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What punishment so strange is suffered yonder! The Shepherd dies for sheep that loved to wander;

BibleGateway: Mark 15:21-41

ESV Text: Mark 15:21-41

Mark 15:21–41 (Listen)

The Crucifixion

21 And they compelled a passerby, Simon of Cyrene, who was coming in from the country, the father of Alexander and Rufus, to carry his cross. 22 And they brought him to the place called Golgotha (which means Place of a Skull). 23 And they offered him wine mixed with myrrh, but he did not take it. 24 And they crucified him and divided his garments among them, casting lots for them, to decide what each should take. 25 And it was the third hour1 when they crucified him. 26 And the inscription of the charge against him read, “The King of the Jews.” 27 And with him they crucified two robbers, one on his right and one on his left.2 29 And those who passed by derided him, wagging their heads and saying, “Aha! You who would destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, 30 save yourself, and come down from the cross!” 31 So also the chief priests with the scribes mocked him to one another, saying, “He saved others; he cannot save himself. 32 Let the Christ, the King of Israel, come down now from the cross that we may see and believe.” Those who were crucified with him also reviled him.

The Death of Jesus

33 And when the sixth hour3 had come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour.4 34 And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” 35 And some of the bystanders hearing it said, “Behold, he is calling Elijah.” 36 And someone ran and filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on a reed and gave it to him to drink, saying, “Wait, let us see whether Elijah will come to take him down.” 37 And Jesus uttered a loud cry and breathed his last. 38 And the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. 39 And when the centurion, who stood facing him, saw that in this way he5 breathed his last, he said, “Truly this man was the Son6 of God!”

40 There were also women looking on from a distance, among whom were Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James the younger and of Joses, and Salome. 41 When he was in Galilee, they followed him and ministered to him, and there were also many other women who came up with him to Jerusalem.


[1] 15:25 That is, 9 a.m.

[2] 15:27 Some manuscripts insert verse 28: And the Scripture was fulfilled that says, “He was numbered with the transgressors”

[3] 15:33 That is, noon

[4] 15:33 That is, 3 p.m.

[5] 15:39 Some manuscripts insert cried out and

[6] 15:39 Or a son


KJV Text:

The section starts at about 2:5 and ends at about 4:38

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21 And they compel one Simon a Cyrenian, who passed by, coming out of the country, the father of Alexander and Rufus, to bear his cross.

     22 And they bring him unto the place Golgotha, which is, being interpreted, The place of a skull. 23 And they gave him to drink wine mingled with myrrh: but he received it not. 24 And when they had crucified him, they parted his garments, casting lots upon them, what every man should take. 25 And it was the third hour, and they crucified him. 26 And the superscription of his accusation was written over, THE KING OF THE JEWS. 27 And with him they crucify two thieves; the one on his right hand, and the other on his left. 28 And the scripture was fulfilled, which saith, And he was numbered with the transgressors. 29 And they that passed by railed on him, wagging their heads, and saying, Ah, thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest it in three days, 30 Save thyself, and come down from the cross. 31 Likewise also the chief priests mocking said among themselves with the scribes, He saved others; himself he cannot save. 32 Let Christ the King of Israel descend now from the cross, that we may see and believe. And they that were crucified with him reviled him.

     33 And when the sixth hour was come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour. 34 And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani? which is, being interpreted, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? 35 And some of them that stood by, when they heard it, said, Behold, he calleth Elias. 36 And one ran and filled a sponge full of vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave him to drink, saying, Let alone; let us see whether Elias will come to take him down. 37 And Jesus cried with a loud voice, and gave up the ghost. 38 And the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom. 39 And when the centurion, which stood over against him, saw that he so cried out, and gave up the ghost, he said, Truly this man was the Son of God. 40 There were also women looking on afar off: among whom was Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James the less and of Joses, and Salome; 41 (Who also, when he was in Galilee, followed him, and ministered unto him;) and many other women which came up with him unto Jerusalem.(KJV)

Hymn: TLH 172 :
O Sacred Head Now Wounded — Organ Audio

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1. O sacred Head, now wounded, 
With grief and shame weighed down, 
Now scornfully surrounded 
With thorns, Thine only crown. 
O sacred Head, what glory, 
What bliss, till now was Thine! 
Yet, though despised and gory, 
I joy to call Thee mine. 

2. Men mock and taunt and jeer Thee, 
Thou noble countenance, 
Though mighty worlds shall fear Thee 
And flee before Thy glance. 
How art thou pale with anguish, 
With sore abuse and scorn! 
How doth Thy visage languish 
That once was bright as morn! 

3. Now from Thy cheeks has vanished 
Their color, once so fair; 
From Thy red lips is banished 
The splendor that was there. 
Grim Death, with cruel rigor, 
Hath robbed Thee of Thy life; 
Thus Thou has lost Thy vigor, 
Thy strength, in this sad strife. 

4. My burden in Thy Passion, 
Lord, Thou hast borne for me, 
For it was my transgression 
Which brought this woe on thee. 
I cast me down before Thee, 
Wrath were my rightful lot; 
Have mercy, I implore Thee; 
Redeemer, spurn me not! 

5. My Shepherd, now receive me; 
My Guardian, own me Thine. 
Great blessings Thou didst give me, 
O Source of gifts divine! 
Thy lips have often fed me 
With words of truth and love, 
Thy Spirit oft hath led me 
To heavenly joys above. 

6. Here I will stand beside Thee, 
From Thee I will not part; 
O Savior, do not chide me! 
When breaks Thy loving heart, 
When soul and body languish 
In death’s cold, cruel grasp, 
Then, in Thy deepest anguish, 
Thee in mine arms I’ll clasp. 

7. The joy can ne’er be spoken, 
Above all joys beside, 
When in Thy body broken 
I thus with safety hide. 
O Lord of life, desiring 
Thy glory now to see, 
Beside Thy cross expiring, 
I’d breathe my soul to Thee. 

8. What language shall I borrow 
To thank Thee, dearest Friend, 
For this, Thy dying sorrow, 
Thy pity without end? 
Oh, make me thine forever! 
And should I fainting be, 
Lord, let me never, never, 
Outlive my love for Thee. 

9. My Savior, be Thou near me 
When death is at my door; 
Then let Thy presence cheer me, 
Forsake me nevermore! 
When soul and body languish, 
Oh, leave me not alone, 
But take away mine anguish 
By virtue of Thine own! 

10. Be Thou my Consolation, 
My Shield when I must die; 
Remind me of Thy Passion 
When my last hour draws nigh. 
Mine eyes shall then behold Thee, 
Upon Thy cross shall dwell, 
My heart by faith enfold Thee. 
Who dieth thus dies well! 

Hymn: LSB 449 :
O Sacred Head, Now Wounded