The Historic Truth About The Crucifixion - The Witness of History

a)     Pontius Pilate His unusually long period of office (A.D. 26-36) covers the whole of the active ministry both of John the Baptist and of Jesus Christ. He was the Roman Governor who sent a full report about the crucifixion of Christ to Tiberius Caesar. “Tertullian and Justin Martyr both speak of a report on the Crucifixion (not extant) sent in by Pilate to Tiberius, from which idea a large amount of apocryphal literature originated. Some of these were Christian in origin (Gospel of Nicodemus), others came from the heathen, but these have all perished.”

b)     Josephus (37-97 A.D.), who was a Jewish historian, wrote the history of the Jews in twenty volumes. In this history, he wrote about the life of Christ, His teachings, His miracles, and about the story of His crucifixion, at the order of Pontius Pilate. Then Josephus wrote about Christ appearing alive to His disciples on the third day.

c)     Cornelius Tacitus  (55 A.D.), who was an atheist, and considered as one of the most famous historians of old Rome, mentioned the story of the crucifixion of Christ in his eighteen-volume series of history.

d)    Lucian the Greek  (120 AD) was a prominent historian who also wrote about the crucifixion of Christ and about the Christians who accepted death for the sake of their faith in Christ.