Jesus Is Nailed to a Cross
26 As Jesus was being led away, some soldiers grabbed hold of a man from Cyrene named Simon. He was coming in from the fields, but they put the cross on him and made him carry it behind Jesus.
27 A large crowd was following Jesus, and in the crowd a lot of women were crying and weeping for him.
28 Jesus turned to the women and said:
Women of Jerusalem, don't cry for me! Cry for yourselves and for your children.
Someday people will say, “Women who never had children are really fortunate!”
At that time everyone will say to the mountains, “Fall on us!” They will say to the hills, “Hide us!”
If this can happen when the wood is green, what do you think will happen when it is dry?
k 23.31 If this can happen when the wood is green, what do you think will happen when it is dry?: This saying probably means, “If this can happen to an innocent person, what do you think will happen to one who is guilty?”
Two criminals were led out to be put to death with Jesus.
When the soldiers came to the place called “The Skull,”
l 23.33 “The Skull”: The place was probably given this name because it was near a large rock in the shape of a human skull.
they nailed Jesus to a cross. They also nailed the two criminals to crosses, one on each side of Jesus.
Jesus said, “Father, forgive these people! They don't know what they're doing.”
m 23.34,35 Jesus said, “Father, forgive these people! They don't know what they're doing.”: These words are not in some manuscripts.
23.34,35 a Ps 22.18; b Ps. 22.7.
While the crowd stood there watching Jesus, the soldiers gambled for his clothes. The leaders insulted him by saying, “He saved others. Now he should save himself, if he really is God's chosen Messiah!”
The soldiers made fun of Jesus and brought him some wine.
They said, “If you are the king of the Jews, save yourself!”
38 Above him was a sign that said, “This is the King of the Jews.”
39 One of the criminals hanging there also insulted Jesus by saying, “Aren't you the Messiah? Save yourself and save us!”
40 But the other criminal told the first one off, “Don't you fear God? Aren't you getting the same punishment as this man?
41 We got what was coming to us, but he didn't do anything wrong.”
42 Then he said to Jesus, “Remember me when you come into power!”
Jesus replied, “I promise that today you will be with me in paradise.”
n 23.43 paradise: In the Greek translation of the Old Testament, this word is used for the Garden of Eden. In New Testament times it was sometimes used for the place where God's people are happy and at rest, as they wait for the final judgment.
The Death of Jesus
Around noon the sky turned dark and stayed that way until the middle of the afternoon.
The sun stopped shining, and the curtain in the temple
o 23.45 curtain in the temple: There were two curtains in the temple. One was at the entrance, and the other separated the holy place from the most holy place that the Jewish people thought of as God's home on earth. The second curtain is probably the one which is meant.
split down the middle.
Jesus shouted, “Father, I put myself in your hands!” Then he died.
47 When the Roman officer saw what had happened, he praised God and said, “Jesus must really have been a good man!”
A crowd had gathered to see the terrible sight. Then after they had seen it, they felt brokenhearted and went home.
All of Jesus' close friends and the women who had come with him from Galilee stood at a distance and watched.
Jesus Is Buried
50-51 There was a man named Joseph, who was from Arimathea in Judea. Joseph was a good and honest man, and he was eager for God's kingdom to come. He was also a member of the council, but he did not agree with what they had decided.
Joseph went to Pilate and asked for Jesus' body.
He took the body down from the cross and wrapped it in fine cloth. Then he put it in a tomb that had been cut out of solid rock and had never been used.
It was Friday, and the Sabbath was about to begin.
p 23.54 the Sabbath was about to begin: The Sabbath begins at sunset on Friday.
The women who had come with Jesus from Galilee followed Joseph and watched how Jesus' body was placed in the tomb.
Then they went to prepare some sweet-smelling spices for his burial. But on the Sabbath they rested, as the Law of Moses commands.
Jesus Is Alive
Very early on Sunday morning the women went to the tomb, carrying the spices that they had prepared.
When they found the stone rolled away from the entrance,
they went in. But they did not find the body of the Lord
q 24.3 the Lord: These words are not in some manuscripts.
and they did not know what to think.
Suddenly two men in shining white clothes stood beside them.
The women were afraid and bowed to the ground. But the men said, “Why are you looking in the place of the dead for someone who is alive?
Jesus isn't here! He has been raised from death. Remember that while he was still in Galilee, he told you,
24.6,7 Mt 16.21; 17.22,23; 20.18,19; Mk 8.31; 9.31; 10.33,34; Lk 9.22; 18.31-33.
‘The Son of Man will be handed over to sinners who will nail him to a cross. But three days later he will rise to life.’ ”
Then they remembered what Jesus had said.
9-10 Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and some other women were the ones who had gone to the tomb. When they returned, they told the eleven apostles and the others what had happened.
11 The apostles thought it was all nonsense, and they would not believe.
But Peter ran to the tomb. And when he stooped down and looked in, he saw only the burial clothes. Then he returned, wondering what had happened.
r 24.12 what had happened: Verse 12 is not in some manuscripts.