Good Friday ABC
3 So Judas brought a detachment of soldiersIX together with policeX from the chief priests and the Pharisees,XI and they came there with lanterns and torchesXII and weapons.XIII 4 Then Jesus, knowing all that was to happen to him, came forward and asked them, “Whom are you looking for?”XIV
5 They answered, “Jesus of Nazareth.”XV
Jesus replied, “I am he.” Judas, who betrayed him, was standing with them. 6 When Jesus said to them, “I am he,” they stepped back and fell to the ground. 7 Again he askedXVI them, “Whom are you looking for?”
And they said, “Jesus of Nazareth.”
8 Jesus answered, “I told you that I am he. So if you are looking for me, letXVII these men go.”XVIII
13 First they took him to Annas,XXXVIII who was the father-in-law of Caiaphas,XXXIX the high priest that year. 14 Caiaphas was the one who had advisedXL the Jews that it was betterXLI to have one personXLII die for the people.XLIII
15 Simon Peter and another disciple followedXLIV Jesus. Since that disciple was known to the high priest, he went with Jesus into the courtyardXLV of the high priest, 16 but Peter was standing outside at the gate.
So the other disciple, who was known to the high priest, went out, spoke to the woman who guarded the gate,XLVI and brought Peter in. 17 The womanXLVII said to Peter, “You are not also one of this man’s disciples, are you?”
He said, “I am not.”
18 Now the slaves and the police had made a charcoal fireXLVIII because it was cold,XLIX and they were standing around it and warmingL themselves. Peter also was standing with them and warming himself.
19 Then the high priest questionedLI Jesus about his disciples and about his teaching.LII
20 Jesus answered, “I have spoken openlyLIII to the world;LIV I have alwaysLV taughtLVI in synagoguesLVII and in the temple, where all the Jews come together. I have said nothing in secret.LVIII 21 Why do you ask me? Ask those who heardLIX what I said to them;LX they know what I said.”
22 When he had said this, one of the police standing nearby struckLXI Jesus on the face, saying, “Is that how you answer the high priest?”
23 Jesus answered, “If I have spoken wrongly,LXII testifyLXIII to the wrong.LXIV But if I have spoken rightly,LXV why do you strikeLXVI me?” 24 Then Annas sentLXVII him bound to Caiaphas the high priest.
25 Now Simon Peter was standing and warming himself. They asked him, “You are not also one of his disciples, are you?”
He deniedLXVIII it and said, “I am not.”
26 One of the slaves of the high priest, a relative of the man whose ear Peter had cut off, asked, “Did I not seeLXIX you in the garden with him?” 27 Again Peter denied it, and at that moment the cock crowed.
28 Then they took Jesus from Caiaphas to Pilate’s headquarters.LXX It was early in the morning. They themselves did not enter the headquarters, so as to avoid ritual defilementLXXI and to be able to eat the Passover.LXXII
29 So PilateLXXIII went out to them and said, “What accusationLXXIV do you bringLXXV against this man?”
30 They answered, “If this man were not a criminal,LXXVI we would not have handed him overLXXVII to you.”
31 Pilate said to them, “Take him yourselves and judgeLXXVIII him according to your law.”LXXIX
The Jews replied, “We are not permittedLXXX to put anyone to death.” 32 (This was toLXXXI fulfill what Jesus had said when he indicatedLXXXII the kind of death he wasLXXXIII to die.)
33 Then Pilate entered the headquarters again, summoned Jesus, and asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?”
34 Jesus answered, “Do you ask this on your own, or did others tell you about me?”
35 Pilate replied, “I am not a Jew, am I? Your own nationLXXXIV and the chief priests have handed you over to me. What have you done?”
36 Jesus answered, “My kingdomLXXXV is not from this world. If my kingdom were from this world, my followersLXXXVI would be fightingLXXXVII to keep me from being handed over to the Jews. But as it is, my kingdom is not from here.”
37 Pilate asked him, “So you are a king?”
Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. For this I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth.LXXXVIII Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.”
38 Pilate asked him, “What is truth?”
After he had said this, he went out to the Jews again and told them, “I findLXXXIX no caseXC against him.XCI 39 But you have a customXCII that I releaseXCIII someone for you at the Passover. Do you wantXCIV me to release for you the King of the Jews?”
19:1 Then Pilate took Jesus and had him flogged.XCVIII 2 And the soldiersXCIX woveC a crownCI of thorns and put it on his head, and they dressed him in a purpleCII robe.CIII 3 They kept coming up to him, saying, “Hail,CIV King of the Jews!” and strikingCV him on the face.
4 Pilate went out again and said to them, “Look, I am bringing him out to you to let you knowCVI that I find no case against him.”CVII
5 So Jesus came out, wearingCVIII the crown of thorns and the purple robe. Pilate said to them, “Here is the man!”
6 When the chief priests and the police saw him, they shouted, “CrucifyCIX him! Crucify him!”
Pilate said to them, “Take him yourselves and crucify him; I find no case against him.”CX
7 The Jews answered him, “We have a law, and according to that law he oughtCXI to die because he has claimed to beCXII the Son of God.”CXIII
8 Now when Pilate heard this,CXIV he was more afraidCXV than ever. 9 He entered his headquarters again and asked Jesus, “Where are you from?” But Jesus gave him no answer.
10 Pilate therefore said to him, “Do you refuse to speak to me? Do you not know that I have powerCXVI to release you, and power to crucify you?”
11 Jesus answered him, “You would have no power over me unless it had been given you from above;CXVII therefore the one who handed me over to you is guilty ofCXVIII a greater sin.”CXIX
12 From then on Pilate triedCXX to release him, but the Jews cried out, “If you release this man, you are no friendCXXI of the emperor.CXXII Everyone who claims to be a kingCXXIII sets himself againstCXXIV the emperor.”
13 When Pilate heard these words, he brought Jesus outside and sat on the judge’s benchCXXV at a place called The Stone Pavement,CXXVI or in HebrewCXXVII Gabbatha.CXXVIII
14 Now it was the day of Preparation for the Passover; and it was about noon.CXXIX He said to the Jews, “Here is your King!”
15 They cried out, “AwayCXXX with him! Away with him! Crucify him!”
Pilate asked them, “Shall I crucify your King?”
The chief priests answered, “We have no king but the emperor.” 16 Then he handed him over to them to be crucified.
So they took Jesus; 17 and carryingCXXXI the crossCXXXII by himself, he went out to what is called The Place of the Skull,CXXXIII which in Hebrew is called Golgotha.CXXXIV 18 There they crucified him, and with him two others, one on either side, with Jesus between them.
19 Pilate also had an inscriptionCXXXV written and put on the cross. It read, “Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews.”
20 Many of the Jews readCXXXVI this inscription, because the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city;CXXXVII and it was written in Hebrew, in Latin,CXXXVIII and in Greek.CXXXIX
21 Then the chief priests of the Jews said to Pilate, “Do not write, ‘The King of the Jews,’ but, ‘This man said, I am King of the Jews.’”
22 Pilate answered, “What I have written I have written.”
23 When the soldiers had crucified Jesus, they took his clothes and divided them into four parts, one for each soldier. They also took his tunic;CXL now the tunic was seamless, woven in one pieceCXLI from the top.
24 So they said to one another, “Let us not tearCXLII it, but cast lots for it to see who will get it.” This was to fulfill what the scriptureCXLIII says,
“They dividedCXLIV my clothes among themselves,
and for my clothingCXLV they cast lots.”CXLVI
26 When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he lovedCLII standing beside her, he said to his mother, “Woman,CLIII hereCLIV is your son.” 27 Then he said to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” And from that hour the disciple took her into his ownCLV home.
28 After this, when Jesus knew that all was now finished,CLVI he said (in order to fulfillCLVII the scripture), “I am thirsty.” 29 A jar full of sour wineCLVIII was standing there.
So they put a spongeCLIX full of the wine on a branch of hyssopCLX and heldCLXI it to his mouth. 30 When Jesus had received the wine, he said, “It is finished.” Then he bowed his head and gave upCLXII his spirit.CLXIII
31 Since it was the day of Preparation, the Jews did not want the bodiesCLXIV left on the cross during the sabbath,CLXV especially because that sabbath was a day of great solemnity. So they asked Pilate to have the legs of the crucified men brokenCLXVI and the bodies removed.CLXVII
32 Then the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first and of the other who had been crucified with him. 33 But when they came to Jesus and saw that he was already dead, they did not break his legs.
35 (He who saw this has testified so that you also may believe.CLXXI His testimonyCLXXII is true,CLXXIII and he knows that he tells the truth.)CLXXIV, CLXXV
36 These things occurred so that the scripture might be fulfilled, “None of his bones shall be broken.”CLXXVI 37 And again another passage of scripture says, “They will look on the one whom they have pierced.”
38 After these things, JosephCLXXVII of Arimathea,CLXXVIII who was a disciple of Jesus, though a secretCLXXIX one because of his fearCLXXX of the Jews, asked Pilate to let him take away the body of Jesus. Pilate gave him permission;CLXXXI so he came and removed his body.
40 They took the body of Jesus and wrappedCLXXXVI it with the spicesCLXXXVII in linen cloths, according to the burial customCLXXXVIII of the Jews.
41 Now there was a garden in the place where he was crucified, and in the garden there was a newCLXXXIX tombCXC in which no one had ever been laid. 42 And so, because it was the Jewish day of Preparation, and the tomb was nearby, they laid Jesus there.
Image Credit: “Descent from the Cross,” circa 1700.