The Tomb Is Not Empty after All?

James Cameron, the director of the 1997 best-picture Titanic, has produced a documentary claiming to have unearthed Jesus’ tomb and bodily remains.

In a new documentary, Producer Cameron and his director, Simcha Jacobovici, make the starting claim that Jesus wasn’t resurrected –the cornerstone of Christian faith– and that his burial cave was discovered near Jerusalem. And, get this, Jesus sired a son with Mary Magdelene. . . Film-makers Cameron and Jacobovici claim to have amassed evidence through DNA tests, archeological evidence and Biblical studies, that the 10 coffins belong to Jesus and his family (source).

And the announcement comes just in time for (you guessed it) Easter. Yes, this is but the annual installment of pseudo-histories trying to cash in on Christianity’s holiest day by turning Easter into a marketing ploy for trendy heresies (à la previous Spring releases such as “The DaVinci Code” movie, The Gospel of Judas, Peter Jennings special on Jesus, ad infinitum
ad nauseam ).

Heresies will come, and heresies will go. But when they do, we are reminded that there truly is nothing new under the sun. The resurrection-deniers were there in the first century (1 Cor. 15:12-19), and they are with us now. The real question remains as to how Christians will respond to such calumnies against the faith once for all delivered to the saints.

Hopefully we will do what faithful Christians have always done. We will humbly make our defense of the truth and take every thought captive to make it obedient to Jesus (1 Pet. 3:15; 2 Cor. 10:5). We will pray that our witness might lead “king of the world” movie-makers to bow the knee to the King of Kings. And we will pray conversion might occur before the world’s true King presents the unimpeachable evidence that He is in fact alive and reigning (Rev. 1:7).

Maranatha.

[Ben Witherington has a helpful debunking: “The Jesus Tomb? ‘Titanic’ Talpiot Tomb Theory Sunk from the Start]

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