Then the soldiers took him inside the courtyard (the Governor’s headquarters) and called together the whole company. They dressed him in purple, and having plaited a crown of thorns, placed it on his head. Then they began to salute him with “Hail, King of the Jews!” They beat him about the head with a cane and spat upon him, and then knelt and paid mock homage to him. When they’d finished their mockery, they stripped him of the purple and dressed him in his own clothes.”
Then they took him out to crucify him. A man called Simon, from Cyrene, the father of Alexander and Rufus, was passing by on his way in from the country, and they pressed him into service to carry his cross.
They brought him to the place called Golgotha, which means “Place of a Skull.” He was offered drugged wine, but he would not take it. Then they fastened him to the cross. They divided his clothes among them, casting lots to decide what each should have.
The hour of the crucifiction was nine in the morning, and the inscription giving the charge against him read, “The King of the Jews.” Two bandits were crucified with him, one on his right and one on his left.
The passers-by hurled abuse at him. “Aha!” they cried, wagging their heads, “You would pull the Temple down, would you, and build it in three days? Come down from the cross and save yourself!” So too the chief priests and the doctors of the Law jested with one another: “He save others,” they said, “but he cannot save himself. Let the Messiah, the King of Israel, come down now from the cross. If we see that, then we shall believe?” Even those who were crucified with him taunted him.
At midday darkness fell over the whole land, which lasted till three in the afternoon; and at three Jesus cried aloud, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani,” which means, “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?”
Some of the passers-by, on hearing this, said “Hark, he is calling Elijah.” A man came running with a sponge, soaked in sour wine, on the end of a cane, and held it to his lips. “Let us see,” he said, “if Elijah is coming to take him down.”
Then Jesus gave a loud cry and died.
And the curtain of the Temple was torn in two from top to bottom.
And when the centurian who was standing opposite him saw how he died, he said, “Truly this man was a son of God.”