They dressed him in a purple robe and made a crown of long, sharp thorns and put it on his head.
Then they saluted, yelling, "Hail! King of the Jews!"
And they beat him on the head with a stick, spit on him, and dropped to their knees in mock worship.
When they were finally tired of mocking him, they took off the purple robe and put his own clothes on him again. Then they led him away to be crucified.
A man named Simon, who was from Cyrene, a was coming in from the country just then, and they forced him to carry Jesus' cross. (Simon is the father of Alexander and Rufus.)
And they brought Jesus to a place called Golgotha (which means Skull Hill).
They offered him wine drugged with myrrh, but he refused it.
Then they nailed him to the cross. They gambled for his clothes, throwing dice b to decide who would get them.
It was nine o'clock in the morning when the crucifixion took place.
A signboard was fastened to the cross above Jesus' head, announcing the charge against him. It read: "The King of the Jews."
Two criminals were crucified with him, their crosses on either side of his. c
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)