Being that it is Passion Week, I figured it be a good time to write down what my thoughts are regarding the most prominent figure in history in my opinion.
There are many atheists that believe not only was Jesus not God Incarnate, but that he didn’t even exist. As a Christian, for most of the early part of my life I took it for granted that Jesus did exist because the New Testament proclaimed that not only did He exist, but that “All things were made through Him” John 1:3 and “He is the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End” Revelation 22:13.
As I matured, I realized blind faith was not the way to go. Even the Apostle Paul writes “Prove all things; hold fast to which is good.” 1 Thessalonians 5:21.
So I read some of what Josephus, who was a Jewish Roman historian during the 1st century. In a latter writing, he verified the existence of Jesus “who is called Messiah” in reference with his brother James. In earlier writings, there was a paragraph, that most academic scholars believed was altered, however they consider most of it historical narrative based on the fact Josephus did mention Jesus “who is called Messiah” in a latter writing.
Other extra-biblical texts exist prominently including works by Tacitus and Lucian. The link to article below goes into more detail regarding the extra-biblical texts about Jesus of Nazareth.
Does it prove that Jesus existed. I think that faith still holds a prominent place in humanity and that we are meant to continue to prove everything we read in God’s Word…