Friday Afternoon, Easter Week

Jesus on the cross. Copyright IRI, Inc. Courtesy Gospel Media,

Simon of Cyrene

And after that they had mocked him, they took the purple robe off from him. And they took Jesus, and put his own raiment on him, and led him away to crucify him.

And as they came out and led him away, they laid hold upon a man, Simon of Cyrene by name, who passed by, coming out of the country—the father of Alexander and Rufus.

And on him they laid the cross and compelled him to bear it, that he might bear the cross after Jesus.

Matt. 27:31–32; Mark 15:20–21; Luke 23:26; John 19:16

Daughters of Jerusalem, Weep Not for Me

And there followed him a great company of people, and of women, which also bewailed and lamented him.

But Jesus turning unto them said, “Daughters of Jerusalem, weep not for me, but weep for yourselves, and for your children. For, behold, the days are coming, in the which they shall say, ‘Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that never bare, and the paps which never gave suck.’

“Then shall they begin to say to the mountains, ‘Fall on us, and to the hills, cover us.’

“For if they do these things in a green tree, what shall be done in the dry?”

Luke 23:27–31

A Place Called Golgotha

And when they were come, he bearing his cross went forth unto the place which is called in the Hebrew Golgotha, that is, being interpreted, “The place of a skull.”

And they gave him to drink vinegar, mingled with gall, and when he had tasted thereof, he would not drink, and received it not.

Matt. 27:33–34; Mark 15:22; Luke 23:33; John 19:17

There They Crucified Him

And it was the third hour, and there they crucified him.

Then said Jesus, “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.”

With him were there two thieves crucified, on either side one, the one on his right hand, and the other on his left, and Jesus in the midst.

And the scripture was fulfilled, which saith, “And he was numbered with the transgressors.”

Matt. 27:38; Mark 15:25,27–28 Luke 23:33b; John 19:18; Isaiah 53:12b

The Superscription of His Accusation

And Pilate wrote a title, a superscription of his accusation, written and set up over his head on the cross. And it was written in letters of Greek, and Latin, and Hebrew, “THIS IS JESUS OF NAZARETH, THE KING OF THE JEWS.”

This title then read many of the Jews: for the place where Jesus was crucified was nigh to the city. Then said the chief priests of the Jews to Pilate, “Write not, ‘The King of the Jews,’ but that he said, ‘I am King of the Jews.’”

Pilate answered, “What I have written, I have written.”

Matthew 27:37; Mark 15:26; Luke 23:38; John 19:19–22

They Parted My Garments Among Them

Then he soldiers, when they had crucified him, they parted his garments, and made four parts, to every soldier a part, and also his coat—now the coat was without seam, woven from the top throughout.

And they said therefore among themselves, “Let us not rend it, but cast lots for it, what every man should take,” that the scripture might be fulfilled, which was spoken by the prophet, “They parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture did they cast lots.”

And sitting down they watched him there. These things therefore the soldiers did.

Matt. 27:35–36; Mark 15:24; Luke 23:34b–34c; John 19:23–24; Psalms 22:17b–18

Save Thyself and Come Down from the Cross

And the people stood, beholding. And they that passed by railed on him, wagging their heads, and saying, “Ah, thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest it in three days, save thyself. If thou be the Son of God, come down from the cross.”

And likewise also the chief priests and the rulers also with them mocked and derided him, with the scribes and elders, and said among themselves, “He saved others, himself he cannot save. If he be Christ, the King of Israel, the chosen of God, let him now come down from the cross, and we will see and believe him.

“He trusted in God. Let him deliver him now, if he will have him, for he said, ‘I am the Son of God.’”

And the soldiers also mocked him, coming to him, and offering him vinegar, and saying, “If thou be the king of the Jews, save thyself.”

Matt. 27:39-43; Mark 15:29-32; Luke 23:35-37

To Day Shalt Thou Be with Me in Paradise

And one of the malefactors, which were crucified with him, reviled him and cast the same in his teeth, saying, “If thou be the Christ, save thyself and us.”

But the other answering rebuked him, saying, “Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation? And we indeed justly, for we receive the due reward of our deeds, but this man hath done nothing amiss.”

And he said unto Jesus, “Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom.”

And Jesus said unto him, “Verily, I say unto thee, to day shalt thou be with me in paradise.”

Matt. 27:44; Mark 15:32b; Luke 23:39–43

Behold Thy Mother

Now there stood by the cross of Jesus his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalene.

When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, “Woman, behold thy son!”

Then saith he to the disciple, “Behold thy mother! “And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home.

John 19:25–27


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