John 19:23-42 The Message Bible

23  When they crucified him, the Roman soldiers took his clothes and divided them up four ways, to each soldier a fourth. But his robe was seamless, a single piece of weaving, 24  so they said to each other, "Let's not tear it up. Let's throw dice to see who gets it." This confirmed the Scripture that said, "They divided up my clothes among them and threw dice for my coat." (The soldiers validated the Scriptures!) 25  Jesus' mother, his aunt, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene stood at the foot of the cross. 26  Jesus saw his mother and the disciple he loved standing near her. He said to his mother, "Woman, here is your son." 27  Then to the disciple, "Here is your mother." From that moment the disciple accepted her as his own mother. 28  Jesus, seeing that everything had been completed so that the Scripture record might also be complete, then said, "I'm thirsty." 29  A jug of sour wine was standing by. Someone put a sponge soaked with the wine on a javelin and lifted it to his mouth. 30  After he took the wine, Jesus said, "It's done . . . complete." Bowing his head, he offered up his spirit.

Jesus' Side Pierced

31  Then the Jews, since it was the day of Sabbath preparation, and so the bodies wouldn't stay on the crosses over the Sabbath (it was a high holy day that year), petitioned Pilate that their legs be broken to speed death, and the bodies taken down. 32  So the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first man crucified with Jesus, and then the other. 33  When they got to Jesus, they saw that he was already dead, so they didn't break his legs. 34  One of the soldiers stabbed him in the side with his spear. Blood and water gushed out. 35  The eyewitness to these things has presented an accurate report. He saw it himself and is telling the truth so that you, also, will believe. 36  These things that happened confirmed the Scripture, "Not a bone in his body was broken," 37  and the other Scripture that reads, "They will stare at the one they pierced."

The Burial of Jesus

38  After all this, Joseph of Arimathea (he was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly, because he was intimidated by the Jews) petitioned Pilate to take the body of Jesus. Pilate gave permission. So Joseph came and took the body. 39  Nicodemus, who had first come to Jesus at night, came now in broad daylight carrying a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about seventy-five pounds. 40  They took Jesus' body and, following the Jewish burial custom, wrapped it in linen with the spices. 41  There was a garden near the place he was crucified, and in the garden a new tomb in which no one had yet been placed. 42  So, because it was Sabbath preparation for the Jews and the tomb was convenient, they placed Jesus in it.

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