Shelby G. Floyd
The above graphic is a portrait of Julian the Emperor on a bronze coin from Antioch that was minted around 360 to 363 A. D.
Easter Sunday is the time of the year that many people think about the resurrection of Jesus Christ and his ascension back to heaven to reign over his kingdom or church. The resurrection of Christ is one of the most authenticated facts in history. Unbelievers say that we only rely upon our proof for the resurrection of Christ from the Bible. It is true that the internal evidence of the word of God emphatically upholds our faith in the resurrection of Christ. Our faith that Jesus Christ was the son of David according to the flesh and the son of God by his resurrection from the dead cannot successfully be overturned (Romans 1:3-4). But there is additional evidence of the resurrection of Christ from sources that are external to the Bible.
One of these sources is from Julian the Emperor (331-363 A. D.). Julian was the 63rd Emperor of the Roman Empire and he reigned from 361-363 A. D. He also was a gifted writer and philosopher, as well as a great military leader. In his lifetime he fought and won several battles, but in 363 he was mortally wounded in a battle with the Persian army.
He was educated by his parents who believed the Christian religion and brought him up in Christian doctrine. However, after he became the Emperor he zealously tried to restore the religious practices of pagan Rome. In doing so he turned his back upon his Christian upbringing and became known as Julian the Apostate.
After ruling the Roman Empire for just two years he was mortally wounded on June the 27th, 363. He was only 32 years old. A Persian soldier had thrust a spear into his abdomen. As the dying Emperor lay bleeding, he grunted and groaned in agony, and it was reported that he cried out, “You have conquered, O Galilean.” This reference is beyond doubt referring to Jesus Christ whom he had opposed. And thus our Galilean Savior will go on conquering until all of his enemies have been put under his feet and he will be declared forever to be Lord of lords and King of kings.
The moniker “Julian the Apostate” is not something that one should be proud to wear. An apostate is anyone who falls away from the faith either by negligence or by design. And the apostle Peter described such as person in his second letter: “ For if, after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and overcome, the latter end is worse for them than the beginning. For it would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than having known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered to them. But it has happened to them according to the true proverb: “A dog returns to his own vomit,” and, “a sow, having washed, to her wallowing in the mire” (2 Peter 2:20-22 NKJV).
May we all increase our faith in the risen Savior and do all we can to advance the Christian religion throughout the whole world before our Lord and Savior returns in glory?
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