What Happened to the Soldiers Who Killed Jesus?
It is impossible for those who have never been in war to comprehend what troops go through in the course of their duties. It is tough to live with the reality of death all of the time, and to recognize that you are an agent of death—even if it is for a good cause. Soldiers’ lives are rarely simple, and they are often dangerous. Not now, and not two thousand years ago, nor will it ever be. However, even warriors who have been hardened by the heat of combat and the trials of military duty can be restored to hope and serenity through God’s saving grace.
Crucification was an execution procedure in which offenders were attached to a cross of wood and then left to perish in their own blood.
The Life of a Centurion Our eldest son has been serving in the army for a number of years now.
It is a way of life characterized by discipline, organization, and collaboration.
- A Centurion was a Roman officer who was in command of a squad of 100 soldiers.
- Just as in the modern military, Centurions were promoted as they progressed through ranks and assumed more responsibilities.
- The elevation of a soldier to the rank of Centurion was nearly always based on his or her aptitude and good conduct.
- Away from the battlefield, Centurions maintained order in the ranks, provided security and protection, directed police operations in occupied territories, and oversaw executions.
- They were professional troops tasked for upholding the law of Rome in the conquered territory of Israel.
- In addition to their bravery and knowledge, centurions were renowned for their dedication and devotion to the Roman cause.
- The Centurion at the Cross is a Roman centurion who stands at the foot of the cross.
A loud cry came from Jesus at three o’clock in the afternoon, saying, “Eli, Eli, lema Sabachthani?” (Lord, have mercy on us).
And when Jesus cried out in a loud voice for the third time, he surrendered his spirit.
The ground trembled, the rocks cracked, and the tombs burst into flames.
It was terrifying for the Centurion and others with him who were guarding Jesus when they witnessed the earthquake and everything that had transpired.
“There was no doubt that he was the Son of God!” What a powerful statement!
This was the decision of a seasoned warrior who had been seen soldiers die horrendous deaths for many years before making this choice.
Although the Centurion disagrees with the authorities that Jesus merited punishment, he does agree with them that Jesus is actually God, according to his own remark.
We must keep in mind that this soldier has most likely witnessed a number of crucifixions.
What exactly did he see?
This is what the Centurion observed So, just what did the Centurion witness was a mystery. What was it that caused him to disagree with the authorities and instead honor the man who had been executed by firing squad?
- In reaction to His horrifying treatment by Roman troops and His own countrymen, Jesus reacted as follows:
Is it because I am waging a revolt that you have come out with swords and clubs to catch me?’ Jesus inquired of the throng. Every day, I taught in the temple courts, and you did not detain or arrest me for it. However, all of this has occurred in order for the prophets’ writings to be fulfilled. After that, everyone left him and fled. Matt. 26:55-56, EMPHASIS ADDED) (MATT. 26:55-56, EMPHASIS ADDED) Afterwards, one of the governor’s troops. made a crown of thorns out of knotted rope and placed it on his head.
Afterwards, they knelt in front of him and made fun of him.
They spat on him and then got a stick and repeatedly beat him in the head, causing him to fall.
Then they took him away and nailed him to a cross.
- The multitude and soldiers, especially the Centurion, are enraged by Jesus’ mercantilism. “Father, forgive them!” Jesus pleaded with the Father. The Bible says (LUKE 23:34). In Matthew 27:35-36, when they sat down to gamble for His meager goods and watch Him die, Jesus begged for their forgiveness rather than for His own escape. That is incredible
- The Creator’s death was followed by the creation’s response. A witness stated that they “saw the earthquake and all of the events that were taking place” (Matt. 27:54). They seen the sun go dark, they felt the force of the earth move beneath their feet, and they witnessed these miraculous happenings come to an abrupt halt as Jesus made a piercing cry and died.
This Centurion was naturally taken aback by the events that transpired in the days leading up to Christ’s death. He and his guys were “terrified” since they had never seen anything like it before. The Centurion and his company of battle-hardened warriors had been accustomed to dealing with dread, but they were suddenly confronted with panic. They had good reason to be afraid, for the events that were unfolding were out of the usual in almost every respect.
- There will be no ordinary execution. The soldiers were sure that this was no ordinary execution because of the darkness, the earthquake, and the shout of Christ from the cross. They were scared and realized they were seeing the death of God as a result of the occurrences. What a dawning realization! They had put God’s Son to death, and it was their fault.
- There is no ordinary power. These individuals did not get their conclusions because of some ‘explanation.’ The only thing that brought them to this conclusion was witnessing the power of God in Jesus’ replies as well as in nature (the earthquake and the black sky)
- This isn’t your typical strength. Because of any ‘explanation,’ they did not arrive to this conclusion. The only thing that brought them to this conclusion was witnessing the power of God in Jesus’ replies as well as in nature (the earthquake and the black sky).
According to Matthew Henry, we should respond in the same way as the Centurion did: “Let us, with an eye of faith, look upon Christ and Him crucified, and be that tremendous love with which He loved us.” Why? The reason is because what we see on the cross, as the Centurion did, is the perfect Son of God dying a horrific death on our behalf. We deserve the death He died because we reject and neglect our Creator (which is what’sin’ is). He died because we deserve it. The crucifixion represented Jesus accepting all of God’s wrath against us for the way we had lived, in order for Him to reconcile us with God.
- What Comes Next?
- They overheard stuff that we can only speculate about.
- In spite of the fact that we have never seen Jesus in his bodily form, we may view Him through the pages of God’s Word, gaining strong reason for believing that He is God’s Son.
- This implies that when we read the narratives of Christ’s life and death in the Bible (also known as the “Word of Christ”), we will discover compelling reasons to place our faith in Him.
- His just indignation and judgment are due to us because of the way we live, neglecting our Creator and living without Him.
- However, on the cross, Jesus, the perfect Son of God, took on all of God’s wrath on our behalf, so releasing us from all of God’s judgment.
- Jesus’ death on the cross secured the salvation of everyone who believes in him.
- The cross represents God’s ability to rescue anybody who puts their confidence in Him.
At the foot of the cross, the earth is always flat and level. There, poor and rich, old and young, good and evil, generals and centurions, all find level ground on which to bow before the Christ who died for them—and for us—as well as for all people. He is, without a doubt, the Son of God!
Longinus – Wikipedia
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- 15th of March: Roman Catholic Church (before to 1969)
- The Roman Catholic Church and Eastern Orthodox Churches will meet on October 16
- The Armenian Apostolic Church will meet on October 22. The Coptic Orthodox Church celebrates its feast day on November 14.
Catholic Church (before to 1969) on March 15th. Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches will meet on October 16; the Armenian Apostolic Church will meet on October 22. The Coptic Orthodox Church celebrates its feast day on November 14th.
Origins of the story
The nameLonginusis found in theActs of Pilate, a passage attached to theapocryphal Gospel of Nicodemus, rather than in the canonical Gospels, which indicates that this soldier was a Roman soldier. Longinus was not born a saint; he was born a pagan. The “Letter of HerodtoPilate,” which dates from the sixth or seventh century, claims that Longinus suffered as a result of his piercing of Jesus’ side and that he was condemned to a cave where every night, a lion came and mauled him until dawn, after which his body would heal back to normal, in a pattern that would repeat until the end of time.
- The Apocryphal Gospel of Nicodemus is credited with introducing the concept to the Western world.
- First seen lettered in horizontal Greek letters,LOGINOS(O), next to a depiction of the Crucifixion and a soldier holding a spear in a Syriacgospel manuscript illuminated by a certain Rabulas in the year 586, in the Laurentian Library in Florence.
- Known as theHoly Lance, and more recently as the “Spear of Destiny,” the spear was revered inJerusalemby the sixth century, despite the fact that neither the centurion nor the name “Longinus” were mentioned in any of the surviving accounts of the battle.
- Prior to the eleventh century, there is no mention of blindness or other forms of vision impairment.
- According to the Golden Legend, he had seen heavenly signals before converting, and his vision issues may have been caused by disease or old age, rather than by conversion.
- His eyes were cured as a result of some of Jesus’ blood falling on them.
Longinus’ body is said to have been lost twice, with the second recovery taking place at Mantua in 1304, along with the Holy Sponge stained with Christ’s blood, with which it was revealed that Longinus had assisted in cleaning Christ’s body when it was taken down from the cross, thus extending Longinus’ role.
They were allegedly separated and subsequently given to other locations, with the body being transported to Rome’s Basilica of Sant’Agostinoin the process.
Official guides to the Basilica, on the other hand, do not make any mention of the presence of any tomb linked with Saint Longinus. Furthermore, it has been said that Longinus’ remains was discovered in Sardinia; nevertheless, Greek sources claim that he died as a martyr at Gabala, Cappadocia.
Longinus is revered as a martyr in the Roman Catholic Church, the Eastern Orthodox Church, and the Armenian Apostolic Church, and he is also honored in the Orthodox Church. His feast day is commemorated on 16 October in theRoman Martyrology, which mentions him, without any proof of martyrdom, in the following terms: “At Jerusalem, memorial of Saint Longinus, who is honoured as the soldier opening the side of the crucified Lord with a lance”. The feast day of the Roman Rite before to 1969 is the 15th of March.
His feast day is celebrated on the 22nd of October in the Armenian Apostolic Church across the world.
Additionally, a spearpoint piece, which is believed to be from the Holy Lance, is preserved in the Basilica.
Saint Longinus is known by the Portuguese name “So Longuinho,” and he is credited with the ability to locate misplaced items. It is the song “So Longuinho, So Longuinho, se eu achar, dou três pulinhos!” that calls for the assistance of the saint. If I come across So Longuinho, So Longuinho, I’ll hop three times!” The relationship with missing things is explained by a story from the saint’s time in Rome, according to popular belief. It is believed that he was of little size and, as a result, had an unobstructed view of the undersides of tables amid large gatherings of people.
Accounts differ on the promised offering of three hops, with some expressing sensitivity to the saint’s reputed hobbling and others stating an appeal to the Holy Trinity as the reason for the offering.
Brazilianmedium A psychographic work of authorship attributed to the spirit ofHumberto de Campos, Brazil, Coraço do Mundo, Pátria do Evangelho was written by Chico Xavier and published in Brazil, Coraço do Monde, Pátria do Evangelho. In the novel, it is stated that Saint Longinus has been reborn as Pedro II, the last Brazilian ruler, and that this is the case.
In popular culture
- His role as commanding commander of a Roman army unit leading a tax collector through Judea is played by Albert Dekker in Irving Pichel’s 1939 filmThe Great Commandment. Longinus is identified with the centurion on Golgotha who declared, “Truly this man was the Son of God,” in George Stevens’ 1965 filmThe Greatest Story Ever Told (in which John Wayne appears in a cameo role)
- Casca Rufio Longinus, in theCascanovel series byBarry Sadler, accidentally ingests some of Christ’s blood after lancing him
- Longinus is also identified with the centurion on Golgotha in George He is sentenced by Christ to serve as a soldier on the earth until they meet again at the Second Coming of Christ. Following the death of Barry Sadler, this series of novels is carried on by British writer Tony Roberts
- Cassius Longinus is the main character of Louis de Wohl’s novel The Spear (1955)
- Gaius Cassius Longinus is one of the main characters in the 1997 Fox television series ” Roar,” which starred Heath Ledger as the title character. The series follows Longinus as he spends 400 years searching for the Spear of Destiny, which he eventually finds in Ireland
- He is mentioned in the second season of the DC television seriesLegends of Tomorrow, with much of the season devoted to the search for the “spear of destiny” that he used to kill Christ
- And he appears in the historical fiction seriesEnd of the Line(2019), where he serves as a near immortal caretaker for the House of David, and Longinus is a legendary figure from theVampire: The Requiemroleplaying games who was afflicted with vampirism after Jesus died, according to the novels. In current times, a Christian vampire group known as the Lancea et Sanctum draws inspiration from Longinus’ narrative, which is known as the Testament of Longinus. While watching the historical fiction seriesBritannia, an early version of Aulus Plautius orders his second-in-command Perfectus to lance Jesus on the crucifixion in a flashback to former times. He executes the deed only after much deliberation, reflecting the struggle that Longinus may have felt in light of his subsequent conversion. The Lance of Longinus is a spear that appears in the belly of the Second Angel in the Japanese animeNeon Genesis Evangelion
- It is used to defeat the Second Angel.
- Christ on the Cross, the three Marys, John the Evangelist, and Saint Longinus are shown on a mosaic at the Nea Moni Church on the Greek island of Chios. A First Class Bone Relic of St. Longinus is also on display.
- A list of names for the Biblically nameless
- The Moriones Festival
- The Wandering Jew, a figure with whom he has been associated on occasion
- 23 July 2012
- “Pago autem nomen est Sandiale” «Pago autem nomen est Sandiale» «Pago autem nomen est Sandiale» from “month March” ‘A’ page (in pdf page 17). 1st of July, 2016 (archived). Obtainable on the 6th of February, 2018
- Richard Stracke is a writer who lives in the United States (2015-10-20). “Saint Longinus,” as the name suggests. Iconography of the Christian faith
- Christopher Fuhrmann is a filmmaker (11 April 2014). Soldiers, Administration, and the Maintenance of Public Order in the Roman Empire (Reprint ed.). p. 231. ISBN 978-0199360017
- Barber, Richard. Oxford University Press. p. 231. ISBN 978-0199360017
- (2004). The Holy Grail is a combination of imagination and belief. Publisher: Harvard University Press, pg.118, ISBN: 9780674013902. Retrieved on the 24th of March, 2019. Nikodemus’s Gospel of Nicodemus Good day
- John 19:34
- AbBaring-Gould, The Lives of the Saints, vol. III (Edinburgh) 1914, sub”March 15: SLonginus M”
- Baring-Gould adds, “The Greek Acts profess to be by S. Hesychius(March 28th), but are an impudent fake of late date.” (On-line Text) Ehrman, Bart D., and Zlatko Plee (Ehrman, Bart D., and Zlatko Plee). In this volume, you will find both the texts of the Apocryphal Gospels and translations into English. The Oxford University Press, New York, 2011, p. 523
- As observed in atKontos, “the name cannot be traced back to any particular tradition
- Its clear origin from logch (), spear or lance, indicates that it was fashioned to fit the occasion, just as Saint Veronica’s name was fashioned to suit the occasion.” Elizabeth Jameson, The History of Our Lord as Exemplified in Works of Art1872:160
- Sandro Sticca, The History of Our Lord as Exemplified in Works of Art1872:160 (1970). What are the origins and development of the Latin Passion Play? It is published by State University of New York Press on page 159 and has the ISBN 978-0873950459. It was accessed on March 27, 2018. Longinus Jesus Christ is blind
- He is the Son of God. Ruth House Webber is a fictional character created by author Ruth House Webber (1995). “Jimena’s Prayer in the Cantor de Mio Cid and the French Epic Prayer” are two examples of prayers from the Middle Ages. Michael Caspi is quoted in Caspi (ed.). Retrieved from Routledge’s Oral Tradition and Hispanic Literature: Essays in Honor of Samuel G. Armistead, p. 633 (ISBN 978-0815320623), published on March 27, 2018. Malcolm Godwin is credited with inventing the term “Godwin” (1994). The Holy Grail: Its Origins, Secrets, and Significance Uncovered. ISBN 0-670-85128-0
- Viking Penguin, p.51
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- The Martyrology of the Roman Church (Libreria Editrice Vaticana 2001ISBN88-209-7210-7), Die 16 october
- The Armenian Apostolic Church’s Calendar of Saints
- And the book “So Longuinho and the Tradition of the Three Pullets” are all references to Saint Longuinho. Aleteia. Archived from the original on October 31, 2020. Aleteia. 2018-03-15. It was claimed that he was a “baixinho” and that he spent his time at the Corte de Roma partying with his friends. Because of his small stature, he was able to see what was going on underneath the tables and was always on the lookout for people’s belongings. The confiscated items were returned to their rightful owners. As a result, the custom of asking for assistance in locating anything that had gone missing had developed
- “So Longuinho e a tradiço dos 3 pulinhos,” says the narrator. Aleteia. Archived from the original on October 31, 2020. Aleteia. 2018-03-15. It is also stated that this sort of appreciation would be due to the fact that the soldier was injured. Alternatively, it has been suggested that the pulinhos are connected to the Holy Trinity
- Xavier, Francisco Cândido, and others (1938). “D. PEDRO II” is an abbreviation for “D. PEDRO II” (PDF). Brazil, the Heart of the World, and the Pátria of the Evangelho (PDF) (in Portuguese). Brazil: Federaço Esprita Brasileira, ISBN 978-8573287967, ISBN 978-8573287967, ISBN 978-8573287967. On January 31, 2012, the original PDF version of this document was archived. In this manner, Longinus prepared for his return to Earth after discovering other tecidos of edificantes abnegaçes in favor of humanity, and the birth of D. Leopoldina, the virtuous wife of D. Pedro, who would become the greatest ruler in Brazil and, according to his own adversaries, would be the greatest of all the republicans from his own country
- Clarke, Howard W. (2003). Indiana University Press, 2004. ISBN 0-253-34235-X. The Gospel of Matthew and Its Readers: A Historical Introduction to the First Gospel, p. 241. ISBN 0-253-34235-X. Leonard Maltin’s 2004 MovieVideo Guide, (New York: New American Library, 2003), 558 sub loco.
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- St. Longinus’ Reliquary
Did the people who crucified Christ go to hell or the Lake of Fire?
What happened to the individuals who crucified Jesus and were crucified themselves? Were any of them ever sentenced to the lake of fire, often known as hell, by Jesus? What happened to them following the resurrection of Jesus Christ is unknown. Did they maintain their belief that he was not the Son of God, or did they come to terms with it?
To address your query, we’ll break it down into two sections: Who was it that crucified Christ? What happened to them, and what happened to them? We need to take a moment to reflect on who was engaged in Jesus’ death before we can respond to your question.
Who Crucified Christ?
According to the gospels, a large number of persons were directly or indirectly involved in the killing of Jesus Christ. Among them were Judas, who betrayed Him in exchange for thirty silver dollars, the Jewish religious leaders who compensated Judas and arranged for the soldiers who apprehended Jesus, and members of the Roman troops. After receiving the Roman cohort and officers from the chief priests and Pharisees, Judas arrived with lights, torches, and swords to confront them. So Jesus, well aware of the calamity that was about to befall Him, stepped out to meet them and said, “Who are you looking for?” “Jesus the Nazarene,” they responded to His question.
- And Judas, who was betraying Him, was also standing with them in solidarity.
- “I am He.
- John 18:3-13 is a biblical passage (NASB) Caiaphas, the high priest, was a member of the Sanhedrin, the Jewish governing body.
- This institution, which at times served as a judicial court, was dominated by the Sadducees, a rich and upper-class elite.
- “I implore You by the living God that You tell us whether or not You are the Christ, the Son of God,” the high priest said to Him.
- What other requirements do we have for witnesses?
- They just wanted to know if He regarded Himself to be God, and if He considered Himself to be and continue to be the Son of God.
He was the creator of the universe.
They took Him first before Pontius Pilate and then to the Senate (John 18:28).
As a result of further interrogation, Herod returned Jesus to Pilate (Luke 23:11).
They picked Barabbas and demanded that Jesus be executed with a loud voice (Luke 23:15-21).
Following this, Pilate seized Jesus and scourged Him.
1 John 19:1 – (NASB) The soldiers finally dragged Him away and nailed Him to a cross (John 19:2-42). Jesus’ death was the result of the actions of many individuals. Considering that Jesus died for the sins of the entire world, we are all held accountable for His death.
What Happened To Them?
When it comes to individuals who were responsible for Jesus’ death, the New Testament does not provide us with any clear information. Peter presented a lecture on the day of Pentecost, according to Acts 2, about Jesus and the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:1-36). He explained to the multitude that Jesus had died for them in accordance with God’s plan, but that he had risen from the dead (Acts 2:22-24). Three thousand individuals expressed their belief and inquired as to what they should do. Baptism was required as a sign of their repentance and dedication to Jesus, according to Peter (Acts 2:38-41).
However, Acts 4 shows that the Sanhedrin, who were held responsible for Jesus’ execution, continued to oppose Jesus even after his resurrection.
According to the following chapter, religious leaders still did not believe that Jesus was the Son of God and Savior.
After they had positioned them in the center, they began to question them, “By what authority, or in what name, have you carried out this action?” When Peter was filled with the Holy Spirit, he addressed them as follows: “Rulers and elders of the people, if we are being tried today for a benefit done to a sick man, and as to how this man has been made well, let it be known to all of you and to all the people of Israel that by the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, whom you crucified and whom God raised from the dead– by this name this man stands before you in good health.” In this case, he is the STONE THAT WAS REJECTED by you, the BUILDERS, but which later became the CHIEF CORNER STONE.
- The Bible says, “And there is salvation in no one other; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among mankind by which we must be saved.” And when they called them, they instructed them to refrain from speaking or teaching in the name of Jesus at all times.
- We don’t know what to say.
- That is, they accept Christ as their Savior.
- We never learn anything from the Bible.
It’s conceivable that one of them who called for Jesus’ murder came to faith and submitted himself to the will of God.
We do not know whether or not Pontius Pilate or Herod ever converted to Christianity. Only God knows the answer. The same is true for any religious leader, for that matter. Pontius Pilate is known for many things, but one astounding detail about him is revealed by an ancient archive. An ancient writer ascribed to him a number of comments, including the following. In the presence of His arrival, the lame will jump like deer, and the stammering tongue will plainly speak; the blind will see, and the lepers will be cleansed; and the dead will rise from their graves and walk.
In the First Apology, Justin Martyr says: 48 They pierced my hands and my feet was a phrase that was used to refer to the nails of the crucifixion that were hammered into His hands and feet on the cross.
they divided His clothing among themselves when he was crucified, after which they divided it among themselves.
In the First Apology, Justin Martyr says: Is it possible that Pontius Pilate converted to Christianity?
In the Past, There Were Voices Should Christians observe the holidays of Christmas and Easter? If yes, what is the reason behind this?
THE ROMAN SOLDIERS – IN THE SHADOW OF THE CROSS
| THE ROMAN SOLDIERS – IN THE SHADOW OF THE CROSSINTRODUCTION: What is one of the dirtiest job that a person could have? There would be various answers if I put that question to each one of you. But one of the dirtiest ones as far as I am concerned is preparing a condemned criminal for execution and carrying out the execution. Traditionally, the executioner’s identity has been shrouded in anonymity.The axeman, for example, would always wear a black hood.Last week we looked at John and Mary, the mother of Jesus, in the shadow of the cross. This morning we will look at the very ones who carried out the execution, the Roman guards. They led the Lord through the streets of Jerusalem, up to Calvary’s hill, nailed him to the cross, and thrust the sword into the side of the Savior. BODY I. LOOK AT THE ROMAN SOLDIERS MENTIONED IN THE CRUCIFIXION ACCOUNT. A. There was the crucifixion guard.1. They were there for two purposes.a. The carry out the crucifixion, execute the criminal.b. To maintain order. They would be there to keep anyone from interfering in the execution, either to free a prisoner or to torment him physically. 2. Their purpose there was simply to obey orders. They did not have an emotional stake in the proceedings. Whomever the ones being crucified on that day, either the Son of God or a wicked criminal, meant nothing to them.3. These soldiers could be expected to be coarse and vulgar, having no sympathy for Jesus. a. John 19:2-3 “And the soldiers twisted a crown of thorns and put it on His head, and they put on Him a purple robe.Then they said, “Hail, King of the Jews!” And they struck Him with their hands.”b. Luke 23:36- “The soldiers also mocked Him, coming and offering Him sour wine,”B. There was the commander of the crucifixion guard.1. He would be a centurion, normally in charge of a hundred troops, he would be delegated to make sure that the crucifixion was carried out properly without any complications.2. He would be a career soldier who had worked his way up through the ranks by virtue of courage and intelligence. 3. He would be expected to be cold and efficient. His first task would be to carry out the orders of his superiors. 4. Jesus had contact with an earlier centurion, who desired for him to come heal one of his servants. a. Matthew 8:5-10II. LOOK AT THE REACTION OF THE ROMAN SOLDIERS TO THE CRUCIFIXION OF JESUS. A. The guard seemed to have absolutely no pity for Jesus and his agony.1. They went about their task with cold precision.2. There were only four legionaries there. There would be no need for more. There would be no mob rush to save the Son of God.a. John 19:23- “Then the soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus, took His garments and made four parts, to each soldier a part, and also the tunic. Now the tunic was without seam, woven from the top in one piece.” 3. As the custom was, the crucifixion guard would divide among themselves the meager possessions of the condemned criminals. 4. While the Son of God hung naked for all to see and mock at, they cast lots for his seamless coat that was used to cover the entire body. a. John 19:23-24- “Then the soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus, took His garments and made four parts, to each soldier a part, and also the tunic. Now the tunic was without seam, woven from the top in one piece.They said therefore among themselves, “Let us not tear it, but cast lots for it, whose it shall be,” that the Scripture might be fulfilled which says: “They divided My garments among them, And for My clothing they cast lots.” Therefore the soldiers did these things.”B. The Centurion was different.1. Somewhere along the way, he became impressed with Jesus.a. It could have been the way he held up under the anguish of the cross.b. It could have been the way he lovingly made allowance for his mother’s care. c. It could have been how Jesus prayed for their, and specifically his, forgiveness. He had almost certainly never heard such a prayer from a cross. 2. It was also, no doubt, because of the signs that took place during the crucifixion.a. Matthew 27:51-54- “Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split,and the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised;and coming out of the graves after His resurrection, they went into the holy city and appeared to many. So when the centurion and those with him, who were guarding Jesus, saw the earthquake and the things that had happened, they feared greatly, saying, “Truly this was the Son of God!””3. He went on to express a belief in Jesus’ innocence.a. Luke 23:47- “So when the centurion saw what had happened, he glorified God, saying, “Certainly this was a righteous Man!””b. It could well be possible that this centurion was like the centurion earlier, and Cornelius in Acts chapter 10, in that he was a believer in the one true God. Notice that he “glorified God.”C. One can’t but wonder about how coming in contact with Jesus affected the soldier’s lives.1. Did they become Christians?a. The Pulpit Commentary relates the tradition that the centurion’s name was Longinus and that he became a devoted follower of Jesus, preached the gospel and died as a martyr.b. We do not know if any of them ever became followers of Jesus. 2. We can be sure that their lives would never be the same after seeing the Son of God hang on the cross.III. TWO LESSONS TO BE LEARNED FROM THESE ROMAN SOLDIERS. A. Even the most holy and spiritual activity can appear carnal to those who are not spiritual.1. Titus 1:15-16- “To the pure all things are pure, but to those who are defiled and unbelieving nothing is pure; but even their mind and conscience are defiled.They profess to know God, but in works they deny Him,being abominable, disobedient, and disqualified for every good work.”2. Here was a man giving his life without complaint, without pleading for mercy, and the Roman soldiers were casting lots for his meager possessions.3. We should not be terribly surprised when those who are not Christians do not see the great spiritual significance to the Lord’s Supper, baptism, etc. a. Romans 8:5-8- “For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be.So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God.”B. The cross of Jesus has the power to change the individual.1. The centurion began as a Roman officer overseeing a crucifixion, but ended the day acknowledging that Jesus was the Son of God.2. 1 Corinthians 1:18, 23-24 “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.but we preach Christ crucified, to the Jews a stumbling block and to the Greeks foolishness,but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.” 3. Galatians 2:20 4. Acts 2:36-38- “”Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ.” Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said toPeter and the rest of the apostles, “Men and brethren, what shall we do?”Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” 5. Colossians 1:21-22- “And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciledin the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight;”CONCLUSION: As you travel along I-10 in Louisiana there is a large billboard which catches your eye. It stands high above the city just as you start up the Mississippi River bridge. On it is a picture of Jesus Christ hanging on the cross of Calvary, head bowed. The caption underneath says in bold letters, “It’s Your Move!” What a powerful thought. God has already taken the initiative in salvation. Christ died for you. Nowit’s your move!Copyright 1999 by Grady Scott may be reproducted for non-commercial purposes at no cost to others.
Jesus Wasn’t the Only Man to Be Crucified. Here’s the History Behind This Brutal Practice.
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What did crucifixion entail?
People sentenced to death by crucifixion in Rome were scourged beforehand, with the exception of women, Roman senators, and military personnel (unless they had deserted), Retief and Cilliers collaborated on the writing. The Roman practice of scourging involved a victim being stripped nude and bound to a post, after which they were flogged over the back, buttocks, and legs by soldiers. The victim would become weak as a result of the excessive whipping, which would result in deep wounds, extreme agony, and blood.
- “The victim was then often insulted before being made to carry the patibulumtied across his shoulders to the location of the execution,” says the author.
- Occasionally, the Roman troops would inflict more harm on the victim by chopping off a bodily component, such as the tongue, or blinding him.
- The following step differed depending on the region.
- Once this was done, the victim would either be tied to the patibulum or benailed to it.
- Soldiers would typically split up the victim’s clothing among themselves as the victim awaited execution in this situation.
- Some Roman troops accelerated the process by inflicting additional physical punishment on the prisoners.
- Otherwise, the corpse would have been placed on the cross, where it would have been devoured by carnivorous animals and birds.
- After only 6 minutes, the participants were having difficulty breathing and their pulse rates had doubled, while their blood pressure had plunged, according to a 1963 research published in the journal Berlin Medicine (Berliner Medizin).
- However, according to Retief and Cilliers, individuals might have died from a variety of causes, including multiple organ failure and respiratory failure, among others.
It’s no surprise that the crucifixion gave rise to the word “excruciating,” which literally means “out of the cross,” because of the anguish and suffering it involved.
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The original version of this article appeared on Live Science. Laura works as an editor for the Live Science website. She is the editor of Life’s Little Mysteries and writes on general science, including archaeology and wildlife, for the magazine. Her work has featured in publications such as The New York Times, Scholastic, Popular Science, and Spectrum, a website dedicated to the study of autism. Since joining a weekly newspaper in Seattle, she has been recognized with several prizes from the Society of Professional Journalists and the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association for her reporting.
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Where Were the Soldiers at Jesus’ Crucifixion?
“Jesus of Nazareth” stars Ernest Borgnine as the Centurion. data-medium-file=” data-large-file=” data-small-file=” data-medium-file=” data-large-file=” src=”h=374″ alt=”untitled” width=”263″ height=”374″ src=”h=374″ alt=”untitled” srcset=” 190w,h=150 106w” sizes=”(max-width: 263px) 100vw, 263px”> srcset=” 190w,h=150 106w” sizes=”(max-width: 263px) 100vw, 263px” During the filming of “Jesus of Nazareth,” Ernest Borgnine played the role of the Centurion. A thorny crown of thorns was woven together by the soldiers and placed on his head (John 19:2).
The soldiers instead wounded Jesus’ side with a spear, according to the Bible (John 19:34).
During the events leading up to and during Jesus’ crucifixion on the cross, they played an important role.
One of them was a firm believer in the power of prayer.
A few days later, just as I was getting ready to start writing this piece, I was hit with another flash of divine inspiration, or what I like to refer to as “sanctified imagination,” which I will refer to as “sanctified imagination.” Was it possible for me to publish this essay as the first of a series of articles under the title “Soldiers in Scripture — Warriors in the Word”?
- Army Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear School in Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, I am now assisting with the training of soldiers in these fields.
- On Sundays, my wife and I go to church services with our children.
- Considering the Christian military community here in the United States and throughout the world, I felt this would be a nice series to share.
- In order to avoid starting with Matthew and working my way through Mark, Luke, and John in chronological order, I’m going to split it down by significant event instead.
- The behavior of the soldiers when Jesus was taken into custody The Garden of Gethsemane is the setting for the first time that I saw soldiers participating in the events leading up to Jesus’ crucifixion.
- All that the other writers say about Judas is that he brought a large group of people with him.
- It indicates that they were a type of security unit of some sort.
- 26:47, this mob of people was “equipped with swords and clubs” when they attacked the disciples.
For example, Keener writes in The IVP Bible Background Commentary: The New Testament is a collection of writings that were written during the years of ad ad ad ad ad ad ad ad ad ad ad ad ad ad ad ad ad ad ad ad ad ad ad ad ad ad ad ad ad ad ad ad Despite the possibility that this group of warriors were Roman soldiers, many academics have come to the conclusion that “this force was unquestionably Jewish — the temple guard” (Roman troops would not be used for a routine police action like this one, and Romans would not have taken Jesus to the house of Annas.) ” The acts of the soldiers while Jesus was being interrogated and tried As a result of Judas’ betrayal with a kiss, the gospel of John records in 18:12 that soldiers captured Jesus, tied him, and took Him away to a series of conceited authorities who feel they have the power to determine His fate.
- These soldiers (or maybe temple guards) took Jesus to the residence of the former high priest, Annas, who was the first person to confront Jesus about his whereabouts and identity.
- (See, for example, John 18:12-13.) Jesus was mercilessly insulted and beaten by those who were guarding Him after Caiaphas pronounced sentence on Him for blasphemy (Luke 22:63).
- (SeeMatthew 26:67 and Mark 14:65 for examples.) It is unfortunate that this will not be the last time we witness military breaking the law when it comes to the treatment of captives.
- According to Luke alone, “Herod and his men insulted and derided him” (Luke 18:15).
- Following this, Pilate’s Roman troops escorted Jesus to the palace, where a group of soldiers had assembled to abuse him.
- After after, they fashioned a crown of thorns and placed it around Jesus’ neck.
- The following passages are relevant: Matthew 27:27-31; Mark 15:16-20; and John 19:1-3.) The acts of the soldiers when Jesus was crucified When it comes to Jesus’ crucifixion, there are numerous key events that take place that involve soldiers.
(For further information on this issue, please see an essay I published on the subject just a few weeks ago.) Before going to Golgotha, soldiers humiliated Jesus by spitting on Him and spitting on His feet with vinegar and gall (Luke 23:36).
Following that, when Jesus had been nailed on the cross, there were four soldiers who split Jesus’ clothing among themselves and then cast lots for his seamless undergarment, which was later found.
(See, for example, Matthew 27:35, Mark 15:24, and Luke 23:34.) John, on the other hand, provides us with a great deal more information.
It’s also worth recalling the incredible incident on the crucifixion, in which the Roman soldiers do not break Jesus’ legs, as prophesied in Ex.
They were under no need to do so since they were aware that Jesus had already died when they pierced His side, which was yet another direct fulfillment of Scripture (Zech.
In addition, there was another incident that featured a heroic soldier.
“Surely, he was the Son of God!” said this soldier in amazement.
The following passages provide examples: Matthew 27:51-54; Mark 15:38-39; Luke 23:44-47. What should Christian soldiers do in the current situation? I believe that soldiers can accomplish a number of things now as a result of witnessing troops at the cross, including the following:
- Accept your humbling position and follow out the commands handed to you, even if you do not agree with them
- Submit to authority Put out an effort to show respect for and confidence in your leaders Assume command and assume responsibility
- Carry out your responsibilities, whether it’s escorting prisoners, maintaining a vehicle, or instructing other Soldiers. Follow the Geneva Convention, which bans brutal treatment of captives – there is a time and a place for violence, but there is also a time and a place for treating everyone with decency and respect, even our adversaries. God will occasionally, and sometimes inadvertently, use a soldier to fulfill His goals
- Be the soldier who makes himself or herself accessible for God to employ for His cause. Be courageous, like the centurion who publicly professed his trust in Jesus Christ – and others will follow. Have the confidence to share your religion at the proper times
- Live it out every day in public for everyone to see
I’ll go into more detail about what the soldiers were doing at Jesus’ tomb in my next post. (To read the whole article, please click here.) Mr. Russell E. Gehrlein (U.S. Army, Retired) is a Christian, husband of 39 years, father of three children, grandfather of four children, blogger, and author of “Immanuel Labor – God’s Presence in our Profession: A Biblical, Theological, and Practical Approach to the Doctrine of Work,” which was published by WestBow Press in February 2018 and written by him.
in Mathematics from Colorado State University in 1980 and an M.A.
He has also worked as a junior/senior high school math and science teacher as well as a youth pastor in the past.