Good Friday ABC
18:1 After JesusI had spoken these words, he went outII with his disciplesIII
across the KidronIV ValleyV to a place where there wasVI a garden,VII which he and his disciples entered.VIII
2 Now Judas,IX who betrayedX him, also knewXI
the placeXII because Jesus oftenXIII metXIV there with his disciples.
3 So Judas broughtXV a detachment of soldiersXVI together with policeXVII
from the chief priestsXVIII and the Pharisees,XIX and they cameXX there
with lanternsXXI and torchesXXII and weapons.XXIII
4 Then Jesus, knowing allXXIV that was to happenXXV to him, came forwardXXVI and askedXXVII them, “Whom are you looking for?”XXVIII
5 They answered,XXIX “Jesus of Nazareth.”XXX
Jesus replied,XXXI “I am he.” Judas, who betrayed him, was standingXXXII with them.
6 When Jesus said to them, “I am he,” they steppedXXXIII backXXXIV and fellXXXV to the ground.XXXVI
7 Again he askedXXXVII 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, letXXXVIII these people go.”XXXIX
9 This was to fulfillXL the wordXLI that he had spoken, “I did not loseXLII a single one of those whom you gaveXLIII me.”
10 Then SimonXLIV Peter,XLV who hadXLVI a sword,XLVII
drewXLVIII it, struckXLIX the high priest’sL slave,LI
and cut offLII his rightLIII ear.LIV The slave’s nameLV was Malchus.LVI
11 Jesus said to Peter, “PutLVII your sword back into its sheath.LVIII Am I not to drinkLIX the cupLX that the FatherLXI has given me?”
12 So the soldiers, their officer,LXII and the JewishLXIII police arrestedLXIV Jesus and boundLXV him.
13 FirstLXVI they tookLXVII him to Annas,LXVIII who was the father-in-law of Caiaphas,LXIX the high priest that year.LXX
14 Caiaphas was the one who had advisedLXXI the Jews that it was betterLXXII to have oneLXXIII
personLXXIV dieLXXV for the people.LXXVI
15 Simon Peter and anotherLXXVII disciple followedLXXVIII Jesus. Since that disciple was knownLXXIX to the high priest, he went withLXXX Jesus into the courtyardLXXXI of the high priest,
16 but Peter was standing outside at the gate.LXXXII So the otherLXXXIII disciple, who was knownLXXXIV to the high priest, went out, spoke to the woman who guarded the gate,LXXXV and brought Peter in.LXXXVI
17 The womanLXXXVII, LXXXVIII saidLXXXIX to Peter, “You are not also one of this man’sXC disciples, are you?”
He said, “I am not.”
18 Now the slaves and the police had madeXCI a charcoal fireXCII because it was cold,XCIII and they were standing around it and warmingXCIV themselves. Peter also was standing with them and warming himself.
19 Then the high priest questionedXCV Jesus about his disciples and about his teaching.XCVI 20 Jesus answered, “I have spokenXCVII openlyXCVIII to the world;XCIX
I have alwaysC taughtCI in synagoguesCII
and in the temple,CIII where all the Jews come together.CIV I have said nothing in secret.CV
21 Why do you askCVI me? AskCVII those who heardCVIII what I said to them;CIX they knowCX what I said.”
22 When he had said this, one of the police standing nearbyCXI struckCXII Jesus on the face, saying, “Is that how you answer the high priest?”
23 Jesus answered, “If I have spoken wrongly,CXIII testifyCXIV to the wrong.CXV
But if I have spoken rightly,CXVI why do you strikeCXVII me?” 24 Then Annas sentCXVIII 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 deniedCXIX it and said, “I am not.”
26 One of the slaves of the high priest, a relativeCXX of the man whose ear Peter had cut off, asked,CXXI “Did I not seeCXXII you in the garden with him?”
27 Again Peter denied it, and at that momentCXXIII the cockCXXIV crowed.CXXV
28 Then they took Jesus from Caiaphas to Pilate’s headquarters.CXXVI It was early in the morning.CXXVII They themselves did not enter the headquarters, so as to avoid ritual defilementCXXVIII and to be able to eatCXXIX the Passover.CXXX
29 So PilateCXXXI wentCXXXII out to them and said,CXXXIII “What accusationCXXXIV do you bringCXXXV against this man?”
30 They answered, “If this man were not a criminal,CXXXVI we would not have handed him overCXXXVII to you.”
31 Pilate said to them, “TakeCXXXVIII him yourselves and judgeCXXXIX him according to your law.”CXL
The Jews replied, “We are not permittedCXLI to put anyone to death.”CXLII 32 (This was to fulfill whatCXLIII Jesus had said when he indicatedCXLIV the kind of deathCXLV he was toCXLVI die.)
33 Then Pilate entered the headquarters again, summonedCXLVII Jesus, and asked him, “Are you the KingCXLVIII of the Jews?”
34 Jesus answered, “Do you askCXLIX this on your own, or did others tell you about me?”
35 Pilate replied,CL “I am notCLI a Jew, am I? Your own nationCLII and the chief priests have handed you over to me. What have you done?”CLIII
36 Jesus answered, “My kingdomCLIV does not belong to this world. If my kingdom belonged to this world, my followersCLV would be fightingCLVI to keep me from being handed over to the Jews. But as it is, my kingdom is not from here.”CLVII
37 Pilate asked him, “So you are a king?”
Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. For this I was born,CLVIII and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth.CLIX EveryoneCLX who belongsCLXI to the truth listensCLXII to my voice.”CLXIII
38 Pilate askedCLXIV him, “What is truth?”
After he had said this, he went out to the Jews again and toldCLXV them, “I findCLXVI no caseCLXVII against him.
39 But you haveCLXVIII a customCLXIX that I releaseCLXX someoneCLXXI for you at the Passover. Do you wantCLXXII me to release for you the King of the Jews?”
40 They shoutedCLXXIII in reply,CLXXIV “Not this man but Barabbas!”CLXXV Now Barabbas was a rebel.CLXXVI
19:1 Then Pilate tookCLXXVII Jesus and had him flogged.CLXXVIII 2 And the soldiersCLXXIX woveCLXXX
a crownCLXXXI of thornsCLXXXII and put it onCLXXXIII his head,CLXXXIV
and they dressed him inCLXXXV a purpleCLXXXVI robe.CLXXXVII
3 They kept coming upCLXXXVIII to him, saying, “Hail,CLXXXIX King of the Jews!” and striking him on the face.
4 Pilate wentCXC out again and said to them, “Look,CXCI I am bringingCXCII him out to you to let you knowCXCIII that I find no case against him.”
5 So Jesus cameCXCIV out wearingCXCV the crown of thornsCXCVI and the purple robe. Pilate said to them, “BeholdCXCVII the man!”
6 When the chief priests and the police saw him, they shouted, “CrucifyCXCVIII him! Crucify him!”
Pilate said to them, “TakeCXCIX him yourselves and crucify him; I find no case against him.”
7 The Jews answered him, “We have a law, and according to that law he oughtCC to die because he has claimed to beCCI the SonCCII of God.”CCIII
8 Now when Pilate heard this,CCIV he was moreCCV afraidCCVI than ever. 9 He entered his headquarters again and askedCCVII Jesus, “Where are you from?” But Jesus gave him no answer.CCVIII
10 Pilate therefore said to him, “Do you refuse to speak to me? Do you not knowCCIX that I have powerCCX 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;CCXI
therefore the one who handed me over to you is guiltyCCXII of a greaterCCXIII sin.”CCXIV
12 From then on Pilate triedCCXV to release him, but the Jews cried out,CCXVI “If you release this man, you are no friendCCXVII of Caesar.CCXVIII Everyone who claims to be a king sets himself againstCCXIX Caesar.”
13 When Pilate heard these words, he broughtCCXX Jesus outside and satCCXXI on the judge’s benchCCXXII
at a place calledCCXXIII The Stone Pavement,CCXXIV or in HebrewCCXV Gabbatha.CCXXVI
14 Now it was the day of PreparationCCXXVII for the Passover, and it was about noon.CCXXVIII He said to the Jews, “HereCCXXIX is your King!”
15 They cried out, “AwayCCXXX with him! Away with him! Crucify him!”
Pilate askedCCXXXI them, “Shall I crucify your King?”
The chief priests answered, “We have no king but Caesar.” 16 Then he handed him over to them to be crucified.
So they tookCCXXXII Jesus, 17 and carryingCCXXXIII the crossCCXXXIV by himself
he went outCCXXXV to what is called the Place of the Skull,CCXXXVI which in Hebrew is called Golgotha.CCXXXVII
18 There they crucified him and with him twoCCXXXVIII others, one on either side,CCXXXIX with Jesus betweenCCXL them.
19 Pilate also had an inscriptionCCXLI writtenCCXLII and putCCXLIII on the cross. It read,CCXLIV “Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews.”
20 ManyCCXLV of the Jews readCCXLVI this inscription because the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city,CCXLVII and it was written in Hebrew, in Latin,CCXLVIII and in Greek.CCXLIX
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 tookCCL his clothesCCLI and dividedCCLII them into fourCCLIII parts,CCLIV oneCCLV for eachCCLVI soldier.
They also took his tunic;CCLVII now the tunic was seamless,CCLVIII wovenCCLIX in one pieceCCLX from the top.CCLXI
24 So they said to one another, “Let us not tearCCLXII it but cast lotsCCLXIII for it to see who will getCCLXIV it.”
This was to fulfill what the scriptureCCLXV says,
“They dividedCCLXVI my clothes among themselves,
and for my clothingCCLXVII they castCCLXVIII lots.”CCLXIX
25 AndCCLXX that is what the soldiers did.
Meanwhile, standing near the cross of Jesus were his mother,CCLXXI and his mother’s sister,CCLXXII MaryCCLXXIII the wife of Clopas,CCLLXXIV and Mary Magdalene.CCLXXV
26 When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he lovedCCLXXVI standing besideCCLXXVII her, he said to his mother, “Woman,CCLXXVIII here is your son.”
27 Then he said to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” And from that hourCCLXXIX the disciple tookCCLXXX her into his own home.CCLXXXI
28 After this, when Jesus knewCCLXXXII that all was now finished,CCLXXXIII he said (in order to fulfillCCLXXXIV the scripture), “I am thirsty.”CCLXXXV
29 A jarCCLXXXVI fullCCLXXXVII of sour wineCCLXXXVIII was standingCCLXXXIX there.
So they putCCXC a spongeCCXCI full of the wine on a branch of hyssopCCXCII and heldCCXCIII it to his mouth.CCXCIV
30 When Jesus had receivedCCXCV the wine, he said, “It is finished.” Then he bowedCCXCVI his head and gave upCCXCVII his spirit.CCXCVIII
31 Since it was the day of Preparation, the Jews did not want the bodiesCCXCIX leftCCC on the cross during the Sabbath,CCCI especially because that Sabbath was a dayCCCII of great solemnity.CCCIII
So they askedCCCIV Pilate to have the legsCCCV of the crucified men brokenCCCVI and the bodies removed.CCCVII
32 Then the soldiers cameCCCVIII and broke the legs of theCCCIX firstCCCX and of the other who had been crucified withCCCXI him.
33 But when they cameCCCXII to Jesus and saw that he was already dead,CCCXIII they did not break his legs. 34 Instead, one of the soldiers piercedCCCXIV his sideCCCXV with a spear,CCCXVI
and at onceCCCXVII bloodCCCXVIII and waterCCCXIX came out.CCCXX
35 (He who saw this has testified so that you also may believe. His testimonyCCCXXI is true,CCCXXII and he knowsCCCXXIII
that he tellsCCCXXIV the truth,CCCXXV so that you also may continue to believe.)CCCXXVI, CCCXXVII
36 These things occurredCCCXXVIII so that the scripture might be fulfilled,CCCXXIX “None of his bonesCCCXXX shall be broken.”CCCXXXI
37 And again anotherCCCXXXII passage of scripture says, “They will lookCCCXXXIII on the one whom they have pierced.”CCCXXXIV
38 After these things, JosephCCCXXXV of Arimathea,CCCXXXVI who was a disciple of Jesus, though a secretCCCXXXVII one because of his fearCCCXXXVIII of the Jews,
askedCCCXXXIX Pilate to let him take awayCCCXL the body of Jesus. Pilate gave him permission,CCCXLI so he cameCCCXLII and removed his body.
39 Nicodemus,CCCXLIII who had at firstCCCXLIV comeCCCXLV to Jesus by night, also came,CCCXLVI
bringingCCCXLVII a mixtureCCCXLVIII of myrrhCCCXLIX
and aloes,CCCL weighing about a hundredCCCLI pounds.CCCLII
40 They tookCCCLIII the body of Jesus and wrappedCCCLIV it with the spicesCCCLV in linen cloths,CCCLVI according to the burialCCCLVII customCCCLVIII of the Jews.
41 Now there was a garden in the place where he was crucified, and in the garden there was a newCCCLIX tombCCCLX in which no one had ever been laid.CCCLXI 42 And so, because it was the Jewish day of Preparation and the tomb was nearby,CCCLXII they laid Jesus there.
Image credit: “Christ Crowned with Thorns” by Hans Breinlinger, 1958.