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Luke 23 - NIV

1 Then the whole assembly rose and led him off to Pilate.

2 And they began to accuse him, saying, “We have found this man subverting our nation. He opposes payment of taxes to Caesar and claims to be Messiah, a king.”

3 So Pilate asked Jesus, “Are you the king of the Jews?”
“You have said so,” Jesus replied.

4 Then Pilate announced to the chief priests and the crowd, “I find no basis for a charge against this man.”

5 But they insisted, “He stirs up the people all over Judea by his teaching. He started in Galilee and has come all the way here.”

6 On hearing this, Pilate asked if the man was a Galilean.

7 When he learned that Jesus was under Herod’s jurisdiction, he sent him to Herod, who was also in Jerusalem at that time.

8 When Herod saw Jesus, he was greatly pleased, because for a long time he had been wanting to see him. From what he had heard about him, he hoped to see him perform a sign of some sort.

9 He plied him with many questions, but Jesus gave him no answer.

10 The chief priests and the teachers of the law were standing there, vehemently accusing him.

11 Then Herod and his soldiers ridiculed and mocked him. Dressing him in an elegant robe, they sent him back to Pilate.

12 That day Herod and Pilate became friends—before this they had been enemies.

13 Pilate called together the chief priests, the rulers and the people,

14 and said to them, “You brought me this man as one who was inciting the people to rebellion. I have examined him in your presence and have found no basis for your charges against him.

15 Neither has Herod, for he sent him back to us; as you can see, he has done nothing to deserve death.

16 -17 Therefore, I will punish him and then release him.[a]

18 But the whole crowd shouted, “Away with this man! Release Barabbas to us!”

19 (Barabbas had been thrown into prison for an insurrection in the city, and for murder.)

20 Wanting to release Jesus, Pilate appealed to them again.

21 But they kept shouting, “Crucify him! Crucify him!”

22 For the third time he spoke to them: “Why? What crime has this man committed? I have found in him no grounds for the death penalty. Therefore I will have him punished and then release him.”

23 But with loud shouts they insistently demanded that he be crucified, and their shouts prevailed.

24 So Pilate decided to grant their demand.

25 He released the man who had been thrown into prison for insurrection and murder, the one they asked for, and surrendered Jesus to their will.

The Crucifixion of Jesus

26 As the soldiers led him away, they seized Simon from Cyrene, who was on his way in from the country, and put the cross on him and made him carry it behind Jesus.

27 A large number of people followed him, including women who mourned and wailed for him.

28 Jesus turned and said to them, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me; weep for yourselves and for your children.

29 For the time will come when you will say, ‘Blessed are the childless women, the wombs that never bore and the breasts that never nursed!’

30 Then

“‘they will say to the mountains, “Fall on us!”
and to the hills, “Cover us!”?’[b]

31 For if people do these things when the tree is green, what will happen when it is dry?”

32 Two other men, both criminals, were also led out with him to be executed.

33 When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified him there, along with the criminals—one on his right, the other on his left.

34 Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”[c] And they divided up his clothes by casting lots.

35 The people stood watching, and the rulers even sneered at him. They said, “He saved others; let him save himself if he is God’s Messiah, the Chosen One.”

36 The soldiers also came up and mocked him. They offered him wine vinegar

37 and said, “If you are the king of the Jews, save yourself.”

38 There was a written notice above him, which read: this is the king of the jews .

39 One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: “Aren’t you the Messiah? Save yourself and us!”

40 But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence?

41 We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.”

42 Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.[d]

43 Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”

The Death of Jesus

44 It was now about noon, and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon,

45 for the sun stopped shining. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two.

46 Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.”[e] When he had said this, he breathed his last.

47 The centurion, seeing what had happened, praised God and said, “Surely this was a righteous man.”

48 When all the people who had gathered to witness this sight saw what took place, they beat their breasts and went away.

49 But all those who knew him, including the women who had followed him from Galilee, stood at a distance, watching these things.

The Burial of Jesus

50 Now there was a man named Joseph, a member of the Council, a good and upright man,

51 who had not consented to their decision and action. He came from the Judean town of Arimathea, and he himself was waiting for the kingdom of God.

52 Going to Pilate, he asked for Jesus’ body.

53 Then he took it down, wrapped it in linen cloth and placed it in a tomb cut in the rock, one in which no one had yet been laid.

54 It was Preparation Day, and the Sabbath was about to begin.

55 The women who had come with Jesus from Galilee followed Joseph and saw the tomb and how his body was laid in it.

56 Then they went home and prepared spices and perfumes. But they rested on the Sabbath in obedience to the commandment.


a. Luke 23:16 Some manuscripts include here words similar to Matt. 27:15 and Mark 15:6.
b. Luke 23:30 Hosea?10:8
c. Luke 23:34 Some early manuscripts do not have this sentence.
d. Luke 23:42 Some manuscripts come with your kingly power
e. Luke 23:46 Psalm?31:5

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Jerry Watts avatar
Which Cross Is Yours
Shared by: Jerry Watts on Dec, 2016
Summary: To preach this message, I showed the "Three Crosses of Golgotha" and named each cross. The title of the message became the altar call.
based on 1 rating
Scripture: Luke 23:32-43
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 52
Gerald Roberts avatar
"I Got It"
Shared by: Gerald Roberts on Nov, 2016
Summary: The sermon shares how the thief on the cross with Jesus Got it salvation.
Scripture: Luke 23:33-43
Denomination: United Methodist
Views: 137
Gordon McCulloch avatar
Christ the King, the Servant King, the King of Humility, and Power.
Shared by: Gordon McCulloch on Nov, 2016
Summary: All Christian agree that Christ is their king, but king of what? To many, humility and servitude smack of weakness, yet it is the true source of power, strength and authority, and this message today is not radiating from our churches.
Scripture: Luke 23:33-43
Denomination: Episcopal
Views: 142
Lessons From The Cross
Shared by: GARY ELLER on Nov, 2016
Summary: What we can learn from The Cross.
Scripture: Luke 23:33
Denomination: *other
Views: 37
Bill Walker avatar
Shared by: Bill Walker on Nov, 2016
Summary: Gaining inspiration and courage from the words of Jesus on the cross. In our world of darkness, Jesus calls us to be light-bearers. It is through our trials and disappointments that we are enabled to step in among those who are struggling and hurting.
Elmer Towns avatar
Jesus Prayed Before Everything Lesson 8
Shared by: Elmer Towns on Sep, 2016
Summary: Prayer reflected His relationship with the Father.
based on 1 rating
Scripture: Luke 23:34-46
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 99
Stephen E. Trail avatar
The Scandal of the Cross
Shared by: Stephen E. Trail on Sep, 2016
Summary: A sermon about the reproach of the cross.
Mark Hall avatar
The Cross of Christ
Shared by: Mark Hall on Sep, 2016
Summary: The crucifixion
Scripture: Luke 23:32-33
Denomination: United Methodist
Views: 249
Mark Hall avatar
Famous Last Words:Forgiveness
Shared by: Mark Hall on Sep, 2016
Summary: Words of Jesus from the cross
Scripture: Luke 23:34
Denomination: United Methodist
Views: 213
Mark Hall avatar
Famous Last Words:Salvation
Shared by: Mark Hall on Sep, 2016
Summary: The Thief on the cross
Scripture: Luke 23:35-43
Denomination: United Methodist
Views: 197
Mark Hall avatar
Famous Last Words: Trust
Shared by: Mark Hall on Sep, 2016
Summary: Trusting God with your future
Scripture: Luke 23:44-46
Denomination: United Methodist
Views: 384
Andrew Moffatt avatar
Shared by: Andrew Moffatt on Aug, 2016
Summary: A sermonette on Judgement and forgiveness, what should we do? It pains us to forgive, it pains us not too, much easier to judge someone than forgive them?
Charlie Roberts avatar
You Must Be "Dreaming"
Shared by: Charlie Roberts on Jul, 2016
Summary: Don't get caught up in only believing the possibilities of what you have seen in the past! Because no matter where you are at in life, He wants you to dream bigger than your efforts are capable of bringing to the table.
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Scripture: Luke 23:39-43
Views: 699
Freddy Fritz avatar
Jesus Is Buried
Shared by: Freddy Fritz on May, 2016
Summary: The burial of Jesus in Luke 23:50-59 shows us the actions of some of Jesus' disciples.
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Scripture: Luke 23:50-56
Denomination: Presbyterian/Reformed
Views: 322
Gerald Roberts avatar
"Father Forgive Them"
Shared by: Gerald Roberts on May, 2016
Summary: The sermon shares with us why God forgives, How God forgives, where God forgives us, and when God forgives.
Scripture: Luke 23:34
Denomination: United Methodist
Views: 134
Thomas Swope avatar
Do All Faiths/Religions Lead to God
Shared by: Thomas Swope on May, 2016
Summary: A study of eternal destinations
Series: Luke
Freddy Fritz avatar
The Death of Jesus
Shared by: Freddy Fritz on May, 2016
Summary: The death of Jesus in Luke 23:44-49 shows us a number of events preceding and following his death.
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Scripture: Luke 23:44-49
Denomination: Presbyterian/Reformed
Views: 762
Freddy Fritz avatar
The Crucifixion of Jesus
Shared by: Freddy Fritz on May, 2016
Summary: The crucifixion of Jesus in Luke 23:26-43 shows us three significant statements of Jesus.
based on 1 rating
Scripture: Luke 23:26-43
Denomination: Presbyterian/Reformed
Views: 428
Roger Whipp avatar
The Last Words of a Dying Man
Shared by: Roger Whipp on Apr, 2016
Summary: How important are our dying words? A comparison between the last dying words when Christ was crucified with two criminals and what we might say or do in our last moments.
Scripture: Luke 23:32-43
Denomination: *other
Views: 191
Freddy Fritz avatar
Jesus Before Pilate -- Again!
Shared by: Freddy Fritz on Apr, 2016
Summary: The injustice of Jesus' death sentence in Luke 23:13-25 shows us how Jesus was convicted, despite his innocence.
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Scripture: Luke 23:13-25
Denomination: Presbyterian/Reformed
Views: 394
Freddy Fritz avatar
Jesus Before Pilate
Shared by: Freddy Fritz on Apr, 2016
Summary: The civil trial of Jesus in Luke 23:1-12 shows us the innocence of Jesus.
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Scripture: Luke 23:1-12
Denomination: Presbyterian/Reformed
Views: 379
Les Puryear avatar
The Miracle of the Burial of Jesus
Shared by: Les Puryear on Apr, 2016
Summary: The burial of Jesus was a wonderful miracle wrought by God. Normally, victims of crucifixion were not buried. So how did Jesus escape the normal disposal of a crucified body? This sermon tells how God did it.
sylvester onofe avatar
Shared by: sylvester onofe on Apr, 2016
Summary: It is only when you confess with your month and believe in your heart that JESUS CHRIST is your personal LORD and SAVIOUR that you can be save and your sins will be forgiven by God Almighty.
Scott Coltrain avatar
Simon the Cross Bearer
Shared by: Scott Coltrain on Apr, 2016
Summary: Lessons from Simon the Cross Bearer, the man that carried Christ's Cross to Golgotha.
Maria Saunders avatar
Listen, It's Not Too Late...There's Always Hope!
Shared by: Maria Saunders on Apr, 2016
Summary: The 2nd Saying from the Cross (Good Friday)
Scripture: Luke 23:42-43
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 333
Davon Huss avatar
Shared by: Davon Huss on Mar, 2016
Summary: Talk about Barabbas' sin, service, Savior, and silence (Material adapted from John Phillips' book, Exploring People of the New Testament, Chapter 35 Barabbas and His Cross, pgs. 317-324)
Matthew Parker avatar
Good Friday - Jesus Wasn’t Lost for Words
Shared by: Matthew Parker on Mar, 2016
Summary: A Good Friday sermon, looking at the last 7 words of Jesus on the cross.
Scripture: Luke 23:34
Views: 135
Shared by: MELVIN NEWLAND on Mar, 2016
Summary: This is a dramatic Service based upon some of the “Stations of the Cross.” Partially adapted from a Service originally developed by Richard J. & Charlene E. Fairchild, Version 2. (A large PowerPoint file is available - #400.)
Davon Huss avatar
Pontius Pilate
Shared by: Davon Huss on Mar, 2016
Summary: What can we learn from Pontius Pilate? (Material adapted from Steven J. Cole at: https://bible.org/seriespage/lesson-106-condemned-or-set-free-luke-2313-25)
Gerald Roberts avatar
Shared by: Gerald Roberts on Mar, 2016
Summary: This Palm Sunday Jesus struggles with the Elders of the church, He struggles with Pilate, and finally he must struggle with his fate.
Scripture: Luke 23:34
Denomination: United Methodist
Views: 195