Jesus Christ Crucifixion

Scourging, Crown of thorns,
Jesus carrying the cross

The poem below recounts Jesus Christ crucifixion on the cross.

The rhythm and rhyme make it perfect as a children's poem for Easter, providing that you have decided the subject matter is suitable.

This is an extract from a larger poem submitted to which outlines the whole of St Matthew's Gospel as a powerful Bible poem about the life of Jesus.

The poem includes the scourging at the pillar, the placing of the crown of thorns on Jesus head, and the carrying of the cross by Simon and Jesus.

You can find a further extract from the poem here: the resurrection of jesus – Easter Jesus.

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Here is the story behind this Easter poem about Jesus.

“My Dad wrote the poem about Jesus. He died a number of years ago and obviously worked on it a very long time. I found the old typescript in my mum’s house.

I reckon he must have finished this in the late 80's as it was originally taped on those massive old tape decks.

He always wanted other people to read it.”


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Jesus Christ Crucifixion Poem



... Jesus turned to his disciples, after all these points were made.

The Passover’s two days away, when the Son will be betrayed.

The High Priest, named Caiaphas, had called together in his palace

All the chief priests and the elders who bore Jesus malice.


They plotted there together, for their interest was vested.

They wanted Jesus killed, but first he must be arrested.

And as they did not want a riot, to say the very least,

They planned to do it slyly, and not during the feast.

Mary Washing Jesus Feet


Meanwhile, Jesus was at Bethany, in Simon the leper’s room

Where a woman brought him a jar of expensive perfume.

While he reclined at the table, she poured it on his head.

The disciples were indignant, ‘Why this waste?’ they said.


‘That perfume could have been sold, and a goodly sum then made,

Providing money for the poor, and those in need of aid.’

Aware of this then Jesus said, ‘Why don’t you let her be?’

This woman has just done a beautiful thing for me.


‘Some things never change, so you’ll always have the poor

But you won’t always have me, of that you can be sure.

It was to prepare me for burial that my body she anointed,

And wherever the gospel’s preached, what she’s done will be recounted.

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Then one of the twelve, Judas Iscariot by name,

Went and asked the chief priests the reward that he could claim

If he handed Jesus over. What was a traitor’s rate?

Thirty pieces of silver! And that sealed Jesus’ fate.

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Jesus Last Supper

After giving thanks, Jesus took and broke the bread.

‘Take and eat, this is my body,’ to his disciples, Jesus said.

Then Jesus took the cup, and he gave thanks again.

‘Take and drink, this is my blood of the new covenant with men.

At the feast of unleavened bread, during the first day,

The disciples came to Jesus, to get preparations under way.

He said, ‘Go into the city, and tell a certain man

That the teacher says: 'my appointed time’s at hand.


‘At your house, with my disciples, I’ll have the Passover celebration.’

So they did as he directed and made the preparation.

While eating at the table with the twelve, later that day,

Jesus said, I tell you true, one of you will me betray!

In sadness, the disciples each denied that it was he.

‘The traitor’s one who’s dipped his hand into the bowl with me!

The Son of Man will go, just as it’s been writ.

But woe to the traitor, for the biter shall be bit!

‘Better for that man, if he’d not been born at all.’

Then up spoke Judas – yes, he actually had the gall!

Surely not I, Rabbi? the would be traitor whined.

‘Yes, it’s you!’ answered Jesus, then they carried on and dined.

Which is poured out for many, that sins may be forgiven.

The next time I drink wine will be with you in Heaven.’

Then they sang a hymn, which wound up the day’s events

And to the Mount of Olives, together they all went.

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Garden of Gethsemane, the Mount of Olives

Next day he told them they’d deny him that very night. For it was written:

‘I will strike the shepherd, and the whole flock will be smitten.

But when he was risen from the dead, he’d go ahead to Galilee.’

Peter immediately responded; ‘All may deny you, but not me!’


Jesus said, ‘You will disown me, three times this very night,

And all before the cock crows, to herald the first light.’

‘Even if I have to die with you,’ such was Peter’s claim,

‘I will not disown you!’ And the others said the same.

To the place called Gethsemane, Jesus went that day,

And he told his disciples, ‘Sit here while I go and pray.’

He took Simon Peter with him and the sons of Zebedee,

But he was filled with sorrow, and began to troubled be.


He told them he was troubled and asked them to keep watch there.

He went a little farther and fell to the ground in prayer.

‘My Father, if it’s possible, may you from me this cup take.

But only if you will, and not just for my sake.’

He returned to his disciples and found them all asleep.

‘Could you not, just for one hour, with me a watch keep?

Now watch and pray that you don’t fall into temptation’s creek,

For the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.’


Then he went and prayed again, ‘Father, withdraw this cup.

But if that is not possible, then I will drink it up.’

He returned to find them still asleep, so he resumed his prayer,

And then he woke them up and said – ‘Here he comes -- my betrayer!’

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Disciple Judas Betrays Jesus With A Kiss

Judas came with a large crowd, armed with clubs and swords,

Sent by the chief priests and the elders and not of their own accord.

The traitor’s signal would be clear and one they could not miss.

The man they should arrest was the one that he would kiss.


And straightaway he did so, ‘Greetings, Rabbi!’ Judas cried.

‘Friend, do what you came for,’ Jesus then replied.

And so the men stepped forward, and Jesus was arrested,

But a companion drew his sword, that this might be contested.

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Cuts off the ear

He struck the High Priest’s servant, cutting off his ear.

‘Put your sword back,’ Jesus said, ‘I don’t want violence here.

Who lives by the sword, will die by the sword,

And if I wanted help, I could call upon the Lord.


‘More than twelve legions of angels, He would send if I so willed

But in that case the scriptures would not then be fulfilled.

Am I leading a rebellion?’ Jesus took the time to ask,

‘That you’ve all come armed to perform a simple task.


‘I’ve sat in the temple courts, teaching every day.

You did not arrest me, for it had to be this way

That the writings of the prophets be fulfilled.’ Jesus said

Then all of his disciples deserted him and fled.

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Jesus’ Trial

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They took Jesus to Caiaphas, the High Priest in the land,

And the elders and the teachers of the law were at hand.

Peter followed at a distance, right up to the courtyard,

Where he sat down to see the outcome in the company of the guards.


Before the whole Sanhedrin, Jesus then was tried.

They called forth many witnesses. But even though they lied

They still could not find evidence for Jesus to be condemned,

Until two men testified that Jesus said to them:


‘I can destroy God’s temple, and rebuild it in three days.’

This, then, was the charge that Jesus had to face.

The High Priest challenged Jesus to refute this allegation,

And, when Jesus remained silent, he then tried provocation.

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Jesus says he is the Christ

‘Tell us under oath if you’re the Christ, and so God’s son.’

‘Yes, it’s as you say,’ answered Jesus, ‘I am the one!

But I warn you in the future you will see the Son of Man

Coming on the clouds of Heaven, sitting at God’s right hand.’


‘He has spoken blasphemy!’ the High Priest tore his clothes.

‘Why bother with more witnesses? Let’s dispense with those.

Now you’ve heard this blasphemy, what verdict do you call?’

‘He’s worthy of death!’ they answered, the voice of one and all.

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Peter’s Denial of Jesus. The Cock Crows

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Then they spat in his face, and struck him with their fists.

‘Prophesy to us, Christ! Which one hit you first?’

As Peter sat in the courtyard, a servant girl there came.

‘You also were with Jesus of Galilee,’ she claimed.


‘I don’t know what you’re talking of!’ Peter then denied,

But as he left the gateway, he was once more recognised.

Peter swore he did not know of Jesus, but after a short while

Some others said he must do, his accent stuck out a mile.


Peter swore again that he did not, and at once a cock did crow.

He remembered Jesus’ words and he wept that it was so.



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Pontius Pilate washes his hands

Jesus was bound and handed over to the governor, Pilate,

And Judas, who betrayed him, knew that death was Jesus’ fate.

He returned the thirty silver coins, for he was sore dismayed.

‘I have sinned,’ he said, ‘for innocent blood I have betrayed.’


‘What’s that to us?’ was the reply, ‘You are still responsible.’

So Judas took the money and he threw it into the temple.

Then Judas went away and committed suicide.

He hanged himself, for from himself he could no longer hide.


The chief priests picked up the coins, but the law was rather funny.

They couldn’t put it in the treasury because it was blood money.

And so a burial place for foreigners the money was used to buy.

To this day it’s called, The Field of Blood, and that’s the reason why.


In this way was fulfilled what Jeremiah had revealed:

‘They took the thirty silver coins and they bought the potter’s field.’

Meantime the governor asked Jesus, ‘Are you the king of the Jews?’

‘Yes, it’s as you say,’ answered Jesus, the accused.

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Barabas is set free

 But to the chief priests many charges, when all was said and done

To the governor’s amazement, Jesus answered not a one!

At that time it was the custom of the governor at the feast

That a prisoner chosen by the crowd would by him be released.


A prisoner called Barabbas, a criminal of note

Was the alternative to Jesus when the crowd were asked to vote.

Pilate’s wife sent him a message as he sat in the judge’s chair.

‘I’ve suffered in a dream. That man is innocent, take care!’


But the elders and the chief priests and their allies in the crowd

Wished to set Barabbas free and thus have Jesus crucified.

So when Pilate called the vote, the crowd were quite explicit.

But still Pilate asked ‘Why, what crime has he committed?’


‘Crucify him! Crucify him!’ they all cried out aloud.

Then Pilate poured some water and washed his hands before the crowd.

‘I’m innocent of this man’s blood, be it on your own heads!’

‘Then let his blood be on us, and our children,’ they all said.

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Scourging at the Pillar, Crown of Thorns

And so Jesus was first flogged, then led away for crucifixion

While Barabbas was set free, a grievous contradiction!

The governor’s soldiers took Jesus into the praetorium

And gathered the whole company of soldiers around him.


They stripped him, then they dressed him in a scarlet robe instead,

And they wove a crown of thorns and set it on his head.

They put a staff into his right hand and they were much amused.

They all knelt down and mocked him, ‘Hail, King of the Jews!’

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Simon Carries the Cross

They spat on him and struck him with the staff, time and again,

Finally dressing him in his own clothes, they led him away then.

On meeting Simon, from Cyrene, they made him, against his will

Carry the cross to Golgotha - the place of the skull.


And there they offered Jesus wine, but it was mixed with gall.

So, although he tasted it, he refused to drink it all.

Then they crucified him, and cast lots for his clothes,

And thus they fulfilled what the prophet had disclosed.


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Jesus Christ Crucifixion

Above his head they placed the charge, of which he was accused,

It read for all to see: ‘This is Jesus, King of the Jews’.

On either side of Jesus was crucified a thief.

The soldiers then sat down: to keep watch was their brief.


The passers-by insulted him and shook their heads as if amazed.

‘You could destroy the temple? And rebuild it in three days?

Then save yourself, if you’re God’s son, and come down from the cross.’

The establishment pretended to be also at a loss.


‘He’s King of Israel, he saved others, yet himself he cannot save!

Let God rescue his Son, and then we will believe!’

From the sixth until the ninth hour the land was devoid of light

And Jesus cried out at that time, with all of his might.


‘Eloi, Eloi! (My God, My God!), Why have you me forsaken?’

Some there thought he called Elijah, but in this they were mistaken.

Someone soaked a sponge in vinegar and offered Jesus some.

But others said -  ‘Leave him alone, let’s see if Elijah comes.’

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Jesus Dies

After Jesus had cried out, once again in a loud voice,

He then gave up his spirit, and died, as was his choice.

At that moment the temple’s curtain was from top to bottom ripped,

And even so the earth shook, and the very rocks were split.


Tombs were opened up, and the bodies of many men–

Holy people who had died– were raised to life again.

They came out of their tombs and appeared to a cross-section

Throughout the holy city, after Jesus’ resurrection.


The centurion and the guards witnessed all that had occurred

‘He was indeed the Son of God!’ in terror they demurred.

From a distance many women watched and all these things did see.

To take care of Jesus’ needs, they’d followed him from Galilee....

A Clarification - my interpretation of the crucifixion:

I have called this page Jesus Christ Crucifixion because it is a term used to find the Jesus story.

For me, Jesus is crucified, but the Christ is never crucified. The Christ is the part of us that remains with God, forever safe, healed and whole.

My belief is that it was Jesus of Nazareth's knowledge of himself as the Christ which allowed him to be able to continue to love those who killed him.

It is because he knew himself as the Christ that he rose again.

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