Friday part XVIII

It is now 5:35. Joseph comes back up the hill, hurrying as he sees how close the sun is to the horizon.

He tells John and the women, “I have permission from Pilate to take the body. Help me take him down from the cross.”

Joseph hands the soldiers a scroll bearing Pilate’s seal. They open it, and begin the process of hammering out the nails.

When Jesus is loose from the splintered wood, Joseph and John lift him down from the cross. The nails are tossed aside. The women wipe the blood off of Jesus with some strips of linen and water.

The other prisoners are taken down by the soldiers. These two men, now dead, are tossed behind the hill into the grass.

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