Passion of the Christ - THE CROSS

This image of the “Via Dolorosa,” in Old Jerusalem, was taken sometime between 1898 and 1946 by either the American Colony Photo Department or its successor, the Matson Photo Service. It is online via the Library of Congress.


After Pilate’s soldiers beat Jesus, they stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him. They made a crown of thorns, which they placed on his head, and put a reed in his right hand. They mocked him, spit on him, and kneeled before him saying:

Hail, King of the Jews!

After that humiliation, the Roman soldiers led Jesus away to crucify him.

During the time of this trial, the Romans routinely executed criminals by crucifixion. Because Jewish law allowed neither the killing nor the burying of people within a city, executions in Jerusalem took place outside the city gates.

Assigned the job of carrying the cross beam on which he would die, Jesus began the journey from Pilate’s house to the "place of the Skull (which in Aramaic is called Golgotha)," where He and two others would be crucified.

The narrow street he may have traveled, today called the "Via Dolorosa" (the way of sorrow), still exists. As Jesus moved along, the cross became so heavy that He fell. The Roman soldiers ordered Simon of Cyrene, an African from current-day Libya, to carry the cross the rest of the way.

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Author: Carole D. Bos, J.D. 5190stories and lessons created

Original Release: Feb 01, 2004

Updated Last Revision: Jul 05, 2019

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