wrong tomb”. The women may have mistaken an empty tomb for Jesus’. I don’t think this is convincing because whether or not the women were really sad or in grief, I think that they wouldn’t have gone to the wrong tomb because Mary saw two angels.

“Jesus wasn’t actually dead”.  Local doctors have contended that it is very well possible that Jesus was never really dead to begin with. One doctor stated that whilst on the cross “he could have fallen into a coma from the shock, this may have convinced the Roman guards he was dead. He could have then woken up, without any severe side effects and left the tomb a couple days later. No, I don’t think this is possible because when Jesus was crucified a Roman soldier stabbed him in his side just to check if he was dead or not.

“Jesus actually did rise from the dead!”

My employees and I came to this conclusion.

Overall, our decision was this because we feel it was important to get rid of the rumours. Not everyone hates and loves everyone, and we need to accept that. Jesus rising from the dead shows his divinity and humanity. If we respect this description we should respect Jesus and his Father, God.

I am glad my training is over with this interesting case and I am now a professional detective.

Yours sincerely,

Signed,

Aneet’

 

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