As they led Jesus away, Simon, a man from Cyrene, was coming in from the fields. They forced him to carry Jesus' cross and to walk behind him.
A large crowd of people was following Jesus, including some women who were sad and crying for him.
But Jesus turned and said to them, "Women of Jerusalem, don't cry for me. Cry for yourselves and for your children.
The time is coming when people will say, 'Happy are the women who cannot have children and who have no babies to nurse.'
Then people will say to the mountains, 'Fall on us!' And they will say to the hills, 'Cover us!'
If they act like this now when life is good, what will happen when bad times come?"
There were also two criminals led out with Jesus to be put to death.
When they came to a place called the Skull, the soldiers crucified Jesus and the criminals -- one on his right and the other on his left.
Jesus said, "Father, forgive them, because they don't know what they are doing." The soldiers threw lots to decide who would get his clothes.
The people stood there watching. And the leaders made fun of Jesus, saying, "He saved others. Let him save himself if he is God's Chosen One, the Christ."
The soldiers also made fun of him, coming to Jesus and offering him some vinegar.
They said, "If you are the king of the Jews, save yourself!"
At the top of the cross these words were written: this is the king of the jews.
One of the criminals on a cross began to shout insults at Jesus: "Aren't you the Christ? Then save yourself and us."
But the other criminal stopped him and said, "You should fear God! You are getting the same punishment he is.
We are punished justly, getting what we deserve for what we did. But this man has done nothing wrong."
Then he said, "Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom."
Jesus said to him, "I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise."
It was about noon, and the whole land became dark until three o'clock in the afternoon,
because the sun did not shine. The curtain in the Templen was torn in two.
Jesus cried out in a loud voice, "Father, I give you my life." After Jesus said this, he died.
When the army officer there saw what happened, he praised God, saying, "Surely this was a good man!"
When all the people who had gathered there to watch saw what happened, they returned home, beating their chests because they were so sad.
But those who were close friends of Jesus, including the women who had followed him from Galilee, stood at a distance and watched.
There was a good and religious man named Joseph who was a member of the Jewish council.
But he had not agreed to the other leaders' plans and actions against Jesus. He was from the Jewish town of Arimathea and was waiting for the kingdom of God to come.
Joseph went to Pilate to ask for the body of Jesus.
He took the body down from the cross, wrapped it in cloth, and put it in a tomb that was cut out of a wall of rock. This tomb had never been used before.
This was late on Preparation Day, and when the sun went down, the Sabbath day would begin.
The women who had come from Galilee with Jesus followed Joseph and saw the tomb and how Jesus' body was laid.
Then the women left to prepare spices and perfumes. On the Sabbath day they rested, as the law of Moses commanded.