Gospel of John, chapter 19
The Soldiers Mock Jesus - Pilate’s Decision - The King on a Cross - Behold Your Mother - It Is Finished - Jesus’ Side Is Pierced - Jesus Buried in Joseph’s Tomb
Gospel of John, chapter 19 So then Pilate took Jesus and scourged him. And the soldiers twisting a crown of thorns they put it on his head, and a purple robe they put around him and they said; hail the king of the Jews; and they gave him slaps. He went therefore again outside Pilate and said to them; behold I am bringing him to you outside, so you may know that in him not a single one (incriminating) cause I find. He exited then Jesus outside wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe, and (Pilate) said to them; behold the man. Therefore when they saw him the chief priests and the officers, they cried out saying; crucify crucify him. Pilate said to them; you take him and crucify him; for I do not find in him no cause. They answered him the Jews; we have law, and according to our law he ought to die, because himself son of God he made. Therefore when Pilate heard that saying, he was the more afraid, and entered into the Praetorium again and said to Jesus; Where are you from? But Jesus answer gave him not. Then Pilate said to him; to me are you not speaking? don't you know that I have power to crucify you and power I have to release you? Jesus answered; you would have no power at all against me, unless it had been given you from above; for this the one who delivered me to you has the greater sin. From then on Pilate sought to release him; but the Jews cried out saying; if you let this man go, you are not friend of Caesar. Whoever makes himself a king speaks against Caesar. When Pilate therefore heard that saying he brought out Jesus, and sat down in the judgment seat in a place that is called The Pavement, but in Hebrew Gabbatha. Now it was the preparation day of the Passover, and about the sixth hour; and he said to the Jews; Behold your king. But they cried out; away with him, crucify him. Pilate said to them; your king shall I crucify? The chief priests answered; we have no king if not Caesar. Then therefore he delivered him to them to be crucified. So they took Jesus and led him away; and bearing his cross he went out to a place called the Place of a Skull, which is called in Hebrew Golgotha, where they crucified him, and with him two others one on either side, and in the center Jesus. He wrote however also a title Pilate and put it on the cross; and it was written; Jesus of Nazareth king of the Jews. Now this title many read of the Jews, for it was near the city the place where Jesus was crucified; and it was written in Hebrew, in Greek, in Latin. Therefore they said to Pilate the chief priests of the Jews; do not write, the king of the Jews, but that he said, I am the king of the Jews. Pilate answered; what I have written, I have written. Then when the soldiers crucified Jesus, they took his garments and made four parts, a part for each soldier, and (remained) the tunic; now the tunic was without seam, from the top woven in one piece. They said therefore among themselves; let us not tear it, but cast lots for it whose it shall be; that the scripture might be fulfilled which says; they divided my garments among them, and for My clothing they cast lots. Therefore the soldiers did these things. Now there stood by the cross of Jesus his mother and the sister of his mother, Mary the wife of Clopas and Mary Magdalene. Jesus therefore upon seeing the mother and the disciple standing by whom he loved, he said to his mother; woman, behold your son. Then he said to the disciple; behold your mother. And from that hour that disciple took her to his own home. After this knowing Jesus that all things were now accomplished, so that might be fulfilled the scripture, he said; I thirst. Now a vessel was sitting there full of sour wine; and them filling a sponge with sour wine and on a hyssop stalk having it fixed they brought it to his mouth. So when he received the sour wine Jesus said, it is finished, and bowing the head he gave up the spirit. The Jews therefore, so that should not remain on the cross the bodies on the Sabbath, for it was preparation day; was indeed a high day that Sabbath; asked Pilate that they might be broken their legs, and be taken away. Then the soldiers came, and of the first they broke the legs and of the other who was crucified together with him; But when to Jesus they came as they saw him already dead, did not break his legs, but one of the soldiers with a spear his side he pierced, and immediately came out blood and water. And he who has seen has testified, and is true is his testimony, and he knows that the truth he is telling, so that you may also believe. For they were done these things, so that the scripture should be fulfilled, (that) a bone shall not be broken of his. And again another scripture says; They shall look on him whom they pierced. Now after these asked Pilate Joseph of Arimathea, being a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for the fear of the Jews, that he might take away the body of Jesus; and Pilate gave him permission. So he came and took the body of Jesus. And Nicodemus also came who came to Jesus at first by night, bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes about a hundred litres. Then they took the body of Jesus and bound it in strips of linen with the spices, as the custom is of the Jews when burying. Now there was in the place where he was crucified a garden, and in the garden a new tomb, in which never anyone had been laid; there therefore because of the preparation day of the Jews, (and) because it was nearby the tomb, they laid Jesus.