Mark 15:21-32

The soldiers put Jesus on a cross

21 As the soldiers were taking Jesus out to that place, a man called Simon was there. He was coming in from outside the city. He was from the city called Cyrene, and he was the father of Alexander and Rufus. The soldiers told Simon that he must carry Jesus' cross. 22 The soldiers took Jesus to a place that is called Golgotha. (Golgotha means ‘the place of a skull’.)

15:22The skull is the bone inside the head. Golgotha was the place where the Roman soldiers killed robbers.

23 They tried to give Jesus some wine to drink. They had mixed some medicine called myrrh into the wine. But Jesus would not drink it. 24 Then the soldiers fixed Jesus on to the cross. They took his clothes for themselves. They played a game to decide which soldier would receive each of his clothes.

25 It was about nine o'clock in the morning when the soldiers fixed Jesus to the cross. 26 They put a notice there to show the reason why they were killing him. It said, ‘The King of the Jews’. 27 They also put two robbers on crosses near to Jesus. One robber was on Jesus' right side. The other robber was on his left side. 28 [The Bible says that this would happen. It says, ‘People thought of him like someone who did not obey God's Law.’]

15:28See Isaiah 53:12.
15:28Verse 28 verse is not in many old copies of Mark's book.

29 The people who walked near there said bad things against Jesus. They laughed at him and they said, ‘Oh! You said that you would destroy God's Great House. And you said that in three days you would build it again. 30 If you can really do that, save yourself. Come down from the cross!’

31 The leaders of the priests and the teachers of God's Law laughed at him. They said to each other, ‘This man saved other people, did he? But he cannot save his own life! 32 If he is the Messiah, the king of Israel, he should come down from the cross now. Then we would see it and we would believe in him.’ The two men who were on the crosses next to Jesus also said bad things against him.