The Thorn Crown of the King
So Pilate took Jesus and had him whipped. The soldiers, having braided a crown from thorns, set it on his head, threw a purple robe over him, and approached him, with “Hail King of the Jews!” Then they greeted him with slaps in the face.
Pilate went back out again and said to them “I present him to you, but I want you to know that I do not find him guilty of any crime.” Just then Jesus came out wearing the thorn crown and purple robe. Pilate announced, “Here he is the Man.”
When the high priests and police saw him, they shouted in a frenzy, “Crucify! Crucify!”
Pilate told them, “You take him. You crucify him. I find nothing wrong with him.”
The Jews answered, ” We have a law and by that law he must die because he claimed to be the Son of God.”
Pilate caved into their demand. He turned him over to be crucified. They took Jesus away.
Early in the morning of the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone was moved away from the entrance. She ran at once to
Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved, breathlessly panting, “they took the master from the tomb. We don’t know where they’ve put him.”
The disciples then went back home.
But Mary stood outside the tomb weeping. As she wept, she knelt to look into the tomb and saw two angels sitting there dressed in white, one at the head and the other at the foot of where Jesus’ body had been laid.
They said to her, “Woman, why do you weep?”
“They took my Master,” she said, “and I don’t know where they put him.” After she said this, she turned away and saw Jesus standing there but she didn’t recognize him.
Jesus spoke to her, ” Woman, why do you weep? Who are you looking for?”
She, thinking he was the gardener, said, ” Mister, if you took him, tell me where you put him so I can care for him.”
Jesus said, “Mary.”
Turning to face him, she said in Hebrew, “Rabboni!” meaning Teacher.
Jesus said, ” Don’t cling to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. Go to my brothers and tell them, ” I ascend to my Father and your Father, my God and your God.”
Mary Magdalene went, telling the news to the disciples, “I saw the Master,” and she told them everything he said to her.
Carrying his cross, Jesus went out to the place called Skull Hill (the name is Golgatha), where they crucified him and with him two others, one on each side, Jesus in the middle.
When they crucified him, the Roman soldiers took his clothes and divided them up four ways to each soldier a fourth. But his robe was seamless, a single piece of weaving, so they said to each other, ” Let’s not tear it up. Let’s throw dice to see who gets it.”
This confirmed the Scripture that said, “They divided up my clothes among them and threw dice for my coat.” (The soldiers violated the Scriptures!)
Jesus, then said, “I’m thirsty.”
A jug of sour wine was standing by. Someone put a sponge soaked with the wine on a javelin and lifted it to his mouth. After he took the wine, Jesus said, “It is done?complete.” Bowing his head, he offered up his spirit.
One of the soldiers stabbed him in the side with his spear. Blood and water gushed out; the eyewitness to these things has presented an accurate report. He saw it himself and is telling the truth so that you, also, will believe.
Later on that day, the disciples had gathered together, but fearful of the Jews they had locked all the doors in the house.
Jesus entered, stood among them and said, “Peace to you.”
Then he showed them his hands and side. The disciples, seeing the Master with their own eyes, were exuberant.
Jesus repeated his greeting: “Peace to you. Just as the Father sent me, I send you.” Then he took a deep breath and said, “If you forgive someone’s sins, they’re gone for good. If you don’t forgive sins what are you going to do with them?”
These are written down so you will believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and in the act of believing, have real and eternal life in the way her personally revealed.