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The Crucial Figures in Jesus Christ’s Crucifixion

Step into the pages of history and discover the names that shaped the ultimate sacrifice. Join us as we uncover The Crucial Figures in Jesus Christ's Crucifixion


Delve into the lives and roles of those who played a part in the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, from his betrayal to his death, and discover the significance of their actions.

The Betrayal: Judas Iscariot


Already a wanted figure, Jesus had angered the Pharisees, Herodians, and Sadducees with his preaching, culminating in his outburst at the temple. Judas Iscariot, one of Jesus’ own disciples, betrayed him for thirty pieces of silver, leading a group of men to Jesus’ location. Overcome with guilt, Judas later returned the silver and hanged himself.

The Unfair Trial: Caiaphas

As one of Jerusalem’s most esteemed High Priests, Caiaphas played a crucial role in Jesus’ crucifixion, viewing him as a threat to his power. Jesus faced an unjust trial at Caiaphas’ residence, where the High Priest acted as both prosecutor and judge. Although Jesus was found guilty of blasphemy and sentenced to death, Caiaphas needed Roman authorities to execute the sentence.

The Reluctant Condemnation: Pontius Pilate

Pontius Pilate, a Roman official, held no interest in Jesus, except to maintain peace in the province. Despite finding Jesus innocent, Pilate faced pressure from a discontented crowd, so he followed Passover tradition and offered to release either Jesus or the notorious prisoner Barabbas. The crowd chose Barabbas, and Pilate reluctantly sentenced Jesus to death, symbolically washing his hands of the matter.


The Cross Bearer: Simon of Cyrene

When Jesus was led to Golgotha for crucifixion, the Bible mentions Simon of Cyrene carrying the cross behind him. Forced by guards to do so, Simon provided a brief respite to Jesus’ suffering.

The Loyal Supporter: Mary Magdalene

Mary Magdalene, whom Jesus had healed of seven demons, witnessed his crucifixion and burial. As the first person Jesus appeared to after his death, her presence held great symbolic significance.

The Gathering of Marys

The gospels note that Jesus’ mother, Mary, was present at his crucifixion, along with other women named Mary. While the exact number and identities of these women are unclear, their attendance highlights their devotion to Jesus.

The Anonymous Soldier: Longinus


Longinus, the biblical name for the soldier who pierced Jesus’ side with a spear, has a mysterious background. Some scholars believe he is a composite of multiple individuals or that he was once blind but regained his sight after Jesus’ blood fell into his eyes.

The Two Thieves: St. Dismas and Gestas

The gospels describe two criminals, Dismas and Gestas, crucified alongside Jesus. While Gestas joined the crowd in mocking Jesus, Dismas rebuked him and asked Jesus to remember him. In response, Jesus promised Dismas a place in paradise.

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Written by Justin Gurkinic

Hey, my name is Justin, and my friends call me Gurk. Why? Becuase of my last name. It sounds like a vegetable. Kind of. I love sleeping and writing. History is my thing.

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