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His Last Day

Copyright © December 15, 2003 by Robert Wayne Atkins, P.E.
Revised April 9, 2009.
All Rights Reserved.

Face of Jesus In the dark of the night with a cheek kiss He is betrayed,
by one of the twelve closest friends He has made.

He is bound, condemned, spit on, and beaten,
in a mock trial before the Council of the Sanhedrin.

On Friday morning to the Roman governor He is sent,
who delivers Him to his soldiers for severe punishment.

He is scourged, spit on, and beaten until He is almost dead,
and then a thorny crown is pressed deep into His head.

His last chance for freedom is rejected by the crowd
who scream, “Crucify Him, Crucify Him,” extremely loud.

Jesus on the Cross To a heavy wooden cross His hands are nailed with a mallet,
and everyone watches as His Holy Blood spurts out.

After many hours of pain He takes a deep breath to pray,
“Father forgive them for they know not what they are doing” this day.

At about the ninth hour He breathes His last and He dies,
and later blood and water flows out of His spear pierced side.

His dead body is wrapped in linen and then laid to rest
in a borrowed tomb on Friday evening just before sunset.

Early in the morning on Sunday, the first day of the week,
Jesus rises from the Realm of the Dead to be King of the Meek.

Reference Scripture Verses

Luke 22:45-48 - When he rose from prayer and went back to the disciples, he found them asleep, exhausted from sorrow. "Why are you sleeping?" he asked them. "Get up and pray so that you will not fall into temptation." While he was still speaking a crowd came up, and the man who was called Judas, one of the Twelve, was leading them. He approached Jesus to kiss him, but Jesus asked him, "Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?"

Matthew 26:57-60 - Those who had arrested Jesus took him to Caiaphas, the high priest, where the teachers of the law and the elders had assembled. But Peter followed him at a distance, right up to the courtyard of the high priest. He entered and sat down with the guards to see the outcome. The chief priests and the whole Sanhedrin were looking for false evidence against Jesus so that they could put him to death. But they did not find any, though many false witnesses came forward.

Mark 14:65 - Then some began to spit at him; they blindfolded him, struck him with their fists, and said, "Prophesy!" And the guards took him and beat him.

Matthew 27:1-2 - Early in the morning, all the chief priests and the elders of the people came to the decision to put Jesus to death. They bound him, led him away and handed him over to Pilate, the governor.

John 19:1-3 - Then Pilate took Jesus and had him flogged. The soldiers twisted together a crown of thorns and put it on his head. They clothed him in a purple robe and went up to him again and again, saying, "Hail, king of the Jews!" And they struck him in the face.

John 19:4-5 - Once more Pilate came out and said to the Jews, "Look, I am bringing him out to you to let you know that I find no basis for a charge against him." When Jesus came out wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe, Pilate said to them, "Here is the man!"

Matthew 27:22 - "What shall I do, then, with Jesus who is called Christ?" Pilate asked. They all answered, "Crucify him!"

Luke 23:20-21 - Pilate appealed to them again. But they kept shouting, "Crucify him! Crucify him!"

Luke 23:32-34 - Two other men, both criminals, were also led out with him to be executed. When they came to the place called the Skull, there they crucified him, 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."

Matthew 27:46 - About the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, "Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?" -- which means, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?"

Matthew 27:50 - And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit.

John 19:33-34 - when they came to Jesus and found that he was already dead, they did not break his legs. Instead, one of the soldiers pierced Jesus' side with a spear, bringing a sudden flow of blood and water.

Matthew 27:57-60 - As evening approached, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who had himself become a disciple of Jesus. Going to Pilate, he asked for Jesus' body, and Pilate ordered that it be given to him. Joseph took the body, wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, and placed it in his own new tomb that he had cut out of the rock. He rolled a big stone in front of the entrance to the tomb and went away.

Luke 23:54 - It was Preparation Day, and the Sabbath was about to begin.

Matthew 27:65 to 28:7 - "Take a guard," Pilate answered. "Go, make the tomb as secure as you know how." So they went and made the tomb secure by putting a seal on the stone and posting the guard. 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.' "

John 20:19-20 - On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, "Peace be with you!" After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord.

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