Tried, Crucified & Buried

John 18:1-19:42

181When Jesus had spoken these words, he went out with his disciples over the brook Kidron, where there was a garden, into which he and his disciples entered. 2Now Judas, who betrayed him, also knew the place, for Jesus often met there with his disciples. 3Judas then, having taken a detachment of soldiers and officers from the chief priests and the Pharisees, came there with lanterns, torches, and weapons. 4Jesus therefore, knowing all the things that were happening to him, went out, and said to them,

JESUS

Who are you looking for?

5They answered him,

ROMAN SOLDIERS & THE TEMPLE GUARDS

Jesus of Nazareth.

Jesus said to them,

JESUS

I am he.

Judas also, who betrayed him, was standing with them. 6When therefore he said to them, “I am he,” they went backward, and fell to the ground.
7Again therefore he asked them,

JESUS

Who are you looking for?

They said,

ROMAN SOLDIERS & THE TEMPLE GUARDS

Jesus of Nazareth.

8Jesus answered,

JESUS

I told you that I am he. If therefore you seek me, let these go their way,

9that the word might be fulfilled which he spoke, “Of those whom you have given me, I have lost none.”*
10Simon Peter therefore, having a sword, drew it, and struck the high priest’s servant, and cut off his right ear. The servant’s name was Malchus. 11Jesus therefore said to Peter,

JESUS

Put the sword into its sheath. The cup which the Father has given me, shall I not surely drink it?

12So the detachment, the commanding officer, and the officers of the Jews, seized Jesus and bound him, 13and led him to Annas first, for he was father-in-law to Caiaphas, who was high priest that year. 14Now it was Caiaphas who advised the Jews that it was expedient that one man should perish for the people. 15Simon Peter followed Jesus, as did another disciple. Now that disciple was known to the high priest, and entered in with Jesus into the court of the high priest; 16but Peter was standing at the door outside. So the other disciple, who was known to the high priest, went out and spoke to her who kept the door, and brought in Peter. 17Then the maid who kept the door said to Peter,

A SERVANT GIRL

Are you also one of this man’s disciples?

He said,

SIMON PETER

I am not.

18Now the servants and the officers were standing there, having made a fire of coals, for it was cold. They were warming themselves. Peter was with them, standing and warming himself. 19The high priest therefore asked Jesus about his disciples, and about his teaching. 20Jesus answered him,

JESUS

I spoke openly to the world. I always taught in synagogues, and in the temple, where the Jews always meet. I said nothing in secret. 21Why do you ask me? Ask those who have heard me what I said to them. Behold, these know the things which I said.

22When he had said this, one of the officers standing by slapped Jesus with his hand, saying,

A TEMPLE GUARD

Do you answer the high priest like that?

23Jesus answered him,

JESUS

If I have spoken evil, testify of the evil; but if well, why do you beat me?

24Annas sent him bound to Caiaphas, the high priest. 25Now Simon Peter was standing and warming himself. They said therefore to him,

BYSTANDERS AT THE TRIAL

You aren’t also one of his disciples, are you?

He denied it, and said,

SIMON PETER

I am not.

26One of the servants of the high priest, being a relative of him whose ear Peter had cut off, said,

BYSTANDERS A THE TRIAL

Didn’t I see you in the garden with him?

27Peter therefore denied it again, and immediately the rooster crowed.
28They led Jesus therefore from Caiaphas into the Praetorium. It was early, and they themselves didn’t enter into the Praetorium, that they might not be defiled, but might eat the Passover. 29Pilate therefore went out to them, and said,

PONTIUS PILATE

What accusation do you bring against this man?

30They answered him,

JEWISH LEADERS

If this man weren’t an evildoer, we wouldn’t have delivered him up to you.

31Pilate therefore said to them,

PONTIUS PILATE

Take him yourselves, and judge him according to your law.

Therefore the Jews said to him,

JEWISH LEADERS

It is not lawful for us to put anyone to death,

32that the word of Jesus might be fulfilled, which he spoke, signifying by what kind of death he should die.
33Pilate therefore entered again into the Praetorium, called Jesus, and said to him,

PONTIUS PILATE

Are you the King of the Jews?

34Jesus answered him,

JESUS

Do you say this by yourself, or did others tell you about me?

35Pilate answered,

PONTIUS PILATE

I’m not a Jew, am I? Your own nation and the chief priests delivered you to me. What have you done?

36Jesus answered,

JESUS

My Kingdom is not of this world. If my Kingdom were of this world, then my servants would fight, that I wouldn’t be delivered to the Jews. But now my Kingdom is not from here.

37Pilate therefore said to him,

PONTIUS PILATE

Are you a king then?

Jesus answered,

JESUS

You say that I am a king. For this reason I have been born, and for this reason I have come into the world, that I should testify to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice.

38Pilate said to him,

PONTIUS PILATE

What is truth?

When he had said this, he went out again to the Jews, and said to them,

PONTIUS PILATE

I find no basis for a charge against him. 39But you have a custom, that I should release someone to you at the Passover. Therefore do you want me to release to you the King of the Jews?

40Then they all shouted again, saying,

THE CROWD

Not this man, but Barabbas!

Now Barabbas was a robber.
191So Pilate then took Jesus, and flogged him. 2The soldiers twisted thorns into a crown, and put it on his head, and dressed him in a purple garment. 3They kept saying,

ROMAN SOLDIERS

Hail, King of the Jews!

and they kept slapping him.
4Then Pilate went out again, and said to them,

PONTIUS PILATE

Behold, I bring him out to you, that you may know that I find no basis for a charge against him.

5Jesus therefore came out, wearing the crown of thorns and the purple garment. Pilate said to them,

PONTIUS PILATE

Behold, the man!

6When therefore the chief priests and the officers saw him, they shouted, saying,

JEWISH LEADERS

Crucify! Crucify!

Pilate said to them,

PONTIUS PILATE

Take him yourselves, and crucify him, for I find no basis for a charge against him.

7The Jews answered him,

JEWISH LEADERS

We have a law, and by our law he ought to die, because he made himself the Son of God.

8When therefore Pilate heard this saying, he was more afraid. 9He entered into the Praetorium again, and said to Jesus,

PONTIUS PILATE

Where are you from?

But Jesus gave him no answer. 10Pilate therefore said to him,

PONTIUS PILATE

Aren’t you speaking to me? Don’t you know that I have power to release you, and have power to crucify you?

11Jesus answered,

JESUS

You would have no power at all against me, unless it were given to you from above. Therefore he who delivered me to you has greater sin.

12At this, Pilate was seeking to release him, but the Jews cried out, saying,

JEWISH LEADERS

If you release this man, you aren’t Caesar’s friend! Everyone who makes himself a king speaks against Caesar!

13When Pilate therefore heard these words, he brought Jesus out, and sat down on the judgment seat at a place called “The Pavement”, but in Hebrew, “Gabbatha.” 14Now it was the Preparation Day of the Passover, at about the sixth hour.* He said to the Jews,

PONTIUS PILATE

Behold, your King!

15They cried out,

THE CROWD

Away with him! Away with him! Crucify him!

Pilate said to them,

PONTIUS PILATE

Shall I crucify your King?

The chief priests answered,

JEWISH LEADERS

We have no king but Caesar!

16So then he delivered him to them to be crucified. So they took Jesus and led him away. 17He went out, bearing his cross, to the place called “The Place of a Skull”, which is called in Hebrew, “Golgotha”, 18where they crucified him, and with him two others, on either side one, and Jesus in the middle. 19Pilate wrote a title also, and put it on the cross. There was written, “JESUS OF NAZARETH, THE KING OF THE JEWS.” 20Therefore many of the Jews read this title, for the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city; and it was written in Hebrew, in Latin, and in Greek. 21The chief priests of the Jews therefore said to Pilate,

JEWISH LEADERS

Don’t write, ‘The King of the Jews,’ but, ‘he said, I am King of the Jews.’

22Pilate answered,

PONTIUS PILATE

What I have written, I have written.

23Then the soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus, took his garments and made four parts, to every soldier a part; and also the coat. Now the coat was without seam, woven from the top throughout. 24Then they said to one another,

ROMAN SOLDIERS

Let’s not tear it, but cast lots for it to decide whose it will be,

that the Scripture might be fulfilled, which says,
“They parted my garments among them.
For my cloak they cast lots.”*
Therefore the soldiers did these things.
25But standing by Jesus’ cross were his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. 26Therefore when Jesus saw his mother, and the disciple whom he loved standing there, he said to his mother,

JESUS

Woman, behold your son!

27Then he said to the disciple,

JESUS

Behold, your mother!

From that hour, the disciple took her to his own home.
28After this, Jesus, seeing* that all things were now finished, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said,

JESUS

I am thirsty.

29Now a vessel full of vinegar was set there; so they put a sponge full of the vinegar on hyssop, and held it at his mouth. 30When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said,

JESUS

It is finished.

He bowed his head, and gave up his spirit.
31Therefore the Jews, because it was the Preparation Day, so that the bodies wouldn’t remain on the cross on the Sabbath (for that Sabbath was a special one), asked of Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away. 32Therefore the soldiers came, and broke the legs of the first, and of the other who was crucified with him; 33but when they came to Jesus, and saw that he was already dead, they didn’t break his legs. 34However one of the soldiers pierced his side with a spear, and immediately blood and water came out. 35He who has seen has testified, and his testimony is true. He knows that he tells the truth, that you may believe. 36For these things happened, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, “A bone of him will not be broken.”* 37Again another Scripture says, “They will look on him whom they pierced.”*
38After these things, Joseph of Arimathaea, being a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews, asked of Pilate that he might take away Jesus’ body. Pilate gave him permission. He came therefore and took away his body. 39Nicodemus, who at first came to Jesus by night, also came bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about a hundred Roman pounds.* 40So they took Jesus’ body, and bound it in linen cloths with the spices, as the custom of the Jews is to bury. 41Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden. In the garden was a new tomb in which no man had ever yet been laid. 42Then because of the Jews’ Preparation Day (for the tomb was near at hand) they laid Jesus there.

*John 18:9 John 6:39
*John 19:14 “the sixth hour” would have been 6:00 AM according to the Roman timekeeping system, or noon for the Jewish timekeeping system in use, then.
*John 19:24 Psalm 22:18
*John 19:28 NU, TR read “knowing” instead of “seeing”
*John 19:36 Exodus 12:46; Numbers 9:12; Psalm 34:20
*John 19:37 Zechariah 12:10
*John 19:39 100 Roman pounds of 12 ounces each, or about 72 pounds, or 33 Kilograms.

DIGGING DEEPER

  • What can you learn from Jesus about how he faced suffering and injustice?
  • What did Peter say when he was asked if he was one of Jesus' disciples? Why do you think he answered this way?
  • Imagine how Peter felt in this story? When have you felt similar emotions? How did you respond?
  • Spend some time talking to God about your personal experiences regarding suffering, injustice and denial. Allow God to lead you to an appropriate response.
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