Frequent question: Who brought Jesus water when carrying the cross?

Was Simon of Cyrene African?

In the stories I heard growing up, Simon of Cyrene was a black man. While the association may stem from Cyrene’s location in North Africa (modern-day Libya), its power lies in racial experience.

Why was Simon of Cyrene forced to carry the cross?

Simon, visiting Jerusalem for Passover, is suddenly pulled from the crowd in the streets and demanded to carry the cross of Jesus Christ up to Mt. Golgotha. Compelled to carry the cross and full of hatred and revenge over the death of his wife at the hands of Roman soldiers, Simon reluctantly yields to the task.

Where was Simon of Cyrene from?

What happened to Pilate after Jesus died?

By other accounts, Pontius Pilate was sent into exile and committed suicide of his own accord. Some traditions assert that after he committed suicide, his body was thrown into the Tiber River. Still others believe Pontius Pilate’s fate involved his conversion to Christianity and subsequent canonization.

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