Pilate wanted to let Jesus go. So he made an appeal to the crowd again.
But they kept shouting, "Crucify him! Crucify him!
Pilate spoke to them for the third time. "Why?" he asked. "What wrong has this man done? I have found no reason to have him put to death. So I will just have him whipped and let him go."
But with loud shouts they kept calling for Jesus to be crucified. The people's shouts won out.
So Pilate decided to give them what they wanted.
He set free the man they asked for. The man had been thrown in prison for murder and for fighting against the authorities. Pilate gave Jesus over to them so they could carry out their plans.
As they led Jesus away, they took hold of Simon. Simon was from Cyrene. He was on his way in from the country. They put a wooden cross on his shoulders. Then they made him carry it behind Jesus.
A large number of people followed Jesus. Some were women whose hearts were filled with sorrow. They cried loudly because of him.
Jesus turned and said to them, "Daughters of Jerusalem, do not cry for me. Cry for yourselves and for your children.
The time will come when you will say, 'Blessed are the women who can't have children! Blessed are those who never gave birth or nursed babies!'
It is written, " 'The people will say to the mountains, "Fall on us!" They'll say to the hills, "Cover us!" ' #1(Hosea 10:8)#2