A Picture that tells a Message
Until 500 BC, Rome was ruled by kings. When the last king was driven out, Rome became a republic. Led by the Senate, Rome gradually conquered all of Italy.
In 49 BC, the Roman general Julius Caesar seized power. He was stabbed to death by senators, and a series of power struggles followed. In 31 BC, Augustus became the first emperor of Rome. Over the next 150 years, the Romans conquered more land. Their empire eventually stretched from Britain to the Middle East.
Jesus Christ was born around 4 BC. The New Testament of the Bible tells of his life and ministry, his miracles, his death on the cross and his resurrection.
The above drawing shows the empty tomb of Jesus Christ after his crucifixion and resurrection from the dead. You can see the stone rolled away and the crosses in the background. You can also see Jesus Christ’s burial garment, which he left behind when he was resurrected. It has a faint image on it, a miracle we can see today (Shroud of Turin). Because of Jesus Christ, we can also have life after death if we believe in him. “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies”(John 11:25).
This is an excerpt from my book, Ancient History at a Glance, How the Bible Connects History, which you can purchase on Amazon here.