Bible: John 19:31-42

19:31 Then, because it was the day of preparation, so that the bodies should not stay on the crosses on the Sabbath 1  (for that Sabbath was an especially important one), 2  the Jewish leaders 3  asked Pilate to have the victimslegs 4  broken 5  and the bodies taken down. 6  19:32 So the soldiers came and broke the legs of the two men who had been crucified 7  with Jesus, 8  first the one and then the other. 9  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 10  his side with a spear, and blood and water 11  flowed out immediately. 19:35 And the person who saw it 12  has testified (and his testimony is true, and he 13  knows that he is telling the truth), 14  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.” 15  19:37 And again another scripture says, “They will look on the one whom they have pierced.” 16 

Jesus’ Burial

19:38 After this, Joseph of Arimathea, a disciple of Jesus (but secretly, because he feared the Jewish leaders 17 ), 18  asked Pilate if he could remove the body of Jesus. Pilate 19  gave him permission, so he went and took the body away. 20  19:39 Nicodemus, the man who had previously come to Jesus 21  at night, 22  accompanied Joseph, 23  carrying a mixture of myrrh and aloes 24  weighing about seventy-five pounds. 25  19:40 Then they took Jesusbody and wrapped it, with the aromatic spices, 26  in strips of linen cloth 27  according to Jewish burial customs. 28  19:41 Now at the place where Jesus 29  was crucified 30  there was a garden, 31  and in the garden 32  was a new tomb where no one had yet been buried. 33  19:42 And so, because it was the Jewish day of preparation 34  and the tomb was nearby, 35  they placed Jesusbody there.

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