John 19; John 20; John 21

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John 19

1 Then Pilate ordered that Jesus be taken away and whipped.
2 The soldiers made a crown from some thorny branches and put it on Jesus' head and put a purple robe around him.
3 Then they came to him many times and said, "Hail, King of the Jews!" and hit him in the face.
4 Again Pilate came out and said to them, "Look, I am bringing Jesus out to you. I want you to know that I find nothing against him."
5 So Jesus came out, wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe. Pilate said to them, "Here is the man!"
6 When the leading priests and the guards saw Jesus, they shouted, "Crucify him! Crucify him!" But Pilate answered, "Crucify him yourselves, because I find nothing against him."
7 The Jews answered, "We have a law that says he should die, because he said he is the Son of God."
8 When Pilate heard this, he was even more afraid.
9 He went back inside the palace and asked Jesus, "Where do you come from?" But Jesus did not answer him.
10 Pilate said, "You refuse to speak to me? Don't you know I have power to set you free and power to have you crucified?"
11 Jesus answered, "The only power you have over me is the power given to you by God. The man who turned me in to you is guilty of a greater sin."
12 After this, Pilate tried to let Jesus go. But the Jews cried out, "Anyone who makes himself king is against Caesar. If you let this man go, you are no friend of Caesar."
13 When Pilate heard what they were saying, he brought Jesus out and sat down on the judge's seat at the place called The Stone Pavement. (In the Jewish languagen the name is Gabbatha.)
14 It was about noon on Preparation Day of Passover week. Pilate said to the Jews, "Here is your king!"
15 They shouted, "Take him away! Take him away! Crucify him!" Pilate asked them, "Do you want me to crucify your king?" The leading priests answered, "The only king we have is Caesar."
16 So Pilate handed Jesus over to them to be crucified. The soldiers took charge of Jesus.
17 Carrying his own cross, Jesus went out to a place called The Place of the Skull, which in the Jewish languagen is called Golgotha.
18 There they crucified Jesus. They also crucified two other men, one on each side, with Jesus in the middle.
19 Pilate wrote a sign and put it on the cross. It read: jesus of nazareth, the king of the jews.
20 The sign was written in the Jewish language, in Latin, and in Greek. Many of the Jews read the sign, because the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city.
21 The leading Jewish priests said to Pilate, "Don't write, 'The King of the Jews.' But write, 'This man said, "I am the King of the Jews."' "
22 Pilate answered, "What I have written, I have written."
23 After the soldiers crucified Jesus, they took his clothes and divided them into four parts, with each soldier getting one part. They also took his long shirt, which was all one piece of cloth, woven from top to bottom.
24 So the soldiers said to each other, "We should not tear this into parts. Let's throw lots to see who will get it." This happened so that this Scripture would come true: "They divided my clothes among them, and they threw lots for my clothing." So the soldiers did this.
25 Standing near his cross were Jesus' mother, his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene.
26 When Jesus saw his mother and the follower he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother, "Dear woman, here is your son."
27 Then he said to the follower, "Here is your mother." From that time on, the follower took her to live in his home.
28 After this, Jesus knew that everything had been done. So that the Scripture would come true, he said, "I am thirsty."
29 There was a jar full of vinegar there, so the soldiers soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a branch of a hyssop plant, and lifted it to Jesus' mouth.
30 When Jesus tasted the vinegar, he said, "It is finished." Then he bowed his head and died.
31 This day was Preparation Day, and the next day was a special Sabbath day. Since the Jews did not want the bodies to stay on the cross on the Sabbath day, they asked Pilate to order that the legs of the men be brokenn and the bodies be taken away.
32 So the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first man on the cross beside Jesus. Then they broke the legs of the man on the other cross beside Jesus.
33 But when the soldiers came to Jesus and saw that he was already dead, they did not break his legs.
34 But one of the soldiers stuck his spear into Jesus' side, and at once blood and water came out.
35 (The one who saw this happen is the one who told us this, and whatever he says is true. And he knows that he tells the truth, and he tells it so that you might believe.)
36 These things happened to make the Scripture come true: "Not one of his bones will be broken."
37 And another Scripture says, "They will look at the one they stabbed."
38 Later, Joseph from Arimathea asked Pilate if he could take the body of Jesus. (Joseph was a secret follower of Jesus, because he was afraid of the Jews.) Pilate gave his permission, so Joseph came and took Jesus' body away.
39 Nicodemus, who earlier had come to Jesus at night, went with Joseph. He brought about seventy-five pounds of myrrh and aloes.
40 These two men took Jesus' body and wrapped it with the spices in pieces of linen cloth, which is how the Jewish people bury the dead.
41 In the place where Jesus was crucified, there was a garden. In the garden was a new tomb that had never been used before.
42 The men laid Jesus in that tomb because it was nearby, and the Jews were preparing to start their Sabbath day.
Scripture taken from the New Century Version. Copyright © 1987, 1988, 1991 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

John 20

1 Early on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb while it was still dark. When she saw that the large stone had been moved away from the tomb,
2 she ran to Simon Peter and the follower whom Jesus loved. Mary said, "They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don't know where they have put him."
3 So Peter and the other follower started for the tomb.
4 They were both running, but the other follower ran faster than Peter and reached the tomb first.
5 He bent down and looked in and saw the strips of linen cloth lying there, but he did not go in.
6 Then following him, Simon Peter arrived and went into the tomb and saw the strips of linen lying there.
7 He also saw the cloth that had been around Jesus' head, which was folded up and laid in a different place from the strips of linen.
8 Then the other follower, who had reached the tomb first, also went in. He saw and believed.
9 (They did not yet understand from the Scriptures that Jesus must rise from the dead.)
10 Then the followers went back home.
11 But Mary stood outside the tomb, crying. As she was crying, she bent down and looked inside the tomb.
12 She saw two angels dressed in white, sitting where Jesus' body had been, one at the head and one at the feet.
13 They asked her, "Woman, why are you crying?" She answered, "They have taken away my Lord, and I don't know where they have put him."
14 When Mary said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know it was Jesus.
15 Jesus asked her, "Woman, why are you crying? Whom are you looking for?" Thinking he was the gardener, she said to him, "Did you take him away, sir? Tell me where you put him, and I will get him."
16 Jesus said to her, "Mary." Mary turned toward Jesus and said in the Jewish language, "Rabboni." (This means Teacher.)
17 Jesus said to her, "Don't hold on to me, because I have not yet gone up to the Father. But go to my brothers and tell them, 'I am going back to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.'"
18 Mary Magdalene went and said to the followers, "I saw the Lord!" And she told them what Jesus had said to her.
19 When it was evening on the first day of the week, the followers were together. The doors were locked, because they were afraid of the Jews. Then Jesus came and stood right in the middle of them and said, "Peace be with you."
20 After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. The followers were thrilled when they saw the Lord.
21 Then Jesus said again, "Peace be with you. As the Father sent me, I now send you."
22 After he said this, he breathed on them and said, "Receive the Holy Spirit.
23 If you forgive anyone his sins, they are forgiven. If you don't forgive them, they are not forgiven."
24 Thomas (called Didymus), who was one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came.
25 The other followers kept telling Thomas, "We saw the Lord." But Thomas said, "I will not believe it until I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were and put my hand into his side."
26 A week later the followers were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. The doors were locked, but Jesus came in and stood right in the middle of them. He said, "Peace be with you."
27 Then he said to Thomas, "Put your finger here, and look at my hands. Put your hand here in my side. Stop being an unbeliever and believe."
28 Thomas said to him, "My Lord and my God!"
29 Then Jesus told him, "You believe because you see me. Those who believe without seeing me will be truly happy."
30 Jesus did many other miracles in the presence of his followers that are not written in this book.
31 But these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God. Then, by believing, you may have life through his name.
Scripture taken from the New Century Version. Copyright © 1987, 1988, 1991 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

John 21

1 Later, Jesus showed himself to his followers again -- this time at Lake Galilee. This is how he showed himself:
2 Some of the followers were together: Simon Peter, Thomas (called Didymus), Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, the two sons of Zebedee, and two other followers.
3 Simon Peter said, "I am going out to fish." The others said, "We will go with you." So they went out and got into the boat. They fished that night but caught nothing.
4 Early the next morning Jesus stood on the shore, but the followers did not know it was Jesus.
5 Then he said to them, "Friends, did you catch any fish?" They answered, "No."
6 He said, "Throw your net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some." So they did, and they caught so many fish they could not pull the net back into the boat.
7 The follower whom Jesus loved said to Peter, "It is the Lord!" When Peter heard him say this, he wrapped his coat around himself. (Peter had taken his clothes off.) Then he jumped into the water.
8 The other followers went to shore in the boat, dragging the net full of fish. They were not very far from shore, only about a hundred yards.
9 When the followers stepped out of the boat and onto the shore, they saw a fire of hot coals. There were fish on the fire, and there was bread.
10 Then Jesus said, "Bring some of the fish you just caught."
11 Simon Peter went into the boat and pulled the net to the shore. It was full of big fish, one hundred fifty-three in all, but even though there were so many, the net did not tear.
12 Jesus said to them, "Come and eat." None of the followers dared ask him, "Who are you?" because they knew it was the Lord.
13 Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, along with the fish.
14 This was now the third time Jesus showed himself to his followers after he was raised from the dead.
15 When they finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, "Simon son of John do you love me more than these?" He answered, "Yes, Lord, you know that I love you." Jesus said, "Feed my lambs."
16 Again Jesus said, "Simon son of John do you love me?" He answered, "Yes, Lord, you know that I love you." Jesus said, "Take care of my sheep."
17 A third time he said, "Simon son of John do you love me?" Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, "Do you love me?" Peter said, "Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you!" He said to him, "Feed my sheep.
18 I tell you the truth, when you were younger, you tied your own belt and went where you wanted. But when you are old, you will put out your hands and someone else will tie you and take you where you don't want to go."
19 (Jesus said this to show how Peter would die to give glory to God.) Then Jesus said to Peter, "Follow me!"
20 Peter turned and saw that the follower Jesus loved was walking behind them. (This was the follower who had leaned against Jesus at the supper and had said, "Lord, who will turn against you?")
21 When Peter saw him behind them, he asked Jesus, "Lord, what about him?"
22 Jesus answered, "If I want him to live until I come back, that is not your business. You follow me."
23 So a story spread among the followers that this one would not die. But Jesus did not say he would not die. He only said, "If I want him to live until I come back, that is not your business."
24 That follower is the one who is telling these things and who has now written them down. We know that what he says is true.
25 There are many other things Jesus did. If every one of them were written down, I suppose the whole world would not be big enough for all the books that would be written.
Scripture taken from the New Century Version. Copyright © 1987, 1988, 1991 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.