By Rev. Richard Denig
Note: You must look at all four Gospels in order to get the complete order of events and all the details.

Coming to Calvary
Matthew 27:33 Golgotha, place of a skull
Mark 15:22
Luke 23:33 Calvary
John 19:17 the place of a skull; in Hebrew, Golgotha

Jesus Refused the drink
Matthew 27:34 vinigar mingled with gall
Mark 15:23 wine mingled with myrh

Jesus was crucified
Matthew 27:35
Mark 15:24-25 third hour
Luke 23:33
John 19:18

Two thieves crucified with Jesus
Matthew 27:38
Mark 15:27-28
Luke 23:33
John 19:18

Prophecy fulfilled
Mark 15:28 cp. Isaiah 53:9; Isaiah 53:12

First saying, "Father forgive them for they know not what they do"
Luke 23:34

Soldiers divide his garments
Matthew 27:35-36 sitting down
Mark 15:24
Luke 23:34
John 19:23-24

Prophecy fulfilled
Matthew 27:35; John 19:24 cp. Psalms 22:18

Pilate's superscription
Matthew 27:37 "This is Jesus, the King of the Jews"
Mark 15:26 "The King of the Jews"
Luke 23:38 Greek, Latin and Hebrew "'This is the King of the Jews"
John 19:19-22 Hebrew, Greek and Latin "Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews"

The ignorant mockers of Jesus
Passers by
Matthew 27:39-40
Mark 15:29-30
Luke 23:35
Jewish Leaders
Matthew 27:41-43 Chief Priests, scribes and elders
Mark 15:31-32 Chief Priests, scribes and elders
Luke 23:35 Rulers
Luke 23:36-37
Matthew 27:44
Mark 15:32
Luke 23:39-43 One rails at him, the other repents

Second saying, "Verily I say unto thee, today shalt thou be with me in paradise"
Luke 23:43

Jesus talking to Mary and John
John 19:25-27

Third saying, "Woman behold thy Son! Behold thy mother!"
John 19:26-27

Sixth hour Darkness
Matthew 27:45 unto ninth hour
Mark 15:33
Luke 23:44-45 notice veil, vs 45b

Ninth hour Fourth saying, "My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?"
Matthew 27:46 Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?
Mark 15:34 Eloi, Eloi, lama sabathani?

Fifth saying, "I thirst"
John 19:28

Prophecy fulfilled
John 19:28 cp. Psalms 69:21

Reactions to the fourth and fifth sayings
The fourth
Matthew 27:47; Mark 15:35 "This man calleth for Elijah"
Matthew 27:49 "Let us see whether Elijah will come to save him."
Matthew 27:48; Mark 15:36 gave him vinegar to drink.
The fifth
Luke 23:36-37; John 19:29-30 Soldiers gave him vinegar

Sixth saying, "It is finished"
John 19:30
Matthew 27:50; Mark 15:37; Luke 23:46 With a loud voice

Seventh saying, "Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit"
Jesus died
Matthew 27:50
Mark 15:37
Luke 23:46
John 19:30
Matthew 27:51
Graves opened
Matthew 27:52-53
Centurion's statement
Matthew 27:54
Mark 15:39
Luke 23:47

People beholding
Those who came together
Luke 23:48
Matthew 27:55-56
Mark 15:40-41
Luke 23:49

The unbelieving Jews make a request
John 19:31-37 Break legs. A spear pierced Jesus

Prophecy fulfilled
John 19:36 cp.Psalms 34:20
John 19:37 cp. Zechariah 12:10

Joseph of Arimathaea's request and burial of Jesus
Matthew 27:57-60
Mark 15:42-46
Luke 23:50-54
John 19:38-42 Nicodemas

Women beholding the tomb
Matthew 27:61
Mark 15:47
Luke 23:55-56

The unbelieving Jews make another request
Matthew 27:62-66

Matthew 28
Mark 16
Luke 24
John 20,21


1. Sin is ugly. Sin produces suffering and death. Sin must be punished. "The wages of sin is death" Romans 6:23.

2. Jesus is a beautiful Savior. God the Father was not punishing Jesus. Shortly before the crucifixion God said, "This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased" Matthew 17:5. Jesus is sinless. Jesus "was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin" Hebrews 4:15.

3. Jesus was suffering because of our sins. The death of Christ paid the penalty for our sins. God shed the blood of Jesus as the way to heal our souls. "But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was upon him and with his stripes we are healed" Isaiah 53:5.

4. It is possible for you to be forgiven. Ask God to forgive and cleanse you through the blood of Jesus. "If we confess our sins he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness" 1 John 1:9.

5. Jesus arose from the dead, so when you have received forgiveness you also receive everlasting life and will go to Heaven. "For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life" John 3:16.

1. Say "NO" to Jesus which means you will be buried in unforgiven sins and have eternal death.
2. Say "YES" to Jesus, which means all your sins have been forgiven through the blood of Jesus and you will have eternal life.

If you have chosen to say "Yes" to Jesus stop and pray to God. "Let us therefore come boldly before the throne of grace that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need" Hebrews 4:16.

Here is a sample prayer:
"Thank you God for loving me, even though I am a sinner. I have chosen to say YES to Jesus and receive him as my personal Savior. Please forgive me of all my sins, through the blood of the Lord Jesus, and give me eternal life. Thank you, Heavenly Father, for making me a part of your family."

Here is a note to those who have already believed in the Lord Jesus as your personal Savior:
When you see the suffering of Jesus, you should know that he is saying, "I love you." I hope that you will say, "Thank you Jesus", "I love you Jesus" and worship him. "Worthy is the Lanb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honor, and glory, and blessing" Revelation 5:12. AMEN

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