Could Jesus be a wizard? The debates on religious topics concerning him personally and his deeds have been going on for decades. But recently, the scientists have paid attention to the art of the catacombs of Rome. In the images applied to the walls and to the stone grave gates, Jesus is depicted as a magician who multiplies the number of loaves of bread, heals sick people and brings the dead back to life. All of these images contain the same strange element, on each drawing, Jesus waves a wand-like object. It leads scholars to assume that in earlier times Christians could see Jesus as a magician or a wizard.
An early written evidence suggests otherwise. Magic was considered as a common man's occupation. It could not raise the dead, while Jesus was able to perform such supernatural acts, and they were accepted by believers as miracles performed through a mighty God.
In addition, Jesus had a wand, it is a magic wand, and the wizards of that time did not possess anything like that. During the early Christian period, magic was widespread. Between the 3rd and 8th centuries, when the images quite clearly represented how Jesus Christ carries his significant rod, Christianity was still in its infancy. In parallel with him, Judaism developed, people worshiped Roman gods and goddesses.
According to Lee Jefferson, chairman of the Danville Central College religion program, at the time some of the images with Jesus were created, people did not have a common Bible and did not have a common understanding of what Jesus was.
But his actions were not like magic per se. Both in modern times and in the past, magic has used various spells to solve problems in love, health, wealth. Having received the instructions from the magicians, people took them in order to repeat all the instructions at home in solitude. Did Jesus do so? During the formation of the Christianity, people could not control how effective magical effects were. Disease often became a death sentence, magic was powerless.
But it gave a sense of control, because people trusted it. In the Roman Empire, magic was forbidden and was considered as a superstition. Against the background of the phenomenon, the actions of Jesus are shown as the actions of a sorcerer. But the followers of Jesus never saw that, perhaps they considered such manifestations of magical effects commonplace.
After all, their Savior worked miracles, not magic. He often defied death and his actions were very different from those used by magicians. Jesus' ability to overcome death, heal people and produce food elevated him even above the Roman gods, and there is no explanation for that to nowadays.