A copy of the second Medicean manuscript of Annals, Book 15, chapter 44, the page with the reference to Christians
Written Roman historian evidence for Jesus from Tacitus. This source is considered authentic, genuine and of historical value by scholars. It confirms the crucifixion of Jesus under the hands of Pontius Pilate and the persecution
of early Christians, which is consistent with the Biblical account -
"Nero fastened the guilt and inflicted the most exquisite tortures on a class hated for their abominations, called Christians by the populace. Christus, from whom the
name had its origin, suffered the extreme penalty during the reign of Tiberius at the hands of one of our procurators, Pontius Pilatus"
In the case of the Talmud, between A.D. 70-200. The most significant reference (outside
of the Bible) of Jesus from this period states:
'On the eve of the Passover Yeshu was hanged. For forty days before the execution took place, a herald ... cried, "He is going forth to be stoned because he has practiced sorcery and enticed Israel
This source tell us that 'Yeshu' (Hebrew for Jesus) was in fact hanged and because this person was against Jesus they could only refer to His miracles as 'sorcery'. This is very strong evidence, it proves that Jesus was a
person they felt they had to deal with and that it was sufficiently common knowledge that he worked signs and wonders that they felt they had to address this by claiming that Jesus did his miracles by the power of Satan (sorcery). Also, in Babylonian Sanhedrin107b
Jesus is accused of practicing 'magic'. In tHul2:22-23 it is reported that healings were done in the name of Jesus. So we have indirect confirmation of the crucifixion of Jesus and of his working of public miracles-only charging
that the miracles were worked by Satan, not God.
What these accounts prove is that many in his day were convinced that he worked miracles and that his enemies were aware of sufficient positive evidence of this that they felt they needed
to explain it.
All of the miracles Jesus did were true and real because Jesus is the truth and everything He said was true, pure and right. His miracles confirm that He truly was divine - the Son of God who came down from Heaven, the first
person to ever have been born of a virgin and walk this earth in a human body.
Supernatural things happening our lives is therefore supposed to be a natural part of our existence - prayers being answered, dreams from God, visions, prophecies
etc. We are not merely flesh and blood but we all have a spirit. We have a spirit which will leave our bodies when we die and go to either Heaven to be in the loving presence of Almighty God or Hell (separation from God) depending on whether we have
accepted Jesus' offer of eternal salvation through repentance from dead works and faith toward Him. It is His will for none to perish but for all to come to repentance and live.
Just because something seems impossible or unliklely doesn't mean
that it cannot happen. We can only humble ourselves and realise that we as humans do not know everything and don't have to explain everything. We have been created and intricately designed by a God who has made Himself known to us by coming
to this earth in the form of a man, performing miracles which even continue to happen to this day, all across the world. Lives being transformed, the sick being healed, the dead being raised, the addicts being set free and delivered in Jesus' name.
does anything which is supernatural in nature, get rejected straight away by the skeptic? What if the supernatural is natural? What if miracles are part of this life we have? What if we humbled ourselves as children and realised that there is more to life
than we may think? Prayer is powerful and this is proven with no doubt. God hears prayers. God has been close to mankind for centuries since the creation of the world because He started it all. He was with the first man Adam and has made Himself known to man
throughout the generations and man has cultivated relationship with God since the beginning of time. The Bible recalls the accurate history of our earth including when people started having to 'call on the name of the LORD'.
God is trustworthy and is
faithful to keep all of His promises. He is a covenant keeping God.
There is much evidence outside of the Bible for Jesus but the Bible itself is the most trustworthy and accurate account of the life of Jesus and the words He spoke, the miracles He
perfomed. The love He showed, the life He demonstrated, His power, His character, His personality, His authority, His divine nature, His humility, His obedience and His sacrifice and His victory over death. There is no one like Jesus, He will forever be lifted
high, above every other name.