Crucifixion And Death
“Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the governor’s headquarters, and they gathered the whole battalion before him. And they stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him, and twisting together a crown of thorns, they put it on his head and put a reed in his right hand. And kneeling before him, they mocked him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” And they spit on him and took the reed and struck him on the head. And when they had mocked him, they stripped him of the robe and put his own clothes on him and led him away to crucify him. As they went out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name. They compelled this man to carry his cross. And when they came to a place called Golgotha (which means Place of a Skull), they offered him wine to drink, mixed with gall, but when he tasted it, he would not drink it. And when they had crucified him, they divided his garments among them by casting lots. Then they sat down and kept watch over him there. And over his head they put the charge against him, which read, “This is Jesus, the King of the Jews.” Then two robbers were crucified with him, one on the right and one on the left. And those who passed by derided him, wagging their heads and saying, “You who would destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, save yourself! If you are the Son of God, come down from the cross.” So also the chief priests, with the scribes and elders, mocked him, saying, “He saved others; he cannot save himself. He is the King of Israel; let him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in him. He trusts in God; let God deliver him now, if he desires him. For he said, ‘I am the Son of God.’ ” And the robbers who were crucified with him also reviled him in the same way. Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land until the ninth hour. And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” that is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” And some of the bystanders, hearing it, said, “This man is calling Elijah.” And one of them at once ran and took a sponge, filled it with sour wine, and put it on a reed and gave it to him to drink. But the others said, “Wait, let us see whether Elijah will come to save him.” And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice and yielded up his spirit. And behold, the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. And the earth shook, and the rocks were split. The tombs also were opened. And many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised, and coming out of the tombs after his resurrection they went into the holy city and appeared to many. When the centurion and those who were with him, keeping watch over Jesus, saw the earthquake and what took place, they were filled with awe and said, “Truly this was the Son of God!” There were also many women there, looking on from a distance, who had followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering to him, among whom were Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of James and Joseph and the mother of the sons of Zebedee.”
Mistreating The King
Jesus was cruelly taken to the governor's headquarters by the soldiers, where they stripped Him and put a scarlet robe on Him. To show their hatred for the Jewish people, they twisted a crown of thorns and pressed it onto His brow. They placed a reed in His hand and mockingly bowed and hailed Him as king. They spat on Him and beat Him with the reed, burrowing the thorns into His skull. Once they felt they had punished Him enough, they put His clothes back on, leading Him away to die. On the way to the Place of a Skull, Simon was made to carry Jesus' cross. They offered Him a drink mixed with gall to dull the pain, but Jesus refused. When they crucified Him, His clothing was divided among them, and they cast lots for it, just as Scripture had said. A sign was hung above Him proclaiming Him "King of the Jews." He was placed between two common criminals and subjected to a ruthless mob's jeers. Even the religious leaders added to the ridicule by throwing His words back at Him. The robbers beside Him also joined in reviling Him despite their suffering.
Death Of The King
At three o'clock in the afternoon, darkness filled the land as Jesus cried out in pain. Confused, some thought he called for Elijah and offered him a vinegar-soaked sponge, to no avail. When Jesus yielded his spirit, the temple curtain was torn, rocks split, tombs opened, and saints rose from the dead. The centurion who was present was filled with awe declaring Jesus was the Son of God. Many women grieved from afar and watched with horror.
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