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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
27 Then He said to the disciple, 1Behold, your mother. And from that hour the disciple took her into his own home.
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.
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;
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.
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.
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.