Son of Joseph and Mary, of Nazareth, died
Friday on Mount Calvary, also known as
Golgotha, The Place Of The Skull.
published death notice was circulated and
celebrated by many citizens of Jerusalem.
His band of followers had deserted him
and left town to escape the possibility
that the same could be demanded for them.
reported that Jesus was turned over to
the Roman authorities by his close
friend, Judas Iscariot. He was accused of
declaring himself the King of the Jews, a
crime against Rome. This crime against
Rome and Caesar offended fellow synagogue
members of Jerusalem, they demanded his
of death were brought on by crucifixion.
Crucifixion causes the shoulders to be
torn from the body. The weight of the
body, collapses on the upper torso and
suffocation results. Extreme exhaustion
and loss of blood were contributing
factors. It was said by onlookers that he
endured severe torture beyond limits any
of them had ever seen. One witness
reported that you could see his shoulders
being slowly torn from the sockets. It
was reported that many of the onlookers
scoffed and yelled obscenities. One Roman
tantalized him with soured wine on a
dirty cloth which was rubbed on his lips.
Jesus looked up and cried out to his
father, then seemed to give up his life.
Mid afternoon, a Roman soldier plunged a
spear into his side to insure that he was
Mother, Mary witnessed his death as well
as Mary of Magdala and his cousin John.
Other than those three, he had few, if
any, friends present at his execution.
about three o'clock there was a
terrifying earthquake and darkness eerily
befell the entire area! Some said it was
a coincidence but a Roman soldier was
heard to say that, "this man Jesus
was truly the Son of God." Many
temple members spat upon the soldier for
will be in a borrowed tomb which is owned
by Joseph of Arimathea.
services are planned. The Governor said,
"it will be forgotten and life will
return to normal by tomorrow."
Jesus! We love you and still celebrate
your life while you were here in this
hostile world... A few of us have picked
up the cross and are trying to carry on
the mission you assigned unto your
"Magnificent 12." Those of us
who are trying, ask you to remember us to
your Father... I know you haven't
forgotten us... I feel your presence as I
type this. I'll see you soon, friend!