Jesus knew that everything was now finished, and to fulfill the Scriptures he said, "I am thirsty." a29
A jar of sour wine was sitting there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put it on a hyssop branch, and held it up to his lips.
When Jesus had tasted it, he said, "It is finished!" Then he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.
The Jewish leaders didn't want the victims hanging there the next day, which was the Sabbath (and a very special Sabbath at that, because it was the Passover), so they asked Pilate to hasten their deaths by ordering that their legs be broken. Then their bodies could be taken down.
So the soldiers came and broke the legs of the two men crucified with Jesus.
But when they came to Jesus, they saw that he was dead already, so they didn't break his legs.
One of the soldiers, however, pierced his side with a spear, and blood and water flowed out.
This report is from an eyewitness giving an accurate account; it is presented so that you also can believe.
These things happened in fulfillment of the Scriptures that say, "Not one of his bones will be broken," b37
and "They will look on him whom they pierced." c38
Afterward Joseph of Arimathea, who had been a secret disciple of Jesus (because he feared the Jewish leaders), asked Pilate for permission to take Jesus' body down. When Pilate gave him permission, he came and took the body away.
Nicodemus, the man who had come to Jesus at night, also came, bringing about seventy-five pounds d of embalming ointment made from myrrh and aloes.
Together they wrapped Jesus' body in a long linen cloth with the spices, as is the Jewish custom of burial.
The place of crucifixion was near a garden, where there was a new tomb, never used before.
And so, because it was the day of preparation before the Passover and since the tomb was close at hand, they laid Jesus there.
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)