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Jesus Is Crucified By His Enemie





The soldiers led Jesus to the courtyard of the governor's palace and
called together the whole company. Then they clothed him in a purple
robe and, making a crown of thorns, they put it on his head and began to
salute him, "Hail, King of the Jews!" They struck him on the head with a
reed and spat on him, and on bended knee paid homage to him. After they
had made sport of him, they stripped off the purple robe and put on his
own clothes, and led him out to be crucified.

They forced a man named Simon, of Cyrene, who was coming in from the
country, to carry his cross. So they brought Jesus to the place called
Golgotha, which means, the place of the skull. And they offered him wine
mixed with myrrh, but he would not take it. Then they crucified him and
divided his clothes among them, drawing lots to decide what each should
take. It was nine in the morning when they crucified him. The
inscription over his head stating the charge against him read:

THE KING OF THE JEWS

With him they crucified two robbers, one on his right and one on his
left. And those who passed by scoffed at him, shaking their heads in
derision and saying, "Ha! you who were to destroy the Temple and
rebuild it in three days, save yourself and come down from the cross!"
In the same way the high priests and the scribes mocked him among
themselves and said, "He saved others, but he cannot save himself. Let
the Christ, the 'King of Israel,' now come down from the cross, that we
may see and believe!" But Jesus said, "Father, forgive them, for they
know not what they do."

One of the criminals who was crucified also scoffed at him, saying, "Are
you not the Christ? Save yourself and us!" But the other said in rebuke,
"Have you no fear of God even though you are being put to death? We are
suffering justly, receiving what we deserve for our crimes, but he has
done no wrong." Then he said, "Jesus, remember me when you enter your
kingdom." Jesus said to him, "This very day you will be with me in
paradise."

Now beside the cross of Jesus stood his mother. Seeing her and the
disciple whom he loved standing near, Jesus said to her, "Woman, he is
your son!" And to the disciple he said, "She is your mother!" And from
that hour the disciple took her into his own home.

Darkness covered the whole land from noon until three o'clock in the
afternoon. At that hour Jesus cried aloud, "Eloi, Eloi, lama
sabachthani," which means, "My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?"
When they heard it, some who stood by, said, "He is calling Elijah." And
a man ran and, soaking a sponge in vinegar, put it on the end of a reed
and was about to give it to him to drink when the others said, "Stop,
let us see if Elijah will come to take him down." But Jesus uttered a
loud cry and gave up his life. And the curtain of the Temple was torn in
two from the top to the bottom. When the Roman captain who stood facing
him saw in what way he died, he said, "Surely this man was a son of
God."

Looking on from a distance were some women also, among them Mary of
Magdala, Mary the mother of James, the younger, and of Joses, and
Salome, who had followed him and waited on him when he was in Galilee,
and many other women who had come up with him to Jerusalem.

Because it was now evening of the day before the Sabbath, Joseph of
Arimathaea, an honorable member of the Jewish national council, who was
himself looking for the coming of the Kingdom of God, went to Pilate and
had the courage to ask him for the body of Jesus. Pilate, surprised that
he was dead, called the captain and asked whether Jesus was already
dead, and when he learned this from the captain he gave the body to
Joseph. After Joseph had taken Jesus from the cross, he wrapped him in
a linen sheet which he had bought, and laid him in a tomb cut out of
rock; and he rolled a stone against the door of the tomb. And Mary of
Magdala and Mary the mother of Joses, watched to see where Jesus was
laid.





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