19 1 Then Pilate had Jesus taken away and scourged. 2 The soldiers also twisted thorns into a crown and put it on his head. They threw a cloak of royal purple around his shoulders 3 and began coming up to him and saluting him, “Hail, king of the Jews,” and they struck him on the face.
4 Pilate went outside yet another time and said to the Jews, “Look, I am bringing him out and I want you to know that I find no crime in him.” 5 Jesus then came out wearing the crown of thorns and the purple cloak and Pilate pointed to him saying, “Here is the man!”
6 On seeing him the chief priests and the guards cried out, “Crucify him! Crucify him!” Pilate replied, “Take him yourselves and have him crucified, for I find no case against him.” 7 The Jews then said, “We have a Law, and according to the Law this man must die because he made himself Son of God.”
8 When Pilate heard this he was more afraid. 9 And coming back into the court he asked Jesus, “Where are you from?” But Jesus gave him no answer. 10 Then Pilate said to him, “You will not speak to me? Do you not know that I have power to release you just as I have power to crucify you?” 11 Jesus replied, “You would have no power over me unless it had been given you from above; therefore the one who handed me over to you is more guilty.”
12 From that moment Pilate tried to release him, but the Jews cried out, “If you release this man, you are no friend of Caesar. Anyone who makes himself king is defying Caesar.”
13 When Pilate heard this, he had Jesus brought outside to the place called the Stone Floor – in Hebrew Gabbatha – and there he had him seated in the tribune. 14 It was the Preparation Day for the Passover, about noon. So Pilate said to the Jews, “Here is your king.” 15 But they cried out, “Away! Take him away! Crucify him!” Pilate replied, “Shall I crucify your king?” And the chief priests answered, “We have no king but Caesar.”
16 Then Pilate handed Jesus over to them to be crucified.
Jesus is crucified
They took charge of him. 17 Bearing his own cross, Jesus went out of the city to what is called the Place of the Skull, in Hebrew: Golgotha. 18 There he was crucified and with him two others, one on either side, and Jesus was in the middle.
19 Pilate had a notice written and fastened to the cross that read: Jesus the Nazorean, King of the Jews. 20 Many Jewish people saw this title, because the place where Jesus was crucified was very close to the city. It was, moreover, written in Hebrew, Latin and Greek. 21 The chief priests said to Pi-late, “Do not write: ‘The king of the Jews’; but: “This man claimed to be king of the Jews.’ ” 22 Pilate answered them, “What I have written, I have written.”
23 When the soldiers crucified Jesus, they took his clothes and divided them into four parts, one part for each of them. But as the tunic was woven in one piece from top to bottom, 24 they said, “Let us not tear it, but cast lots to decide who will get it.” This fulfilled the words of Scripture: They divided my clothing among them; they cast lots for my garment. This was what the soldiers did.
Jesus’ last words
• 25 Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, his mother’s sister Mary, who was the wife of Cleophas, and Mary of Magdala. 26 When Jesus saw the Mother, and the disciple whom he loved, he said to the Mother, “Woman, this is your son.” 27 Then he said to the disciple, “There is your mother.” And from that moment the disciple took her to his own home.
• 28 With that Jesus knew all was now finished and he said, I am thirsty, to fulfil what was written in Scripture. 29 A jar full of bitter wine stood there; so, putting a sponge soaked in the wine on a twig of hyssop, they raised it to his lips. 30 Jesus took the wine and said, “It is accomplished.” Then he bowed his head and gave up the spirit.
The pierced Christ
• 31 As it was Preparation Day, the Jews did not want the bodies to remain on the cross during the Sabbath, for this Sabbath was a very solemn day. They asked Pilate to have the legs of the condemned men broken, so they might take away the bodies.
32 The soldiers came and broke the legs of the first man and of the other who had been crucified with Jesus. 33 When they came to Jesus, they saw that he was already dead; so they did not break his legs. 34 One of the soldiers, however, pierced his side with a lance and immediately there came out blood and water.
35 The one who has seen here gives his witness so that you may believe: his witness is true and He knows that he speaks the truth. 36 All this happened to fulfill the words of Scripture, Not one of his bones shall be broken. 37 Another text says: They shall look on him whom they have pierced.
• 38 After this, Joseph of Arimathea approached Pilate, for he was a disciple of Jesus, though secretly, for fear of the Jews. And he asked Pilate to let him remove the body of Jesus. Pilate agreed, so he came and took away the body.
39 Nicodemus, the man who earlier had come to Jesus by night, also came and brought a jar of myrrh mixed with aloes, about a hundred pounds. 40 They took the body of Jesus and wrapped it in linen cloths with the spices, following the burial custom of the Jews.
41 There was a garden in the place where Jesus had been crucified, and, in the garden, a new tomb in which no one had ever been laid. 42 As the tomb was very near, they buried Jesus there because they had no time left before the Jewish Preparation Day.
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