Did Homer, Plato and Aristotle exist, or were they mythological characters?
However, the words of Jesus were quoted many times in the first and second century by followers like: Luke, who tells us Jesus is our Creator; Mark, Clement of Rome, Mathetes, Polycarp, Ignatius, Barnabas, Papias, Justin Martyr and, the apologist Iranaeus, who says many healed or raised from the dead by Jesus or His disciples were still alive during his days.
Polycarp even claimed to be an original disciple because as a child he sat at the feet of John. He also learned from the other disciples.
Polycarp was strong in his beliefs and refusing to flee, suffered martyrdom after a dream he would die by fire. His congregation gathered up his burnt bones and cherished those