Friday Early Evening, Easter Week

Jesus on the cross, soldier pierces side with a spear. Copyright IRI, Inc. Courtesy Gospel Media,

The Veil of the Temple Was Rent

And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in the midst—in twain, from the top to the bottom. And the earth did quake, and the rocks rent.

Matt. 27:51; Mark 15:38; Luke 23:45b

Truly This Man Was the Son of God

Now when the centurion, which stood over against him, and they that were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, that he so cried out, and gave up the ghost, they feared greatly, he glorified God, saying, “Truly this man was the Son of God.”

Matt. 27:54; Mark 15:39; Luke 23:47

With a Spear Pierced His Side

The Jews therefore, because it was the preparation, that the bodies should not remain upon the cross on the sabbath day (for that sabbath day was an high day), besought Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away.

Then came the soldiers, and brake the legs of the first, and of the other which was crucified with him.

But when they came to Jesus, and saw that he was dead already, they brake not his legs, but one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came there out blood and water.
And he that saw it bare record, and his record is true, and he knoweth that he saith true, that ye might believe. For these things were done, that the scripture should be fulfilled, “He keepeth all his bones. Of him shall not one of them be broken.”

And again another scripture saith, “They shall look upon him whom they have pierced.”

John 19:31–37; Psalms 34:20; Zech. 12:10

Many Women Were There Beholding Afar Off

And there were also many women there, and all his acquaintance, who stood afar off, beholding these things.

Among whom was May Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James the less and of Joses, and Salome, and the mother of Zebedee’s children.

Who also, when he was in Galilee, followed Jesus, and ministered unto him—and many other women which came up with him unto Jerusalem.

Matt. 27:55–56; Mark 15:40–41; Luke 23:49

Then Took They the Body Of Jesus

And now when the even was come, because it was the preparation, that is, the day before the sabbath, behold, there came a rich man named Joseph of Arimathaea, a city of the Jews—an honourable counsellor, and he was a good man, and a just who also himself waited for the kingdom of God—and was Jesus’ disciple, but secretly for fear of the Jews (the same had not consented to the counsel and deed of them).

This man came, and went in boldly unto Pilate and begged the body of Jesus, that he might take away.

And Pilate marvelled if he were already dead. And calling unto him the centurion, he asked him whether he had been any while dead. And when he knew it of the centurion, then Pilate gave him leave and commanded the body to be delivered to Joseph.

He came therefore, and took the body of Jesus.

And there came also Nicodemus, which at the first came to Jesus by night, and brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about an hundred pound weight.

And when Joseph bought fine linen, and had taken the body of Jesus down, he wrapped it in clean linen cloth, with the spices, as the manner of the Jews is to bury.

Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden, and laid him, in the garden, in his own new sepulchre, which he had hewn out in the rock, wherein never man before was laid.
And he rolled a great stone to the door of the sepulchre, and departed.

And there laid they Jesus, therefore, because of that was the Jews’ preparation day, for the sepulchre was nigh at hand. And the sabbath drew on.

And there was Mary Magdalene, and the other Mary, the mother of Joses also, which came with him from Galilee, who followed after, sitting over against the sepulchre, and beheld where his body was laid.

And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome returned, and prepared sweet spices and ointments, and rested the sabbath day according to the commandment.

Matt. 27:57–61; Mark 15:42–47; Luke 23:50–56; John 19:38–42

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