Bible: Luke 23:26-56
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.
23:50 Now 54 there was a man named Joseph who was a member of the council, 55 a good and righteous man. 23:51 (He 56 had not consented 57 to their plan and action.) He 58 was from the Judean town 59 of Arimathea, and was looking forward to 60 the kingdom of God. 61 23:52 He went to Pilate and asked for the body 62 of Jesus. 23:53 Then 63 he took it down, wrapped it in a linen cloth, 64 and placed it 65 in a tomb cut out of the rock, 66 where no one had yet been buried. 67 23:54 It was the day of preparation 68 and the Sabbath was beginning. 69 23:55 The 70 women who had accompanied Jesus 71 from Galilee followed, and they saw the tomb and how his body was laid in it. 23:56 Then 72 they returned and prepared aromatic spices 73 and perfumes. 74
On the Sabbath they rested according to the commandment. 75