John 19-21 The Message Bible

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19 1  So Pilate took Jesus and had him whipped. 2  The soldiers, having braided a crown from thorns, set it on his head, threw a purple robe over him, 3  and approached him with, "Hail, King of the Jews!" Then they greeted him with slaps in the face. 4  Pilate went back out again and said to them, "I present him to you, but I want you to know that I do not find him guilty of any crime." 5  Just then Jesus came out wearing the thorn crown and purple robe. Pilate announced, "Here he is: the Man." 6  When the high priests and police saw him, they shouted in a frenzy, "Crucify! Crucify!" Pilate told them, "You take him. You crucify him. I find nothing wrong with him." 7  The Jews answered, "We have a law, and by that law he must die because he claimed to be the Son of God." 8  When Pilate heard this, he became even more scared. 9  He went back into the palace and said to Jesus, "Where did you come from?" Jesus gave no answer. 10  Pilate said, "You won't talk? Don't you know that I have the authority to pardon you, and the authority to - crucify you?" 11  Jesus said, "You haven't a shred of authority over me except what has been given you from heaven. That's why the one who betrayed me to you has committed a far greater fault." 12  At this, Pilate tried his best to pardon him, but the Jews shouted him down: "If you pardon this man, you're no friend of Caesar's. Anyone setting himself up as 'king' defies Caesar." 13  When Pilate heard those words, he led Jesus outside. He sat down at the judgment seat in the area designated Stone Court (in Hebrew, Gabbatha). 14  It was the preparation day for Passover. The hour was noon. Pilate said to the Jews, "Here is your king." 15  They shouted back, "Kill him! Kill him! Crucify him!" Pilate said, "I am to crucify your king?" The high priests answered, "We have no king except Caesar."

16  Pilate caved in to their demand. He turned him over to be crucified.

The Crucifixion

17  Carrying his cross, Jesus went out to the place called Skull Hill (the name in Hebrew is Golgotha), 18  where they crucified him, and with him two others, one on each side, Jesus in the middle.

19  Pilate wrote a sign and had it placed on the cross. It read: jesus the nazarene the king of the jews. 20  Many of the Jews read the sign because the place where Jesus was crucified was right next to the city. It was written in Hebrew, Latin, and Greek. 21  The Jewish high priests objected. "Don't write," they said to Pilate, "'The King of the Jews.' Make it, 'This man said, "I am the King of the Jews."'" 22  Pilate said, "What I've written, I've written." 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.

The Resurrection

20 1  Early in the morning on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone was moved away from the entrance. 2  She ran at once to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved, breathlessly panting, "They took the Master from the tomb. We don't know where they've put him." 3  Peter and the other disciple left immediately for the tomb. 4  They ran, neck and neck. The other disciple got to the tomb first, outrunning Peter. 5  Stooping to look in, he saw the pieces of linen cloth lying there, but he didn't go in. 6  Simon Peter arrived after him, entered the tomb, observed the linen cloths lying there, 7  and the kerchief used to cover his head not lying with the linen cloths but separate, neatly folded by itself. 8  Then the other disciple, the one who had gotten there first, went into the tomb, took one look at the evidence, and believed. 9  No one yet knew from the Scripture that he had to rise from the dead. 10  The disciples then went back home.

Jesus Appears to Mary Magdalene

11  But Mary stood outside the tomb weeping. As she wept, she knelt to look into the tomb 12  and saw two angels sitting there, dressed in white, one at the head, the other at the foot of where Jesus' body had been laid. 13  They said to her, "Woman, why do you weep?" "They took my Master," she said, "and I don't know where they put him." 14  After she said this, she turned away and saw Jesus standing there. But she didn't recognize him. 15  Jesus spoke to her, "Woman, why do you weep? Who are you looking for?" She, thinking that he was the gardener, said, "Mister, if you took him, tell me where you put him so I can care for him." 16  Jesus said, "Mary." Turning to face him, she said in Hebrew, "Rabboni!" meaning "Teacher!" 17  Jesus said, "Don't cling to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. Go to my brothers and tell them, 'I ascend to my Father and your Father, my God and your God.'" 18  Mary Magdalene went, telling the news to the disciples: "I saw the Master!" And she told them everything he said to her.

Jesus Appears to His Disciples

19  Later on that day, the disciples had gathered together, but, fearful of the Jews, had locked all the doors in the house. Jesus entered, stood among them, and said, "Peace to you." 20  Then he showed them his hands and side. 21  Jesus repeated his greeting: "Peace to you. Just as the Father sent me, I send you." 22  Then he took a deep breath and breathed into them. "Receive the Holy Spirit," he said. 23  "If you forgive someone's sins, they're gone for good. If you don't forgive sins, what are you going to do with them?"

The Unbelief of Thomas

24  But Thomas, sometimes called the Twin, one of the Twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. 25  The other disciples told him, "We saw the Master." But he said, "Unless I see the nail holes in his hands, put my finger in the nail holes, and stick my hand in his side, I won't believe it."

26  Eight days later, his disciples were again in the room. This time Thomas was with them. Jesus came through the locked doors, stood among them, and said, "Peace to you." 27  Then he focused his attention on Thomas. "Take your finger and examine my hands. Take your hand and stick it in my side. Don't be unbelieving. Believe." 28  Thomas said, "My Master! My God!" 29  Jesus said, "So, you believe because you've seen with your own eyes. Even better blessings are in store for those who believe without seeing."

The Purpose of the Book

30  Jesus provided far more God-revealing signs than are written down in this book. 31  These are written down so you will believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and in the act of believing, have real and eternal life in the way he personally revealed it.

Jesus Appears to Seven Disciples

21 1  After this, Jesus appeared again to the disciples, this time at the Tiberias Sea (the Sea of Galilee). This is how he did it: 2  Simon Peter, Thomas (nicknamed "Twin"), Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, the brothers Zebedee, and two other disciples were together. 3  Simon Peter announced, "I'm going fishing." 4  When the sun came up, Jesus was standing on the beach, but they didn't recognize him. 5  Jesus spoke to them: "Good morning! Did you catch anything for breakfast?" They answered, "No." 6  He said, "Throw the net off the right side of the boat and see what happens." They did what he said. All of a sudden there were so many fish in it, they weren't strong enough to pull it in. 7  Then the disciple Jesus loved said to Peter, "It's the Master!" 8  The other disciples came in by boat for they weren't far from land, a hundred yards or so, pulling along the net full of fish. 9  When they got out of the boat, they saw a fire laid, with fish and bread cooking on it. 10  Jesus said, "Bring some of the fish you've just caught." 11  Simon Peter joined them and pulled the net to shore - 153 big fish! And even with all those fish, the net didn't rip. 12  Jesus said, "Breakfast is ready." Not one of the disciples dared ask, "Who are you?" They knew it was the Master. 13  Jesus then took the bread and gave it to them. He did the same with the fish. 14  This was now the third time Jesus had shown himself alive to the disciples since being raised from the dead.

Feed My Sheep

15  After breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, "Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?" "Yes, Master, you know I love you." Jesus said, "Feed my lambs." 16  He then asked a second time, "Simon, son of John, do you love me?" "Yes, Master, you know I love you." Jesus said, "Shepherd my sheep." 17  Then he said it a third time: "Simon, son of John, do you love me?" Peter was upset that he asked for the third time, "Do you love me?" so he answered, "Master, you know everything there is to know. You've got to know that I love you." 18  I'm telling you the very truth now: When you were young you dressed yourself and went wherever you wished, but when you get old you'll have to stretch out your hands while someone else dresses you and takes you where you don't want to go." 19  He said this to hint at the kind of death by which Peter would glorify God. And then he commanded, "Follow me."

The Beloved Disciple

20  Turning his head, Peter noticed the disciple Jesus loved following right behind. 21  When Peter noticed him, he asked Jesus, "Master, what's going to happen to him?" 22  Jesus said, "If I want him to live until I come again, what's that to you? You - follow me." 23  That is how the rumor got out among the brothers that this disciple wouldn't die. But that is not what Jesus said. He simply said, "If I want him to live until I come again, what's that to you?" 24  This is the same disciple who was eyewitness to all these things and wrote them down. And we all know that his eyewitness account is reliable and accurate. 25  There are so many other things Jesus did. If they were all written down, each of them, one by one, I can't imagine a world big enough to hold such a library of books.

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