Even the two criminals crucified next to him joined in the mockery.
From noon to three, the whole earth was dark.
Around mid-afternoon Jesus groaned out of the depths, crying loudly, "Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?" which means, "My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?"
Some bystanders who heard him said, "He's calling for Elijah."
One of them ran and got a sponge soaked in sour wine and lifted it on a stick so he could drink.
The others joked, "Don't be in such a hurry. Let's see if Elijah comes and saves him."
But Jesus, again crying out loudly, breathed his last.
At that moment, the Temple curtain was ripped in two, top to bottom. There was an earthquake, and rocks were split in pieces.
What's more, tombs were opened up, and many bodies of believers asleep in their graves were raised.
(After Jesus' resurrection, they left the tombs, entered the holy city, and appeared to many.)
The captain of the guard and those with him, when they saw the earthquake and everything else that was happening, were scared to death. They said, "This has to be the Son of God!"