Tiberius Caesar on King Jesus

Tiberius Caesar was Roman Emperor from AD 14-37, that is, during the earthly ministry of Jesus.  The Roman governor of Judea from AD 26-36 was Pontius Pilate, who reported directly to Tiberius.  Given the miracles attributed to Jesus, it’s reasonable to assume Pilate spoke to Tiberius regarding Jesus.  And in fact that’s what Eusebius reports.

Eusebius, the first great Church historian, writing in the early fourth century, states that Pilate, in accordance with the custom of rulers of nations to report unusual occurrences to the emperor, transmitted to Tiberius an account of the circumstances concerning Jesus’ miracles and resurrection, a report that was already spreading throughout Palestine.  Tiberius, apparently persuaded by Pilate’s report, submitted the matter to the Senate with the request Jesus be recognized as a god.  However, the Senate had not investigated the matter fully and rejected the request.

Pilate’s report must have had some effect on Tiberius though because he did not encourage persecution of Christians during his reign and actually threatened the death of those who did accuse and persecute Christians.  As a result, the kingdom of God advanced more freely than it might have otherwise under a more hostile ruler.

None of this is to suggest that Tiberius was a Christian. To the contrary, he was a perv who kept a harem of boys to use as objects of his sexual perversions.  When he finally died, even the Romans rejoiced.  What it does show, assuming Eusebius’s report is correct–and there is no persuasive reason to believe it is not–is that the evidence for Jesus’ miracles and resurrection was compelling enough to find its way to the most powerful earthly ruler of the day.  GS

Napoleon on King Jesus

Thought you might find this quote interesting:

“I die before my time and my body shall be given back to the earth and devoured by worms.  What an abysmal gulf between my deep miseries and the eternal kingdom of Christ.  I marvel that whereas the ambitious dreams of myself, Alexander and of Caesar should have vanished into thin air, a Judean peasant–Jesus–should be able to stretch his hands acrosss the centuries and control the destinies of men and nations.” 

Napoleon Bonaparte

An Introduction to the Blog

Jesus taught more about the kingdom of God than any other subject. Jesus spoke to His disciples, the general public, religious leaders and even Pontius Pilate about the kingdom of God. He preached the kingdom at the beginning of His ministry, throughout His ministry and even after His resurrection. In the gospels alone, the word “kingdom” appears 125 times—more than the word “love” (58 times), the word “faith” (29 times) and more than the word, “salvation” (8 times). Preaching about the kingdom of God was more than an important issue to Jesus; it was at the core of His purpose. (Luke 4:43).

Given the ubiquity of the kingdom in Jesus’ teaching one would expect most Christians to have a clear understanding of the kingdom and how it works. Nothing could be further from the truth. Misconceptions abound. Some think the kingdom of God is coterminous with the Church, while others think the kingdom is heaven. Jesus made it clear it was neither. This website will attempt to bring some clarity to the concept of the kingdom, operating on the assumption that if Jesus spent so much time teaching the kingdom of God to ordinary people that it is possible for ordinary people to understand it.  GS