Norwegian-American, Writer, Mom, Catholic, Wife, Soldier, Redneck, Photographer, Republican, Historian, Logger…(this list is not in any particular order, nor is it all encompassing). The definition of me refuses to be packaged neatly in a box. My writing desires to fly out in countless directions to explore the world or at least my world.
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Who Was At The Cross?
A person sent me an e-mailed with these questions a couple of
Here is something you can use for your blog.Which apostles went to the crucifixion?John went and became Mary’s son.Simon carried the cross but there is talk of
him coming from the country.Mathew,
Mark, and Luke all tell the story of the crucifixion.So, who all went to the crucifixion?
is in all four of the gospels.Of
course, the stories are different, but they all talk about the death of
Jesus.The first three gospels do talk
about Simon.However, this is not Simon
Peter the apostle.I will take the verse
from Matthew 27:32.“As they were going
out, they met a Cyrenian named Simon; this man they pressed into service to
carry his cross.”In the notes of my
Bible, it states that Cyrenaica on the northern coast of Africa is a Roman
province.Simon either was living in
Palestine at the time or had come for Passover on pilgrimage.He was just a guy in the crowd that the Romans
forced to carry the cross with a very common name.In Mark 15:21 we can learn he is the father
of Alexander and Rufus.No new
information is given about Simon in Luke.
As for who was at
the cross, in Matthew they only talk about the soldiers and many women
including Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Joseph, and the mother
of the sons of Zebedee.Mark accounts
for soldiers, chief priests, passersby, Mary Magdalene, Mary mother of the younger
James, Joses, and Salome, and other women followers of Jesus.Luke gives less detail.He talks of the rulers and a centurion.He also states that people gathered to see
what happened and that the women followers of Jesus were present.The gospel of John is the only account of
Jesus’ mother being at the crucifixion and his disciple John.Jesus lovingly bestows upon the two a new
mother/son relationship.In this account
it is said Mary’s sister was with them as were Mary the wife of Clopas and Mary
In the end, these
are the only people accountable to witnessing the death of Jesus in the Bible.The majority of his closest friends failed to
support him in the end proving humanities weakness.The writings came not from firsthand
knowledge but from a retelling of the story.