Pilate’s comment (John 18:38) to Jesus just before sentencing Him to death is especially appropriate today.
History is under attack these days as a mere social construct subject to political manipulation. However, there still exist physical artifacts and historically proven writings to which those seeking the truth of the past may refer. Until all the museums and libraries are destroyed, there will remain a few eminently provable historical facts.
One of these is the historically documented fact that a man from Nazareth, a carpenter named Jesus, existed, was first acclaimed as the Jewish messiah, and then was crucified on a hill outside Jerusalem approximately 2000 years ago. As columnist Erick Erickson lays out so succinctly in his Good Friday entry on Townhall.com, the proofs are there for anyone to see. And yet, we often hear unbelievers refer to Jesus contemptuously as the Christians’ “made-up God” or “their imaginary friend.”
However, even those who refuse to accept Christ’s resurrection and divinity cannot deny the impact of His life on humanity.
Occasionally, Easter, when Christians celebrate Resurrection Sunday, falls on or near April 1. On those years we sometimes hear snarky comments of the day being a great April Fools joke on believers.
Having studied the Scriptures, especially those already supported by archeology, and experienced for myself the blessings of His sacrificial death, I feel confident saying to the mockers and scoffers, “The jokes on you.”
1 The fool says in his heart,
“There is no God.”
-Psalm 53 (NIV)