People in History Who Knew Jesus or The Apostles

  I always find it fascinating when people want more ‘proof’ of Jesus’ existence or that the Bible is really God’s word. There are some Skeptics who would tell us that Jesus never existed, or that He did exist, but they have a different account of what happened than the Bible describes.

   One person who did know Jesus personally, while He was on earth was a man named Ignatius. You can find letters that Ignatius wrote which talks about his interaction with Jesus’ family at   He seems to know Mary well and has a high respect for her. Although this is just speculation, Ignatius may have been one of the little children who sat on Jesus lap  as recorded in Mark 10:13-16 People were bringing little children to Jesus to have him touch them, but the disciples rebuked them.  When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. NIV

  One other person who knew the Apostle John was a man named ‘Polycarp’. Polycarp was a disciple of John and St. Jerome wrote that John had ordained him as bishop of Smyrna. You can find some of his letters at the above url.

   So, we have these two men who were acquainted with Jesus and the Apostle John. Polycarp and Ignatius were genuine historical figures who have been written about by others (or who have written their own letters which are preserved). What was written about them is enough proof to help us know that Jesus really did exist on earth 2,000 years ago.


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