Someone ran off, soaked a sponge in sour wine, put it on a stick, and gave it to him to drink, saying, "Let's see if Elijah comes to take him down."
But Jesus, with a loud cry, gave his last breath.
At that moment the Temple curtain ripped right down the middle.
When the Roman captain standing guard in front of him saw that he had quit breathing, he said, "This has to be the Son of God!"
There were women watching from a distance, among them Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of the younger James and Joses, and Salome.
When Jesus was in Galilee, these women followed and served him, and had come up with him to Jerusalem.
Late in the afternoon, since it was the Day of Preparation (that is, Sabbath eve),
Joseph of Arimathea, a highly respected member of the Jewish Council, came. He was one who lived expectantly, on the lookout for the kingdom of God. Working up his courage, he went to Pilate and asked for Jesus' body.
Pilate questioned whether he could be dead that soon and called for the captain to verify that he was really dead.
Assured by the captain, he gave Joseph the corpse.
Having already purchased a linen shroud, Joseph took him down, wrapped him in the shroud, placed him in a tomb that had been cut into the rock, and rolled a large stone across the opening.
Published by permission. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. All rights reserved. (The Message Bible Online)