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Jesus Forgives

Adapted from Christian scripture, Luke 23, New Revised Standard Version.

An angry crowd demanded that Jesus be put to death. Pilate decided to grant their demand, and he surrendered Jesus to the will of the crowd.

The crowd grabbed Simon and made him carry the cross behind Jesus. Two women wept for Jesus, who turned to them and said, "Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me, but weep for yourselves and for your children."

Two other men, both criminals, were led out with Jesus to be executed. A crowd moved the three men to the place of execution, nailed them to crosses, and raised them to die by crucifixion. People sneered at Jesus and shouted that he should save himself if he was the son of God, but Jesus cried out to his God.

Jesus said, "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing."

And there he died.

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Last updated on Wednesday, October 26, 2011.

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