After the soldiers finished making fun of Jesus, they took off the cape and put his own clothes back on him. Then they led him away to crucify him.
On the way they found a man named Simon. He was from the city of Cyrene. The soldiers forced him to carry Jesus' cross.
They came to a place called Golgotha (which means "the place of the skull").
They gave him a drink of wine mixed with a drug called gall. When he tasted it, he refused to drink it.
After they had crucified him, they divided his clothes among themselves by throwing dice.
Then they sat there and kept watch over him.
They placed a written accusation above his head. It read, "This is Jesus, the king of the Jews."
At that time they crucified two criminals with him, one on his right and the other on his left.
Those who passed by insulted him. They shook their heads
and said, "You were going to tear down God's temple and build it again in three days. Save yourself! If you're the Son of God, come down from the cross."
The chief priests together with the scribes and the leaders made fun of him in the same way. They said,