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Jesus Sentenced to be Crucified
John Chapter 19
1 ... Then Pilate took Jesus and had him flogged.
2 ... The soldiers twisted together a crown of thorns
and put it on his head. They clothed him in a purple robe and went up to
him again and again, saying, "Hail, king of the Jews!" And they struck
him in the face.
4 ... Once more Pilate came out and said to the Jews,
"Look, I am bringing him out to you to let you know that I find no basis
for a charge against him."
5 ... When Jesus came out wearing the crown of thorns
and the purple robe, Pilate said to them, "Here is the man!"
6 ... As soon as the chief priests and their officials
saw him, they shouted, "Crucify! Crucify!" But Pilate answered, "You take
him and crucify him. As for me, I find no basis for a charge against him."
7 ... The Jews insisted, "We have a law, and according
to that law he must die, because he claimed to be the Son of God."
8 ... When Pilate heard this, he was even more afraid,
and he went back inside the palace. "Where do you come from?" he asked
Jesus, but Jesus gave him no answer.
10 ... "Do you refuse to speak to me?" Pilate said.
"Don't you realize I have power either to free you or to crucify you?"
11 ... Jesus answered, "You
would have no power over me if it were not given to you from above. Therefore
the one who handed me over to you is guilty of a greater sin."
12 ... From then on, Pilate tried to set Jesus free,
but the Jews kept shouting, "If you let this man go, you are no friend
of Caesar. Anyone who claims to be a king opposes Caesar."
13 ... When Pilate heard this, he brought Jesus out
and sat down on the judge's seat at a place known as the Stone Pavement
(which in Aramaic is Gabbatha).
14 ... It was the day of Preparation of Passover
Week, about the sixth hour. "Here is your king," Pilate said to the Jews.
15 ... But they shouted, "Take him away! Take him
away! Crucify him!" "Shall I crucify your king?" Pilate asked. "We have
no king but Caesar," the chief priests answered.
16 ... Finally Pilate handed him over to them to
So the soldiers took charge of Jesus.
17 ... Carrying his own cross, he went out to the
place of the Skull (which in Aramaic is called Golgotha).
18 ... Here they crucified him, and with him two
others ... one on each side and Jesus in the middle.
19 ... Pilate had a notice prepared and fastened
to the cross. It read: JESUS OF NAZARETH, THE KING OF THE JEWS.
20 ... Many of the Jews read this sign, for the place
where Jesus was crucified was near the city, and the sign was written in
Aramaic, Latin and Greek.
21 ... The chief priests of the Jews protested to
Pilate, "Do not write 'The King of the Jews,' but that this man claimed
to be king of the Jews."
22 ... Pilate answered, "What I have written, I have
23 ... When the soldiers crucified Jesus, they took
his clothes, dividing them into four shares, one for each of them, with
the undergarment remaining. This garment was seamless, woven in one piece
from top to bottom.
24 ... "Let's not tear it," they said to one another.
"Let's decide by lot who will get it." This happened that the scripture
might be fulfilled which said, "They divided my garments among them and
cast lots for my clothing." So this is what the soldiers did.
25 ... Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother,
his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene.
26 ... When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple
whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother, "Dear
woman, here is your son," and to the disciple,
"Here is your mother."
From that time on, this disciple took her into his home.
The Death of Jesus
28 ... Later, knowing that all was now completed,
and so that the Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, "I
29 ... A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked
a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted
it to Jesus' lips.
30 ... When he had received the drink, Jesus said,
"It is finished."
With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.
31 ... Now it was the day of Preparation, and the
next day was to be a special Sabbath. Because the Jews did not want the
bodies left on the crosses during the Sabbath, they asked Pilate to have
the legs broken and the bodies taken down.
32 ... The soldiers therefore came and broke the
legs of the first man who had been crucified with Jesus, and then those
of the other.
33 ... But when they came to Jesus and found that
he was already dead, they did not break his legs.
34 ... Instead, one of the soldiers pierced Jesus'
side with a spear, bringing a sudden flow of blood and water.
35 ... The man who saw it has given testimony, and
his testimony is true. He knows that he tells the truth, and he testifies
so that you also may believe.
36 ... These things happened so that the scripture
would be fulfilled: "Not one of his bones will be broken," and, as another
scripture says, "They will look on the one they have pierced."
The Burial of Jesus
38 ... Later, Joseph of Arimathea asked Pilate for
the body of Jesus. Now Joseph was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly because
he feared the Jews. With Pilate's permission, he came and took the body
39 ... He was accompanied by Nicodemus, the man who
earlier had visited Jesus at night. Nicodemus brought a mixture of myrrh
and aloes, about seventy-five pounds.
40 ... Taking Jesus' body, the two of them wrapped
it, with the spices, in strips of linen. This was in accordance with Jewish
41 ... At the place where Jesus was crucified, there
was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb, in which no one had ever been
42 ... Because it was the Jewish day of Preparation
and since the tomb was nearby, they laid Jesus there.
The Empty Tomb
John Chapter 20
1 ... Early on the first day of the week, while it
was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone
had been removed from the entrance.
2 ... So she came running to Simon Peter and the
other disciple, the one Jesus loved, and said, "They have taken the Lord
out of the tomb, and we don't know where they have put him!"
3 ... So Peter and the other disciple started for
4 ... Both were running, but the other disciple outran
Peter and reached the tomb first.
5 ... He bent over and looked in at the strips of
linen lying there but did not go in.
6 ... Then Simon Peter, who was behind him, arrived
and went into the tomb. He saw the strips of linen lying there, as well
as the burial cloth that had been around Jesus' head. The cloth was folded
up by itself, separate from the linen.
8 ... Finally the other disciple, who had reached
the tomb first, also went inside. He saw and believed.
9 ... (They still did not understand from Scripture
that Jesus had to rise from the dead.)
Jesus Appears to Mary Magdalene
10 ... Then the disciples went back to their homes,
but Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look
into the tomb and saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus' body had
been, one at the head and the other at the foot.
13 ... They asked her, "Woman, why are you crying?"
"They have taken my Lord away," she said, "and I don't know where they
have put him."
14 ... At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing
there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus.
15 ... "Woman,"
he said, "why are you crying? Who is it you
are looking for?" Thinking he was the gardener,
she said, "Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put
him, and I will get him."
16 ... Jesus said to her, "Mary."
She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, "Rabboni!" (which means
17 ... Jesus said, "Do
not hold on to me, for I have not yet returned to the Father. Go instead
to my brothers and tell them, 'I am returning to my Father and your Father,
to my God and your God.'"
18 ... Mary Magdalene went to the disciples with
the news: "I have seen the Lord!" And she told them that he had said these
thing to her.
Jesus Appears to His Disciples
19 ... On the evening of that first day of the week,
when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the
Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, "Peace
be with you!"
20 ... After he said this, he showed them his hands
and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord.
21 ... Again Jesus said, "Peace
be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you."
22 ... And with that he breathed on them and said,
"Receive the Holy Spirit.
23 ... If you forgive anyone his sins, they are forgiven;
if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven."
Jesus Appears to Thomas
24 ... Now Thomas (called Didymus), one of the Twelve,
was not with the disciples when Jesus came.
25 ... So the other disciples told him, "We have
seen the Lord!" But he said to them, "Unless I see the nail marks in his
hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his
side, I will not believe it."
26 ... A week later hs disciples were in the house
again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came
and stood among them and said, "Peace be with
27 ... Then he said to Thomas, "Put
your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my
side. Stop doubting and believe."
28 ... Thomas said to him, "My Lord and my God!"
29 ... Then Jesus told him, "Because
you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen
and yet have believed."
30 ... Jesus did many other miraculous signs in the
prsence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book.
31 ... But these are written that you may believe
that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may
have life in his name.
Jesus and the Miraculous Catch of Fish
John Chapter 21
1 ... Afterward Jesus appeared again to his disciples,
by the Sea of Tiberias. It happened this way:
2 ... Simon Peter, Thomas (called Didymus), Nathanael
from Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two other disciples were
3 ... "I'm going out to fish," Simon Peter told them,
and they said, "We'll go with you." So they went out and got into the boat,
but that night they caught nothing.
4 ... Early in the morning, Jesus stood on the shore,
but the disciples did not realize that it was Jesus.
5 ... He called out to them, "Friends,
haven't you any fish?" "No," they answered.
6 ... He said, "Throw
your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some." When
they did, they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number
7 ... Then the disciple whom Jesus loved said to
Peter, "It is the Lord!" As soon as Simon Peter heard him say, "It is the
Lord," he wrapped his outer garment around him (for he had taken it off)
and jumped into the water.
8 ... The other disciples followed in the boat, towing
the net full of fish, for they were not far from shore, about a hundred
9 ... When they landed, they saw a fire of burning
coals there with fish on it, and some bread.
10 ... Jesus said to them, "Bring
some of the fish you have just caught."
11 ... Simon Peter climbed aboard and dragged the
net ashore. It was full of large fish, 153, but even with so many the net
was not torn.
12 ... Jesus said to them, "Come
and have breakfast." None of the disciples
dared ask him, "Who are you?" They knew it was the Lord.
13 ... Jesus came, took the bread and gave it to
them, and did the same with the fish.
14 ... This was now the third time Jesus appeared
to his disciples after he was raised from the dead.
Jesus Reinstates Peter
15 ... When they had finished eating, Jesus said
to Simon Peter, "Simon son of John, do you
truly love me more than these?" "Yes, Lord,"
he said, "you know that I love you." Jesus said, "Feed
16 ... Again Jesus said, "Simon
son of John, do you truly love me?" He answered,
"Yes, Lord, you know that I love you." Jesus said, "Take
care of my sheep."
17 ... The third time he said to him, "Simon
son of John, do you love me?" Peter was hurt
because Jesus asked him the third time, "Do
you love me?" He said, "Lord, you know all
things; you know that I love you." Jesus said, "Feed
18 ... I tell you the truth, when you were younger
you dressed yourself and went where you wanted; but when you are old you
will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you
where you do not want to go."
19 ... Jesus said this to indicate the kind of death
by which Peter would glorify God. Then he said to him, "Follow
20 ... Peter turned and saw that the disciple whom
Jesus loved was following them. (This was the one who had leaned back against
Jesus at the supper and had said, "Lord, who is going to betray you?")
21 ... When Peter saw him, he asked, "Lord, what
22 ... Jesus answered, "If
I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? You must
23 ... Because of this, the rumor spread among the
brothers that this disciple would not die. But Jesus did not say that he
would not die; he only said, "If I want him
to remain alive until I return, what is that to you?"
24 ... This is the disciple who testifies to these
things and who wrote them down. We know that his testimony is true.
25 ... Jesus did many other things as well. If every
one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would
not have room for the books that would be written.