The Journey – Part 3: The Storm

After navigating back to the path using your compass, you continue your travels down the road. While referring to your compass to ensure you don’t get lost again along the way, you see up ahead a storm that seems to be coming nearer. Given where you are in your journey, there isn’t a great way to navigate around this storm, so you go head first with your compass by your side.


Our compass (the Bible) tells us that God goes before us. He knows what has been, what is, and what is yet to come. With this knowledge, He allows us to go through storms and trials to help us develop, to seek Him, and to perfect our faith (James 1: 2-4).

There is a saying that God doesn’t put you in situations that you can’t handle. I disagree. God puts you into situations that are more than you can handle by yourself so that you seek His strength in your weakness. God loves us as we are; however, His love is too great to leave us that way. He will put us through storms so that we draw closer to Him. Yet, whatever we go through has passed through His loving, gracious, and kind hands for our benefit. These trials and storms don’t feel good as we go through them. It is difficult to find them as joyful experiences in the moment. But each trail, storm, and test gives us an opportunity to come closer to the God that loves us and the savior, Jesus, that died for us to cleanse our sins.

With the knowledge that nothing gets to you that hasn’t passed through His hands, praise God in the trials. Collect the lessons that God is giving you, even though they may stretch you, and push you past your comfort zone. Seek strength in His Word (our compass) as He refreshes your soul. Give Him your burdens, worries, sins, heartaches, and concerns. Allow Him to walk with you through the storm. His plan will prosper and it will be for the good of those that love Him and are called according to His purposes.

Reference Scriptures: 

  • Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.  Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. – James 1: 2-4 NIV
  • In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. – 1 Peter 1: 6-7
  • The apostles left the Sanhedrin, rejoicing because they had been counted worthy of suffering disgrace for the Name. – Acts 5:41 NIV
  • The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.- Psalm 23 NIV
  • Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” – Matthew 11: 28-30 ESV

The Journey – Part 2: Compass

As you round the bend into the light, you continue on the dirt road on your journey. Something catches your eye off to the right of the path and you decide to get a closer look. Walking off the path, you find what catches your eye but then you hear the sound of water rushing. It sounds like a waterfall which is something you love to see. You’ve got tons of daylight, so you begin walking toward the sound of the rushing water. After a while, you arrive at the waterfall and spend a few minutes taking in the scene and enjoying yourself. You decide to head back to the road, but can’t seem to find your way back. You thought this might happen so you packed a compass before heading on your journey to guide you in case you got lost – now is a great time to use it!


When something catches your eye as you go through life and you drift away from the road, you can get lost. I shared my own experience of going off the road and getting lost in a previous post (Linked Here).

These things that catch your eye could be something that seems great at the beginning. It could a buffet of healthy food options, more time with family, a raise at work, praise from other people, or exercise. In and of themselves, these things are great; however, if we put the wrong focus on these things, they can quickly turn into something not as healthy as they intended. Praise from other people can lead to a desire for more praise and acceptance leading to you accepting every opportunity to help, even when you’re running on empty. Getting a raise can give you additional financial freedom; however, if you begin to crave additional raises, you can shift your focus to only work at the detriment of other things that are important to you. As these good things begin to take hold of you, it becomes something that you hold dear and can cause you to drift even further down away from where you were intending to be. Just as too much of a good thing can sometime be a bad thing, bad things can also take hold of us and entice us toward a path we didn’t expect we would ever go down.

The good news is that there is a compass that you can use to guide your journey and lead you back home. This compass is the Bible. The Bible is the living and active word of God that can give you insight into any circumstance you might find yourself in. The more you read the word, the better able you are to deal with life’s circumstances with confidence.

If you don’t have a copy of the Bible, I would highly recommend as a great place to get started.

Reference Scriptures: 

  • Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long. – Psalm 25:5 NIV
  • Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it. – Matthew 7:13-14 NIV
  • “Simon, Simon, behold,  Satan demanded to have you,   that he might sift you like wheat, but I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned again, strengthen your brothers.” – Luke 22: 31-32 ESV
  • For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. – Hebrews 4:12

The Journey – Part 1: Darkness

Our journey starts in the darkness; early in the morning before the light of the day gives way. As we journey through the darkness, we stumbled at a slow pace, trying to avoid obstacles with our limited senses to guide us on the path.

In the darkness, we see a light around what appears to be a bend up ahead. Our pace quickens as our eyes reach for the light that can guide us on our journey and illuminate where we have been.

As we walk toward the light, the pathway clears to reveal a well-worn dirt road surrounded by tall trees on either side. This path has clearly been taken by others as their paths are visible in the road. Looking behind us, we can see the path we have taken to get here. We have walked from one edge of the dirt road to the other. Several times, our steps went off the road and into the grass on the edges. As we drew closer to the bend, our path became straight, illuminated by the light.

This light gives us an opportunity to stop and reflect on where we have been and the path that led us to this place before turning the bend and continuing on our journey.

Questions to Consider:

  1. Has the light illuminated your path to reveal where you have been in the darkness?
  2. What has your darkness looked like?
  3. In this darkness, what obstacles did you face or are facing now?
  4. How has your path taken you through the darkness? What are the edges of the road (boundaries) that you have gone across in your journey?
  5. Do you see the paths of other people that came before you? Are there examples of what paths can lead you through your obstacles?
  6. How can your journey be an example to others to help them through their obstacles?


Each person’s path is unique to them. The Lord has made everything, and everyone, for its purpose (Proverbs 16:4) and our paths are from Him (Proverbs 20:24). We may not understand the path we’ve taken so far. It may be hard to think about or discuss because of what has happened to you. Maybe it is hard not because of what happen to you, but what you have done to others. But God is gracious and forgiving. All things work together for good for those that are called according to his purpose (Romans 8:28) – even when we don’t feel like it.

Your struggles, concerns, decisions, and past can help others see the path toward the light when they feel no hope for the future. Sometimes, your path shows others what not to do so that they can learn from others. Sometimes, your path shows the best path forward. Share your story, your journey, with others so that they can find comfort, knowledge, and a way forward.

Come back to continue The Journey series with me.

Reference Scriptures:

  • “Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” ‭‭John‬ ‭14:6‬ ‭ESV‬‬
  • “In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” ‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭3:6‬ ‭ESV‬‬
  • “But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, which shines brighter and brighter until full day.” ‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭4:18‬ ‭ESV‬‬
  • “Whoever heeds instruction is on the path to life, but he who rejects reproof leads others astray.” ‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭10:17‬ ‭ESV‬‬
  • “There are those who rebel against the light, who are not acquainted with its ways, and do not stay in its paths.” ‭‭Job‬ ‭24:13‬ ‭ESV‬‬
  • “But if anyone walks in the night, he stumbles, because the light is not in him.”” ‭‭John‬ ‭11:10‬ ‭ESV‬‬
  • “What I tell you in the dark, say in the light, and what you hear whispered, proclaim on the housetops.” ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭10:27‬ ‭ESV‬‬
  • “Therefore whatever you have said in the dark shall be heard in the light, and what you have whispered in private rooms shall be proclaimed on the housetops.” ‭‭Luke‬ ‭12:3‬ ‭ESV‬‬
  • “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” ‭‭Romans‬ ‭8:28‬ ‭ESV‬‬

2020 Reflections – Where is your focus?

7 Years and 10 days after my last post, I began rereading some of the posts of my past. I was caught off guard by the very real feeling that my walk with Christ has taken a back seat in my life to the things of this world. My priorities have been jumbled, even when my “habits” would have indicated otherwise.

Each morning, I wake up, get my coffee, and read God’s word. I check off my morning habit of reading the Bible for at least 20 minutes and go on feeling “good” about myself. All the while, while I read, my thoughts go to my “big three” priorities for the day. I think about the emails that I need to send out, work that must be completed to meet impending deadlines, and family members that I should call and fail to call. I’m distracted from my Savior, my comforter, my advocate, my confidence, my strength, my song. I “refocus” myself after each time my mind interrupts me with the grind for the day. I apologize to God for being distracted, knowing that it will happen again just a few minutes later. When the morning reading time is finished, I rush to start my work so that I can complete the tasks I need to complete for the day and deliver value for my company.

Maybe you’re in a similar situation where the daily demands on your attention have shifted your focus. Maybe the turmoil in the world right now has you feeling defeated, wishing that 2021 would come around for a fresh start. Maybe your situation is different. Maybe your distracted by the call your anticipating to receive. Maybe your distracted by an addiction, or the addiction of a loved one.

Throughout my life, I have found that the only way to make it through these situations is not in our own strength – but through God’s strength. To rely on his promises which he is good to deliver. He has never once been late for his plan. Even with Lazarus when he stayed two days longer where he was before going to Lazarus, Mary, and Martha. When he arrived, Lazarus had been in his tomb for 4 days! Yet, Jesus shared that he is the resurrection and the life and raised Lazarus from the dead (John 11). Not only did this foreshadow that Christ would also be raised from the dead, but his perceived delay by Martha ultimately provided a much bigger glory to God than had he simply come sooner and healed Lazarus, in Martha’s time, as he had with others in that day. God was glorified through what appeared to be “bad” circumstances that he ultimately used for the good of those that loved him.

For this reason, and so many more, I want my walk to be more than a habit; more than a check on my seemingly never ending to do list. I want my walk with God to be an eager pursuit of His truth, His statues, His ways, His love – the same way He pursued me on the Cross. Whose with me?

“Turn my eyes from looking at what is worthless; give me life in your ways.” – Psalm 119: 37 CAB

When That Day Comes

But concerning that day and hour [the end of time] no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only. – Matthew 24:36

There is some much information out in the world regarding when the end of day is to arrive. I will not add to the changing dates that continue to pass us by; however, I will say that it is pointless to continue to guess when the end of time will arrive. Jesus himself said that He did not know, while He was one this earth, when the end would come. Why then would we know? We can see signs that the Bible provides in Daniel, Isaiah, Matthew, Revelation and many others, but we do not know. 

What Jesus told us while He was here was that death will come quickly and that the end it near. The end has come for many people as they were taken without warning, like a theif in the night. Our end could be at any moment, and God has asked us to be ready. He has asked many of His followers to face death, He has asked each of us to take up our cross, He has asked each of us to live in our hearts with the fruit of the Spirit so that, when the theif comes, we may receive the glory He has prepared for us through our salvation and faith. Many will get through by the skin of their teeth – all will enter based on their heart. 

It makes me reflect on my heart for Christ. When death comes, will my heart be in the fruits of the Spririt? Will it reflect love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentlleness, and self-control? In my last moments, will my heart reflect the heart of Christ? Where is your heart? 

Lacking Wisdom

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach and it will be given him. – James 1:5

 What happens when you get to a cross road in life and you don’t know which way to go? You ask! We are told in the book of James that, if we lack wisdom or understanding, to call upon God who will give us the help and answers we need. The key is to remember two things: it is His times, not ours and we cannot doubt that He is working.

The next verse in James (6-8) tells us to “ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from The Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.”

When we doubt the the Lord or that He is working on our behalf, we can become discouraged and have disbelief in Christ and His promise. If we doubt His goodness and promise, who are we to expect to receive anything from Him?

It is also important to remember that the answer may not come when or where or how we want it. He has a greater plan for us than we could ever have for ourselves. When we ask in faith, we must keep the faith no matter how long it takes. Be it minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, or years He is faithful and He is always working.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding… If we don’t know, ask. If we doubt, we will never receive that blessing. If we lose faith with time, is it really faith?

It’s Been Awhile

It has been quite awhile since my last post. Time flies when you’re busy with everything  in life. But as the days go by, it always comes back that the only way to grow is to know God more and to search for Him in all areas of my life. Still, no matter how much I know that, it is difficult.

At one point, I was either blogging or writing in a prayer journal every single day. Now, I just make sure that Jordan, my husband, and I pray every night before bed together. We will, most times, take the time to read a chapter in the Bible before we pray, but it doesn’t always happen.  So, I guess what I am trying to say is that it has been awhile since my life hasn’t had million different things going on (not that it is a bad thing – I am truly blessed); it has been awhile since I have focused, as I should, on my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

As the school year approaches, it seems like there won’t be time for me to breath let alone writing anything that doesn’t count for a grade or for work. But it is something that I need to do for my relationship with Christ. Jeremiah 29:13 says that I will find Him when I seek Him with all of my heart. My heart is in writing. My mind flows when I write and I am forced to stop, breath, think, and concentrate on Christ when I write. That is why my heart is in writing… I put my all into it like nothing else.

With work, school, family, and my obsession with cleaning and organizing, I have to take time, not out of habit, for Christ. I used to read the Bible every single day and memorize scripture easily. Now, I just want a moment to sit down with absolutely nothing to do. That being said, God is my peace, God is my comfort, God allows me to be still in Him. I cannot do life on my own; Christ is my partner and my comfort. Only He can fulfill me in the way that I am expecting others to do. I must seek Him with all my heart to gain my life – to gain a peace in my life.

I write to God and read His word to deepen my relationship with Him. What do you do?

“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” – Jeremiah 29:13


Life is but a Mist – Rest In Peace

14 Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. – James 4:14

Life truly is but a mist that is here for a moment and then vanishes. Life is so precious, the breath we have — that some of us take for granted– is provided by the Most High and is a gift out of love.

Shaun McClanahan went to heaven today. He fought the good fight and went home to eat at the feast with the King of Kings.

Shaun had Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. He fought hard and it was decided that he would need a stem cell transplant. A donor was found and was able to provide him with the marrow. After the transplant, the morrow didn’t cooperate with his body – Graft v. Host disease. As the disease attacked him, he became weaker. Even still, the cancer went away!

As he was in the hospital, though, his kidneys and liver started to fail and he caught pneumonia.  He was on a respirator until a decision had to be made. Nothing in his body was working except for his heart which had palpitations and wasn’t beating correctly.

He went home to Jesus today without pain. He is able to eat at the Lord feast when all he could eat here was some chicken broth. He is able to walk, and run, and fly with wings as his strength is restored to him in Christ. He is able to talk to his son, Wyatt, who never made it into this world and talk about how they can watch over my sister, Shaun’s fiance.

Though I am sad and weep with and for my sister and the family, I must rejoice that Heaven got a wonderful man, he has been healed, and Wyatt has his father.

Rest In Peace – Shaun McClanahan 5/21/2013

Support Cancer Research 

He Has Risen!

“But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. 2 And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, 3 but when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. 4 While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel. 5 And as they were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead? 6 He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you,while he was still in Galilee, 7 that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men and be crucified and on the third day rise.” 8 And they remembered his words, 9 and returning from the tomb they told all these things to the eleven and to all the rest. 10 Now it was Mary Magdalene and Joanna and Mary the mother of James and the other women with them who told these things to the apostles, 11 but these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them. 12 But Peter rose and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen cloths by themselves; and he went home marveling at what had happened.” – Luke 24: 1- 12

“As they were talking about these things, Jesus himself stood among them, and said to them, “Peace to you!” 37 But they were startled and frightened and thought they saw a spirit. 38 And he said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? 39 See my hands and my feet, that it is I myself. Touch me, and see. For a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.” 40 And when he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet. 41 And while they still disbelieved for joy and were marveling,he said to them, “Have you anything here to eat?” 42 They gave him a piece of broiled fish, 43 and he took it and ate before them.

44 Then he said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.” 45 Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, 46 and said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, 47 and that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations,beginning from Jerusalem. 48 You are witnesses of these things.49 And behold, I am sending the promise of my Father upon you. But stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.”

“Then he led them out as far as Bethany, and lifting up his hands he blessed them. 51 While he blessed them, he parted from them and was carried up into heaven. 52 And they worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy, 53 and were continually in the temple blessing God.” – Luke 24:36-53

Good Friday

Have you heard what happened on the day that Jesus Christ died for our sins? Have you read about the love that He has for us? Did you know that “God so loved the world,that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” Did you know that “God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

Below you will find two accounts of the death of Christ. The first is by His apostle John and the second by His apostle Luke. There is so much more to this story and the occurrences before Jesus Christ was delivered to be Crucified. I encourage you to go back and read what He went through and see how He can understand each trial and turmoil that you face. He dealt with betrayal, disbelief, hurt, being forsaken so that we may never be forsaken, temptation, and so much more.

I am so happy that the below stories are not where the end! He arose on the third day! He was resurrected, or brought back from the dead, in the power of the Holy Spirit! The same Holy Spirit that lives in those who believe in Him as our comforter, reminder of things that He taught, and convicts us so that we live righteously for God’s glory (John 16). Thank God He lives and has taken away the sins of the world through His death and resurrection!

 John 19:1-42

Jesus Delivered to Be Crucified

1 Then Pilate took Jesus and flogged him. 2 And the soldiers twisted together a crown of thorns and put it on his head and arrayed him in a purple robe. 3 They came up to him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” and struck him with their hands. 4 Pilate went out again and said to them, “See, I am bringing him out to you that you may know that I find no guilt in him.” 5 So Jesus came out, wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe. Pilate said to them, “Behold the man!” 6 When the chief priests and the officers saw him, they cried out, “Crucify him, crucify him!” Pilate said to them, “Take him yourselves and crucify him, for I find no guilt in him.” 7 The Jews answered him, “We have a law, and according to that law he ought to die because he has made himself the Son of God.” 8 When Pilate heard this statement, he was even more afraid. 9 He entered his headquarters again and said to Jesus, “Where are you from?” But Jesus gave him no answer. 10 So Pilate said to him, “You will not speak to me? Do you not know that I have authority to release you and authority to crucify you?” 11 Jesus answered him, “You would have no authority over me at all unless it had been given you from above. Therefore he who delivered me over to you has the greater sin.” 12 From then on Pilate sought to release him, but the Jews cried out, “If you release this man, you are not Caesar’s friend. Everyone who makes himself a king opposes Caesar.” 13 So when Pilate heard these words, he brought Jesus out and sat down on the judgment seat at a place called The Stone Pavement, and in Aramaic Gabbatha. 14 Now it was the day of Preparation of the Passover. It was about the sixth hour. He said to the Jews, “Behold your King!” 15 They cried out, “Away with him, away with him, crucify him!” Pilate said to them, “Shall I crucify your King?” The chief priests answered, “We have no king but Caesar.” 16 So he delivered him over to them to be crucified. So they took Jesus, 17 and he went out, bearing his own cross, to the place called The Place of a Skull, which in Aramaic is called Golgotha. 18 There they crucified him, and with him two others, one on either side, and Jesus between them. 19 Pilate also wrote an inscription and put it on the cross. It read, “Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews.” 20 Many of the Jews read this inscription, for the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city, and it was written in Aramaic, in Latin, and in Greek. 21 So the chief priests of the Jews said to Pilate, “Do not write, ‘The King of the Jews,’ but rather, ‘This man said, I am King of the Jews.'” 22 Pilate answered, “What I have written I have written.” 23 When the soldiers had crucified Jesus, they took his garments and divided them into four parts, one part for each soldier; also his tunic. But the tunic was seamless, woven in one piece from top to bottom, 24 so they said to one another, “Let us not tear it, but cast lots for it to see whose it shall be.”This was to fulfill the Scripture which says, “They divided my garments among them, and for my clothing they cast lots.”So the soldiers did these things, 25 but standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. 26 When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son!” 27 Then he said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother!” And from that hour the disciple took her to his own home.

The Death of Jesus

28 After this, Jesus, knowing that all was now finished, said (to fulfill the Scripture), “I thirst.” 29 A jar full of sour wine stood there, so they put a sponge full of the sour wine on a hyssop branch and held it to his mouth. 30 When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, “It is finished,” and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.

Jesus’ Side Is Pierced

31 Since it was the day of Preparation, and so that the bodies would not remain on the cross on the Sabbath (for that Sabbath was a high day), the Jews asked Pilate that their legs might be broken and that they might be taken away. 32 So the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first, and of the other who had been crucified with him. 33 But when they came to Jesus and saw that he was already dead, they did not break his legs. 34 But one of the soldiers pierced his side with a spear, and at once there came out blood and water. 35 He who saw it has borne witness–his testimony is true, and he knows that he is telling the truth–that you also may believe. 36 For these things took place that the Scripture might be fulfilled: “Not one of his bones will be broken.” 37 And again another Scripture says, “They will look on him whom they have pierced.”

Jesus Is Buried

38 After these things Joseph of Arimathea, who was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews, asked Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus, and Pilate gave him permission. So he came and took away his body. 39 Nicodemus also, who earlier had come to Jesus by night, came bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about seventy-five pounds in weight. 40 So they took the body of Jesus and bound it in linen cloths with the spices, as is the burial custom of the Jews. 41 Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb in which no one had yet been laid. 42 So because of the Jewish day of Preparation, since the tomb was close at hand, they laid Jesus there.

Luke 23: 1 -56

Jesus Before Pilate

1 Then the whole company of them arose and brought him before Pilate. 2 And they began to accuse him, saying, “We found this man misleading our nation and forbidding us to give tribute to Caesar, and saying that he himself is Christ, a king.” 3 And Pilate asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” And he answered him, “You have said so.” 4 Then Pilate said to the chief priests and the crowds, “I find no guilt in this man.” 5 But they were urgent, saying, “He stirs up the people, teaching throughout all Judea, from Galilee even to this place.”

Jesus Before Herod

6 When Pilate heard this, he asked whether the man was a Galilean. 7 And when he learned that he belonged to Herod’s jurisdiction, he sent him over to Herod, who was himself in Jerusalem at that time. 8 When Herod saw Jesus, he was very glad, for he had long desired to see him, because he had heard about him, and he was hoping to see some sign done by him. 9 So he questioned him at some length, but he made no answer. 10 The chief priests and the scribes stood by, vehemently accusing him. 11 And Herod with his soldiers treated him with contempt and mocked him. Then, arraying him in splendid clothing, he sent him back to Pilate. 12 And Herod and Pilate became friends with each other that very day, for before this they had been at enmity with each other. 13 Pilate then called together the chief priests and the rulers and the people, 14 and said to them, “You brought me this man as one who was misleading the people. And after examining him before you, behold, I did not find this man guilty of any of your charges against him. 15 Neither did Herod, for he sent him back to us. Look, nothing deserving death has been done by him. 16 I will therefore punish and release him.”

Pilate Delivers Jesus to Be Crucified

18 But they all cried out together, “Away with this man, and release to us Barabbas”– 19 a man who had been thrown into prison for an insurrection started in the city and for murder. 20 Pilate addressed them once more, desiring to release Jesus, 21 but they kept shouting, “Crucify, crucify him!” 22 A third time he said to them, “Why, what evil has he done? I have found in him no guilt deserving death. I will therefore punish and release him.” 23 But they were urgent, demanding with loud cries that he should be crucified. And their voices prevailed. 24 So Pilate decided that their demand should be granted. 25 He released the man who had been thrown into prison for insurrection and murder, for whom they asked, but he delivered Jesus over to their will.

The Crucifixion

26 And as they led him away, they seized one Simon of Cyrene, who was coming in from the country, and laid on him the cross, to carry it behind Jesus. 27 And there followed him a great multitude of the people and of women who were mourning and lamenting for him. 28 But turning to them Jesus said, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me, but weep for yourselves and for your children. 29 For behold, the days are coming when they will say, ‘Blessed are the barren and the wombs that never bore and the breasts that never nursed!’ 30 Then they will begin to say to the mountains, ‘Fall on us,’ and to the hills, ‘Cover us.’ 31 For if they do these things when the wood is green, what will happen when it is dry?” 32 Two others, who were criminals, were led away to be put to death with him. 33 And when they came to the place that is called The Skull, there they crucified him, and the criminals, one on his right and one on his left. 34 And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” And they cast lots to divide his garments. 35 And the people stood by, watching, but the rulers scoffed at him, saying, “He saved others; let him save himself, if he is the Christ of God, his Chosen One!” 36 The soldiers also mocked him, coming up and offering him sour wine 37 and saying, “If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself!” 38 There was also an inscription over him,”This is the King of the Jews.” 39 One of the criminals who were hanged railed at him, saying, “Are you not the Christ? Save yourself and us!” 40 But the other rebuked him, saying, “Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? 41 And we indeed justly, for we are receiving the due reward of our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong.” 42 And he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” 43 And he said to him, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”

The Death of Jesus

44 It was now about the sixth hour (noon), and there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour (3 pm), 45 while the sun’s light failed. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two. 46 Then Jesus, calling out with a loud voice, said, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!” And having said this he breathed his last. 47 Now when the centurion saw what had taken place, he praised God, saying, “Certainly this man was innocent!” 48 And all the crowds that had assembled for this spectacle, when they saw what had taken place, returned home beating their breasts. 49 And all his acquaintances and the women who had followed him from Galilee stood at a distance watching these things.

Jesus Is Buried

50 Now there was a man named Joseph, from the Jewish town of Arimathea. He was a member of the council, a good and righteous man, 51 who had not consented to their decision and action; and he was looking for the kingdom of God. 52 This man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. 53 Then he took it down and wrapped it in a linen shroud and laid him in a tomb cut in stone, where no one had ever yet been laid. 54 It was the day of Preparation, and the Sabbath was beginning. 55 The women who had come with him from Galilee followed and saw the tomb and how his body was laid. 56 Then they returned and prepared spices and ointments. On the Sabbath they rested according to the commandment.