Matthew 27:32–54

32 aAs they were coming out, they found a man of bCyrene named Simon, 1whom they pressed into service to bear His cross.

The Crucifixion

33 aAnd when they came to a place called bGolgotha, which means Place of a Skull,

34 athey gave Him bwine to drink mixed with gall; and after tasting it, He was unwilling to drink.

35 And when they had crucified Him, athey divided up His garments among themselves by casting 1lots.

36 And sitting down, they began to akeep watch over Him there.

37 And above His head they put up the charge against Him 1which read, “aTHIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS.”

38 At that time two robbers * were crucified with Him, one on the right and one on the left.

39 And those passing by were 1hurling abuse at Him, awagging their heads

40 and saying, “aYou who are going to destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, save Yourself! bIf You are the Son of God, come down from the cross.”

41 In the same way the chief priests also, along with the scribes and elders, were mocking Him and saying,

42 aHe saved others; 1He cannot save Himself. bHe is the King of Israel; let Him now come down from the cross, and we will believe in Him.

43 aHe trusts in God; let God rescue Him now, if He 1delights in Him; for He said, ‘I am the Son of God.’ ”

44 aThe robbers who had been crucified with Him were also insulting Him with the same words.

45 aNow from the 1sixth hour darkness 2fell upon all the land until the 3ninth hour.

46 About the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, aEli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”

47 And some of those who were standing there, when they heard it, began saying, “This man is calling for Elijah.”

48 aImmediately one of them ran, and taking a sponge, he filled it with sour wine and put it on a reed, and gave Him a drink.

49 But the rest of them said, “1Let us see whether Elijah will come to save Him2.”

50 And Jesus acried out again with a loud voice, and yielded up His spirit.

51 aAnd behold, bthe 1veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and cthe earth shook and the rocks were split.

52 The tombs were opened, and many bodies of the 1saints who had afallen asleep were raised;

53 and coming out of the tombs after His resurrection they entered athe holy city and appeared to many.

54 aNow the centurion, and those who were with him bkeeping guard over Jesus, when they saw cthe earthquake and the things that were happening, became very frightened and said, “Truly this was 1dthe Son of God!”

Read more