He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering,
and familiar with pain. Like one from whom people hide their faces he was
despised, and we held him in low esteem. Surely he took up our pain and bore
our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and
afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our
iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds
we are healed. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to
our own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.
Lord Jesus, I always want to remember what you suffered for
me on this day.
And yet, through all your pain, you were still filled with
love for us and for those around you.
A large number of people followed him, including women who
mourned and wailed for him. Jesus turned and said to them, “Daughters of
Jerusalem, do not weep for me; weep for yourselves and for your children. For
the time will come when you will say, ‘Blessed are the childless women, the
wombs that never bore and the breasts that never nursed!’
Two other men, both criminals, were also led out with him to
be executed. When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified him
there, along with the criminals—one on his right, the other on his left. Jesus
said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” And
they divided up his clothes by casting lots.
One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him:
“Aren’t you the Messiah? Save yourself and us!” But the other criminal rebuked
him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence? We
are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man
has done nothing wrong.” Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into
your kingdom.” Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me
I also want to remember your triumph.
After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week,
Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb. There was a violent
earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the
tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning,
and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they
shook and became like dead men. The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid,
for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here;
he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go
quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead
of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.”
Thank you, Jesus.