Simon of Cyrene was a Jew who had come to Jerusalem for the Passover Feast. To hasten Jesus' execution by crucifixion the soldiers forced Simon to carry the cross, which weighed approximately 88 pounds, a distance of three quarters of a mile from the fortress of Antonia to Calvary.
Simon of Cyrene was an African man summoned from the crowd to carry Jesus' cross to Calvary. The Rev. Henry Masters tells his story.
According to legend, Veronica wiped the sweat from Christ's brow with her veil as he carried the cross to Calvary and, miraculously, an image of Christ's face became emblazoned on the cloth.
Christian tradition holds that Gestas was on the cross to the left of Jesus and Dismas was on the cross to the right of Jesus.
The Apostle John was most notably the only one of the twelve left with Jesus to witness the crucifixion. He continued to work to spread the gospel for many years after Jesus's death.
One thief died mocking Jesus and railing at his own circumstances, defiant to the end. The other thief, in his agonizing hours hanging beside Jesus, realized the error of his ways, trusted in God, repented, and was promised by Jesus: “Truly, I say to you, today you'll be with Me in paradise” (Luke 23:43).
The brothers of Jesus or the adelphoi (Greek: ἀδελφοί, translit. adelphoí, lit. "of the same womb") are named in the New Testament as James, Joses (a form of Joseph), Simon, Jude, and unnamed sisters are mentioned in Mark and Matthew.
There came a woman of Samaria to draw water. Jesus said to her, "Give me a drink." For his disciples had gone away into the city to buy food. The Samaritan woman said to him, "How is it that you, a Jew, ask a drink of me, a woman of Samaria?" For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.
He may have stood about 5-ft.-5-in. (166 cm) tall, the average man's height at the time.
According to some Gnostic traditions, Simon of Cyrene, by mistaken identity, suffered the events leading up to the crucifixion. This is the story presented in the Second Treatise of the Great Seth, although it is unclear whether Simon or another actually died on the cross.
It is unknown what happened to Simon, who literally carried Jesus' cross. He is not widely venerated as a saint, though it is hard to believe that being so close to Jesus would not have changed him. Some traditions celebrate him as St. Simon of Cyrene, with a feast day on December 1.
The crucifixion of Jesus with the Virgin Mary, Saint John and Mary Magdalene.
Both groups see Christ's crucifixion as a sacrificial act which atones for all of humanity's sins. Catholics and Protestants generally understand the crucifixion provides forgiveness. In choosing to exhibit a crucifix, Roman Catholics place a special emphasis on this sacrifice and its forgiveness.
The seven sayings are gathered from the four canonical gospels. In Matthew and Mark, Jesus cries out to God. In Luke, he forgives his killers, reassures the penitent thief, and commends his spirit to the Father. In John, he speaks to his mother, says he thirsts, and declares the end of his earthly life.
Most biblical scholars agree that the author of Luke also wrote the Acts of the Apostles as a follow-up volume to the Gospel of Luke account, and the two works must be considered as a whole. In Mark, Jesus is crucified along with two rebels, and the sun goes dark or is obscured for three hours.
According to the Gospel account, Mary Magdalene, a woman who had lived a sinful life, came to the banquet and began to weep, her tears falling onto Jesus' feet, which she then wiped with her hair, kissed, and perfumed with ointment from a jar. Simon was shocked that Jesus would allow an impure woman to do this.
After the Ascension of Jesus
Her death is not recorded in the scriptures, but Orthodox tradition, tolerated also by Catholics, has her first dying a natural death, known as the Dormition of Mary, and then, soon after, her body itself also being assumed (taken bodily) into Heaven.
Bernadette claims to see the Virgin Mary. In southern France, Marie-Bernarde Soubirous, a 14-year-old French peasant girl, first claims to have seen the Virgin Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ and a central figure in the Roman Catholic religion.
"Christian tradition has long held that Jesus was not married, even though no reliable historical evidence exists to support that claim," King said in a press release.
A careful look at the New Testament shows that Mary kept her vow of virginity and never had any children other than Jesus.
The answer is Jesus didn't have a formal last name or surname like we do today.
Aramaic is best known as the language Jesus spoke. It is a Semitic language originating in the middle Euphrates. In 800-600 BC it spread from there to Syria and Mesopotamia. The oldest preserved inscriptions are from this period and written in Old Aramaic.
While Jesus told Nicodemus, “Amen, Amen, I say to you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit” (John 3:5), he did not set baptism as a hindrance to salvation but just the opposite. We so often judge things by human standards, but God is not restrained by our standards.
The question is asked: “Did Judas go to heaven?” Yes, if going to heaven was a matter of good works. Judas had a lot of good works. He traveled with Christ for three years without a salary or any certain dwelling place. He was one of the 12 who helped Christ feed the multitude (Matthew 14) to name a few.