Friday, April 06, 2007

Jesus is Handed Over to be Crucified

Pilate brought Jesus out and sat down on the judgment seat at a place called The Stone Pavement, and in Hebrew, Gabbatha. Now it was the day of Preparation of the Passover. It was about the sixth hour.
He said to the Jews, "Behold your King!"
They cried out, "Away with him, away with him, crucify him!"
Pilate said to them, "Shall I crucify your King?"
The chief priests answered, "We have no king but Caesar."
So he delivered Jesus over to them to be crucified.

-- John 19:13-16

As they led him away, they seized Simon from Cyrene, who was on his way in from the country, and put the cross on him and made him carry it behind Jesus.
A large number of people followed him, including women who mourned and wailed for him. Jesus turned and said to them, "Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me; weep for yourselves and for your children. For the time will come when you will say,
'Blessed are the barren women, the wombs that never bore
and the breasts that never nursed!'
Then 'they will say to the mountains,
"Fall on us!" and to the hills, "Cover us!"'
For if men do these things when the tree is green, what will happen when it is dry?"
Two other men, both criminals, were also led out with him to be executed.
-- Luke 23:26-32

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