Bible: Luke 23:26-49

The Crucifixion

23:26 As 1  they led him away, they seized Simon of Cyrene, 2  who was coming in from the country. 3  They placed the cross on his back and made him carry it behind Jesus. 4  23:27 A great number of the people followed him, among them women 5  who were mourning 6  and wailing for him. 23:28 But Jesus turned to them and said, “Daughters of Jerusalem, 7  do not weep for me, but weep for yourselves 8  and for your children. 23:29 For this is certain: 9  The days are coming when they will say, ‘Blessed are the barren, the wombs that never bore children, and the breasts that never nursed!’ 10  23:30 Then they will begin to say to the mountains, 11 Fall on us!’ and to the hills, ‘Cover us!’ 12  23:31 For if such things are done 13  when the wood is green, what will happen when it is dry? 14 

23:32 Two other criminals 15  were also led away to be executed with him. 23:33 So 16  when they came to the place that is called “The Skull,” 17  they crucified 18  him there, along with the criminals, one on his right and one on his left. 23:34 [But Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing.”] 19  Then 20  they threw dice 21  to divide his clothes. 22  23:35 The people also stood there watching, but the rulers ridiculed 23  him, saying, “He saved others. Let him save 24  himself if 25  he is the Christ 26  of God, his chosen one! 23:36 The soldiers also mocked him, coming up and offering him sour wine, 27  23:37 and saying, “If 28  you are the king of the Jews, save yourself! 23:38 There was also an inscription 29  over him, “This is the king of the Jews.”

23:39 One of the criminals who was hanging there railed at him, saying, “Aren’t 30  you the Christ? 31  Save yourself and us! 23:40 But the other rebuked him, saying, 32 Don’t 33  you fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? 34  23:41 And we rightly so, for we are getting what we deserve for what we did, but this man has done nothing 35  wrong.” 23:42 Then 36  he said, “Jesus, remember me 37  when you come in 38  your kingdom.” 23:43 And Jesus 39  said to him, “I tell you the truth, 40  today 41  you will be with me in paradise.” 42 

23:44 It was now 43  about noon, 44  and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon, 45  23:45 because the sun’s light failed. 46  The temple curtain 47  was torn in two. 23:46 Then Jesus, calling out with a loud voice, said, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit! 48  And after he said this he breathed his last.

23:47 Now when the centurion 49  saw what had happened, he praised God and said, “Certainly this man was innocent! 50  23:48 And all the crowds that had assembled for this spectacle, when they saw what had taken place, returned home beating their breasts. 51  23:49 And all those who knew Jesus 52  stood at a distance, and the women who had followed him from Galilee saw 53  these things.

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