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Simon of Cyrene carries the cross for Jesus to where He is crucified with two criminals, one of which asks Jesus for redemption; some of the spectators are grieved, but many others mock Him; the guards redistribute His clothes; then He dies as His followers watch from a distance and grieve: Mark 15:21-24; Matthew 27:32–34; Luke 23:26–31; John 19:17; Mark 15:25–32; Matthew 27:35–44; Luke 23:32–43; John 19:18–27; Mark 15:33–41; Matthew 27:45–56; Luke 23:44–49; John 19:28–37

Jesus’ followers—His mother, the 11 disciples, and others—watched as this man died. This was the man who claimed to be the Messiah, the Son of David, the Son of God and the only way to the Father. It wouldn’t have made sense to those looking for a victorious Messiah leading Jerusalem to its former glory :

Luke 23:48-49 And when all the crowd that came to see the crucifixion saw what had happened, they went home in deep sorrow. But Jesus’ friends, including the women who had followed him from Galilee, stood at a distance watching.

It would have been a sad but chaotic scene.

An 14th century depiction of Jesus' death by Andrea di Bartolo, Italian, Siena,

An early depiction of Jesus’ death The Crucifixion (Andrea di Bartolo, Italian, Siena, active by 1389–died 1428 Siena)

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