Jesus Christ – Background Info – Question #1
Yesterday I mentioned that we would answer some questions regarding background information about Jesus Christ. Let’s start with the first question I posed yesterday.
Where do we look for information on Jesus Christ?
Thoughts and answers
We can start by looking in the four Gospels of the New Testament – Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. These four books are our primary resources for background information on Jesus Christ.
In these various books, we will find information about Jesus’ birth, ministry, death, and resurrection. Moreover, these books provide both factual and theological information about the Son of Man, Jesus Christ.
Several historians also referenced Christ, but they provide little help in reconstructing His life.
For example, there’s a Second-century Roman historian named Tacitus who “referred to Jesus’ death and the presence of a Christian community in Rome as he discussed Nero’s persecution of Christians.”
There’s another guy named Lucian, “who was a satirist of the second century who scorned Christians and said, “Jesus was the first lawgiver of Christians and a crucified sophist.”
While these two guys and others provide no real value in providing trustworthy information into Jesus’ life, they do provide evidence of the rapid spread of Christianity as far as Rome and evidence of Jesus’ life and death.
Next time we’re together, we’ll take a look at the next question.
In the meantime, let’s takes a moment and pray, thanking God for sending His Son, Jesus Christ.
Father, thank you again for sending your Son into this world as a baby. I know we keep thanking you, but it’s such a magnificent gift; hence it bears repeating our gratitude for sending a Savior. In his name, I pray, Amen.