The Gospel According to John

Chapter 19


Jesus Crowned with Thorns
1 Then Pilate took Jesus, and had Him flogged. 2 The soldiers, having made a crown of thorns, put it on His head and threw a purple cloak around Him. 3 And while shouting, "Long live the King of the Jews!" they struck Him blows with their hands.

Jesus Rejected by the Jewish People
4 Therefore Pilate went out to them again and said, "See, I am bringing him out to you, so that you may realize that I find no guilt at all in him!" 5 Then Jesus came out, wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe. And Pilate said to them, "Behold the man!"

6 But when the chief priests and their underlings saw Him, and they raised the cry, "Crucify him! Crucify him!" "Take him yourselves," said Pilate, "and crucify him. As for me, I find him not guilty." 7 "We have a law," the Jews answered him, "and by that law of ours he should be put to death, for he claims to be the Son of God!"

8 When Pilate heard them say this, he became afraid more than ever. 9 Going into the palace again, he said to Jesus, "Where are you from?" But Jesus gave him no reply. 10 "Why don't you speak to me?" said Pilate. "Don't you know that I have power to crucify you, and that I have power to set you free?" 11 Jesus answered, "You would have no power at all over Me, unless it were given you from above. Therefore, the one who betrayed Me has the greater sin."

12 Then Pilate wanted to set Him free, but the Jews kept shouting, "If you let this fellow go, you are not a friend of Caesar! Whoever sets himself up as a king is a rebel against Caesar." 13 On hearing this cry, Pilate brought Jesus out again and seated himself on the judgment seat, at a place called the Stone Pavement, which in Hebrew is called Gabbatha.

14 It was the preparation day of the Passover, and about the noon hour. Pilate said to the Jews, "Behold, your King!" 15 But they shouted, "Away with him! Crucify him!" Pilate said to them, "What? Shall I crucify your King?" "We have no king but Caesar!" the high priests answered. 16 He therefore handed Him over to them to be crucified. And they took Jesus and led Him away.

The Crucifixion of Jesus Christ
17 Carrying His cross, He came to a spot named the Place of the Skull, which in Hebrew is called Golgotha. 18 There they crucified Him, and with Him two others, one on either side, and Jesus in between.

19 Then Pilate wrote a caption, and put it on the cross. The sign said, "Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews." 20 This caption was read by many of the Jews, for the place where Jesus was crucified was near to the city. The sign was written in Hebrew. and in Latin, and in Greek. 21 The Jewish high priests then said to Pilate, "Do not write,'The King of the Jews,' but rather that he said,'I am the King of the Jews.'" 22 Pilate answered, "What I have written, I have written."

The Division of His Garments
23 Then the soldiers, when they crucified Jesus, took His outer garments and made four parts, each soldier getting one part. But His tunic, which was seamless, was woven from top to bottom in one piece. 24 Therefore, they said to one another, "Let us not tear it, but cast lots for it as to whose it should be." This was in fulfillment of the Scripture which says, "They parted My garments among them, and for My coat they cast lots" (Psalm 22:18). This, therefore, was what the soldiers did.

The Death of the World's Saviour
25 Standing beside the cross of Jesus were His mother, His mother's sister, the wife of Cleopas, and Mary Magdalene. 26 And When Jesus saw His mother and the disciple whom He loved standing near, He said to His mother, "Mother, there is your son!" 27 Then He said to His disciple, "There is your mother." And from that hour the disciple took her to his own home.

28 After this, Jesus, knowing that everything had been done to fulfill the Scriptures, said, "I am thirsty." 29 A container full of vinegar was standing near. Then they filled a sponge with vinegar, fastened it to a cane, and held it up to His mouth. 30 When Jesus had taken the vinegar, He said, "It is finished." And, bowing His head, He died.

His Bones Not Broken
31 This was Preparation Day (Eve of the Passover), and so that the bodies might not remain on the cross during the sabbath - for this sabbath was a great day - the Jews requested Pilate that the victims' legs be broken and the bodies taken away. 32 The soldiers therefore went and broke the legs, first of the one and then of the other of those who were crucified with Him. 33 But When they came to Jesus and saw that He was already dead, they did not break His legs. 34 One of the soldiers, however, pierced His side with a spear, and immediately blood and water came out. 35 The one who has recorded this was an eyewitness. His witness is true, so that you may believe. 36 For these things took place in order that the Scripture might be fulfilled, "Not one of His bones shall be broken" (Exodus 12:46). 37 And another Scripture which says, "They shall gaze upon Him whom they pierced" (Zechariah 12:10).

In the Tomb of Joseph of Arimathea
38 After these events, Joseph of Arimathea, a disciple of Jesus who was such secretly because of his fear of the Jews, asked permission of Pilate to remove the body of Jesus. Pilate gave approval, and so he came and took away His body. 39 And Nicodemus, the man who earlier had visited Jesus one night, also came, bringing with him about seventy-five pounds of spices, myrrh and aloes mixed. 40 Then they took the body of Jesus and wrapped it in linen sheets, along with the spices, as is the custom among the Jews in preparing for burial.

41 There was a garden near the place where He had been crucified, and in the garden there was a new tomb in which no one had ever yet been laid. 42 They laid Jesus there, because it was the Jewish day of preparation for the Passover, and the tomb was near by.


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