The all-powerful hero then endured unfair and appalling treatment by Caiaphas, the Jewish high priest and the Roman governor, Pontius Pilate, who literally washed his hands of Jesus even though he could find no fault with Him.
Jesus was sentenced to death due to pressure from the religious leaders who felt threatened by His message and popularity. Roman soldiers nailed Him to the cross on Friday in front of a jeering crowd and His devastated followers. As He hung dying on the cross, this biblical hero thought of His mother who was in agony. Upon seeing His disciple John, Jesus said to Mary, "Mother, this is your son" and to John, "This is your mother."
Two thieves were also crucified with Jesus. One was hostile to Jesus. The other protested, saying that unlike the two of them, Jesus had done nothing wrong. He then turned to Jesus, asking to be remembered when Jesus came to His Kingdom. Jesus promised the thief he would be with Him in Paradise.
During His final moments on the cross, Jesus felt the searing pain of total separation from God. He called out, "Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?" which means, "My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?"
Finally, He cried out, "It is finished" and died.