The Resurrection of Jesus (3): The Lack of Veneration at the Tomb

The lack of veneration at the tomb of Jesus suggests that Jesus really did rise from the dead.

The veneration of saints is still practiced by the Eastern Orthodox Church, the Roman Catholic Church, and by some members of the Anglican Communion. Veneration is often shown by bowing or making the sign of the cross before a saint’s icon, relics, or statue. Such acts of devotion are often done at the tomb of deceased saint. Likewise, in first century Palestine, it was not uncommon for Jews to show veneration at the tombs of prophets and other great men and women of God.

There has never been any tradition of veneration at the tomb of Jesus, presumably because it is the case that from the earliest of days it was universally recognized that Jesus’ corpse no longer remained in the tomb. 

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