A 2,000-Year-Old Ring That May Have Belonged To The Man Who Crucified Jesus Changes The Whole Story
Pontius Pilate was the man who ordered the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. But while many people may think they know the story of Jesus’ death, a recent discovery will no doubt change their minds. Because when experts found an ancient ring in Bethlehem, they realized it led all the way back to Pilate. It also meant that the researchers had to re-examine the entire Bible story in light of the surprising new evidence. Their findings would cause shockwaves in the biblical community, too.
That’s because the crucifixion of Jesus obviously plays a central role in Christianity. Many people believe that Christ’s death made a relationship with God possible. Followers also believe that it helped grant eternal life for those who believe as well. But does this latest discovery change things?
Well, Jesus’ death is still a powerful symbol of the Christian faith. The sacrifice is, after all, thought to be proof of both his devotion to God and his love of humanity. Jesus’ end is said by many to have been part of his plan, too. The story of the crucifixion has also been a source of inspiration for some of the world’s greatest art. And it would be a shame for any of that to change.
Artists from Peter Paul Rubens to Salvador Dali have created scenes of Jesus’ death on the cross. And these sometimes surreal, often sublime works have left an indelible mark on the Christian collective consciousness – just as Jesus’ death itself has done. Pontius Pilate, it seems, has a lot to answer for.
But while the crucifixion at the hands of the Romans ended Jesus’ life, it apparently wasn’t the first attempt to remove him from society. Christ, it’s said, suffered persecution throughout his time on Earth, with this torment having begun at birth. Yes, the story of the Nativity itself involves a plot to kill the newborn Messiah.