John Chapter 19

John 19:1 Pilate told the soldiers to beat Jesus with a whip.

John 19:2 The soldiers made a crown of thorn and they put it on Jesus’ head. Then they put a purple robe on Him.

John 19:3 The soldiers said, Hail, King of the Jews (which means Good health! Peace! Long life to you, King of the Jews]! And they slapped Him in the face.

John 19:4 Pilate went outside again. He said to the Jews I am bringing Jesus out to you. I want you to know that I find nothing I can charge him with.

John 19:5 Then Jesus came outside. The crown of thorns was still on his head and Jesus had on the purple robe.  Pilate said to the Jews: Look at this Man now.

John 19:6 When the chief priests saw Jesus, they shouted to Pilate: Kill him on a cross! Kill him on a cross!”. Pilate told them:  No, You take him and nail him to a cross yourselves. I find nothing I can charge him with

John 19:7 The Jews said to Pilate:  We have a law that says he must die, because he said he is the Son of God.

John 19:8 When Pilate heard what the Jews said, he became even more afraid.

John 19:9 Pilate went into the judgement hall again and he said to Jesus: ‘You must tell me where You come from.  But Jesus did not answer Pilate.

John 19:10 Then Pilate said to Jesus: Why don’t You talk to me?  I have the power to make you free or to kill you on a cross.

John 19:11 Jesus said to Pilate: The only power you have over me is the power given to you by God.   That is why the people who brought Me to you have done a bigger sin than you have done.

John 19:12 When Pilate heard what Jesus said, he tried to let Jesus go free, but the Jews shouted:  Anyone who makes himself a king is against Caesar. So if you let Jesus go free, that means you are not Caesar’s friend.

John 19:13 When Pilate heard what the Jews said, he took Jesus outside. Then Pilate went to the chair where he always judged, and he sat on it. The name of the place was the Pavement. (The Hebrew name of that place was Gabbata).

John 19:14 It was the day before Passover. On that day the Jews always prepared everything for Passover. It was about noon when Pilate said to the Jews:  Look, here is your King.

John 19:15 They shouted loudly Take him away! Take him away! Kill him on a cross! Pilate asked them:  Must I crucify Jesus, your King?’ The chief priests said to Pilate: Jesus is not our King. We have only one king and that is Caesar.

John 19:16 So Pilate handed Jesus to the chief priest to be killed on a cross.

John 19:17 Jesus carried his cross and they went out of the city to a place with the name of The Skull. (The Hebrew name of that place is Golgotha).

John 19:18 There the soldiers nailed Jesus to the cross. They also nailed 2 other men to crosses with Jesus, one on his left hand side and one on his right hand side.

John 19:19 Pilate told them to write a sign and put it on the cross. The sign said, Jesus of Nazareth, the king of the jews.

John 19:20 The sign was written in Aramaic, in Latin, and in Greek. Many of the Jews read this sign, because the place where Jesus was nailed to the cross was near the city.

John 19:21 The Jewish chief priests went to Pilate and said to him: You must not write: Jesus, King of the Jews. You must write:  Jesus said He is the King of the Jews.

John 19:22 Pilate told them: I wrote it and I will not change it.

John 19:23 After the soldiers nailed Jesus to the cross, they took his clothes. They divided his clothes into 4 parts, one part for each soldier. Jesus had a garment that was all one piece of cloth woven from top to bottom. It did not have a seam.

John 19:24 The soldiers said to each other:  We must not tear this garment into smaller pieces. We must draw lots to see who will get it. This happened because it is written in the Old Testament:  They divided my clothes, and each one took some of it. They drew lots to get my garment. This is what the soldiers did.

John 19:25 Jesus’ mother was standing near his cross. Her sister was also there and Mary, the wife of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalene.

John 19:26 Jesus saw his mother standing there, and the disciple whom He loved very much, John.   Jesus said to his mother: This disciple is now your son.

John 19:27 And Jesus said to the disciple John: This woman is now your mother.  From that day John took Jesus’ mother to live in his home.

John 19:28 Jesus knew that He had done all the work on earth that God had sent Him to do.  Jesus said: I am thirsty.  He said this because these words are written in the Old Testament.

John 19:29 There was a jar full of vinegar wine. The soldiers put a sponge into the vinegar wine and they put it on a hyssop-branch and held it out in front of Jesus mouth.

John 19:30 When Jesus tasted the vinegar wine, He said: Now I have finished my work that I had to do.  Jesus bowed his head forward and He died.

John 19:31 This day was Preparation day. The next day was a special Sabbath day. The Jewish leaders did not want the bodies to stay on the cross on the Sabbath day. So they asked Pilate to order that the legs of the men be broken. And they asked that the bodies be taken down from the crosses

John 19:32 So the soldiers came and broke the legs of the two men on the crosses beside Jesus.

John 19:33 When the soldiers came to Jesus, they saw that He was dead, so they did not break Jesus bones.

John 19:34 One of the soldiers took a spear and he pierced the side of Jesus’ body with it. Immediately blood and water came out of his body.

John 19:35 The man who saw this happen told this to the other people and every word that he said is the truth. He knows that he speaks the truth so that you may believe.

John 19:36 All this happened because the Old Testament said it would happen. It says: The people will not break Jesus bones.

John 19:37 At another place in the Old Testament it is written:  They will see him. People will look at the one they stabbed.

John 19:38 Joseph, from the town of Arimathea, was a disciple of Jesus but he did not tell anyone because he was afraid of the Jewish leaders. After Jesus had died, Joseph went to Pilate and asked him if he could take the body of Jesus. Pilate said he could take it. Then Joseph took Jesus’ body from the cross.

John 19:39 Nicodemus went with Joseph. He was the man who had come to Jesus before and talked to him at night. He brought about 100 pounds of spices—a mixture of myrrh and aloes.

John 19:40 Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus covered Jesus’ body with the myrrh and aloes and they put pieces of cloth around his body. (The Jews always did this before they buried someone).

John 19:41 In the place where Jesus was killed on the cross, there was a garden. In the garden there was a new tomb. No one had ever been buried there before.

John 19:42 Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus took Jesus’ body and they buried it in that tomb because it was near them and it was the day before the special Sabbath day when the Jews prepared everything for that day.