Matt. xxvii, 1, 2.

Matt. xxvii. 11.

Him, they led Him away, and delivered Him to Pontius Pilate the governor.

And Jesus stood before the governor: and the governor asked Him, saying, art Thou the king of the Jews?

Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if My kingdom were of this world, then would My servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is My kingdom not from hence. Pilate therefore said unto Him, art Thou a king then ? Jesus answered, thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth My voice.

Then said Pilate to the chief priests and to the people, I find no fault in This Man. And they were the more fierce, saying, He stirreth up the people, teaching throughout all Jewry, beginning from Galilee to this place. When Pilate heard of Galilee, he asked whether the Man were a Galilean. And as soon as he knew that He belonged unto Herod's jurisdiction, he sent Him to Herod, who himself also was at Jerusalem at that time.

Then Herod questioned with Him in many words; but He answered him nothing. And the chief priests and scribes stood and vehemently accused Him. And Herod with his men of war

John xviii. 36, 37

Luke xxiii. 4-7. Luke xxiii. 9-11.

set Him at nought, and mocked Him, and arrayed Him in a gorgeous robe, and sent Him again to Pilate.

And Pilate, when he had called together the chief priests and the rulers and the people, said unto them, ye have brought This Man unto me, as one that perverteth the people : and, behold, I, having examined Him before you, have found no fault in This Man touching those things whereof ye accuse Him: No, nor yet Herod : for I sent you to him ; and, lo, nothing worthy of death is done unto Him. I will therefore chastise Him, and release Him. (For of necessity he must release one unto them at the feast.) And they cried out all at once, saying, away with This Man, and release unto us Barabbas.

Pilate therefore, willing to release Jesus, spake again to them. But they cried, saying, crucify Him, crucify Him. And he said unto them the third time, why, what evil hath He done? I have found no cause of death in Him: I will therefore chastise Him, and let Him go. And they were instant with loud voices, requiring that He might be crucified. And the voices of them and of the chief priests prevailed. And Pilate gave sentence that it should be as they required. And he released unto them Barabbas, that for sedition and murder was cast into prison, whom they had desired; but he delivered Jesus to their will.

Luke xxiii, 13-18.

Luke xxiii. 20-25, Mark xv. 16, 17,

Matt. xxvii. 29.

Mark xv. 18.

Matt. xxvii. 30, 31,

John xix, 17.

And the soldiers led Him away unto the hall, called Pretorium; and they called together the whole band. And they clothed Him with purple, and platted a crown of thorns, and put it about His head; and a reed in His right hand ;. and began to salute Him, hail, King of the Jews.

And they spit upon Him, and took the reed, and smote Him on the head. And after that they had mocked Him, they took the robe off from Him, and put His own raiment on Him, and led Him away to crucify Him.

And He bearing His cross went forth.

And there followed Him a great company of people, and of women, which also bewailed and lamented Him. But Jesus turning unto them said, daughters of Jerusalem, weep not for Me, but weep for yourselves, and for your children. For behold, the days are coming, in the which they shall say, blessed are the barren, and the wombs that never bare, and the paps which never gave suck. Then shall they begin to say to the mountains, fall on us; and to the hills, cover us. For if they do these things in a green tree, what shall be done in the dry? And there were also two other, malefactors, led with Him to be put to death. And when they were come to the place which is called Calvary,

Luke xxiii, 27-34.

Matt. xxvii. 34.


there they crucified Him, and the malefactors, one on the right hand, and the other on the left. Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.

And they gave Him vinegar to drink mingled with gall: and when He had tasted thereof, He would not drink.

And they that passed by reviled Him, wagging their heads, and saying, Thou That destroyest the temple, and buildest it in three days, save Thyself. If Thou be the Son of God, come down from the

Likewise also the chief priests, mocking Him, with the scribes and elders, said, He saved others; Himself He cannot save. If He be the king of Israel, let Him now come down from the cross, and we will believe Him. He trusted in God; let Him deliver Him


if He will have Him : for He said, I am the Son of God.

And when the sixth hour was come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour. And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eloi, Eloi, lama sabacthani ? which is, being interpreted, My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?

After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, saith, I thirst. Now there was set a vessel full of vinegar: and they filled a sponge with vinegar, and

Matt. xxvii. 39–43.

Mark xv. 33, 34.

John xix. 28-30.

put it upon hyssop, and put it to His mouth. When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, He said, it is finished.

And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, He said, Father, into Thy hands I commend My Spirit: and having said thus, He gave up the ghost.

And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain, from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent:

And one of the soldiers with a spear pierced His side, and forthwith came thereout blood and water.

Luke xxiii, 46.

Matt. xxvii. 51.

John xix. 34.

PRAYER for a participation of the benefits of Christ's sufferings

and death. O BLESSED Jesus, our most gracious and compassionate Saviour, Who didst willingly submit to the greatest indignities, and pains, and sorrows for the expiation of our sins; I most humbly beseech Thee, by that unutterable love which moved Thee to undergo so great sufferings for our sakes, to intercede for me with Thy Father, that those sins may be pardoned for which Thou hast so dearly atoned ; and that by the continual exhibition of Thy meritorious death the God of compassions may be moved in wrath to remember mercy, and to admit me to a

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