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I. THE MOCKING AT THE CRUCIFIXION (Matthew 27:38-44)

38. Two rebels were crucified with him, one on his right and one on his left.

39. Those who passed by hurled insults at him, shaking their heads

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!”

41. In the same way the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the elders mocked him.

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.

43. He trusts in God. Let God rescue him now if he wants him, for he said, ‘I am the Son of God.’”

44. In the same way the rebels who were crucified with him also heaped insults on him.

II. THE AGONY AT THE CRUCIFIXION (Matthew 27:45-50)

45. From noon until three in the afternoon darkness came over all the land.

46. About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eli, Eli,lemasabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”).

47. When some of those standing there heard this, they said, “He’s calling Elijah.”

48. Immediately one of them ran and got a sponge. He filled it with wine vinegar, put it on a staff, and offered it to Jesus to drink.

49. The rest said, “Now leave him alone. Let’s see if Elijah comes to save him.”

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

III. THE AFTERMATH OF THE CRUCIFIXION (Matthew 27:51-54)

51. At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook, the rocks split

52. and the tombs broke open. The bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life.

53. They came out of the tombs after Jesus’ resurrection and went into the holy city and appeared to many people.

54. 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!”

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