The Roman soldiers took Jesus and put a crown of thorns upon his head. They put a reed in his hand and bowed before him, saying,
"Hail, King of the Jews!" They blindfolded him, spat upon him, and hit him, saying, "Tell us who struck you!" Jesus said not a word.
Finally the soldiers took off the purple robe, dressed him in his own clothes, and led him away to be crucified. They gave Jesus and the
two robbers heavy crosses to carry.
A crowd of curious people followed the soldiers to the crucifixion. Many in the crowd were Jesus' enemies, others were friends
who longed to help but could not. As they went, Jesus fell beneath his heavy cross. The soldiers called a stranger from the crowd to
carry the cross.
On the hillside of Calvary the crowd stopped. Soldiers removed the prisoners' clothing and fastened their hands and feet to the
crosses. Then they raised the crosses high in the air and planted them firmly in the ground, leaving the prisoners to hang there until
From the cross Jesus prayed, "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do."
A sign above Jesus' head bore the words, "This is Jesus, the King of the Jews."
One of the thieves who was crucified with Jesus made fun of him. The other said, "We deserve to die, but this man has done no wrong."
To Jesus he said, "Lord, remember me when you come into your kingdom."
Jesus answered, "Today you shall be with me in paradise."
Sorrowing friends were standing at the foot of Jesus' cross. Among them were his mother and John. Jesus asked John to care for Mary.
Jesus' enemies also stood around the cross. Some of them said, "If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself."
About noon the sky suddenly grew dark. For three hours the great darkness lasted. Then Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying,
"It is finished!"
The Roman captain standing near the cross said to his soldiers, "Truly this man was the Son of God."