The King on a Cross(A)

17 (B)And He, bearing His cross, (C)went out to a place called the Place of a Skull, which is called in Hebrew, Golgotha, 18 where they crucified Him, and (D)two others with Him, one on either side, and Jesus in the center. 19 (E)Now Pilate wrote a title and put it on the cross. And the writing was:


20 Then many of the Jews read this title, for the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city; and it was written in Hebrew, Greek, and Latin.

21 Therefore the chief priests of the Jews said to Pilate, “Do not write, ‘The King of the Jews,’ but, ‘He said, “I am the King of the Jews.” ’ ”

22 Pilate answered, “What I have written, I have written.”

23 (F)Then the soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus, took His garments and made four parts, to each soldier a part, and also the tunic. Now the tunic was without seam, woven from the top in one piece. 24 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:

(G)“They divided My garments among them,
And for My clothing they cast lots.”

Therefore the soldiers did these things.

Behold Your Mother

25 (H)Now there stood by the cross of Jesus His mother, and His mother’s sister, Mary the wife of (I)Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. 26 When Jesus therefore saw His mother, and (J)the disciple whom He loved standing by, He said to His mother, (K)“Woman, behold your son!” 27 Then He said to the disciple, “Behold your mother!” And from that hour that disciple took her (L)to his own home.

It Is Finished

28 After this, Jesus, [a]knowing that all things were now accomplished, (M)that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said, “I thirst!” 29 Now a vessel full of sour wine was sitting there; and (N)they filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on hyssop, and put it to His mouth. 30 So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, (O)“It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.

Jesus’ Side Is Pierced

31 (P)Therefore, because it was the Preparation Day, (Q)that the bodies should not remain on the cross on the Sabbath (for that Sabbath was a (R)high day), the Jews asked Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away. 32 Then the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first and of the other who was crucified with Him. 33 But when they came to Jesus and saw that He was already dead, they did not break His legs. 34 But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately (S)blood and water came out. 35 And he who has seen has testified, and his testimony is (T)true; and he knows that he is telling the truth, so that you may (U)believe. 36 For these things were done that the Scripture should be fulfilled, (V)“Not one of His bones shall be broken.” 37 And again another Scripture says, (W)“They shall look on Him whom they pierced.”

Jesus Buried in Joseph’s Tomb(X)

38 (Y)After this, Joseph of Arimathea, being a disciple of Jesus, but secretly, (Z)for fear of the Jews, asked Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus; and Pilate gave him permission. So he came and took the body of Jesus. 39 And (AA)Nicodemus, who at first came to Jesus by night, also came, bringing a mixture of (AB)myrrh and aloes, about a hundred pounds. 40 Then they took the body of Jesus, and (AC)bound it in strips of linen with the spices, as the custom of the Jews is to bury. 41 Now in the place where He was crucified there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb in which no one had yet been laid. 42 So (AD)there they laid Jesus, (AE)because of the Jews’ Preparation Day, for the tomb was nearby.

The Empty Tomb(AF)

20 Now the (AG)first day of the week Mary Magdalene went to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the (AH)stone had been taken away from the tomb. Then she ran and came to Simon Peter, and to the (AI)other disciple, (AJ)whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken away the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid Him.”

(AK)Peter therefore went out, and the other disciple, and were going to the tomb. So they both ran together, and the other disciple outran Peter and came to the tomb first. And he, stooping down and looking in, saw (AL)the linen cloths lying there; yet he did not go in. Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb; and he saw the linen cloths lying there, and (AM)the [b]handkerchief that had been around His head, not lying with the linen cloths, but folded together in a place by itself. Then the (AN)other disciple, who came to the tomb first, went in also; and he saw and believed. For as yet they did not [c]know the (AO)Scripture, that He must rise again from the dead. 10 Then the disciples went away again to their own homes.


  1. John 19:28 M seeing
  2. John 20:7 face cloth
  3. John 20:9 understand

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