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Lucius of Cyrene
by Wayne Blank
Lucius of Cyrene
Antioch became one of the central cities of early Christianity where both Jews and Greeks (literally "Jews and Greeks," but the term was also used for Israelites and non-Israelites - Christianity was and is open to anyone who repents) gathered for fellowship and learning.
"And some of them were men of Cyprus and Cyrene, which, when they were come to Antioch, spake unto the Grecians, preaching the Lord Jesus. And the hand of the Lord was with them: and a great number believed, and turned unto the Lord.
Saul was yet a relatively new convert, but was soon to become a major servant of God who would deliver the Gospel to many thousands during his lifetime, and millions more ever since because The Lord gave him to write much of what became the New Testament - Acts is very much about Paul's Ministry and most of the Epistles were written by Paul. But nevertheless, it was Lucius of Cyrene who was among those who "fasted and prayed and laid their hands on" Saul/Paul at the beginning of his missionary journeys (see Paul's First Missionary Journey, Paul's Second Missionary Journey and Paul's Third Missionary Journey).
"Now there were in the church that was at Antioch certain prophets and teachers; as Barnabas, and Simeon that was called Niger, and Lucius of Cyrene, and Manaen, which had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul.
Fact Finder: Besides Lucius, what other people from Cyrene were prominent in Bible History? What man from Cyrene was given to carry the Cross of Christ after the nearly beaten to death Messiah could no longer carry it?