Now it was the day of Preparation,1 and the next day was to be a special Sabbath. Because the Jews did not want the bodies left on the crosses2 during the Sabbath, they asked Pilate to have the legs broken and the bodies taken down.
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The soldiers therefore came and broke the legs of the first man who had been crucified with Jesus, and then those of the other.3
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But when they came to Jesus and found that he was already dead, they did not break his legs.
Instead, one of the soldiers pierced4 Jesus' side with a spear, bringing a sudden flow of blood and water.5
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