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22/04/2011

The Lamb's War



The Emperor's soldiers dragged him away into the hall, called Praetorium; 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 began to salute him, and derided him, "Hail, King of the Jews!"

And they struck him with heavy blows on the head with a reed, and did spit upon him, and bowing their knees taunted him.  And when they had mocked him, they took off the purple from him, and put his own clothes on him, and dragged him out to crucify him.

And they compelled Simon of Cyrene, who passed by, coming out of the country, the father of Alexander and Rufus, to bear his cross.

And they bring him unto the place Golgotha, sometimes called The Place of Adam's Skull.
And they gave him to drink wine mingled with myrrh: but he received it not.

And when they had crucified him, they parted his garments, casting lots upon them, what every man should take.

And it was the third hour, and they crucified him.

And the superscription of his accusation was written over,

'THE KING OF THE JEWS.'

And with him they crucify two thieves; the one on his right hand, and the other on his left.

And the scripture was fulfilled, which says, And he was numbered with the transgressors.

And the crowds that passed by shouted, wagging their heads, and saying, "Ah, you that would destroy the temple, and build it in three days,"

"Save thyself, and come down from the cross."

Likewise also the chief priests known as Sanhedrin mocked him, saying among themselves with the scribes, "He saved others; himself he cannot save."

"Let this Messiah, this King of Israel descend now from the cross, that we may see and believe." And the petty criminals that were crucified with him reviled him.

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 sabachthani?" which is, being interpreted, "My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?"

And some of them that stood by, when they heard it, said, "Behold, he calleth Elias."

And one ran and filled a spunge full of vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave him to drink, saying, "Let alone; let us see whether Elias will come to take him down."

And Jesus cried with a loud voice, and gave up the ghost.

And when the Roman centurion, which stood watch over him, saw him cry out for God and pass away, he denied the title of his Emperor and said, "Truly this man was the Son of God."

There were also Jewish women holding vigil: among whom was Mary Magdalene, and Mary of Cleophas;

And Joseph of Arimathaea, a member of the Sanhedrin, who had been waiting for the Kingdom of God, came by and was convinced. He went boldly unto Pilate, and requested the body of Jesus.

Jospeh of Arimathaea donated his tomb for burial, publicly accepting him into his family. His body was speedily prepared and taken to the tomb for the Sabbath was drawing on. And there they beheld him where he was laid.

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