Bible: Jn 19

Pilate Tries to Release Jesus

19:1 Then Pilate took Jesus and had him flogged severely. 1  19:2 The soldiers 2  braided 3  a crown of thorns 4  and put it on his head, and they clothed him in a purple robe. 5  19:3 They 6  came up to him again and again 7  and said, “Hail, king of the Jews!” 8  And they struck him repeatedly 9  in the face.

19:4 Again Pilate went out and said to the Jewish leaders, 10 Look, I am bringing him out to you, so that you may know that I find no reason for an accusation 11  against him.” 19:5 So Jesus came outside, wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe. 12  Pilate 13  said to them, “Look, here is the man! 14  19:6 When the chief priests and their officers saw him, they shouted out, “Crucify 15  him! Crucify him!” 16  Pilate said, 17 You take him and crucify him! 18  Certainly 19  I find no reason for an accusation 20  against him! 19:7 The Jewish leaders 21  replied, 22 We have a law, 23  and according to our law he ought to die, because he claimed to be the Son of God! 24 

19:8 When Pilate heard what they said, 25  he was more afraid than ever, 26  19:9 and he went back into the governor’s residence 27  and said to Jesus, “Where do you come from?” But Jesus gave him no answer. 19:10 So Pilate said, 28 Do you refuse to speak to me? Don’t you know I have the authority 29  to release you, and to crucify you? 30  19:11 Jesus replied, “You would have no authority 31  over me at all, unless it was given to you from above. Therefore the one who handed me over to you 32  is guilty of greater sin.” 33 

19:12 From this point on, Pilate tried 34  to release him. But the Jewish leaders 35  shouted out, 36 If you release this man, 37  you are no friend of Caesar! 38  Everyone who claims to be a king 39  opposes Caesar! 19:13 When Pilate heard these words he brought Jesus outside and sat down on the judgment seat 40  in the place called “The Stone Pavement 41  (Gabbatha in 42  Aramaic). 43  19:14 (Now it was the day of preparation 44  for the Passover, about noon. 45 ) 46  Pilate 47  said to the Jewish leaders, 48 Look, here is your king!

19:15 Then they 49  shouted out, “Away with him! Away with him! 50  Crucify 51  him!” Pilate asked, 52 Shall I crucify your king?” The high priests replied, “We have no king except Caesar! 19:16 Then Pilate 53  handed him over 54  to them to be crucified.

The Crucifixion

So they took Jesus, 19:17 and carrying his own cross 55  he went out to the place called “The Place of the Skull 56  (called in Aramaic 57  Golgotha). 58  19:18 There they 59  crucified 60  him along with two others, 61  one on each side, with Jesus in the middle. 19:19 Pilate also had a notice 62  written and fastened to the cross, 63  which read: 64  “Jesus the Nazarene, the king of the Jews.” 19:20 Thus many of the Jewish residents of Jerusalem 65  read this notice, 66  because the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city, and the notice was written in Aramaic, 67  Latin, and Greek. 19:21 Then the chief priests of the Jews 68  said to Pilate, “Do not write, ‘The king of the Jews,’ but rather, ‘This man said, I am king of the Jews.’ 19:22 Pilate answered, “What I have written, I have written.”

19:23 Now when the soldiers crucified 69  Jesus, they took his clothes and made four shares, one for each soldier, 70  and the tunic 71  remained. (Now the tunic 72  was seamless, woven from top to bottom as a single piece.) 73  19:24 So the soldiers said to one another, “Let’s not tear it, but throw dice 74  to see who will get it.” 75  This took place 76  to fulfill the scripture that says,They divided my garments among them, and for my clothing they threw dice.” 77  So the soldiers did these things.

19:25 Now standing beside Jesuscross were his mother, his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. 78  19:26 So when Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing there, he said to his mother, “Woman, 79  look, here is your son! 19:27 He then said to his disciple, “Look, here is your mother!” From that very time 80  the disciple took her into his own home.

Jesus’ Death

19:28 After this Jesus, realizing that by this time 81  everything was completed, 82  said (in order to fulfill the scripture), 83  “I am thirsty! 84  19:29 A jar full of sour wine 85  was there, so they put a sponge soaked in sour wine on a branch of hyssop 86  and lifted it 87  to his mouth. 19:30 When 88  he had received the sour wine, Jesus said, “It is completed!” 89  Then he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. 90 

19:31 Then, because it was the day of preparation, so that the bodies should not stay on the crosses on the Sabbath 91  (for that Sabbath was an especially important one), 92  the Jewish leaders 93  asked Pilate to have the victimslegs 94  broken 95  and the bodies taken down. 96  19:32 So the soldiers came and broke the legs of the two men who had been crucified 97  with Jesus, 98  first the one and then the other. 99  19:33 But when they came to Jesus and saw that he was already dead, they did not break his legs. 19:34 But one of the soldiers pierced 100  his side with a spear, and blood and water 101  flowed out immediately. 19:35 And the person who saw it 102  has testified (and his testimony is true, and he 103  knows that he is telling the truth), 104  so that you also may believe. 19:36 For these things happened so that the scripture would be fulfilled, “Not a bone of his will be broken.” 105  19:37 And again another scripture says, “They will look on the one whom they have pierced.” 106 

Jesus’ Burial

19:38 After this, Joseph of Arimathea, a disciple of Jesus (but secretly, because he feared the Jewish leaders 107 ), 108  asked Pilate if he could remove the body of Jesus. Pilate 109  gave him permission, so he went and took the body away. 110  19:39 Nicodemus, the man who had previously come to Jesus 111  at night, 112  accompanied Joseph, 113  carrying a mixture of myrrh and aloes 114  weighing about seventy-five pounds. 115  19:40 Then they took Jesusbody and wrapped it, with the aromatic spices, 116  in strips of linen cloth 117  according to Jewish burial customs. 118  19:41 Now at the place where Jesus 119  was crucified 120  there was a garden, 121  and in the garden 122  was a new tomb where no one had yet been buried. 123  19:42 And so, because it was the Jewish day of preparation 124  and the tomb was nearby, 125  they placed Jesusbody there.

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