But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear. 1 Peter 3:15
Are you convinced that the claims about Jesus are accurate and true? Do you know that the evidence for the truth of Jesus is overwhelming and not just from the Bible?! Below is a preserved ancient report from Tacitus, who was a senator and historian of the Roman Empire (56-117AD). Tacitus confirms that Jesus was a real historical figure who was crucified by Pontius Pilate. An ancient copy is pictured below with the blue highlight corresponding to the original in the photo. The brave martyrdom of our brothers and sisters for the truth of Jesus is also described. Your faith is solid, historical, and true! Stay tuned for more encouraging evidence that Jesus is the Savior!
Tacitus, Annals 15.44
Consequently, to get rid of the report, 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, and a most mischievous superstition, thus checked for the moment, again broke out not only in Judaea, the first source of the evil, but even in Rome, where all things hideous and shameful from every part of the world find their centre and become popular. Accordingly, an arrest was first made of all who pleaded guilty; then, upon their information, an immense multitude was convicted, not so much of the crime of firing the city, as of hatred against mankind. Mockery of every sort was added to their deaths. Covered with the skins of beasts, they were torn by dogs and perished, or were nailed to crosses, or were doomed to the flames and burnt, to serve as a nightly illumination, when daylight had expired. Nero offered his gardens for the spectacle, and was exhibiting a show in the circus, while he mingled with the people in the dress of a charioteer or stood aloft on a car. Hence, even for criminals who deserved extreme and exemplary punishment, there arose a feeling of compassion; for it was not, as it seemed, for the public good, but to glut one man’s cruelty, that they were being destroyed.