Have you ever anyone ever questioned your faith by asking whether Jesus Christ actually existed?
This is a common question that many Christians have faced.
Of course, all Christians believe in the existence of Jesus Christ. After all, we regularly experience proof of Jesus through our faith. However, we don’t only have to rely on our faith alone for proof of Jesus’ existence.
This is because there is strong historical evidence that supports the Biblical stories of Jesus and His crucifixion.
Where does this evidence come from?
References to Jesus’ life not only featured in Christian writings and folklore. But Jesus is repeatedly mentioned by Jewish and Roman historians as well.
You may ask yourself, why does this matter?
Learning about the life of the Son of God can help you with your faith. Keep reading to find out more about the historical evidence and proof of Jesus.
“The trouble with many people is that they do not want to believe.” – Billy Graham
What Do Christian Writings Say?
The best place to start to find historical proof of Jesus is in Christian writings. Many of these Christian texts were written shortly after the death of Jesus. However, not only are they recorded with Jesus in living memory, they also serve as detailed accounts of the life of Jesus Christ.
The first examples of Christian writings that mention Him are the epistles of St. Paul. These are thought to have been written only around 25 years after His death.
The New Testament gospels also feature details of Jesus’ life. According to scholars, these gospels were written around 40 years after His death.
Many of these descriptions of Jesus are supported by eyewitness accounts of Jesus’ miracles and deeds.
“The evidence for the historicity of Christ is so great I know of no historian in the free world who would dare place his or her reputation on the chopping block by denying that Jesus Christ ever existed.” – D. James Kennedy, PhD
What About Non-Christian Sources?
But it’s not only Christian writings where we find historical evidence of the life of Jesus. Writing in AD 93, the Jewish historian Flavius Josephus referred to Jesus of Nazareth twice in his works.
There are also accounts of Jesus found in the writings of two Roman politicians, Pliny and Tacitus. Writing in the 2nd century AD, they reported of Jesus’ execution. Their accounts correspond to the gospel timeline too.
It’s also interesting to note that even though none of these Roman or Jewish writers were Christian, they talked of Jesus as the Son of God.
There are many ancient writers that questioned the divine powers of Jesus Christ. These include the writer Lucian and the philosopher, Celsus. Despite questioning reports of miracles, they didn’t question whether Jesus lived.
“[The Gospels] are excellent sources. As a matter of fact, they’re the most trustworthy, complete, and reliable sources for Jesus. The incidental sources really don’t add much detailed information; however, they are valuable as corroborative evidence.” – Edwin M. Yamauchi, PhD
Jesus in the Talmud
Jesus is also found in the Jewish Talmud (Sanhedrin 43a) where it clearly confirms the crucifixion of Yeshua (Jesus) on the eve of Passover. It also shows the slanderous accusations against Jesus for practicing sorcery and encouraging Jewish apostasy.
Proof of Jesus
Now you know that there is little confusion about whether Jesus actually existed.
This means that when a non-believer claims Jesus Christ isn’t real, you can assure them that the evidence says that Jesus lived.
Here’s a link to professor Gary R. Habermas’ free book (mentioned in the video above) entitled, Evidence for the Historical Jesus.
There can be little doubt that Jesus Christ was and continues to be real for many Christians all over the world.
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