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20. Jesus Is Hung on The Cross

The Roman Soldiers Mock Jesus
(Matt 27:27-31 Mark 15:16-20)

Then the governor's soldiers took Jesus into the (hall), within the court, which is the Praetorium, and gathered the whole garrison together against him. They stripped him, and put a scarlet robe on him. They braided a crown of thorns and put it on his head, and a reed in his right hand; and they kneeled down before him, and mocked him, saying, "Hail, King of the Jews!" They spat on him, and took the reed and struck him on the head, and bowing their knees, they (worshipped him). When they had mocked him, they took the purple robe off of him, and put his clothes on him, and led him away to crucify him.


Jesus Is Led To The Cross
(Matt 27:32-34 Mark 15:20-23 Luke 23:26-33 John 19:17)

He went out, bearing his cross, but as they came out, they found a man of Cyrene who was passing by, coming from the country. He was Simon by name, the father of Alexander and Rufus, and they compelled him to go with them, that he might carry his cross after Jesus. 

A great multitude of the people followed him, including women who also mourned and lamented him. But Jesus, turning to them, said, "Daughters of Jerusalem, don't weep for me, but weep for yourselves and for your children. For behold, the days are coming in which they will say, 'Blessed are the barren, the wombs that never bore, and the breasts that never nursed.' Then they will begin to tell the mountains, 'Fall on us!' and tell the hills, 'Cover us.' For if they do these things in the green tree, what will be done in the dry?" 

There were also others, two criminals, led with him to be put to death. 

They came to a place called (Calvary), which is called in Hebrew, "Golgotha," that is to say, "The place of a skull." They gave him sour wine to drink mixed with gall or myrrh
. When he had tasted it, he would not drink.


From 9:00 AM to Noon, Jesus Hangs On The Cross
(Matt 27:35-44 Mark 15:24-32 Luke 23:32-43 John 19:18-27)

It was the third hour, and they crucified him. 

There were two robbers crucified with him, one on his right hand and one on the left, and Jesus in the middle. So the Scripture was fulfilled, which says, "He was numbered with transgressors." And Jesus said, "Father, forgive them, for they don't know what they are doing." 

Then the soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus, took his garments and made four parts, to every soldier a part; and also the coat. Now the coat was without seam, woven from the top throughout. Then they said to one another, "Let's not tear it, but cast lots for it to decide whose it will be," that the Scripture might be fulfilled, which was spoken by the prophet, which says, 

"They parted my garments among them. For my cloak they cast lots." 

Therefore the soldiers did these things 
and they sat and watched him there. 

Pilate wrote a title also, and put it on the cross up over his head. And this was the accusation written against him, "THIS IS JESUS OF NAZARETH, THE KING OF THE JEWS." Therefore many of the Jews read this title, for the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city; and it was written in Hebrew, in Latin, and in Greek. The chief priests of the Jews therefore said to Pilate, "Don't write, 'The King of the Jews,' but, 'he said, I am King of the Jews.'" 

Pilate answered, "What I have written, I have written." 

The people stood watching. 

Those who passed by blasphemed him, wagging their heads, and saying, "Ha! You who destroy the temple, and build it in three days, save yourself! If you are the Son of God, come down from the cross!" 

Likewise the chief priests also mocking, with the scribes, the Pharisees, and the elders, said, "He saved others, but he can't save himself. If he is the King of Israel, let him come down from the cross now, and we will believe in him. He trusts in God. Let God deliver him now, if he wants him; for he said, 'I am the Son of God. 
He saved others. Let him save himself, if this is the Christ of God, his chosen one!" 

The soldiers also mocked him, coming to him and offering him vinegar, and saying, "If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself!" 

The robbers also who were crucified with him cast on him the same reproach and insulted him. 

One of the criminals who was hanged insulted him, saying, "If you are the Christ, save yourself and us!" 

But the other answered, and rebuking him said, "Don't you even fear God, seeing you are under the same condemnation? And we indeed justly, for we receive the due reward for our deeds, but this man has done nothing wrong." He said to Jesus, "Lord, remember me when you come into your Kingdom." 

Jesus said to him, "Assuredly I tell you today, you will be with me in Paradise."

(Now) there were standing by the cross of Jesus his mother, and his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. Therefore when Jesus saw his mother, and the disciple whom he loved standing there, he said to his mother, "Woman, behold your son!" Then he said to the disciple, "Behold, your mother!" From that hour, the disciple took her to his own home.


From Noon To 3:00 PM, The Last Three Hours Of Darkness
When Jesus Hangs on The Cross and Dies
(Matt 27:45-50 Mark 15:33-37 Luke 23:44,46 John 19:28-30)

Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land until the ninth hour. About the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, "Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?" which is interpreted as, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" 

Some of them who stood there, when they heard it, said, "This man is calling Elijah." 

After this, Jesus, seeing that all things were now finished, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said, "I am thirsty." Now a vessel full of vinegar was set there; so immediately one of them ran, and took a sponge, and filled it with vinegar, and put it on a reed of hyssop, and gave him a drink by holding it to his mouth. 

The rest said, "Let him be. Let's see whether Elijah comes to save and take him down." 

When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, Jesus cried again with a loud voice, saying: "It is finished." 

Then Jesus, crying with a loud voice, said, "Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!" Having said this, He bowed his head, yielded up his spirit, and breathed his last breath


The Response Of Both God And Man To His Death
(Matt 27:51-56 Mark 15:38-41 Luke 23:45,47-49)

Behold, the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was torn in two from the top to the bottom. The earth quaked and the rocks were split. The tombs were opened, and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised; and coming out of the tombs after his resurrection, they entered into the holy city and appeared to many. 

Now the centurion, and those who were with him watching Jesus, when they saw 
that he cried out like this and breathed his last, and when they saw the earthquake, and the things that were done, they feared exceedingly and glorified God, saying, "Truly this man was the Son of God. Certainly this was a righteous man." 

Then all the multitudes that came together to see this, when they saw the things that were done, returned home beating their breasts. 

But all his acquaintances, and the many women who followed Jesus from Galilee, who had followed him and served him when he was in Galilee; They stood at a distance, watching these things. Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James the less, and Joses, and Salome, and the mother of the sons of Zebedee 
and many other women who came up with him to Jerusalem.


Jesus Is Buried In Joseph of Arimathea's Tomb
(Matt 27:57-60 Mark 15:42-46 Luke 23:50-54 John 19:31-42)

Therefore the Jews, because it was the Preparation Day, so that the bodies wouldn't remain on the cross on the Sabbath (for that Sabbath was a special one), asked of Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away. Therefore the soldiers came, and broke the legs of the first, and of the other who was crucified with him; but when they came to Jesus, and saw that he was already dead, they didn't break his legs. However one of the soldiers pierced his side with a spear, and immediately blood and water came out. He who has seen has testified, and his testimony is true. He knows that he tells the truth, that you may believe. For these things happened, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, "A bone of him will not be broken." Again another Scripture says, "They will look on him whom they pierced." 

(There came) a rich man from Arimathaea, named Joseph, a prominent council member who was a good and righteous man. He himself was also a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews; He was looking and waiting for the Kingdom of God He had not consented to their counsel and deed. This man boldly went to Pilate, and asked for Jesus' body. 

Pilate marveled if he were already dead; and summoning the centurion, he asked him whether he had been dead long. When he found out from the centurion, Pilate commanded the body to be given up to Joseph. Joseph bought a linen cloth, and took him down, 

Nicodemus, who at first came to Jesus by night, also came bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about a hundred Roman pounds. So they took Jesus' body, and bound it in (strips) of clean linen cloth with the spices, as the custom of the Jews is to bury. Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden. In the garden was a new tomb in which no man had ever yet been laid. Then because of the Jews' Preparation Day (for the tomb was near at hand) they laid Jesus there, and the Sabbath was drawing near. So, they laid Him in Joseph's own  new tomb, which he had cut out in the rock, and they 
rolled a great stone to the door of the tomb, and departed.


The Women Watch By The Tomb
The Priests and Pharisees Secure The Tomb
(Matt 27:61-66 Mark 15:47 Luke 23:55-56)

The women, who had come with him out of Galilee, followed after, and saw the tomb, and how his body was laid. Mary Magdalene was there, and the other Mary, Mary the mother of Joses, sitting opposite the tomb.

They returned, and prepared spices and ointments. On the Sabbath they rested according to the commandment. 

Now on the next day, which was the day after the Preparation Day, the chief priests and the Pharisees were gathered together to Pilate, saying, "Sir, we remember what that deceiver said while he was still alive: 'After three days I will rise again.' Command therefore that the tomb be made secure until the third day, lest perhaps his disciples come at night and steal him away, and tell the people, 'He is risen from the dead;' and the last deception will be worse than the first." 

Pilate said to them, "You have a guard. Go, make it as secure as you can." So they went with the guard and made the tomb secure, sealing the stone.


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