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UNDENIABLE HISTORY: These are the eyewitnesses to Jesus Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection




Some of the people recorded in the Holy Bible as witnesses to the scourging, crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ include the Virgin Mary, John the disciple, soldiers of the Roman Empire, Pontius Pilate, Joseph of Arimathea, Simon of Cyrene and many other people who knew Jesus.


Yet some people, especially Muslim adherents deny that Jesus Christ was ever crucified or resurrected.


But since the Bible and history records so many witnesses there is not a shadow of a doubt that Jesus Christ was crucified, died, buried and resurrected.



The Gospel of Jesus Christ


This is the everlasting gospel of Christ: Almighty God in the person of Jesus was born in to the world as the Son of God. He died as a sacrifice to appease God the Father for the world’s sins and arose from the grave on the third day like He promised. Thereby granting everlasting life to everyone who believes in Him.


Jesus’s Crucifixion and Resurrection Was Very Public


At the very minimum, hundreds of people in and around Jerusalem knew that Jesus Christ had been crucified in public by the occupying Roman Empire and that he rose from the dead on the third day.


He appeared on earth for 40 days after His resurrection – ministering, teaching, instructing and commanding His disciples (Acts 1).


His 11 living disciples, many other followers and even more than 500 people at once saw Him (1 Corinthians 15).


The Virgin Mary


The Virgin Mary stood nearby the cross of crucifixion, while some of the other women who had followed Jesus from Galilee – and who believed in Him - witnessed from afar. There were many other people who knew Jesus and were watching from afar (Luke 23:49).


Jesus consoled Mary while He was on the cross by telling her that John the disciple would take care of her in His absence (John 19:26-27).


John the Disciple


John, also called “the disciple who Jesus loved,” witnessed the crucifixion from up close and was given the honor by Jesus of taking care of the Virgin Mary after Jesus’s crucifixion, resurrection and ascension into Heaven (John 19:26-27).


Roman Empire Soldiers


Roman soldiers who occupied Israel are recorded mocking Jesus by giving Him a purple robe, a crown of thorns and a sign that read “King of the Jews.”


The soldiers had scourged Jesus before leading Him to Golgotha aka Cavalry to be crucified. One of the soldiers pierced Christ’s side instead of breaking His legs. Thereby fulfilling prophesy (John 19:34-37; Revelation 1:7; Zechariah 12:10).

A Centurion praised and glorified God after witnessing Jesus breath His last breath before later rising from the dead. The centurion said that Jesus was “a righteous man” (Luke 23:47).


The soldiers are also described as gambling for Christ’s clothes, further fulfilling prophesy (Matthew 27:35; Mark 15:24; Luke 23:24; John 19:23-24; Psalms 22:18).


Joseph of Arimathea


Joseph of Arimathea was the one who took Jesus’s dead body from the cross of crucifixion, wrapped it in a clean cloth and placed it in a rock tomb that had never been used for burial. Arimathea was the name of a town or village north of Jerusalem.


This Joseph was apparently a member of the Jewish religious leadership council called the Sanhedrin.


Like fellow Sanhedrin member Nicodemus, Joseph of Arimathea secretly believed in Jesus but feared punishment from their fellow elite Jews (Luke 23:50-54; John 3).


Simon of Cyrene


Simon of Cyrene was the man who is recorded as being forced by the Roman soldiers to carry the exhausted Jesus’s cross to the hill of crucifixion just outside of Jerusalem (Mark 15:21-22; Matthew 27:32; Luke 23:26).


Conclusion


There is absolutely no viable reason to deny that Jesus Christ was crucified by the Roman Empire at the behest of the Jewish religious elite and arose from the dead for all to see.


Jesus was widely known throughout Israel and the surrounding areas.


Throngs followed Him whenever they could as proven by the Holy Bible’s accounts of Jesus miraculously feeding 5,000 people at one sitting and then 4,000 at another (Matthew 14:13-21; Mark 8:1-9).


By all accounts, Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection are both very provable, historical and undeniable.


Please do not let anyone tell you otherwise.


Christ is risen and He will return to judge the world and either reward believers in Him or punish non-believers.


Ask the Lord our Savior to come in to your life and turn it around if you are on the wrong path. Believe in Him and He will guide you, protect you and renew your mind, body and soul.


Witness the Lord direct your paths in the direction that both He and you desire.

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