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Jesus Saving Others During Crucifixion


Jesus said, “when I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw everyone to myself” (Jn 12:32). While Jesus was on the cross, he allowed the salvation and recognition of the following persons:

1. While Jesus was carrying the cross to Calvary, Simon the Cyrenian helped Jesus. The Lord blessed him, and his sons Alexander and Rufus, with the grace to became popular Christians (Mk 15:21).

2. Jesus promised paradise to Dismas, who was a criminal and was on another cross beside his (Lk 23:43).

3. The centurion who took leadership in crucifying Jesus witnessed the extraordinary events at the death of Jesus. He “glorified God and said, ‘This man was innocent beyond doubt’” (Lk 23:47).

4. When the people who were at the foot of the cross saw the astonishing events at the death of Jesus, “they returned home beating their breasts” (Lk 23:48).

5. “One soldier thrust his lance into his side, and immediately blood and water flowed out” (Jn 19:34). According to legend, that soldier was Longinus, a blind centurion who got healing when the blood from the heart of Jesus fell upon his eyes. He became a Christian. The Roman Catholic Church, Eastern Orthodox Churches, Armenian Apostolic Church, and Coptic Orthodox Church consider him a saint.

6. Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus, who were hitherto secret admirers of Jesus, came out when Jesus was on the cross to take the initiative with regard to procedures concerning his burial.

7. The cross has become the universal symbol of Christianity and we Christians venerate the cross and find relief in it from our sufferings.

Though human cooperation is involved, salvation is purely a divine prerogative. Jesus said, “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draw him, and I will raise him on the last day” (Jn 6:44). By attracting all to himself, Jesus saves them through his teachings and presents them to the Father.

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