Our Religion, the Christian religion is rooted in human history. It is not like so many other non Christian religions that have stories of a distant past. Although even in their stories they have elements of truth, for universally every religion there was a perfect, a golden age and something went wrong.
Christianity is rooted in human history so that we do not depend only on the scriptures for historical fact, but we can compare it with secular history and see indeed that the two mesh together. And so in today’s reading in the third chapter of St. Luke’s Gospel, we hear of specific times and unique individuals being named. So we see Tiberius Caesar has been in the throne for fifteen years, this is a historical fact, there was Julius Caesar, Augustus Caesar and then Tiberius. Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea. He will be there for ten years and he was appointed in the third year of Caesar’s reign. Herod who was the son of Herod the great who attempted to put Christ to death as an infant was the Tetrarch of Galilee, that is he had been given a forth part of the kingdom of Israel, his brother Philip another son of Herod, was a Tetrarch of two other areas and Lysanias was the Tetrarch of the fourth. So the civil rulers, the Roman Emperor, the kings and the Tetrarch of Palestine are named. And now the religious leaders are named, during the pontificate of Annas and Caiaphas. All of them are named for the simple reason that all of them would be in some way be influential in bringing about the death of the Saviour.
The word of God came to John the son of Zachariah in the wilderness, so all of this happened in the reign of Tiberius Caesar, Pontius Pilot would be one of the judges, Herod the Tetrarch would be another of the judges and Annas and Caiaphas would be another judges of Christ. So then God has set the stage and all the actors are present and so the drama begins...
By Fr Linus Clovis
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