John 191 After that Pilate took Jesus and had him scourged; 2 and the soldiers plaited a crown of thorns, placed it on his head, and threw a purple cloak about him, and kept marching up to him, 3 saying, "Hail! King of the Jews!" They also gave him blow after blow with their hands. 4 Pilate again came forth and said to the people, "See, I am going to bring his out to you, that you may clearly know that I find no crime in him," 5 Then as Jesus came out, wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe, Pilate said to them, "BEHOLD, THE MAN!" 6 So when the chief priests and the police saw him, they shouted. "Crucify him! Crucify him!" "Take him yourselves and crucify him," said Pilate, "for I find no crime in him." 7 The Jews answered him, "We have a law, and by that law he ought to die, because he made himself out to be God’s Son," 8 Now when Pilate heard these words he was more alarmed than ever, 9 and entering the Praetorium again, he said to Jesus, "What is your origin?" 10 Jesus made no answer. So Pilate said to him. "Do you not speak to me? Do you not know that I have power to release you, or power to crucify you?" 11 "You would have no power over me," answered Jesus, "unless it had been given you from above. For this reason he who has betrayed me to you has the greater sin." 12 After that Pilate began to seek to release him, but the Jews shouted out. "If you release this man you are no friend of the Emperor. Any man who makes himself out to be king is a rebel against the Emperor." 13 On hearing what they said, Pilate brought Jesus out and made him sit on the judge’s seat in a place called the Mosaic Pavement (the Hebrew name is Gabbatha). 14 And it was the day of Preparation for the Passover, about six o’clock in the morning. Then he said to the Jews, "Behold your King!" 15 Then they shouted. "Away with him! Away with him! Crucify him!" "Crucify your King?" said Pilate. The chief priests answered, "We have no king but Caesar!" 16 So then he gave him over to them to be crucified. 17 So they took Jesus, who went forth bearing his own cross, to a place called The Place of a Skull - in the Hebrew tongue, Golgotha. 18 There they crucified him; and with him two others, one on either side, and Jesus between them. 19 And Pilate moreover wrote an inscription and placed it above the cross. What he wrote was, "JESUS, THE NAZARENE, KING OF THE JEWS" 20 This inscription was read by many of the Jews, because the place where they crucified Jesus was near the city, and the inscription was written in Hebrew, Latin, and Greek. 21 So the high priests of the Jews said to Pilate, "Do not write ‘King of the Jews,’ but ‘He said, I am King of the Jews.’" 22 Pilate answered, "What I have written, I have written!" 23 After the soldiers had crucified Jesus, they took his garments and divided them into four parts, to each soldier a part, and the tunic. Now the tunic was seamless, woven in one piece from top to bottom; 24 so the soldiers said one to another. "Let us not tear it. Let us draw lots, to see whose it shall be" - that the Scripture might be fulfilled. They divided my garments among them, For my raiment did they cast lots. This was what the soldiers did. 25 Now there stood near the cross of Jesus, his mother and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. 26 When Jesus saw his mother, and standing near her the disciple whom he loved, he said to his mother, "Woman behold your son." 27 Then he said to the disciple, "Behold your mother." And from that hour the disciple took her to his home. 28 After that, when Jesus knew that everything was now accomplished, he said in fulfilment of the words of Scripture, "I am thirsty." 29 There was a jar full of vinegar standing there; and they filled a sponge with vinegar, and put it upon a stalk of hyssop, and put it to his lips. 30 Then after he had taken the vinegar, Jesus said, "IT IS FINISHED!" And bowing his head, he yielded up his spirit. 31 It was Preparation Day, so in order to prevent the bodies’ hanging on the cross during the Sabbath (for the Sabbath was a great day) the Jews begged Pilate to have the legs broken, and the bodies taken away. 32 So the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first man and of the other who had been crucified with him. 33 But upon coming to Jesus they saw that he was already dead, and did not break his legs. 34 One of the soldiers, however, pierced his side with a lance, and immediately blood and water flowed out. 35 And he who saw it has borne testimony, and his testimony is trustworthy, and he knows that he is telling the truth in order that you may believe. 36 For this happened that the Scripture might be fulfilled, Not one of his bones shall be broken. 37 And again another Scripture says, They shall look on him whom they have pierced. 38 After these things Joseph of Arimathea, who was a disciple of Jesus, but in secret because of fear of the Jews, asked Pilate for permission to take the body of Jesus, and Pilate gave him leave. So he came and took the body. 39 Nicodemus also (the one who visited Jesus by night, at first) came bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, weighing nearly a hundred pounds. 40 So they took the body of Jesus and wound it in linen with the spices, according to the Jewish mode of burial. 41 There was a garden near the place where Jesus had been crucified, and in the garden a new tomb in which no one had ever been laid. 42 Here, because of its being Preparation Day, and as the tomb was near by, they placed Jesus.
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