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The Witnesses Of Sacrifice: At the Foot Of The Cross

The crucifixion of Jesus Christ stands as a pivotal moment in Christian history—a time of profound sorrow and ultimate sacrifice. Among the witnesses of this momentous event were devoted followers, each enduring their own turmoil as they watched their teacher and loved one endure unimaginable suffering.

Mary, the mother of Jesus

At the forefront of these witnesses was Mary, the mother of Jesus. Her presence at the cross is a testament to her unwavering love and strength. As prophesied in Simeon’s words, “Yea, a sword shall pierce through thy own soul also” (Luke 2:35), Mary experienced the acute pain of watching her son’s crucifixion.

The Beloved Disciple

John, the beloved disciple, also stood by Jesus during His final moments. In John 19:26-27, Jesus entrusts the care of His mother to John, saying, “Woman, behold thy son!” and to John, “Behold thy mother!” This exchange signifies the creation of a new family bond forged in faith and love.

Mary Magdalene and Other Followers

Mary Magdalene, a faithful follower who experienced Christ’s mercy firsthand, witnessed the crucifixion alongside other women who had followed Jesus from Galilee (Matthew 27:55-56). Their presence represents the broader community of believers who found hope and redemption in Jesus’s teachings.

The Centurion’s Revelation

Even a Roman centurion, upon witnessing the events at Golgotha, proclaimed, “Truly this was the Son of God” (Matthew 27:54). This acknowledgment from an unlikely source underscores the far-reaching impact of Christ’s death.

Reflection on the Witnesses’ Experiences

The followers who witnessed the crucifixion were united in their grief, yet each had a unique relationship with Jesus. Their experiences at the cross highlight the multifaceted nature of Christ’s influence and the personal connection He fostered with each individual.


The crucifixion of Jesus was a moment that transcended time, leaving an indelible mark on history and in the hearts of those who were there. The witnesses of Christ’s death embody the depth of His impact on humanity—a legacy of love, sacrifice, and hope that continues to resonate today, in every single one of His followers/those of faith, and to whom call Him their Savior!

Reflection Questions

  1. How does the steadfast presence of Mary and the other followers at the crucifixion inspire your own faith journey?
  2. What can we learn from the diverse reactions of those who witnessed the crucifixion?
  3. How can the example of Jesus entrusting Mary to John influence our understanding of spiritual family and community?

“My Dear Heavenly Father, I reflect upon the sacrifice of Your Son, Jesus Christ, and the profound witness of His followers at the cross. May their devotion and strength in the face of sorrow inspire all of us to carry our own crosses with grace. Grant us all the courage to stand firm in our faith, as Mary and the disciples did, and to extend Your love to those around us. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.”


C D SWANSON is an Author of 22 plus books, freelance writer, contributor to various websites, including The Bottom Line Ministries/Faith News. She's an active member of Faithwriters- and has her online website/ministry for over 15 years. It is her greatest joy to write what’s in her heart, and thus her favorite form of expression is in her devotionals. She and her husband share a deep love of God and dote on their fur baby Mickey. Retired Director from Long Term Healthcare Industry, she continues to be an advocate for many. To check out other writings of this author you can go here:

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  1. Thank you Keith!
    Have a blessed day my friend~

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