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JESUS IS CRUCIFIED
As they led him away, they seized Simon from Cyrene, who was on
his way in from the country, and put the cross on him and made him
carry it behind Jesus. 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 barren women, the wombs that never bore and the
breasts that never nursed!'
"'they will say to the mountains, "Fall on us!" and
to the hills, "Cover us!"'
For if men do
these things when the tree is green, what will happen when it is
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" (Luke 23:26-34).
When the soldiers
crucified Jesus, they took his clothes, dividing them into four
shares, one for each of them, with the undergarment remaining. This
garment was seamless, woven in one piece from top to bottom.
tear it," they said to one another. "Let's decide by lot
who will get it." This happened that the scripture might be
fulfilled which said,
"They divided my garments among them and cast lots for my clothing."
So this is what the soldiers did (John 19:23-24).
Pilate had a notice
prepared and fastened to the cross. It read: JESUS OF NAZARETH,
THE KING OF THE JEWS.
Many of the Jews read this sign, for the place where Jesus was crucified
was near the city, and the sign was written in Aramaic, Latin and
Greek. The chief priests of the Jews protested to Pilate, "Do
not write 'The King of the Jews,' but that this man claimed to be
king of the Jews."
"What I have written, I have written" (John 19:19-22).
Those who passed by hurled insults at him, shaking their heads (Mat
27:40) and saying, "You who are going to destroy the temple
and build it in three days, save yourself! Come down from the cross,
if you are the Son of God!" (Mat 27:4)
In the same way the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the
elders mocked him. (Mat 27:42) "He saved others," they
said, "but he can't save himself! He's the King of Israel!
Let him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in him.
( Mat 27:43)
He trusts in God. Let God rescue him now if he wants him, for he
said, 'I am the Son of God'" (Matthew 27:39-42).
One of the criminals
who hung there hurled insults at him: "Aren't you the Christ?
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
Then he said,
"Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom."
him, "I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise"
Near the cross
of Jesus stood his mother, his mother's sister, Mary the wife of
Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw his mother there, and
the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother,
"Dear woman, here is your son," and to the disciple, "Here
is your mother." From that time on, this disciple took her
into his home (John 19:25-27).
At the sixth hour
darkness came over the whole land until the ninth hour. And at 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?"
When some of those standing near heard this, they said, "Listen,
he's calling Elijah" (Mark 15:33-35).
that all was now completed, and so that the Scripture would be fulfilled,
Jesus said, "I am thirsty." A jar of wine vinegar was
there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk
of the hyssop plant, and lifted it to Jesus' lips. When he had received
the drink, Jesus said, "It is finished." With that, he
bowed his head and gave up his spirit (Luke 19:28-30).
Jesus called out
with a loud voice, "Father, into your hands I commit my spirit."
When he had said this, he breathed his last (Luke 23:46).
At that moment
the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The
earth shook and the rocks split. The tombs broke open and the bodies
of many holy people who had died were raised to life. They came
out of the tombs, and after Jesus' resurrection they went into the
holy city and appeared to many people.
When the centurion
and those with him who were guarding Jesus saw the earthquake and
all that had happened, they were terrified, and exclaimed, "Surely
he was the Son of God!"
Many women were
there, watching from a distance. They had followed Jesus from Galilee
to care for his needs. Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary the
mother of James and Joses, and the mother of Zebedee's sons (Matthew
Now it was the
day of Preparation, and the next day was to be a special Sabbath.
Because the Jews did not want the bodies left on the crosses during
the Sabbath, they asked Pilate to have the legs broken and the bodies
taken down. The soldiers therefore came and broke the legs of the
first man who had been crucified with Jesus, and then those of the
other. But 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. The man who saw it has given testimony,
and his testimony is true. He knows that he tells the truth, and
he testifies so that you also may believe. These things happened
so that the scripture would be fulfilled: "Not one of his bones
will be broken" (John 19:31-36).
It was Preparation
Day (that is, the day before the Sabbath). So as evening approached,
Joseph of Arimathea, a prominent member of the Council, who was
himself waiting for the kingdom of God, went boldly to Pilate and
asked for Jesus' body. Pilate was surprised to hear that he was
already dead. Summoning the centurion, he asked him if Jesus had
already died. When he learned from the centurion that it was so,
he gave the body to Joseph (Mark 15:42-45).
JESUS IS BURIED
He was accompanied by Nicodemus, the man who earlier had visited
Jesus at night. Nicodemus brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes,
about seventy-five pounds. Taking Jesus' body, the two of them wrapped
it, with the spices, in strips of linen. This was in accordance
with Jewish burial customs. At the place where Jesus was crucified,
there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb, in which no one
had ever been laid. Because it was the Jewish day of Preparation
and since the tomb was nearby, they laid Jesus there (John 19:39-42).
The women who
had come with Jesus from Galilee followed Joseph and saw the tomb
and how his body was laid in it. Then they went home and prepared
spices and perfumes. But they rested on the Sabbath in obedience
to the commandment
The next day,
the one after Preparation Day, the chief priests and the Pharisees
went to Pilate. "Sir," they said, "we remember that
while he was still alive that deceiver said, 'After three days I
will rise again.' So give the order for the tomb to be made secure
until the third day. Otherwise, his disciples may come and steal
the body and tell the people that he has been raised from the dead.
This last deception will be worse than the first."
Mat 27:65 "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
JESUS RISES FROM
and APPEARS TO HIS DISCIPLES
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 (Matthew
Very early on
the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they were on their
way to the tomb and they asked each other, "Who will roll the
stone away from the entrance of the tomb?"
But when they
looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had been
rolled away. As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed
in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed.
alarmed," he said. "You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene,
who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where
they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter, 'He is going
ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told
Mark 16:8 Trembling
and bewildered, the women went out and fled from the tomb. They
said nothing to anyone, because they were afraid (Mark 6:2-8).
So she came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one
Jesus loved, and said, "They have taken the Lord out of the
tomb, and we don't know where they have put him!"
So Peter and the
other disciple started for the tomb. Both were running, but the
other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. He bent
over and looked in at the strips of linen lying there but did not
go in. Then Simon Peter, who was behind him, arrived and went into
the tomb. He saw the strips of linen lying there, as well as the
burial cloth that had been around Jesus' head. The cloth was folded
up by itself, separate from the linen. Finally the other disciple,
who had reached the tomb first, also went inside. He saw and believed.
(They still did not understand from Scripture that Jesus had to
rise from the dead.)
Then the disciples
went back to their homes, but Mary stood outside the tomb crying.
As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb and saw two angels
in white, seated where Jesus' body had been, one at the head and
the other at the foot.
They asked her,
"Woman, why are you crying?"
taken my Lord away," she said, "and I don't know where
they have put him." At this, she turned around and saw Jesus
standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus.
he said, "why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?"
Thinking he was the gardener, she said, "Sir, if you have carried
him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him."
Jesus said to her, "Mary."
She turned toward
him and cried out in Aramaic, "Rabboni!" (which means
Jesus said, "Do
not hold on to me, for I have not yet returned to the Father. Go
instead to my brothers and tell them, 'I am returning to my Father
and your Father, to my God and your God.'"
went to the disciples with the news: "I have seen the Lord!"
And she told them that he had said these things to her (John 20:2-18).
Suddenly Jesus met them. "Greetings," he said. They came
to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him (Matthew 28:9).
THE END -
James Caviezel .... Jesus Christ
Maia Morgenstern .... Mary
Monica Bellucci .... Mary Magdalene
Francesco Cabras .... Gesmas
Rosalinda Celentano .... Satan
Claudia Gerini .... Pilatus Wife
Ivano Marescotti .... Pilatus
Bruce Davey, Mel Gibson, Stephen McEveety .... producers
Enzo Sisti .... line producer
Cinematography by Caleb Deschanel
Casting by Shaila Rubin
Production Design by Francesco Frigeri
Set Decoration by Carlo Gervasi
Costume Design by Maurizio Millenotti
copyright Icon Films, 2005
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