Archaeologist Jonathan Gray came into contact with keepers of a nearly 2,000 year-old document, written by Joseph of Arimathea and other close relatives of Jesus, that proves by eyewitnesses of Jesus the exact version found in the Bible. They were there and recorded the events as they occurred. Joseph was the GREAT uncle of Jesus.
Because of his powerful influence as a member of the Jewish Sanhedrin and minister of mines for the Roman Empire, he could observe events without fear until after the crucifixion and resurrection. The persecution became too intense after that.
He witnessed: “And she shall bring forth a son, and you shall call His name JESUS: for He shall save His people from their sins.” And “Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call His name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, GOD WITH US.” (Matthew 1:21, 23).
Joseph of Arimathea had three beautiful homes: One in Jerusalem; One in Arimathea; and a third just inside the border of Egypt. The wise men found Jesus and His family. They were warned not to go back and tell Herod where the child was. After the wise men left, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph [Jesus’ step-father] in a dream and said: “Arise, and take the young child and His mother, and flee into Egypt, and be you there until I bring you word; for Herod will seek the young child to destroy Him. When he arose, he took the young child and His mother by night, and departed into Egypt: And was there until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, OUT OF EGYPT HAVE I CALLED MY SON” (Matthew 2:13-15). More than likely, Joseph, Mary, and Jesus went to Joseph of Arimathea’s house in Egypt until they were told it was safe to return.
As Jesus grew to age 12, he was found baffling the religious leaders by His words of wisdom. They could not speak back to His profound wisdom. Who do we think was listening to Jesus quietly in the background? Joseph of Arimathea!!! He knew Jesus had a special purpose. He quietly followed Jesus’ actions, and recorded what he saw Jesus do and say. He was a member of the Sanhedrin, but also a secret follower of Jesus.
Suddenly, Jesus dropped out of sight until about 30 years of age. Since Joseph of Arimathea owned a fleet of ships for the purpose of TIN mining in Britain, he took Jesus with him on many trips. Jesus may have even gone to the Orient in Joseph’s ships.
In the Pilton church in England hang a very beautiful tapestry of Joseph of Arimathea and the boy Jesus in a small vessel oaring to shore. This type of figure is all over that part of England, especially, that is close to Glastonbury.
Jesus reappeared in Jerusalem about the age of 30. Joseph of Arimathea was there watching and writing his eyewitness account of events that would survive for nearly 2,000 until today. He witnessed the leaders of the Sanhedrin and Roman guards come to Jesus in the garden to take Him. He witnessed Jesus say: “… Hereafter shall you see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven. Then the high priest rent [tore] his clothes, saying, He has spoken blasphemy; what further need have we of witnesses? Behold, now you have heard His blasphemy” (Matthew 26:64b-65). Of course they followed the thinking of the high priest that Jesus was worthy of DEATH. He wasn’t worthy of death, but He had to die to blot out the sins of the world.
Joseph of Arimathea witnessed the false trial, and illegal trial, of Jesus. He finally was pushed into the corner and headed the defense of Jesus. 40 men voted to release Jesus, while 31 voted to kill Him. Joseph was an eyewitness to this event. He recorded it as did Nicodemus. Joseph’s life was now in jeopardy!!! He ran the Christian under-ground escape routes by using his ships as long as he could. He used his wealth to aid Christians escape Jerusalem when the persecution started in earnest.
Finally, he could do no more. But he retained his written eyewitness events and took them to Glastonbury, England. There they were safe guarded for many hundreds of years. Finally, they were smuggled out of England to New Zealand where they reside today.
Joseph of Arimathea was an eyewitness to the cruel beating Jesus took. He saw Jesus struggle to carry the cross until He collapsed under its weight and His loss of blood. Joseph’s eyewitness report confirms the Biblical account 100%. He witnessed that Jesus rose from the dead and talked with many people in Jerusalem He saw Jesus ascend into the heavens and said: “All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go … and teach … them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you … I am with you always, …”