If you read the gospels, we learn that the following persons were present at the crucifixion of Jesus:
- “Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene” (John 19:25)
- “A large number of people followed him, including women who mourned and wailed for him” (Luke 23:27)
- “But all those who knew him, including the women who had followed him from Galilee, stood at a distance, watching these things” (Luke 23:49)
The Roman Centurion, Soldiers, and Two Criminals
All the evangelists record the presence of the soldiers, and of the two criminals that were crucified at Jesus’ two sides. Matthew, Mark, and Luke record the centurion words (Matthew 27:54; Mark 15:39 and Luke 23:47).
The Religious Leaders
The religious leaders that plotted the death of Christ were there mocking Him.
- “In the same way the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the elders mocked him” (Matthew 27:41)
- “In the same way the chief priests and the teachers of the law mocked him among themselves. ‘He saved others,’ they said, ‘but he can’t save himself!'” (Mark 15: 31)
- “The people stood watching, and the rulers even sneered at him. They said, ‘He saved others; let him save himself if he is God’s Messiah, the Chosen One’” (Luke 23:35)
- “The people stood watching, and the rulers even sneered at him. They said, ‘He saved others; let him save himself if he is God’s Messiah, the Chosen One'” (John 19:21)
A Large Number of People
- “A large number of people followed him” (Luke 23:27).
The Apostle John
- “When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to her, ‘Woman, here is your son,’ and to the disciple, ‘Here is your mother.’ From that time on, this disciple took her into his home” (John 19:26-27)
The gospels state that a great crowd, including the women that served Jesus, Romans centurion and soldiers, the two criminals, the religious leaders and the apostle John were at the crucifixion. With awe and adoration, they all witnessed the suffering and death of God’s Son. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends” (John 15:13).
In His service,