(Fig 1) My Own Painting of the Crucifixion
Did Jesus Survive The Crucifixion?
Pontius Pilate who was the Roman prefect (governor) of Judea was the one who presided over the trial of Jesus. For one or all of the following reasons Pilate could have ensured that Jesus did not die on the cross.
1) He was not convinced that Jesus had committed a crime so severe as to deserve death by crucifixion.
2) While Pilate was known to be a cruel governor, he was also notorious for being corrupt. According to some accounts he could have taken a hefty bribe from Joseph of Arimathea and spared Jesus’ life.
3) Pilate was also reluctant to condemn Jesus to death because his wife Claudia Procula interceded on behalf of Jesus. He could have spared Jesus’ life acceding to his wife’s pleas.
Another aspect that indicates that there was a conspiracy to spare the life of Jesus was the fact that Jesus’ legs were not broken while the legs of other two crucified along with him were broken. Besides this while other victims of crucifixion lingered on the cross for several hours and in some cases a couple of days before they died, Jesus was declared dead after being on the cross for a mere three hours.
However all this is just conjecture.
But consider the following. There is more substance to these claims that Jesus survived the crucifixion than just speculation.
1) Prophet Of The Children Of Israel
On the peak of a hill near the Dal Lake in Kashmir was a grand temple commonly referred to as the Takhat Sulaiman or the Throne of Solomon. There were four inscriptions on this structure.
‘The mason of this pillar is Bihishti Zargar, Year fifty and four,’ was the first.
The second was ‘Khwaja Rukun, son of Murjan erected this pillar.’
‘At this time Yuz Asaf proclaimed his prophethood. Year fifty and four,’ was the third.
And the fourth was ‘He is Jesus, Prophet of the Children of Israel.’
2) I Am Called A Son Of God
Shalivahana a good and brave ruler had recently defeated attacking hordes of Chinese Parthians, Scythians and Bactrians. One day when Shalivahana went to the Himalayas he saw a man sitting on a mountain. The man’s expression was calm and peaceful. The man was light skinned and wore white garments. Shalivahana was impressed by the holy man. The king asked the man who he was.
(Fig 2) Shalivahana Chakravarthi
To this the holy man replied ‘I am called a son of God, born of a virgin, minister of the non-believers, relentless in the search of truth.’
“What is your religion?” the king asked the holy man.
‘O great King, I come from a foreign country, where there is no longer truth and where evil knows no bounds. In the land of the non-believers, I appeared as the Messiah. O King, lend your ear to the religion that I brought unto the non-believers. Through justice, truth, meditation and unity of spirit, man will find his way to Issa in the centre of light. God, as firm as the sun, will finally unite the spirit of all wandering beings in himself. Thus, O King, the blissful image of Issa, the giver of happiness, will remain forever in the heart; it is for this that I am called Issa-Masih.’ The holy man replied.
This dialogue between the great king and the holy man is recorded Bhavishya Mahapurana. While the exact dates of the Gospels are only estimates, the exact date of the ninth book of the Bhavishya Mahapurana is unambiguous. It was written by the Sutta in A.D. 115.
3) Jesus Was Alive In A.D. 115
St. Irenaeus of Lyons an Early Church Father, Bishop, and declared Doctor of the Church lived between the years of 125-203 A.D.
(Fig 3) St. Irenaeus of Lyons
In A.D. 185 Irenaeus is said to have written the following in his Book II, Chapter 22 of his treatise “Against Heresies”:
On completing His thirtieth year He suffered, being in fact still a young man, and who had by no means attained to advanced age . . . from the fortieth and fiftieth year a man begins to decline towards old age, which our Lord possessed while He still fulfilled the office of a Teacher, even as the Gospel and all the elders testify.
According to Irenaeus Jesus was alive and carrying on his mission at the age of fifty. We are given to understand that at fifty Jesus was not the strong young man he was at the time of his crucifixion. Is it possible that Irenaeus based his statements on a history book from India called the Bhavishya Mahapurana that spoke of a meeting that had happened in A.D. 115? (1)
1) The Rozabal Line, Ashwin Sanghi
(Fig 1) My own painting of the Crucifixion
(Fig 2) Shalivahana Chakravarthi https://www.google.co.in/search?hl=en&site=imghp&tbm=isch&source=hp&biw=1280&bih=637&q=shalivahana+chakravarthi&oq=shalivahana+&gs_l=img.1.0.0l9j0i30.112.4955.0.78220.127.116.11.18.104.22.1680.933.5j4-1.6.0….0…1ac.1.64.img..1.10.964.sJ2_Xt_3aeQ#imgrc=BVp8NHOB0f_aEM%3A
(Fig 3) St. Irenaeus of Lyons https://www.google.co.in/search?hl=en&site=imghp&tbm=isch&source=hp&biw=1280&bih=637&q=shalivahana+chakravarthi&oq=shalivahana+&gs_l=img.1.0.0l9j0i30.112.4955.0.7822.214.171.124.126.96.36.1990.933.5j4-1.6.0….0…1ac.1.64.img..1.10.964.sJ2_Xt_3aeQ#hl=en&tbm=isch&q=St.+Irenaeus+of+Lyons+&imgrc=7drg9vLNTuqwCM%3A