by Heather Tietz
For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are dying, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
1 Corinthians 1:18
Historical records do more than verify Jesus’ death.
The erecting of Jesus’ cross pulled back the curtain for a show of God’s power. Did you know, the New Testament is not the only book to write about it? Historical authors like Africanus, Thallus, Phlegon, Tacitus, Josephus and even the Jewish Talmud itself speaks about significant events that happened the day the cross went up.
The sky fell dark with “fearful darkness.” There was an unexplained, unexpected, eclipse of the sun that occurred during a full moon. A severe earthquake collapsed “many places in Judea.” Then a catastrophe occurred in the Temple Sanctuary. No wonder the soldier standing near the cross declared, “This must have been the son of God.”
Jesus’ cross had a profound effect on nature, on the Temple, on the people themselves. The soldier near the cross is perhaps the first of millions who have been changed by it. Since then, gang members have turned into pastors, dry ground into schools for the poor, empty buildings into homes for orphans. It’s filled hungry stomachs, turned dirty water clean, and taken wandering spirits and given them purpose.
It’s the starting place of God’s new covenant. It’s the start of God’s power in us. It’s an earthquake, an eclipse, a ripping of the sins that separate us from Heaven. Jesus’ cross is bettering you. Share it.