Jesus’ Resurrection in Extra-Scriptural History

by admin ~ April 26th, 2014. Filed under: Brandenburg, Jesus.

There is more testimony to the resurrection of Jesus Christ than any ancient historical event. Just an ordinary historian, Josephus, in Antiquities of the Jews, Book 18, Chapter 3, 3, wrote: “About this time there lived Jesus, a wise man, if indeed one ought to call him a man. For he was one who performed surprising deeds and was a teacher of such people as accept the truth gladly. He won over many Jews and many of the Greeks. He was the Messiah. And when, upon the accusation of the principal men among us, Pilate had condemned him to a cross, those who had first come to love him did not cease. He appeared to them spending a third day restored to life, for the prophets of God had foretold these things and a thousand other marvels about him. And the tribe of the Christians, so called after him, has still to this day not disappeared.” Scripture itself is authentic and it has plenty to say about Jesus. Dating late first century is Clement of Rome, who wrote concerning church leaders: “Having therefore received their orders, and being fully assured by the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, and established in the word of God. . . .” There would be no Christianity without the resurrection of Jesus Christ — that is clear from the New Testament, and if the New Testament is the authority for Christianity, then it has stayed that way since He did raise.

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