The exact distance that Jesus carried the cross on his way to be crucified is unknown due to the changes that have taken place in Jerusalem since the first century. It is also unclear as to whether or not Christ actually carried the physical cross.Continue Reading
Matthew 27:32 states that a man named Simon from Cyrene was chosen from the crowd to carry the cross for Jesus. In all artwork dealing with the subject until 1100 A.D., Simon is depicted as carrying the cross behind Jesus.
After Jesus was taken prisoner in the Garden of Gethsemane, he was taken to the Praetorium. His last walk was from the Praetorium to an area just outside of Jerusalem called "Golgotha," which translates to "place of the skulls."Learn more about Christianity
The person who helped Jesus carry his cross is said to be Simon of Cyrene. He is mentioned doing this in the Synoptic Gospels and the Fifth Station of the Stations of the Cross.Full Answer >
The cross in its modern form was first used by the Chaldeans and the Greeks in the sixth century B.C. Modified forms of the cross were also used by Hindus, Buddhists and Egyptians as far back as 3000 B.C. Christians started to widely use the cross as a symbol in the second and third centuries A.D.Full Answer >
Even though there are legends about what kind of wood the cross that Jesus was crucified on was made from, it is unknown what kind of wood was used to make Jesus' cross. A popular legend claims that dogwood was used, but this has not been proven.Full Answer >
The Christian Bible does not specify the actual dimensions of Jesus' cross. The scriptures do give clues that allow an educated guess at the size and weight of the cross.Full Answer >