The Crucifixion of Jesus

“It is sometime before noon when the procession reaches the outskirts of Jerusalem and the crowd gathers on a craggy little hill which is known as Golgotha — that is, The Skull.  As Jesus is nailed to the wooden cross and lifted up, the scene below him becomes a strange mixture of emotions.  On one hand he sees the bitter sorrow of his family and followers, and on the other hand he sees the carnival-like atmosphere of the soldiers and those who have demanded his death.  As he awaits his death with increasing pain and agony, Jesus speaks briefly with one of the two robbers crucified with him.  Then, seeing his mother, Mary, he directs John to care for her.  As unusual darkness covers the land, Jesus cries out his last words and gives up his spirit in death.”

Matthew 27:33-56, Mark 15:23-41, Luke 23:32-49, John 19:18-37

The Burial of Jesus

“Even in Jesus’ burial a remarkable story unfolds.  That anyone outside Jesus’ family would have sufficient courage to ask for his body would be curious enough.  The real surprise, however, is that it should be a member of the very council which had called for Jesus’ execution.  Yet the record notes that Joseph of Arimathea, a respected member of the council, is also a believer, and it is he who will bury Jesus’ body in his own tomb.  Joseph will be aided by Nicodemus, the Pharisee and Jewish ruler who had come to Jesus by night asking how one is to be born again.  It is fitting that two men whose lives have been so touched by Jesus should now express their gratitude in this final tribute.”

Read:  Matthew 27:57-66, Mark 15:42-47, Luke 23:50-56, John 19:38-42

All quotations taken from The Daily Bible.