Harmony of the Gospel (Conservative Version) shorter form Chapters 29-35
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He went out with his disciples over the brook Kidron, where there was a garden, into which he and his disciples entered. Now Judas, who betrayed him, also knew the place, for Jesus often met there with his disciples.
Then Jesus said to them, “All of you will be made to stumble because of me tonight, for it is written,
“But after I AM raised up, I will go before you into Galilee.”
But Peter answered him, “Even if all will be made to stumble because of you, I will never be made to stumble.”
Jesus said to him, “Most certainly I tell you that tonight, before the rooster crows, you will deny me three times.”
Peter said to him, “Even if I must die with you, I will not deny you.”
All of the disciples also said likewise. But Jesus said to them, “All of you will be made to stumble because of me tonight, for it is written,
“However, after I AM raised up, I will go before you into Galilee.”
But Peter said to him, “Although all will be offended, yet I will not.”
Jesus looking at him loved him, and Jesus said to him, “Most certainly I tell you, that you today, even this night, before the rooster crows twice, you will deny me three times.”
But he spoke all the more, “If I must die with you, I will not deny you.”
They all said the same thing. Then Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane, they came to a place which was named Gethsemane.
When he was at the place, he said to them, “Pray that you do not enter into temptation.”
And He said to his disciples, “Sit here, while I pray. Sit here, while I go there and pray.”
He took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, James, and John, and began to be sorrowful and severely troubled, to be greatly troubled and distressed.
Then he said to them, “My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Stay here and watch. Stay here, and watch with me.”
He was withdrawn from them about a stone’s throw, and he knelt down and prayed, saying, “Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done.”
He went forward a little, fell on his face, and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass away from me; nevertheless, not what I desire, but what you desire.”
He went forward a little, and fell on the ground, and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass away from him. He said, “Abba, Father, all things are possible to you. Please remove this cup from me. However, not what I desire, but what you desire.”
An angel from heaven appeared to him, strengthening him. Being in agony he prayed more earnestly. His sweat became like great drops of blood falling down on the ground.
When he rose up from his prayer, he came and found them sleeping, and said to Peter, “Simon, are you sleeping? Could you not watch one hour? Watch and pray, that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
He came to the disciples, and found them sleeping because of grief, and said to them, “Why do you sleep? Rise and pray that you may not enter into temptation.”
Again he went away, and prayed, saying the same words, “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass away from me; nevertheless, not what I desire, but what you desire.”
He went forward a little, and fell on the ground, and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass away from him. He said, “Abba, Father, all things are possible to you. Please remove this cup from me. However, not what I desire, but what you desire.”
Again he returned, he came to the disciples, and found them sleeping, for their eyes were very heavy, and said to Peter, “What, could you not watch with me for one hour? Watch and pray, that you do not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
And they did not know what to answer him. Again, a second time he went away, and prayed, saying, “My Father, if this cup cannot pass away from me unless I drink it, your desire be done.”
He came again and found them sleeping, for their eyes were heavy. He left them again, went away, and prayed a third time, saying the same words, “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass away from me; nevertheless, not what I desire, but what you desire.”
He said, “Abba, Father, all things are possible to you. Please remove this cup from me. However, not what I desire, but what you desire. My Father, if this cup cannot pass away from me unless I drink it, your desire be done.”
Then he came the third time to his disciples, and said to them, “Sleep on now, and take your rest. It is enough. The hour has come. Behold, the hour is at hand, and the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. Arise, let us be going. Behold, he who betrays me is at hand. Arise! Let us get going. Behold: he who betrays me is at hand.”
Immediately, while he was still speaking, behold, Judas, one of the twelve, came, and with him a great multitude with swords and clubs, from the chief priests and elders of the people. Behold, a multitude, and he who was called Judas, one of the twelve, was leading them. Now he who betrayed him had earlier given them a sign, saying, “Whomever I will kiss, that is he. Seize him, and lead him away safely.”
Judas then, having taken a detachment of soldiers and officers from the chief priests and the Pharisees, came there with lanterns, torches, and weapons. Judas, one of the twelve, came—and with him a multitude with swords and clubs, from the chief priests, the scribes, and the elders.
When he had come, Jesus therefore, knowing all the things that were happening to him, went out, and said to them, “Who are you looking for?”
They answered him, “Jesus of Nazareth.”
Jesus said to them, “I AM.”
Judas also, who betrayed him, was standing with them. When therefore he said to them, “I AM,” they went backward, and fell to the ground.
Again therefore he asked them, “Who are you looking for?”
They said, “Jesus of Nazareth.”
Jesus answered, “I told you that I AM. If therefore you seek me, let these go their way,” that the word might be fulfilled which he spoke, “Of those whom you have given me, I have lost none.”
Now he who betrayed him gave them a sign, saying, “Whoever I kiss, he is the one. Seize him.”
Immediately he came to Jesus, immediately he came to him, and said, “Rabbi! Rabbi!”
Then he came near to Jesus to kiss him. But Jesus said to him, “Judas, do you betray the Son of Man with a kiss?”
He said, “Hail, Rabbi!” and he kissed him.
Jesus said to him, “Friend, why are you here?”
Then they came and laid hands on Jesus, and took him. They laid their hands on him, and seized him. When those who were around him saw what was about to happen, they said to him, “Lord, shall we strike with the sword?”
But behold, a certain one of them, one of those who stood by, one of those who were with Jesus stretched out his hand, and drew his sword; Simon Peter therefore, having a sword, drew it, and struck the high priest’s servant, and cut off his right ear, struck the servant of the high priest, and struck off his ear. The servant’s name was Malchus.
Jesus therefore said to Peter, “Put the sword into its sheath. The cup which the Father has given me, shall I not surely drink it?”
But Jesus answered, “Let me at least do this”—and he touched his ear, and healed him.
Then Jesus said to him, “Put your sword back into its place, for all those who take the sword will die by the sword. Or do you think that I could not ask my Father, and he would even now send me more than twelve legions of angels? How then would the Scriptures be fulfilled that it must be so?”
Jesus said to the chief priests, captains of the Temple, and elders, who had come against him, “Have you come out as against a robber, with swords and clubs? When I was with you in the Temple daily, you did not stretch out your hands against me. But this is your hour, and the power of darkness.”
It was the ninth hour of the night, the beginning of the fourth watch, 3 A.M. Jesus answered them, “Have you come out, as against a robber, with swords and clubs to seize me? I was daily with you in the Temple Teaching, and you did not arrest me. But this is so that the Scriptures might be fulfilled.”
In that hour Jesus said to the multitudes, “Have you come out as against a robber with swords and clubs to seize me? I sat daily in the Temple Teaching, and you did not arrest me. But all this has happened that the Scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled.”
Then all the disciples left him; they all left him, and fled. A certain young man followed him, having a linen cloth thrown around himself over his naked body. The young men grabbed him, but he left the linen cloth, and fled from them naked.
Then was fulfilled what is written in the prophet Amos:
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So the detachment, the commanding officer, and the officers of the Jews seized Jesus. They seized him, and bound him, and led him away; they led Jesus away to the high priest.
Those who had taken Jesus led him away to Caiaphas the high priest, where the scribes and the elders were gathered together, and brought him into the high priest’s house, and led him to Annas first, for he was father-in-law to Caiaphas, who was high priest that year. Now it was Caiaphas who advised the Jews that it was expedient that one man should perish for the people. All the chief priests, the elders, and the scribes came together with him.
But Peter followed him from a distance, to the court of the high priest. Simon Peter followed Jesus, as did another disciple. Peter had followed him from a distance, up to where he came into the court of the high priest. Now that disciple was known to the high priest, and entered in with Jesus into the court of the high priest; but Peter was standing at the door outside. So the other disciple, who was known to the high priest, went out and spoke to her who kept the door, and brought in Peter. Then the maid who kept the door said to Peter, “Are you also one of this man’s disciples?”
He said, “I am not,” and entered in and sat with the officers, to see the end.
When they had kindled a fire in the middle of the courtyard, and had sat down together, Peter sat among them. He was sitting with the officers, and warming himself in the light of the fire. A certain servant girl saw him as he sat in the light, and looking intently at him, said, “This man also was with him.”
He denied Jesus, saying, “Woman, I do not know him.” (This was the first denial.)
Now the servants and the officers were standing there, having made a fire of coals, for it was cold. They were warming themselves. Peter was with them, standing and warming himself.
After a little while someone else saw him, and said, “You also are one of them!”
But Peter answered, “Man, I am not!”
They led Jesus to Annas first, for he was father-in-law to Caiaphas, who was high priest that year. The high priest Annas therefore asked Jesus about his disciples and about his Teaching. Jesus answered him, “I spoke openly to the world. I always Taught in synagogues, and in the Temple, where the Jews always meet. I said nothing in secret. Why do you ask me? Ask those who have heard me what I said to them. Behold, they know the things which I said.”
When he had said this, one of the officers standing by slapped Jesus with his hand, saying, “Do you answer the high priest like that?”
Jesus answered him, “If I have spoken evil, testify of the evil; but if well, why do you beat me?”
Annas sent him bound to Caiaphas, the high priest.
Now Simon Peter was standing and warming himself. They said therefore to him, “You are not also one of his disciples, are you?”
He denied it and said, “I am not.”
One of the servants of the high priest, being a relative of him whose ear Peter had cut off, said, “Did I not see you in the garden with him?”
Peter therefore denied it again, and immediately the rooster crowed.
Now the chief priests and the whole council sought witnesses against Jesus to put him to death, and found none. The chief priests, the elders, and the whole council therefore sought false testimony against Jesus, that they might put him to death; and they found none. Even though many false witnesses came forward, they found none. For many gave false testimony against him, and their testimony did not agree with each other.
After about one hour passed, some stood up, and gave false testimony against him, saying, “We heard him say, ‘I will destroy this Temple that is made with hands, and in three days I will build another made without hands.’ ”
Even so, their testimony did not agree.
“We heard him say, ‘I will destroy this Temple with hands, and in three days I will build another made without hands.’ ”
Even so their testimony did not agree.
But at last two false witnesses came forward, and said, “This man said, ‘I am able to destroy the Temple of God, and to build it in three days.’ ”
The high priest stood up, and said to him, “Have you no answer? What is this that these testify against you?”
But Jesus held his peace. He stayed quiet, and answered nothing. The high priest answered him, “I adjure you by the living God, that you tell us whether you are the Christ, the Son of God.”
Jesus said to him, “You have said it. Nevertheless, I tell you, after this you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of Power, and coming on the clouds of the heaven.”
Again the high priest asked him, “Are you the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?”
Jesus said, “I AM. You will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of Power, and coming with the clouds of the heaven.”
Then the high priest tore his clothing, the high priest tore his clothes, saying, “He has spoken blasphemy! Why do we need any more witnesses? Behold, now you have heard his blasphemy,” and said, “What further need have we of witnesses? You have heard the blasphemy! What do you think?”
They answered, “He is worthy of death!”
They all condemned him to be worthy of death. Then they spat in his face and beat him with their fists, and some slapped him. Some began to spit on him, and to cover his face, and to beat him with fists, and to tell him, “Prophesy!”
The officers struck him with the palms of their hands, saying, “Prophesy to us, you Christ! Who hit you?”
Now Peter was sitting outside in the court, and a maid came to him; as Peter was in the courtyard below, one of the maids of the high priest came, saying, “You were also with Jesus, the Galilean!”
And seeing Peter warming himself, she looked at him, and said, “You were also with the Nazarene, Jesus!”
But he denied it before them all, saying, “I do not know what you are talking about. I neither know, nor understand what you are saying.”
He went out on the porch. When he had gone out onto the porch, someone else saw him, and said to those who were there, “This man also was with Jesus of Nazareth.”
The maid saw him, and began again to tell those who stood by, “This is one of them.”
But he again denied it, with an oath, “I do not know the man.” (This was the second denial.)
After a little while again those who stood by came and said to Peter, “Surely you are also one of them, for your speech makes you known.”
Those who stood by said to Peter, “You truly are one of them, for you are a Galilean, and your speech shows it.”
Another confidently affirmed, saying, “Truly this man also was with him, for he is a Galilean!”
But Peter said, “Man, I do not know what you are talking about!”
Then he began to curse, and to swear, “I do not know this man of whom you speak! I do not know the man!” (This was the third denial.)
And immediately, while he was still speaking, the rooster crowed, a rooster crowed. The rooster crowed the second time. The Lord turned and looked at Peter. Then Peter remembered the Lord’s word, the word which Jesus had said to him, how he said to him, “Before the rooster crows, you will deny me three times.” Then Peter remembered the word, how that Jesus said to him, “Before the rooster crows twice, you will deny me three times.”
When he thought about that, he wept. Then he went out and wept bitterly.
The men who held Jesus mocked him and beat him. Having blindfolded him, they struck him on the face and asked him, “Prophesy! Who is the one who struck you?”
They spoke many other things against him, insulting him.
Now when morning had come, immediately in the morning the chief priests, with the elders and scribes, and the whole council, held a consultation; and all the chief priests and the elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put him to death.
Then as soon as it was day, the assembly of the elders of the people were gathered together, both chief priests and scribes, and they led him away into their council, saying, “If you are the Christ, tell us.”
But he said to them, “If I tell you, you will not believe, and if I ask, you will in no way answer me or let me go. From now on, the Son of Man will be seated at the right hand of the power of God.”
They all said, “Are you then the Son of God?”
He said to them, “You say it, because I AM.”
Three times they had asked him, and three times he had answered. They said, “Why do we need any more witness? For we ourselves have heard from his own mouth!”
The whole company of them rose up, and bound Jesus, and led him away. They bound him, carried him away, and brought him before Pontius Pilate, the governor, and delivered him up to Pilate.
Then Judas, who betrayed him, when he saw that Jesus was condemned, felt remorse, and brought back the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders, saying, “I have sinned in that I betrayed innocent blood.”
But they said, “What is that to us? You see to it.”
He threw down the pieces of silver in the sanctuary, and departed. He went away outside the city to the potter’s field; he went away, and falling headlong hanged himself; and he burst open in the middle and all his bowels gushed out. The chief priests took the pieces of silver, and said, “It is not lawful to put them into the treasury, since it is the price of blood.”
They took counsel, and bought the potter’s field with them, to bury strangers in. Therefore that field was called “The Field of Blood” to this day. Then that which was spoken through Jeremiah the prophet was fulfilled, saying,
And that which was spoken by the prophet Zechariah was fulfilled, saying,
That which was spoken through Jeremiah the prophet was fulfilled. And they took the thirty pieces of silver, the price of him upon whom a price had been set, whom some of the children of Israel priced, and they gave them for the potter’s field, as the Lord commanded, as
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They led Jesus therefore from Caiaphas into the Praetorium. It was early, and they themselves did not enter into the Praetorium, that they might not be defiled, but might eat the Passover. Pilate therefore went out to them, and said, “What accusation do you bring against this man?”
They answered him, “If this man were not an evildoer, we would not have delivered him up to you.”
Pilate therefore said to them, “Take him yourselves, and judge him according to your law.”
Therefore the Jews said to him, “It is illegal for us to put anyone to death,” that the word of Jesus might be fulfilled, which he spoke, signifying by what kind of death he should die.
They began to accuse him, saying, “We found this man perverting the nation, forbidding paying taxes to Caesar, and saying that he himself is Christ, a king.”
Pilate therefore entered again into the Praetorium, called Jesus, and said to him, “Are you the King of the Jews?”
Now Jesus stood before the governor: and the governor Pilate asked him, saying, “Are you the King of the Jews?”
Jesus said to him, “So you say”; he answered, “So you say.”
Jesus answered him, “Do you say this by yourself, or did others tell you about me?”
Pilate answered, “I am not a Jew, am I? Your own nation and the chief priests delivered you to me. What have you done?”
Jesus answered, “My Kingdom is not of this world. If my Kingdom were of this world, then my servants would fight, that I would not be delivered to the Jews. But now my Kingdom is not from here.”
Pilate therefore said to him, “Are you a king then?”
Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. For this reason I have been born, and for this reason I have come into the world, that I should testify to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice.”
Pilate said to him, “What is truth?”
When he had said this, he went out again to the Jews. Pilate said to the chief priests and the multitudes, “I find no basis for a charge against this man.”
The chief priests accused him of many things. When he was accused by the chief priests and elders, he answered nothing. Then Pilate said to him, “Do you not hear how many things they testify against you?”
He gave him no answer, not even one word, so that the governor marveled greatly. Pilate again asked him, “Have you no answer? See how many things they testify against you!”
But Jesus made no further answer, so that Pilate marveled. Pilate said to the chief priests and the multitudes, “I find no basis for a charge against this man.”
But they insisted, saying, “He stirs up the people, Teaching throughout all Judea, beginning from Galilee even to this place.”
But when Pilate heard Galilee mentioned, he asked if the man was a Galilean. When he found out that he was in Herod’s jurisdiction, he sent him to Herod, who was also in Jerusalem during those days.
Now when Herod saw Jesus, he was exceedingly glad, for he had wanted to see him for a long time, because he had heard many things about him. He hoped to see some miracle done by him. He questioned him with many words, but he gave no answers. The chief priests and the scribes stood, vehemently accusing him.
Herod with his soldiers humiliated him and mocked him. Dressing him in luxurious clothing, they sent him back to Pilate. Herod and Pilate became friends with each other that very day, for before that they were enemies with each other.
While he was sitting on the judgment seat, his wife sent to him, saying, “Have nothing to do with that righteous man, for I have suffered many things today in a dream because of him.”
Now he had to release one prisoner to them at the feast. At the feast the governor was accustomed to release to the multitude one prisoner, whom they desired; he used to release to them one prisoner, whom they asked of him. There was one called Barabbas.
They had then a notable prisoner, called Jesus Barabbas—one who was thrown into prison for a certain revolt in the city, and for murder, bound with his fellow insurgents, men who in the insurrection had committed murder. Now Barabbas was a robber.
The multitude, crying aloud, began to ask him to do as he always did for them.
Pilate called together the chief priests, the rulers, and the people, and said to them, “You brought this man to me as one that perverts the people, and behold, having examined him before you, I found no basis for a charge against this man concerning those things of which you accuse him. Neither has Herod, for I sent you to him, and see, nothing worthy of death has been done by him. I will therefore chastise him and release him. I find no basis for a charge against him. But you have a custom, that I should release someone to you at the Passover. Therefore, do you want me to release to you the King of the Jews?” Pilate answered them, saying, “Do you want me to release to you the King of the Jews?” for he perceived that for envy the chief priests had delivered him up.
But the chief priests stirred up the multitude, that he should release Barabbas to them instead. When therefore they were gathered together, Pilate said to them, “Whom do you want me to release to you? Jesus Barabbas, or Jesus, who is called Christ?”
For he knew that because of envy they had delivered him up.
But they all cried out together, saying, “Away with this man! Release to us Barabbas!”
Now the chief priests and the elders persuaded the multitudes to ask for Barabbas, and destroy Jesus. Then they all shouted again, saying, “Not this man, but Barabbas!”
But the governor answered them, “Which of the two do you want me to release to you?”
They said, “Barabbas!”
Pilate said to them, “What then shall I do to Jesus, who is called Christ?”
They all said to him, “Let him be crucified!”
But the governor said, “Why? What evil has he done?”
But they cried out exceedingly, saying, “Let him be crucified!”
Then Pilate spoke to them again, wanting to release Jesus. Pilate again asked them, “What then should I do to him whom you call the King of the Jews?”
But they shouted, saying, “Crucify! Crucify him!”
He said to them the third time, “Why? What evil has this man done? I have found no capital crime in him. I will therefore chastise him and release him.”
They cried out again, “Crucify him!”
Pilate said to them, “Why, what evil has he done?”
But they cried out exceedingly, “Crucify him!”
So when Pilate saw that nothing was being gained, but rather that a disturbance was starting, he took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, “I am innocent of the blood of this righteous person. You see to it.”
All the people answered, “May his blood be on us, and on our children!”
Then he released to them Barabbas, but Jesus he flogged. Pilate, wishing to please the multitude, released Barabbas to them, and handed over Jesus, when he had flogged him. So Pilate then took Jesus, and flogged him.
The soldiers twisted thorns into a crown, and put it on his head, and dressed him in a purple garment. They kept saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” and they kept slapping him.
Then Pilate went out again, and said to them, “Behold, I bring him out to you, that you may know that I find no basis for a charge against him.”
Jesus therefore came out, wearing the crown of thorns and the purple garment. Pilate said to them, “Ecce homo! Behold, the man!”
When therefore the chief priests and the officers saw him, they shouted, saying, “Crucify! Crucify!”
Pilate said to them, “Take him yourselves, and crucify him, for I find no basis for a charge against him.”
The Jews answered him, “We have a law, and by our law he ought to die, because he made himself the Son of God.”
When therefore Pilate heard this saying, he was more afraid. He entered into the Praetorium again, and said to Jesus, “Where are you from?”
But Jesus gave him no answer. Pilate therefore said to him, “You are not speaking to me? Do you not know that I have power to release you and have power to crucify you?”
Jesus answered, “You would have no power at all against me, unless it were given to you from above. Therefore he who delivered me to you has greater sin.”
By this we know that not all sins are the same, and their degrees of guilt are not equal. Some are greater than others.
At this, Pilate was seeking to release him, but the Jews cried out, saying, “If you release this man, you are not Caesar’s Friend! Everyone who makes himself a king speaks against Caesar!”
When Pilate therefore heard these words, he brought Jesus out and sat him down on the judgment seat at a place called “The Pavement”, but in Hebrew, “Gabbatha.”
Now it was the Day of Preparation, the day before the Sabbath, the Preparation Day of the Passover; it was about the sixth hour after they had laid hands on him. He said to the Jews, “Behold, your King!”
But they were urgent with loud voices, asking that he might be crucified. They cried out, “Away with him! Away with him! Crucify him!”
Pilate said to them, “Shall I crucify your King?”
The chief priests answered, “We have no king but Caesar!”
And their voices and the voices of the chief priests prevailed.
So then he delivered him to them to be crucified. Pilate decreed that what they asked for should be done. He released him who had been thrown into prison for insurrection and murder, for whom they asked, but he delivered Jesus up to their will. So they took Jesus and led him away.
Then the governor’s soldiers took Jesus into the Praetorium. The soldiers led him away within the court, which is the Praetorium; and they called together the whole cohort, and gathered the whole garrison together against him. They stripped him, and put a scarlet robe on him. They clothed him with a purple cloak, and weaving a crown of thorns, they put it on him. They braided a crown of thorns and put it on his head, and a reed in his right hand; and they kneeled down before him. They began to salute him, and mocked him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews! Hail, King of the Jews!”
They spat on him, and took the reed and struck him on the head. They struck his head with a reed, and spat on him, and bowing their knees, did homage to him. When they had mocked him, they took the purple cloak off him, they took the scarlet robe off him, and put his own garments on him—they put his clothes on him, and led him away. They led him out to crucify him.
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He went out, bearing his cross, to the place called “The Place of a Skull”, which is called in Hebrew, “Golgotha”, in Latin “Calvaria”—“Calvary”.
When they led him away, as they came out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name; they grabbed one Simon of Cyrene, coming from the country, and they compelled him to go with them, that he might carry his cross. They compelled one passing by, coming from the country, Simon of Cyrene, the father of Alexander and Rufus, to go with them, that he might help bear his cross, and they laid on him the cross, one end of the cross, to help carry it behind Jesus. So Jesus went forth, still bearing his cross, and Simon helped bear it behind him at his back.
A great multitude of the people followed him, including women who also mourned and lamented him. But Jesus, turning to them, said, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me, but weep for yourselves and for your children. For behold, the days are coming in which they will say, ‘Blessed are the barren, the wombs that never bore, and the breasts that never nursed.’ Then they will begin to tell the mountains, ‘Fall on us!’ and tell the hills, ‘Cover us.’ For if they do these things in the green tree, what will be done in the dry?”
There were also others, two criminals, led with him to be put to death. They brought him to the place called Golgotha, which is, being interpreted, “The place of a skull,” in Latin “Calvaria”—Calvary.
When they came to the place that is called “The Skull”, in Latin “Calvaria”—Calvary, a place called “Golgotha”, that is to say, “The place of a skull,” where they crucified him—they gave him sour wine to drink mixed with bitter gall; they offered him wine mixed with bitter myrrh to drink, but he did not take it. When he had tasted it, he would not drink.
Then it was the third hour, and they crucified him, and with him two others. There were two robbers crucified with him, one on his right hand and one on the left. They crucified him there with the criminals, one on the right and the other on the left, on either side one, and Jesus in the middle. With him they crucified two robbers; one on his right hand, and one on his left. The Scripture was fulfilled, which says,
Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”
Then the soldiers, crucifying him, when they had crucified Jesus, when they had crucified him, took his garments and made four parts; dividing his garments among them, they cast lots. They parted his garments among them, they divided his clothing among them, casting lots, casting lots on them, what each should take; to every soldier a part; and also the coat. Now the coat was without seam, woven from the top throughout. Then they said to one another, “Let us not tear it, but cast lots for it to decide whose it will be,” that the Scripture might be fulfilled, which says,
Therefore the soldiers did these things.
Pilate wrote a title also, and put it on the cross. The inscription was written over him in letters of Hebrew, and Latin, and Greek: “THIS IS JESUS OF NAZARETH, THE KING OF THE JEWS.” The superscription of his accusation was written over him, “THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS”—“THE KING OF THE JEWS.” They set up over his head the accusation against him, “THIS IS JESUS, THE KING OF THE JEWS.” There was written, “JESUS OF NAZARETH, THE KING OF THE JEWS.” Therefore 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 Latin, and in Greek. The chief priests of the Jews therefore said to Pilate, “Do not write, ‘The King of the Jews,’ but, ‘He said, “I am King of the Jews.” ’ ”
Pilate answered, “What I have written, I have written.”
And they sat and watched him there.
Those who passed by blasphemed him, wagging their heads, and saying, “You who destroy the Temple, and build it in three days, save yourself! If you are the Son of God, come down from the cross!”
Likewise the chief priests also mocking, with the scribes, the Pharisees, and the elders, said, “He saved others, but he cannot save himself. If he is the King of Israel, let him come down from the cross now, and we will believe in him. He trusts in God. Let God deliver him now, if he wants him; for he said, ‘I am the Son of God.’ ”
The robbers also who were crucified with him cast on him the same reproach.
Those who passed by blasphemed him, wagging their heads, and saying, “Ha! You who destroy the Temple, and build it in three days, save yourself, and come down from the cross!”
Likewise, also the chief priests mocking among themselves with the scribes said, “He saved others. He cannot save himself. Let the Christ, the King of Israel, now come down from the cross, that we may see and believe him.”
Those who were crucified with him also insulted him.
But standing by Jesus’s cross were his mother, his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. Therefore when Jesus saw his mother, and the disciple whom he loved standing there, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son!”
Then he said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother!”
From that hour, the disciple took her to his own home.
The people stood watching. The rulers with them also scoffed at him, saying, “He saved others. Let him save himself, if this is the Christ of God, his chosen one!”
The soldiers also mocked him, coming to him and offering him vinegar, and saying, “If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself!”
They read the inscription over him, “This is the King of the Jews.”
One of the criminals who was hanged insulted him, saying, “If you are the Christ, save yourself and us!”
But the other, repenting, answered, and rebuking him said, “Do you not even fear God, seeing you are under the same condemnation? And we indeed justly, for we receive the due reward for our deeds, but this man has done nothing wrong.”
He said to Jesus, “Lord, remember me when you come into your Kingdom.”
Jesus said to him, “Assuredly I tell you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”
It was now about the sixth hour, and darkness came over the whole land. When the sixth hour had come, there was darkness over the whole land. Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land to the ninth hour.
About the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lima sabachthani?” That is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”
Some of them who stood there, when they heard it, said, “This man is calling Elijah.”
At the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, “Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?” which is, being interpreted, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”
Some of those who stood by, when they heard it, said, “Behold, he is calling Elijah.”
After this, Jesus, seeing that all things were now finished, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said, “I am thirsty.”
Now a vessel full of vinegar was set there. So immediately one of them ran, and took a sponge, and filled it with vinegar; and filling a sponge full of vinegar, they put a sponge full of the vinegar on hyssop, and put it on a reed, and held it at his mouth, and gave it to him to drink, saying, “Let him be. Let us see whether Elijah comes to take him down,” and gave him a drink.
The rest said, “Let him be. Let us see whether Elijah comes to save him.”
When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he cried out with a loud voice, he said, “It is finished”—thus there came a great voice out of the Temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, “It is done.”
And having said this, Jesus cried again with a loud voice, Jesus cried out with a loud voice. Jesus, crying with a loud voice, said, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!”, and yielded up his spirit.
He bowed his head, and gave up his spirit—he breathed his last, and poured forth the spirit. When the centurion, who stood by opposite him, saw that he cried out like this and breathed his last, he said, “Truly this man was the Son of God!”
The sun was darkened, and the veil of the Temple was torn in two. Behold, the veil of the Temple was torn in two from the top to the bottom. There were lightnings, sounds, and thunders; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since there were men on the earth, so great an earthquake, so mighty. The earth quaked and the rocks were split. The tombs were opened, and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised; and coming out of the tombs after his resurrection, they entered into the holy city and appeared to many.
Now the centurion, and those who were with him watching Jesus, when they saw the earthquake, and the things that were done, feared exceedingly, saying, “Truly this was the Son of God.”
When the centurion saw what was done, he glorified God with truth, saying, “Certainly this was a righteous man.”
All the multitudes that came together to see this, when they saw the things that were done, returned home beating their breasts. There were also women watching from afar. All his acquaintances and the women who followed with him from Galilee stood at a distance, watching these things. Many women were there watching from afar, who had followed Jesus from Galilee, serving him, among whom were both Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James the less and of Joses, and Salome the mother of the sons of Zebedee; who, when he was in Galilee, followed him and served him; and many other women who came up with him to Jerusalem.
After these things, when evening had now come, because it was the Preparation Day, that is, the day before the Sabbath, behold, a rich man from Arimathaea, named Joseph, who was a member of the council, a good and righteous man (he had not consented to their counsel and deed), from Arimathaea, a city of the Jews—Joseph of Arimathaea, a prominent council member who also himself was looking for God’s Kingdom, who was also waiting for God’s Kingdom, who himself was also Jesus’s disciple came. Joseph of Arimathaea, being a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews, asked of Pilate that he might take away Jesus’s body. This man went to Pilate, he boldly went in to Pilate, and asked for Jesus’s body.
Pilate marveled if he were already dead; and summoning the centurion, he asked him whether he had been dead long. When he found out from the centurion, Pilate gave him permission; he granted the body to Joseph. Then Pilate commanded the body to be given up.
Therefore the Jews, because it was the Preparation Day, so that the bodies would not remain on the cross on the Sabbath (for that Sabbath was a special one, the day after the Day of the Passover that year), asked of Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away. Therefore the soldiers came, and broke the legs of the first, and 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. However one of the soldiers pierced his side with a spear, and immediately blood and water came out. He who has seen has testified, and his testimony is true. He knows that he tells the truth, that you may believe. For these things happened that the Scripture might be fulfilled,
Again another Scripture says,
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Pilate ordered that the body of Jesus be given to Joseph.
He came therefore and bought a linen cloth. Joseph took the body, he took it down; and taking him down, took away his body, and wrapped it in a clean linen cloth. Nicodemus, who at first came to Jesus by night, also came bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about a hundred Roman pounds. So they took Jesus’s body, and bound it in linen cloths with the spices, and wound him in the linen cloth, as the custom of the Jews is to bury.
Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden. In the garden was a new tomb belonging to Joseph of Arimathea in which no man had ever yet been laid. Then because of the Jews’ Preparation Day (for the tomb was near at hand) they laid Jesus there. They took the body and Joseph laid it in his own new tomb, which he had cut out in the rock, and laid him in a tomb that was cut in stone, in a tomb which had been cut out of a rock, where no one had ever been laid. And he rolled a great stone against the door of the tomb, and departed.
The women, who had come with him out of Galilee, followed after, and saw the tomb. Mary Magdalene was there, and the other Mary, sitting opposite the tomb. It was the day of the Preparation, and the Sabbath was drawing near. Mary Magdalene and Mary, the mother of Joses, saw where he was laid, and how his body was laid. They returned and prepared spices and ointments. On the Sabbath they rested according to the commandment.
He also went and preached to the spirits in prison. Christ suffered for sins once, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring you to God, being put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the Spirit, in whom he also went and preached to the spirits in prison, who before were disobedient, when God waited patiently in the days of Noah, while the ship was being built. Jesus said the hour is coming when all who are in the tombs will hear his voice.
Now on the next day, Saturday (the second day), which was the day after the Preparation Day, the chief priests and the Pharisees were gathered together to Pilate, saying, “Sir, we remember what that deceiver said while he was still alive: ‘After three days I will rise again.’ Command therefore that the tomb be made secure to the third day, lest perhaps his disciples come at night and steal him away, and tell the people, ‘He is risen from the dead;’ and the last deception will be worse than the first.”
Pilate said to them, “You have a guard. Go, make it as secure as you can.”
So they went with the guard and made the tomb secure, sealing the stone.
At sundown, when the Sabbath was past, when the merchants of the Jews immediately open their shops, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, bought spices, and made their preparations, that they might come and anoint him.
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But now after the Sabbath, as it began to dawn on the first day of the week, at early dawn, Mary Magdalene went early, while it was still dark, to the tomb; Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to see the tomb. They and some others came to the tomb, bringing the spices which they had prepared. Very early on the first day of the week, they came to the tomb when the sun had risen, while it was still dark, and thick clouds of darkness overshadowed the land. Now they were Mary Magdalene, Joanna, and Mary the mother of James, and the other women with them. They were saying among themselves, “Who will roll away the stone from the door of the tomb for us?” for it was very big.
Behold, there was a great earthquake, for a messenger of the Lord descended from the sky, and came and rolled away the stone from the door, and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. For fear of him, the guards shook, and became like dead men.
And Mary Magdalene saw the stone taken away from the tomb. Looking up, they saw that the stone was rolled back; they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, and the guards like dead men. Therefore she ran and came to Simon Peter and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken away the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him!”
Therefore Peter and the other disciple went out, and they went toward the tomb.
Now while they were going, the other women were astonished. The guards came to themselves and fled from the tomb, for trembling and astonishment had come on them. The angel answered the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus, who has been crucified. He is not here, for he has risen, just like he said. Come, see the place where the Lord was lying. Go quickly and tell his disciples, ‘He has risen from the dead, and behold, he goes before you into Galilee; there you will see him.’ Behold, I have told you.”
They obeyed the Lord’s messenger. They entered in, and did not find the Lord Jesus’s body. Entering into the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe, and they were amazed. Many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised; and coming out of the tombs after his resurrection, they entered into the holy city and appeared to many. He said to them, “Do not be amazed. You seek Jesus, the Nazarene, who has been crucified. He has risen. He is not here. Behold, the place where they laid him! But go, tell his disciples and Peter, ‘He goes before you into Galilee. There you will see him, as he said to you.’ ”
While they were greatly perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling clothing. Becoming terrified, they bowed their faces down to the earth. They said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen. Do you remember what he told you when he was still in Galilee, saying that the Son of Man must be delivered up into the hands of sinful men and be crucified, and the third day rise again?”
They remembered his words. They went out, and fled from the tomb, for trembling and astonishment had come on them. They said nothing to anyone; for they were afraid. They departed quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to bring his disciples word, and returned from the tomb.
While they were going, Peter and the other disciple both ran together. Mary came behind them. The other disciple outran Peter, and came to the tomb first. Stooping and looking in, he saw the linen cloths lying, yet he did not enter in. Then Simon Peter came, following him. Stooping and looking in, he saw the strips of linen lying by themselves, and entered into the tomb. He saw the linen cloths lying, and the cloth that had been on his head, not lying with the linen cloths, but rolled up in a place by itself. So then the other disciple who came first to the tomb also entered in, and he saw and believed. For as yet they did not know the Scripture, that he must rise from the dead; and he departed to his home, Peter departed to his home, wondering what had happened. So the disciples went away again to their own homes.
But Mary was standing outside at the tomb weeping. So as she wept, she stooped and looked into the tomb, and she saw two angels in white sitting, one at the head, and one at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain. They asked her, “Woman, why are you weeping?”
She said to them, “Because they have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him.”
When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing, and did not know that it was Jesus, for she was weeping. She turned back toward the tomb. Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Who are you looking for?”
She, supposing him to be the gardener, said to him, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.”
Jesus said to her, “Mary.”
She turned and said to him, “Rabboni!” which is to say, “Teacher!”
Jesus said to her, “Do not hold me, for I have not yet ascended to my Father; but go to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’ ”
She ran to tell the disciples.
The other women were running to bring his disciples word. As they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, “Rejoice!”
They came and took hold of his feet, and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go tell my brothers that they should go into Galilee, and there they will see me.”
Now while they were going, behold, some of the guards came into the city, and told the chief priests all the things that had happened. When they were assembled with the elders, and had taken counsel, they gave a large amount of silver to the soldiers, saying, “Say that his disciples came by night, and stole him away while we slept. If this comes to the governor’s ears, we will persuade him and make you free of worry.”
So they took the money and did as they were told. This saying was spread abroad among the Jews, and continues to this day.
Now when he had risen early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, from whom he had cast out seven demons. She went and told those who had been with him, as they mourned and wept. Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord, and that he had said these things to her. When they heard that he was alive, and had been seen by her, they disbelieved. The other women returned from the tomb, and told all these things to the eleven and to all the rest. Now they were Mary Magdalene, Joanna, and Mary the mother of James. The other women with them told these things to the apostles. These words seemed to them to be nonsense, and they did not believe them. But Peter got up and ran to the tomb. Stooping and looking in, he saw the strips of linen lying by themselves, and he departed to his home, wondering what had happened.
After these things he was revealed in another form to two of them, as they walked, on their way into the country.
Behold, two of them were going that very day to a village named Emmaus, which was sixty stadia, about seven miles west, from Jerusalem. They talked with each other about all of these things which had happened. While they talked and questioned together, Jesus himself came near, and went with them. But their eyes were kept from recognizing him. He said to them, “What are you talking about as you walk, and are sad?”
One of them, named Cleopas, answered him, “Are you the only stranger in Jerusalem who does not know the things which have happened there in these days?”
He said to them, “What things?”
They said to him, “The things concerning Jesus, the Nazarene, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people; and how the chief priests and our rulers delivered him up to be condemned to death, and crucified him. But we were hoping that it was he who would redeem Israel. Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since these things happened. Also, certain women of our company amazed us, having arrived early at the tomb; and when they did not find his body, they came saying that they had also seen a vision of angels, who said that he was alive. Some of us went to the tomb, and found it just like the women had said, but they did not see him.”
He said to them, “Foolish men, and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! Did not the Christ have to suffer these things and to enter into his glory?”
Beginning from Moses and from all the prophets, he explained to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself. They came near to the village where they were going, and he acted like he would go farther. They urged him, saying, “Stay with us, for it is almost evening, and the day is almost over.”
He went in to stay with them. When he had sat down at the table with them, he took the bread and gave thanks. Breaking it, he gave it to them. Their eyes were opened and they recognized him, then he vanished out of their sight. They said to one another, “Were our hearts not burning within us, while he spoke to us along the way, and while he opened the Scriptures to us?”
They went away and told it to the rest. They rose up that very hour, returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven gathered together, and those who were with them, saying, “The Lord is risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!”
They related the things that happened along the way, and how he was recognized by them in the breaking of the bread. They did not believe them, either.
For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve.
As they said these things, Jesus himself stood among them, and said to them, “Peace be to you.”
When therefore it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and when the doors were locked where the disciples were assembled, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the middle, and said to them, “Peace be to you.”
But they were terrified and filled with fear, and supposed that they had seen a spirit. He said to them, “Why are you troubled? Why do doubts arise in your hearts? See my hands and my feet, that it is truly me. Touch me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones, as you see that I have.”
When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet; he showed them his hands and his side. The disciples therefore were glad when they saw the Lord. While they still did not believe for joy, and wondered, he said to them, “Do you have anything here to eat?”
They gave him a piece of a broiled fish and some honeycomb. He took them, and ate in front of them. Jesus therefore said to them again, “Peace be to you. As the Father has sent me, even so I send you.”
(And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son as the Savior of the world. “As the Father has sent me, even so I send you.”)
When he had said this, he breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit! If you forgive anyone’s sins, they are forgiven them. If you retain anyone’s sins, they are retained.”
He said to them, “This is what I told you, while I was still with you, that all things which are written in the law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms, concerning me must be fulfilled.”
Then he opened their minds, that they might understand the Scriptures. Beginning from Moses and from all the prophets, he explained to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself. (The scriptures are not open to the understanding of fools, nor are they read by those impatient to be entertained.)
(This is applied to Joseph, the son of David, the husband of Mary, of whom Jesus was born, who is called Christ.)
In The Kings:
In The Chronicles:
In the Psalms:
In the Book of Proverbs:
(As it is written: “Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature, and in favor with God and man.”)
In the Book of Wisdom:
In the Book of the Wisdom of Jesus the son of Sirach:
In the Book of Lamentations:
In the Book of Baruch:
(We have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son as the Savior of the world. For as the Father has sent the Son as the savior of the world, even so I send you. Whoever converts a sinner from the error of his way will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins. You are those who have continued with me in my trials; as my Father appointed a kingdom for me, so do I appoint for you that you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom, and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.)
And in Malachi:
In the First Book of the Maccabees:
He said to them, “Thus it is written, and thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day, and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name to all the nations, beginning at Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. Behold, I send out the promise of my Father on you. But wait in the city of Jerusalem for the moment when you are clothed with power from on high.”
But Thomas, one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came.
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I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas (that is, “Rock”), then to the twelve. But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus (that is, “the Twin”), was not with them when Jesus came. The other disciples therefore said to him, “We have seen the Lord!”
But he said to them, “Unless I see in his hands the print of the nails, put my finger into the print of the nails, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.”
But the eleven disciples went into Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had sent them. And afterward, after eight days again, he was revealed to the eleven themselves as they sat at the table. His disciples were inside and Thomas was with them. Jesus came, the doors being locked, and stood in the middle, and said, “Peace be to you.”
When they saw him, they bowed down to him, but some doubted, and he rebuked them for their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they did not believe those who had seen him after he had risen.
Then he said to Thomas, “Reach here your finger, and see my hands. Reach here your hand, and put it into my side. Do not be unbelieving, but believing.”
Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!”
Jesus said to him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen, and have believed.”
After these things, Jesus revealed himself again to the disciples at the sea of Tiberias. He revealed himself this way. Simon Peter (Rock), Thomas called Didymus, Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, and the sons of Zebedee, and two others of his disciples were together. Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.”
They told him, “We are also coming with you.”
They immediately went out, and entered into the boat. That night, they caught nothing. But when day had already come, Jesus stood on the beach, yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus therefore said to them, “Children, have you anything to eat?”
They answered him, “No.”
He said to them, “Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some.”
They cast it therefore, and now they were not able to draw it in for the multitude of fish. That disciple therefore whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!”
So when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he wrapped his coat around himself (for he was naked), and threw himself into the sea. But the other disciples came in the little boat (for they were not far from the land, but about two hundred cubits away, about ninety-five yards), dragging the net full of fish. So when they got out on the land, they saw a fire of coals there, with fish and bread laid on it. Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish which you have just caught.”
Simon Peter went up, and drew the net to land, full of one hundred fifty-three great fish. Even though there were so many, the net was not torn. Jesus said to them, “Come and eat breakfast!”
None of the disciples dared inquire of him, “Who are you?” knowing that it was the Lord.
Then Jesus came and took the bread, gave it to them, and the fish likewise. This is now the third time that Jesus was revealed to his disciples after he had risen from the dead. So when they had eaten their breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love me more than these?” (In asking this, he used the word agapeo.)
He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I have affection for you.” (In answering this, he used instead the word philos.)
He said to him, “Feed my lambs.”
He said to him again a second time, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love me?” (In asking this, he used the word agapeo.)
He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I have affection for you.” (In answering this, he used instead the word philos.)
He said to him, “Tend my sheep.”
He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you have affection for me?” (In asking this, he used instead the word philos.)
Peter was grieved because he asked him the third time, “Do you have affection for me?”
He said to him, “Lord, you know everything. You know that I have affection for you.” (In answering this, he now used the word agapeo.)
Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep. Most certainly I tell you, when you were young, you dressed yourself and walked where you wanted to. But when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will dress you and carry you where you do not want to go.”
Now he said this, signifying by what kind of death he would glorify God. When he had said this, he said to him, “Follow me.”
Then Peter, turning around, saw a disciple following. This was the disciple whom Jesus loved, the one who had also leaned on Jesus’s breast at the supper and asked, “Lord, who is going to betray you?”
Peter seeing him, said to Jesus, “Lord, what about this man?”
Jesus said to him, “If I desire that he stay to the day when I come, what is that to you? You follow me.”
This saying therefore went out among the brothers, that this disciple would not die. Yet Jesus did not say to him that he would not die, but, “If I desire that he stay to the day when I come, what is that to you?”
This is the disciple who testifies about these things, and wrote these things. We know that his witness is true.
To the apostles whom he had chosen he also showed himself alive after he suffered, by many proofs, appearing to them over a period of forty days, and speaking about God’s Kingdom. Then he appeared to over five hundred brothers at once, most of whom remain to now, but some have also fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles.
Jesus came to them and spoke to them.
He led them out as far as Bethany. Being assembled together with them, he commanded them, “Do not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which you heard from me. For John indeed baptized in water, but you will be baptized in the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”
Therefore when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, are you now restoring the kingdom to Israel?”
He said to them, saying, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has set within his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you. You will be witnesses to me in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the uttermost parts of the earth. Go into all the world, and preach the Good News to the whole creation. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who disbelieves will be condemned. These signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new languages; they will take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it will in no way hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.
“All authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth. Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Teaching them to observe all things that I commanded you. Behold, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.
And when he had said these things, he lifted up his hands, and blessed them. While he blessed them, he withdrew from them, and was carried up into heaven. As they were looking, he was taken up, and a cloud received him out of their sight.
So then the Lord, after he had spoken to them, was received up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God.
While they were looking steadfastly into the heaven as he went, behold, two men stood by them in white clothing, who also said, “You men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into the heaven? This Jesus, who was received up from you into the heaven, will come back in the same way as you saw him going into the heaven.”
They worshiped him.
Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mountain called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath day’s journey away, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy. When they had come in, they went up into the upper room where they were staying; that is Peter, John, James, Andrew, Philip, Thomas, Bartholomew, Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus, Simon the Zealot, and Judas the son of James. All these with one accord continued steadfastly in prayer and supplication, along with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren, his relatives descended from David according to the flesh.
Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written, that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Anointed, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in his name.
This first book I wrote, Friend of God, concerned all that Jesus began both to do and to Teach, up to the day in which he was received up, after he had given commandment through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen. There are also many other things which Jesus did, which if they would all be written, I suppose that even the world itself would not have room for the books that would be written.
1 Corinthians 15:3-5
Ad Gloriam Dei, 31 January 2019—developed by Michael Paul Heart and the editors of Conservapedia.