The soldiers therefore came and broke the legs of the first man who had been crucified with Jesus, and then those of the other.133
But when they came to Jesus and found that he was already dead, they did not break his legs.
Instead, one of the soldiers pierced2 Jesus' side with a spear, bringing a sudden flow of blood and water.335
The man who saw it4 has given testimony, and his testimony is true.5 He knows that he tells the truth, and he testifies so that you also may believe.
These things happened so that the scripture would be fulfilled:6 "Not one of his bones will be broken,"a737
and, as another scripture says, "They will look on the one they have pierced."b8
Later, Joseph of Arimathea asked Pilate for the body of Jesus. Now Joseph was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly because he feared the Jews.9 With Pilate's permission, he came and took the body away.
He was accompanied by Nicodemus,10 the man who earlier had visited Jesus at night. Nicodemus brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about seventy-five pounds.c40
Taking Jesus' body, the two of them wrapped it, with the spices, in strips of linen.11 This was in accordance with Jewish burial customs.1241
At the place where Jesus was crucified, there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb, in which no one had ever been laid.
Because it was the Jewish day of Preparation13 and since the tomb was nearby,14 they laid Jesus there.