Jesus of Nazareth, age 33, died Friday on Mount Calvary, also called Golgotha. Following a preliminary trial by Jewish leaders, He appeared before Governor Pilate for an official verdict and sentencing. Following unsuccessful attempts to release Jesus, Pilate eventually deferred to the Jews and sentenced Jesus to death by crucifixion.
Prior to reaching Golgotha – “place of a skull", Jesus was subjected to extraordinary physical and verbal abuse. However, He never resisted and was generally silent. Even after being nailed to a cross, He displayed mercy instead of malice towards those responsible for His horrendous fate.
Jesus lasted six hours, remarkable considering His depleted physical condition. He finally succumbed to apparent heart failure induced by physical trauma, loss of blood, shock and asphyxiation.
Jesus was born in Bethlehem, Judea. He was from the tribe of Judah, and a descendent of King David. He was the assumed son of Joseph*, a carpenter from Nazareth - and Mary. (*He insisted that God was His Father.) His mother, several brothers, sisters, and devoted followers survive him.
For the last three years of his life, Jesus was an itinerant preacher, promoting His kingdom and salvation for its citizens. It is reported that He healed thousands of diseased or crippled people. Some allege that He stilled storms and even walked on water. Reports have also circulated that He raised several people from the dead.
Following His death, Jesus' corpse was buried in a grave donated by Joseph of Arimathea. Because of rumored predictions that He would rise from His grave, Jewish leaders were authorized to make the grave secure. A large stone (to which the Roman seal was affixed) blocked the entrance, with soldiers guarding the area.
UPDATE - The third day following His death, Jesus tomb was found empty. No explanation has been determined, save for Jesus' claim that He would rise from the grave. His dosciples insist that He now resides in Heaven, and is preparing homes for His followers.
“...if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also” (John 14:3).