Jesus Christ is unarguably the most infamous man ever to have lived. However, little is known about him. While most know when Jesus was born, few know the relevant facts – including his followers and admirers. One thing everyone can agree upon is there is power in the name of Jesus.
From Jesus’ historical birth to his death by way of the Romans, there are some facts that everyone should know as part of the Easter holiday, but also as part of history.
10 Facts About Jesus Christ
1. Jesus’ Birth Was Not a Mystery
While plenty is a mystery about Jesus, there is an equal number of facts out there that scholars have revealed in their studies. For starters, Jesus was born sometime before 4 BC. He was born and raised in Nazareth, which is a small village in Galilee. Jesus was part of the peasant class, and his father was a local carpenter.
Eventually, he followed in his father’s footsteps and became a carpenter too.
2. He Was Separated from His Parents
While much of his youth is not known, The Gospel of Luke recounts that at age 12, he was separated from his parents after a pilgrimage to Jerusalem. He was found in a temple almost a week later discussing matters with the elders.
3. He Was Declared the Son of God at Age 30
Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist, who said that Jesus was the Son of God.
4. The Star of Bethlehem is Real
The star, according to scientists, was more likely an astrological conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn. Some feel the star was a nova, while others say a comet. Regardless, experts all agree that there was a star present that night.
5. Jesus Was Not Born on December 25th
The Bible does not indicate the date Jesus was born, and they only theorized in the year. It was the 4th Century when the Church declared December 25th as his birthday. However, the astrology team that researched the Star of Bethlehem state that it likely occurred on June 17th.
6. Pontius Pilate Ordered the Death of Jesus
The Roman governor of Judea, Pontius Pilate, ordered the death of Jesus for claiming that he was the Son of God. Anyone, during that time, that claimed to be a king was against Caesar. Claiming to be a son of God was like claiming to be a king; therefore, he was punished by death.
Jesus was not the only one crucified that day. In fact, there were two thieves, one on each side, who were charged as well. They say that the death of Jesus was confirmed when a soldier stuck his spear into his side and it only produced water.
7. Three Days After Death, Jesus Was Gone
Three days after his death, the tomb of Jesus was found empty. They say he had risen from the dead. It was 40 days after that when Jesus led his disciples to Mount Olives and spoke his words to them.
8. The Birthplace is a World Heritage Site
The Church of the Nativity is considered the birthplace of Jesus. It was accepted as a World Heritage Site by the United Nations.
9. The Crown of Thorns Preserved
The crown’s home is now the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. According to officials, they cannot authenticate the crown, but it is revered and protected all the same. It is bundled in golden thread and only presented to visitors the first Friday of each month and every Friday during the period of Lent.
10. The Shroud of Turin is Not Real
The Shroud of Turin, after radiocarbon dating was done, was determined to be a forgery. It was initially presented as the shroud that allegedly wrapped the crucified body of Jesus, but the debate still rages on, and the cloth is held in the Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist in Italy all the same.