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Bible Study His Buried Body


Apr 23, 2019
Even if Jesus had somehow managed to survive crucifixion and the soldier's spear, he would've certainly died from suffocation later during the preparation of his body for burial.

Jesus' friends covered his face with a towel, binding it in place with strips of cloth, which they also used to wind around his body; then coated him with a paste consisting of 75 pounds of myrrh and aloes. And when that was all done, they completely wrapped him all up like a burrito in a large linen sheet-- all of which served to not only put Christ in a straight jacket, but also sealed him in an air-tight cocoon of sorts.

1• The Towel

"And the napkin, that was about his head, not lying with the linen clothes, but wrapped together in a place by itself." (John 20:7)

The koiné Greek word translated "napkin" is soudarion (soo-dar'-ee-on) which defines a sweat-cloth; viz: a towel for wiping the perspiration from the face, or binding the face of a corpse.

2• The Mummy

"Then took they the body of Jesus, and wound it in linen clothes" (John 19:40)

"And the napkin, that was about his head, not lying with the linen clothes, but wrapped together in a place by itself." (John 20:7)

The Greek word translated "wound" is deo (deh'-o) which means to bind

The Greek word translated "linen cloths" is othonion (oth-on'-ee-on) which defines bandages.

3• The Cocoon

"And there came also Nicodemus, which at the first came to Jesus by night, and brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about an hundred pound weight. Then took they the body of Jesus, and wound it in linen clothes with the spices, as the manner of the Jews is to bury." (John 19:39-40)

Myrrh is a gum resin. The aloe of that day was a thick liquid taken from an aromatic tree and used in medicines and cosmetics, etc. Blending those two ingredients together produced a nice sticky goo that could be slathered and plastered all over the deceased to seal the body and retard putrefaction and/or seal in odors and thwart vermin. This was likely the final step just prior to wrapping the whole affair in a shroud (Matt 27:59).

How did Jesus manage to get out of all that-- the towel, the bandages, the gooey paste, and the shroud? Did he have help from the angels that showed up out there in the cemetery? Was he Houdini, so to speak?

"So Peter and the other disciple started for the tomb. Both were running, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. He bent over and looked in at the strips of linen lying there but did not go in. Then Simon Peter, who was behind him, arrived and went into the tomb. He saw the strips of linen lying there, as well as the burial cloth that had been around Jesus' head. The cloth was folded up by itself, separate from the linen." (John 20:3-7)

"But him they saw not" (Luke 24:24)


Apr 3, 2014
Our Lord may have died of suffocation long before all that, while He was still on the Cross. That was the most common cause of death for someone hung up that way, as the weight of one's own body pulls down against the lung cavity.

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