Monthly Archives: September, 2012

Luke 23.32-49

Two criminals were also led away to be put to death with him.

And when they came to the place which is called The Skull, there they crucified him, and the criminals on his left hand and on his right.

And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they’re doing.”

They cast lots to divide his garments. And the people stood by watching; but their rulers scoffed at him, saying, “Let him save himself, if he is God’s chosen Messiah!”

The soldiers also mocked him, offering him vinegar, and saying, “If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself!” There was also an inscription over him: “This is the King of the Jews.”

One of the criminals hanging there railed at him, saying, “Aren’t you the Messiah? Save yourself, and us!”

But the other rebuked him, saying, “Don’t you fear God? You’re suffering the same condemnation he is. And we’re condemned justly for our deeds, but he has done no harm.” And he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your reign.”

And Jesus answered, “Truly I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”

It was now about the sixth hour; and there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour, while the sun’s light failed, and the curtain of the Temple was torn in two.

Then Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Father, into Thy hands I commit my spirit!” Having said this, he breathed his last.

When the centurion saw what had happened he praised God, and said, “Surely this man was innocent.”

And all the multitudes who had assembled to see the sight, returned home beating their breasts. All his acquaintances and the women who had followed him from Galilee stood at a distance and saw these things.

 

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Luke 23.26-31

As they led him away, they seized one Simon of Cyrene, who was coming in from the country, and laid on him the cross, to carry it behind Jesus.

And there followed him a great multitude of the people, and of women who bewailed 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 when they will say, ‘Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that never bore, and the breasts that never gave suck!’ Then they will begin to say to the mountains, ‘Fall on us!’; and to the hills, ‘Cover us!’
“For if they do these things when the wood is green, what shall happen when it is dry?”