And sitting down, they watched him there. —Matthew 27
“He saved others; himself he cannot save.
Let him now come down from the cross” —Matthew 27:42
He was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors. 53:12
And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us. But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation? 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. —Luke 23:38-42
And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.transgressors. 53:9
Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour. And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? —Matthew 27:45-46
Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise him; he hath put him to grief. 53:10
And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit. When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.—Luke 23:46; John 19:30
And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent. And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, and came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many. Now when the centurion, and they that were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, Truly this was the Son of God. —Matthew 27:51-54
Based on a manuscript for a short reading at the Church of Christ, Valley Congregation (Phoenix, AZ). Used here by kind permission.
The reading was presented as a continuous narrative rather than specifically mentioning each source. This approach allows the Holy Scripture to tell its own story in its own words without comment, without interruption.