Nat Geo’s ‘The Secrets of Christ’s Tomb’, a one-hour Explorer Special airs Sunday, December 3rd at 9/8c. It will be available in 171 countries and 45 languages. As the National Geographic Channel was given exclusive access during restoration efforts in Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulchre, they witnessed the uncovering of unprecedented evidence of the tomb’s origins for the burial site of our Lord.
With exclusive access to one of the most sacred sites in Christianity, the tomb of Jesus Christ in Jerusalem, National Geographic follows a team of scientific experts as they race to repair the collapsing Edicule, the “little house,” enclosing the burial chamber of Jesus and threatening it with destruction
The painstaking process (under the direction of Professor Antonia Moropoulou, Chief Scientific Supervisor at the National Technical University of Athens) of repairing and strengthening the crumbling structure is heightened by the immovable Easter deadline imposed by the church patriarchs.
The Secrets of Christ’s Tomb: Explorer Special observes the intense collaboration and far-reaching efforts of the religious community, architects, scientists, and historians in their highly sensitive endeavor to restore, protect, and reveal the long-held mysteries of the tomb.
The team discovers that the damage to the Edicule is far more extensive than anyone had feared and that the Tomb itself must be opened. Because it has been sealed for hundreds of years, no one alive has witnessed first-hand the final resting place of Christ. The patriarchs will only allow it to be open for 60 hours because it is so special.
Dr. Fredrik Hiebert, Archaeologist-in-Residence for the National Geographic Society and Tim Samuels, a correspondent with National Geographic, witness, document, and explain the significance of what is seen when the tomb is opened. Unprecedented scientific testing reveals the tomb dates to at least the time of the first Christian Emperor, Constantine, in the 4th century AD. This finding brings new evidence to what we know about Christ’s final resting place.
Ultimately, however, the most important story of all is that Christ is Risen. He is Risen Indeed!
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