THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO
1 aTherefore at that time Pilate took Jesus and scourged Him.
2 And the soldiers wove a crown of thorns and put it on His head, and they threw a purple garment around Him.
3 And they came to Him and said, 1Rejoice, King of the Jews! and aslapped Him.
4 And Pilate went outside again and said to them, Behold, I am bringing Him out to you that you may know that I find ano fault in Him.
5 Then Jesus came out, wearing the thorny crown and the purple garment. And he said to them, Behold, the man!
6 When therefore the chief priests and the attendants saw Him, they cried out, saying, Crucify! Crucify! Pilate said to them, You take Him and crucify Him, for I do anot find fault in Him.
7 The Jews answered him, We have a alaw, and according to that law He ought to die because He bmade Himself the Son of God.
8 When Pilate therefore heard this word, he became frightened the more,
9 And he entered into the 1praetorium again and said to Jesus, Where are You from? But Jesus gave him no answer.
10 Therefore Pilate said to Him, You do not speak to me? Do You not know that I have authority to release You and I have authority to crucify You?
11 Jesus answered him, You would have no authority against Me if it were not agiven to you from above; for this reason, he who has delivered Me to you has the greater sin.
12 From then on, Pilate sought to release Him, but the Jews cried out, saying, If you release this man, you are not a friend of Caesar; every one who makes himself a king opposes Caesar.
13 Pilate therefore, when he heard these words, brought Jesus outside and sat down on the judgment seat in a place called the Pavement, but in Hebrew, 1Gabbatha.
14 Now it was the day of 1preparation for the Passover; it was about the 2sixth hour. And he said to the Jews, Behold, your King!
15 They cried out then, Take Him away! Take Him away! Crucify Him! Pilate said to them, Shall I crucify your King? The chief priests answered, We have no king except Caesar.
16 Therefore at that time he delivered Him to them that 1He might be crucified. Therefore they atook Jesus.
4. Tested in God's Sovereignty by Death
17 And abearing the cross for Himself, He went out to the place called the Place of a Skull, which is called in Hebrew, Golgotha,
18 Where they crucified Him, and with Him atwo others, on this side and that, and Jesus in the middle.
19 And Pilate wrote a notice also and put it on the cross; and it was written, Jesus The aNazarene, The bKing Of The JEWS.
20 This notice therefore many of the Jews read, for the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city, and it was written in 1Hebrew, in 1Latin, and in 1Greek.
21 The chief priests of the Jews therefore said to Pilate, Do not write, The King of the Jews, but that He said, I am the King of the Jews.
22 Pilate answered, 1What I have written, I have written.
23 The soldiers then, when they had crucified Jesus, 1atook His garments and made four parts, a part for each soldier, and they took the 2tunic as well. But the 2tunic was seamless, woven from the top throughout.
24 They said therefore to one another, Let us not tear it, but let us cast lots for it to see whose it shall be, that the Scripture might be fulfilled which says, a"They divided My garments among themselves, and for My clothing they cast lots.'' So then the soldiers 1did these things.
25 And there were standing by the cross of Jesus His mother and His mother's 1sister and Mary the wife of Clopas and aMary the Magdalene.
26 Then Jesus, seeing His mother and the disciple whom He loved standing by, said to His mother, aWoman, 1behold, your son.
27 Then He said to the disciple, 1Behold, your mother. And from that hour the disciple took her into his own home.
28 After this, Jesus, knowing that all things had now been finished and so that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said, aI 1bthirst.
29 There was lying there a vessel full of vinegar; therefore, they put a sponge full of vinegar on hyssop and brought it to His mouth.
30 Then when Jesus had taken the 1vinegar, He said, It is 2finished! And He bowed His head and delivered up His spirit.
5. Issuing in Blood and Water
31 Then the Jews, since it was the day of preparation and so that the bodies might not aremain on the cross on the Sabbath (for that Sabbath day was a great Sabbath), requested of Pilate that their legs might be broken and that they might be taken away.
32 The soldiers therefore came and broke the legs of the first man and of the other man who had been crucified with Him.
33 But coming to Jesus, when they saw that He had already died, they did not break His legs;
34 But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately there came out 1ablood and 1bwater.
35 And he who has seen this has testified, and his testimony is true; and he knows that he says what is true, that you also may believe.
36 For 1these things happened that the Scripture might be fulfilled: a"No 2bone of His shall be broken.''
37 And again another Scripture says, a"They shall look on Him whom they bpierced.''
6. Resting in Human Honor
38 And 1aafter these things Joseph from Arimathea, being a disciple of Jesus, but a hidden one for fear of the Jews, requested of Pilate that he might take the body of Jesus away; and Pilate allowed it. He came therefore and took His body away.
39 And aNicodemus, he who had come to Him the first time by night, came also, bringing a mixture of bmyrrh and caloes of about a hundred 1pounds.
40 Therefore they took the body of Jesus and bound it in linen cloths with the spices, as is the custom of the Jews for burying.
41 Now in the place where He was crucified there was a garden, and in the garden a new atomb, in which no one had ever yet been laid.
42 Therefore because of the day of preparation for the Jews and because the tomb was near, they laid Jesus there.