Good Friday

This photo is the site known as Golgotha, in Israel. While the actual site of the crucifixion of Jesus of Nazareth is not known for sure, this site is outside the gates of what was ancient Jerusalem, and has a garden near it that is believed to belong to Joseph of Arimathea.

“They took Jesus away. Carrying his cross, Jesus went out to the place called Skull Hill (the name in Hebrew is Golgotha), where they crucified him, and with him two others, one on each side, Jesus in the middle. Pilate wrote a sign and had it placed on the cross. It read:

Jesus the nazarene the king of the jews.

 Many of the Jews read the sign because the place where Jesus was crucified was right next to the city. It was written in Hebrew, Latin, and Greek. The Jewish high priests objected. “Don’t write,” they said to Pilate, “‘The King of the Jews.’ Make it, ‘This man said, “I am the King of the Jews.”’”

Pilate said, “What I’ve written, I’ve written.””

Scripture Reference: John 19:19-22, The Message

Image Credit: Israeli Tourism Society