Ministry and Crucifixion of Jesus Christ Part 4: Eyewitness Report

About the ministry and crucifixion of Jesus Christ the central figure and Son of God in the Christian religion, an eyewitness account taken from the Gospel of John.


WHEN: 27-30 A.D.

EYEWITNESS REPORT: As was the custom, these state executions were open to the public. Countless numbers of people were on hand for this one, but very little was written as a 1st-person account, so we must again return to the Gospels--this time to John, who was, it has been said, a witness to the spectacle.

"Then Pilate therefore took Jesus, and scourged Him. And the soldiers plaited a crown of thorns, and put it on His head, and arrayed Him in a purple garment; and they came unto Him, and said, Hail, King of the Jews!

"And Pilate went out again, and saith unto them, Behold, I bring Him out to you, that ye may know that I find no crime in Him. Jesus therefore came out, wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe, and Pilate saith to them, Behold, the man! When therefore the chief priests and officers saw Him, they cried out, saying Crucify Him, crucify Him. . . .

"They took Jesus therefore: and He went out, bearing the Cross Himself, unto the place called the Place of a Skull, which is called in Hebrew, Golgotha: where they crucified Him, and with Him, 2 others, on either side one, and Jesus in the midst. And Pilate wrote a title also, and put it on the Cross. And there was written, JESUS OF NAZARETH, THE KING OF THE JEWS.

"The soldiers therefore when they had crucified Jesus, took His garments and made them in 4 parts, to every soldier a part; and also the coat: now the coat was without seams, woven from the top throughout. They therefore said, one to another, let us not rend it, but cast lots for it, whose it shall be: that the Scripture might be fulfilled, which said, They parted my garments among them. And then upon my vesture did they cast lots. These things therefore the soldiers did.

"After this, Jesus, knowing that all things are now finished, that the Scripture might be accomplished, saith, I thirst. There was set there a vessel full of vinegar: so they put a sponge full of vinegar upon hyssop, and brought it to His mouth. When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, He said, 'It is finished': and He bowed His head, and gave up His spirit."

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