We now may know where the bones of Saint Peter are located as well as what Mary Magdalene’s face looked like.
Peter was the first disciple Jesus called to ministry (Mark 1:16-18), the first person named an apostle (Mark 3:14-16), and the recognized spokesperson of the 12 disciples (Mark 1:36; Luke 22:32).
Jesus healed Mary Magdalene of seven demons, and she provided for His ministry out of her resources (Luke 8:2-3). After His crucifixion and resurrection, Jesus sent Mary Magdalene to tell the disciples He was alive.
Discovery about Peter’s Bones
Bone fragments are under Vatican guard in case Pope Francis chooses to investigate. The bones, discovered by a worker in a church that was closed for 35 years, were found in a Roman-era pot with the Greek word “Petros,” or Peter, etched at the top. While Catholic tradition maintains that Peter was buried in St. Peter’s Basilica, a pope who wished to exert his authority at the time of a conflict may have brought the bones to a nearby church where a plaque at the entrance states the facility contains the bones of Saint Peter.
Discovery about Mary Magdalene’s face
According to National Geographic, scientists were able to reconstruct a face based on an ancient skull some believe belonged to Mary Magdalene. An artist and scientist used photography to reconstruct a 3D image of what this woman would have looked like when alive. The computer image depicts a woman with a pointed nose, high cheekbones, and a round face. Forensics experts determined the skull belonged to a Mediterranean woman who died near the age of 50. Techniques used in crime scenes by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) helped create the 3D image.
While it is still unknown if the bone fragments belong to Peter and the facial image is that of Mary Magdalene, we do know something more important about believers in Christ who die. The Bible teaches a glorious future awaits those who follow Christ. So, today’s question is:
What happens after we die?
Fortunately for us, Jesus knew we would want to know the answer. That’s why He told us two important truths about life after death.
1) After death, everyone will rise again:
Jesus said: “Don’t be so surprised! Indeed, the time is coming when all the dead in their graves will hear the voice of God’s Son, and they will rise again. Those who have done good will rise to experience eternal life, and those who have continued in evil will rise to experience judgment” (John 5:28-29 NLT).
2) For people who follow Jesus Christ, death is not the end:
Jesus said: “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die” (John 11:25-26 NIV).
Since Christians believe these words, we need to live our daily lives with eternity in mind. Like Peter and Mary Magdalene, we may lose our lives, but we can never lose our souls.
Followers of Jesus Christ: It’s time to share the hope of the Gospel with people who desperately need it; now is the time to live like people who cannot die.
About the Author:
Laura is a blogger and Bible study leader who leverages her experience as a former television news reporter, radio show host, and magazine editor to connect the relevance of Scripture to modern issues. She writes regularly about news and faith on her website.