Luke 23:26-56

The Death of Jesus
Luke 23:26-56

The Road to the Cross (23:26-31)

26 And as they led him away, they laid hold on a certain Simon, a Cyrenian, coming from the field, and put the cross upon him to bear it behind Jesus. 27 And a great multitude of the people, and of women who wailed and lamented him, followed him. 28 And Jesus turning round to them said, Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep over me, but weep over yourselves and over your children; 29 for behold, days are coming in which they will say, Blessed are the barren, and wombs that have not borne, and breasts that have not given suck. 30 Then shall they begin to say to the mountains, Fall upon us; and to the hills, Cover us: 31 for if these things are done in the green tree, what shall take place in the dry?

The Crucifixion of Jesus (23:32-38)

32 Now two others also, malefactors, were led with him to be put to death. 33 And when they came to the place which is called Skull, there they crucified him, and the malefactors, one on the right hand, the other on the left. 34 And Jesus said, Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do. And, parting out his garments, they cast lots. 35 And the people stood beholding, and the rulers also with them sneered, saying, He has saved others; let him save himself if this is the Christ, the chosen one of God. 36 And the soldiers also made game of him, coming up offering him vinegar, 37 and saying, If “thou” be the king of the Jews, save thyself. 38 And there was also an inscription written over him in Greek, and Roman, and Hebrew letters: This is the King of the Jews.

The Two Malefactors (23:39-43)

39 Now one of the malefactors who had been hanged spoke insultingly to him, saying, Art not thou the Christ? save thyself and us. 40 But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost “thou” too not fear God, thou that art under the same judgment? 41 and “we” indeed justly, for we receive the just recompense of what we have done; but this man has done nothing amiss. 42 And he said to Jesus, Remember me, Lord, when thou comest in thy kingdom. 43 And Jesus said to him, Verily I say to thee, To-day shalt thou be with me in paradise.

The Three-Hour Darkness and Death of Jesus (23:44-49)

44 And it was about the sixth hour, and there came darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour. 45 And the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple rent in the midst. 46 And Jesus, having cried with a loud voice, said, Father, into thy hands I commit my spirit. And having said this, he expired. 47 Now the centurion, seeing what took place, glorified God, saying, In very deed this man was just. 48 And all the crowds who had come together to that sight, having seen the things that took place, returned, beating their breasts. 49 And all those who knew him stood afar off, the women also who had followed him from Galilee, beholding these things.

The Burial of Jesus (23:50-56)

50 And behold, a man named Joseph, who was a councillor, a good man and a just 51 (this man had not assented to their counsel and deed), of Arimathaea, a city of the Jews, who also waited, himself also, for the kingdom of God 52 — he having gone to Pilate begged the body of Jesus; 53 and having taken it down, wrapped it in fine linen and placed him in a tomb hewn in the rock, where no one had ever been laid. 54 And it was preparation day, and the sabbath twilight was coming on. 55 And women, who had come along with him out of Galilee, having followed, saw the sepulchre and how his body was placed. 56 And having returned they prepared aromatic spices and ointments, and remained quiet on the sabbath, according to the commandment.