The Gospel of John – Chapter Nineteen

The Gospel of John


Chapter Nineteen

Then Pilate therefore took Jesus and scourged Him.

And after platting a crown of thorns, the soldiers put it on His head; and they threw a purple cloak over Him, and kept on saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” And they struck Him with the palms of their hands.

Then Pilate went out again and said to them, “Behold, I bring Him out to you so that you may know that I do not find any fault in Him. Then Jesus went out, wearing the crown of thorns and the purple cloak; and he said to them, “Behold the man!” But when the chief priests and officers saw Him, they cried aloud, saying, “Crucify Him, crucify Him!” Pilate said to them, “You take Him and crucify Him because I do not find any fault in Him.” The Jews answered him, “We have a law, and according to our law it is mandatory that He die, because He made Himself the Son of God.”

Therefore, when Pilate heard this saying, he was even more afraid. And he went into the Judgment Hall again, and said to Jesus, “Where have You come from?” But Jesus did not give him an answer. Then Pilate said to Him, “Why don’t you speak to me? Don’t you know that I have the authority to crucify You, and authority to release You?”

Jesus answered, “You would not have any authority against Me if it were not given to you from above. For this reason, the one who delivered Me to you has the greater sin.”

(Judas Iscariot delivered Him to the mob, who in turn delivered Him to Annas who in his turn delivered Him up to Caiaphas, and he delivered Jesus to Pilate. Therefore, the Jews indeed bear the greater sin.)

Because of this saying, Pilate sought to release Him; (Remember that Pilate is afraid, not of the Jews, but of what Jesus said.) but the Jews cried out, saying, “If you release this man, you are not a friend of Caesar. Everyone who makes himself a king speaks against Caesar.”

Therefore, after hearing this saying, Pilate had Jesus led out, and sat down on the judgment seat at a place called the Pavement; but in Hebrew, Gabbatha. Now it was about the preparation of the Passover, and about the sixth hour. (Nine in the morning) And he said to the Jews, “Behold, your King!” But they cried aloud, “Away, away with Him! Crucify Him!” Pilate said to them, “Shall I crucify your King?” The chief priests answered, “We have no king but Caesar.” (The guilty have spoken.) Therefore, he then delivered Him up to them so that He might be crucified. And they took Jesus and led Him away.

And He went out bearing His own cross to the place called The Place of a Skull, which in Hebrew is called Golgotha. There they crucified Him, and with Him two others, one on this side and one on the other side, and Jesus in the middle. And Pilate also wrote a title and put it on the cross; and it was written, “Jesus, the Nazarean, the King of the Jews.” As a result, many of the Jews read this title, for the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city; and it was written in Hebrew, in Greek, and in Latin. Then the chief priests of the Jews said to Pilate, “Do not write, ‘The King of the Jews’; but that He said, ‘I am King of the Jews.’ ” Pilate answered, “What I have written, I have written.”

Now the soldiers, after they had crucified Jesus, took His garments and made four parts, a part for each soldier, and the coat also. But the coat was seamless, woven in one piece from the top all the way throughout. For this reason, they said to one another, “Let us not tear it, but let us cast lots for it to determine whose it shall be”; that the scripture might be fulfilled which says, “They divided My garments among them, and they cast lots for My vesture.” The soldiers therefore did these things.

And Jesus’ mother stood by the cross, and His mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Cleopas, and Mary Magdalene.

(People often wonder why the Bible gives so many names and the reason is evident as new archaeological excavations reveal them, and of course in ancient documents, reports and personal letters. The Bible is inerrant.)

When Jesus saw His mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing by, He said to His mother, “Woman, behold your son.” Then He said to the disciple, “Behold your mother.” And from that time, the disciple took her into his own home. After this, Jesus, knowing that all things had now been finished, so that the scripture might be fulfilled, said, “I thirst.” Now a vessel full of vinegar was sitting there. And after filling a sponge with vinegar and putting it on a stick of hyssop, they put it up to His mouth. And so, when Jesus had received the vinegar, He said, “It is finished.” And bowing His head, He yielded up His spirit.

(There is a perverse doctrine that claims Jesus went to hell and was punished by the demons, but it is a lie and needs to be wholly rejected by the faithful in Christ. When He said, “It is finished,” then that is exactly what He meant. Do not add nor take from the words of this book, was the warning that was given in the letter of Revelation and would include the entire Words within the book, that is, The Holy Scriptures or Bible.)

The Jews therefore, so that the bodies might not remain on the cross on the Sabbath, because it was a preparation day, for that Sabbath was a high day requested of Pilate that their legs might be broken and the bodies be taken away.

(The First Day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread fell on a Thursday and was considered a holy day Sabbath. The weekly Sabbath would follow as customary on sunset Friday evening to sunset Saturday evening as ordained by God and that each day begins at sunset and ends at sunset. Many Christians don’t know this and as a result they attempt to “juggle” the Sabbath around to fit their understanding that Jesus rose on a Sunday, whereas, in fact, He rose from the grave exactly as the sun went down on Saturday evening, the Sabbath. Exactly 72 hours in the grave, just as He said. Three days and three nights and those Christians who attempt to say otherwise are ignorant of the truth and are guilty of spreading lies. Read the Scriptures carefully and believe them and know the historical background and you will not be led astray.)

Then the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first one, and the legs of the other who was crucified with Him. But when they came to Jesus and saw that He was already dead, they did not break His legs; but one of the soldiers had pierced His side with a spear, and immediately blood and water had come out. And he (John) who saw this has testified, and his testimony is true; and he knows that what he says is true, so that you may believe. For these things took place so that the scripture might be fulfilled, “Not a bone of Him shall be broken.” And again another scripture says, “They shall look upon Him Whom they pierced.”

Now after these things, Joseph, the one from Arimathea, being a disciple of Jesus, but having concealed it for fear of the Jews, asked Pilate if he might take Jesus’ body away; and Pilate gave him permission. Then he came and took away the body of Jesus. And Nicodemus, who had come to Jesus by night at the first, also came, bearing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about a hundred pounds. Then they took Jesus’ body and wound it in linen cloths with the aromatics, as is the custom among the Jews to prepare for burial.

Now there was a garden in the place where He was crucified, and in the garden a new tomb, in which no one had ever been laid. Because of the preparation of the Jews, they laid Jesus there; for the tomb was near. (He was laid in the tomb as the sun was going down in order to fulfill the scripture of being in the grave three days and three nights, 72 full hours of legal death according to Jewish law.)

All Scripture taken from The Holy Bible In Its Original Order – A New English Translation. York Publishing. Hollister, CA. USA