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The Supremacy of Christ

15 He is the divine portrait, the true likeness of the invisible God, and the first-born heir of all creation. 16 For through the Son everything was created, both in the heavenly realm and on the earth, all that is seen and all that is unseen. Every seat of power, realm of government, principality, and authority—it was all created through him and for his purpose! 17 He existed before anything was made, and now everything finds completion in him.

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The Crucifixion of Jesus

26 As the guards led Jesus to be crucified, there was an African man in the crowd named Simon, from Libya.[a] He had just arrived from a rural village to keep the Feast of the Passover. The guards laid Jesus’ cross on Simon’s shoulders[b] and forced him to walk behind Jesus and carry his cross.

27 Massive crowds gathered to follow Jesus, including a number of women, who were wailing with sorrow over him. 28 Jesus turned to them and said, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me. You should be weeping for yourselves and your children. 29 For the day is coming when it will not be the women with children who are blessed but the childless. Then you will say, ‘The barren women are the most fortunate! Those who have never given birth and never nursed a child—they are more fortunate than we are, for they will never see their children put to death!’ 30 And the people will cry out for the mountains and hills to fall on top of them to hide them from all that is to come.[c] 31 For if this is what they do to the living Branch,[d] what will they do with the dead ones?”

32 Two criminals were led away with Jesus, and all three were to be executed together.

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  1. Luke 23:26 The text is literally “from Cyrene,” which is present-day Tripoli, Libya.
  2. Luke 23:26 By this time Jesus had been severely beaten and flogged, had gone days without sleep, and was carrying a heavy load. Presumably this is why Simon was compelled to carry the cross for him.
  3. Luke 23:30 See Hos. 10:8.
  4. Luke 23:31 The Aramaic is literally “a green tree.” This could be a figure of speech for “an innocent man.” The “dead” could be a figure of speech for “an evil man.”

Jesus Is Crucified

17 Jesus carried his own cross out of the city to the place called “The Skull,” which in Aramaic is Golgotha.

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