The Urantia Book -- Part IV. The Life And
Teachings Of Jesus
PAPER 187: Section 3.
Those Who Saw The Crucifixion
At about half past nine o'clock this Friday morning, Jesus was hung upon the
cross. Before eleven o'clock, upward of one thousand persons had assembled to
witness this spectacle of the crucifixion of the Son of Man. Throughout these
dreadful hours the unseen hosts of a universe stood in silence while they gazed
upon this extraordinary phenomenon of the Creator as he was dying the death
of the creature, even the most ignoble death of a condemned criminal.
Standing near the cross at one time or another during the crucifixion were Mary,
Ruth, Jude, John, Salome (John's mother), and a group of earnest women believers
including Mary the wife of Clopas and sister of Jesus' mother, Mary Magdalene,
and Rebecca, onetime of Sepphoris. These and other friends of Jesus held their
peace while they witnessed his great patience and fortitude and gazed upon his
Many who passed by
wagged their heads and, railing at him, said: "You who would
destroy the temple and build it again in three days, save yourself. If you are
the Son of God, why do you not come down from your cross?" In like manner some
of the rulers of the Jews mocked him, saying, "He saved others, but himself
he cannot save." Others said, "If you are the king of the Jews, come down from
the cross, and we will believe in you." And later on they mocked him the more,
saying: "He trusted in God to deliver him. He even claimed to be the Son of
God -- look at him now -- crucified between two thieves." Even the two thieves
also railed at him and cast reproach upon him.
Inasmuch as Jesus would make no reply to their taunts, and since it was nearing
noontime of this special preparation day, by half past eleven o'clock most of
the jesting and jeering crowd had gone its way; less than fifty persons remained
on the scene. The soldiers now prepared to eat lunch and drink their cheap,
sour wine as they settled down for the long
deathwatch. As they partook of their
wine, they derisively offered a
toast to Jesus, saying, "Hail and good fortune!
to the king of the Jews." And they were astonished at the Master's tolerant
regard of their ridicule and mocking.
When Jesus saw them eat and drink, he looked down upon them and said, "I thirst."
When the captain of the guard heard Jesus say, "I thirst," he took some of the
wine from his
bottle and, putting the saturated sponge
stopper upon the end
javelin, raised it to Jesus so that he could moisten his parched lips.
Jesus had purposed to live without resort to his supernatural power, and he
likewise elected to die as an ordinary mortal upon the cross. He had lived as
a man, and he would die as a man -- doing the Father's will.