And it was the third hour, and they crucified him.
 And the superscription of his accusation was written over, THE KING OF THE JEWS.
 And with him they crucify two thieves; the one on his right hand, and the other on his left.
 And the scripture was fulfilled, which saith, And he was numbered with the transgressors.
 And they that passed by railed on him, wagging their heads, and saying, Ah, thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest it in three days,
 Save thyself, and come down from the cross.
 Likewise also the chief priests mocking said among themselves with the scribes, He saved others; himself he cannot save.
 Let Christ the King of Israel descend now from the cross, that we may see and believe. And they that were crucified with him reviled him.
 And when the sixth hour was come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour.
|Christ Nailed to the Cross: the Third Hour|
Original in The Morgan Library
Blake sees Jesus as opposing religion that bars man from a direct and intimate relationship with God. He sees Jesus as opposing empire which has no respect for the value of the individual human. He sees Jesus as a man whose very integrity provokes a reaction from men whose self-interest is threatened by the alternative that Jesus offers.
Jerusalem, Plate 77, (E 232) "And I asked a Watcher & a Holy-One Its Name? he answerd. It is the Wheel of Religion I wept & said. Is this the law of Jesus This terrible devouring sword turning every way He answerd; Jesus died because he strove Against the current of this Wheel: its Name Is Caiaphas, the dark Preacher of Death Of sin, of sorrow, & of punishment; Opposing Nature! It is Natural Religion But Jesus is the bright Preacher of Life Creating Nature from this fiery Law, By self-denial & forgiveness of Sin. Go therefore, cast out devils in Christs name Heal thou the sick of spiritual disease Pity the evil, for thou art not sent To smite with terror & with punishments Those that are sick, like the Pharisees Crucifying &, encompassing sea & land For proselytes to tyranny & wrath, But to the Publicans & Harlots go! Teach them True Happiness, but let no curse Go forth out of thy mouth to blight their peace For Hell is opend to heaven; thine eyes beheld The dungeons burst & the Prisoners set free."
Everlasting Gospel, (E 519) "If he had been Antichrist Creeping Jesus Hed have done any thing to please us Gone sneaking into Synagogues And not usd the Elders & Priests like dogs But Humble as a Lamb or Ass Obeyd himself to Caiaphas God wants not Man to Humble himself This is the trick of the ancient Elf This is the Race that Jesus ran Humble to God Haughty to Man Cursing the Rulers before the People Even to the temples highest Steeple And when he Humbled himself to God Then descended the Cruel Rod If thou humblest thyself thou humblest me Thou also dwellst in Eternity Thou art a Man God is no more Thy own humanity learn to adore For that is my Spirit of Life Awake arise to Spiritual Strife"