Matthew 27:33-54 (selected verses) (NRSVUE)
33 And when they came to a place called Golgotha (which means Place of a Skull)…
35 And when they had crucified him, they divided his clothes among themselves by casting lots…
37 Over his head they put the charge against him, which read, “This is Jesus, the King of the Jews.”
39 Those who passed by derided him, shaking their heads
40 and saying, “You who would destroy the temple and build it in three days, save yourself! If you are the Son of God, come down from the cross.”
41 In the same way the chief priests also, along with the scribes and elders, were mocking him, saying,
42 “He saved others; he cannot save himself. He is the King of Israel; let him come down from the cross now, and we will believe in him.
43 He trusts in God; let God deliver him now, if he wants to, for he said, ‘I am God’s Son.’ ”
45 From noon on, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon.
47 When some of the bystanders heard it, they said, “This man is calling for Elijah.”
48 At once one of them ran and got a sponge, filled it with sour wine, put it on a stick, and gave it to him to drink.
49 But the others said, “Wait, let us see whether Elijah will come to save him.”
50 Then Jesus cried again with a loud voice and breathed his last.
51 At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. The earth shook, and the rocks were split.
52 The tombs also were opened, and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were
53 After his resurrection they came out of the tombs and entered the holy city and appeared to many.
54 Now when the centurion and those with him, who were keeping watch over Jesus, saw the earthquake and what took place, they were terrified and said, “Truly this man was God’s Son!”
Isaiah 51:1-11 (selected verses) (NIV)
“Listen to me, you who pursue righteousness
and who seek the Lord:
Look to the rock from which you were cut
and to the quarry from which you were hewn;
look to Abraham, your father,
and to Sarah, who gave you birth.
When I called him he was only one man,
and I blessed him and made him many.
The Lord will surely comfort Zion
and will look with compassion on all her ruins;
he will make her deserts like Eden,
her wastelands like the garden of the Lord.
Joy and gladness will be found in her,
thanksgiving and the sound of singing. …
Awake, awake, arm of the Lord,
clothe yourself with strength!
Awake, as in days gone by,
as in generations of old. …
Those the Lord has rescued will return.
They will enter Zion with singing;
everlasting joy will crown their heads.
Gladness and joy will overtake them,
and sorrow and sighing will flee away.