Stories from the Life of Christ Told to the Children - Janet Kelman

The Crucifixion

Then the soldiers therefore took Jesus and scourged him, and platted a crown of thorns and put it on his head, and they put on him a purple robe, and a reed in his right hand, and they bowed the knee before him and mocked him, saying, "Hail, King of the Jews!"

And they smote him with their hands. Pilate therefore went forth again and saith unto them, "Behold, I bring him forth to you that ye may know that I find no fault in him."

Then came Jesus forth, wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe. And Pilate saith unto them, "Behold the man!"

When they saw him they cried out, "Crucify him, crucify him."

Pilate saith unto them, "Take ye him and crucify him, for I find no fault in him."

The Jews cried out, "If thou let this man go, thou art not Caesar's friend. Whosoever maketh himself a king speaketh against Caesar."

Pilate saith unto them, "Shall I crucify your king?"

The chief priests answered, "We have no king but Caesar."

Then delivered he him to be crucified.

And when they had mocked him, they took off the purple robe from him, and put his own clothes on him, and led him out to crucify him.

And as they led him away, they found one Simon coming out of the country, and on him they laid the cross that he might bear it after Jesus. And there followed him a great company of people which also bewailed him.

But Jesus turning unto them said, "Daughters of Jerusalem, weep not for me, but weep for yourselves and for your children."

And when they were come to the place which is called Calvary, they gave him to drink wine mingled with myrrh, and when he had tasted thereof he would not drink.

And it was the third hour; and they crucified him, and two other with him, on either side one, and Jesus in the midst.

Then said Jesus, "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do."

Then the soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus, took his garments and made four parts, to every soldier a part, and also his coat. Now the coat was without seam, woven from the top throughout. They said therefore among themselves, "Let us not rend it, but cast lots for it, whose it shall be."

These things therefore the soldiers did; and sitting down they watched him there.

And Pilate wrote a title and put it on the cross. And the writing was, "Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews."

This title then read many of the Jews, for the place where Jesus was crucified was nigh unto the city. Then said the chief priests to Pilate, "Write not, 'The King of the Jews,' but that he said, 'I am King of the Jews.'"

Pilate answered, "What I have written, I have written."

And they that passed by mocked him, saying, "If thou be the Son of God, save thyself and come down from the cross."

Likewise also the chief priests, mocking, said among themselves, "He saved others. Himself he cannot save. Let Christ the King of Israel come down now from the cross, that we may see and believe."

And one of the thieves which were crucified with him railed on him, saying, "If thou be the Christ, save thyself and us."

But the other rebuked him, saying, "Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou also must die? And we indeed justly, for we receive the due reward of our deeds, but this man hath done nothing amiss."

And he said unto Jesus, "Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom."

And Jesus said unto him, "Verily I say unto thee, to-day shalt thou be with me in Paradise."

Now there stood by the cross of Jesus his mother and his mother's sister, and Mary Magdalene.

When Jesus therefore saw his mother and that disciple standing by whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, "Woman, behold thy son." Then saith he to the disciple, "Behold thy mother."

And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home.

And it was about the sixth hour; and there was a darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour. And the sun was darkened. And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, "My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?"

After this Jesus saith, "I thirst." Now there was set a vessel full of vinegar, and they filled a sponge with vinegar and put it upon hyssop, and put it to his mouth.

When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, "It is finished."

And when he had cried with a loud voice, he said, "Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit," and having said thus, he bowed his head and gave up the ghost.

Christ and Mary


And after this a man named Joseph, being a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews, besought Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus. And Pilate gave him leave. He came therefore and took the body, and wound it in linen clothes with spices.

Now in the place where Jesus was crucified there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb, wherein was never man yet laid. There laid they Jesus therefore, for it was nigh at hand. And the women also which came with him from Galilee beheld how his body was laid. And they returned and prepared spices and ointment, and rested the Sabbath day.