Jesus Faces Pilate 15 1As soon as it was morning, the chief priests had a meeting with the elders, scribes, and the whole Sanhedrin. After tying Jesus up, they led Him away and handed Him over to Pilate. 2So Pilate asked Him, “Are You the King of the Jews?” He answered him, “You have said it.”[E] 3And the chief priests began to accuse Him of many things. 4Then Pilate questioned Him again, “Are You not answering anything? Look how many things they are accusing You of!” 5But Jesus still did not answer anything, so Pilate was amazed. Jesus or Barabbas 6At the festival it was Pilate’s custom to release for the people a prisoner they requested. 7There was one named Barabbas, who was in prison with rebels who had committed murder during the rebellion. 8The crowd came up and began to ask Pilate to do for them as was his custom. 9So Pilate answered them, “Do you want me to release the King of the Jews for you?” 10For he knew it was because of envy that the chief priests had handed Him over. 11But the chief priests stirred up the crowd so that he would release Barabbas to them instead. 12Pilate asked them again, “Then what do you want me to do with the One you call the King of the Jews?” 13Again they shouted, “Crucify Him!” 14Then Pilate said to them, “Why? What has He done wrong?” But they shouted, “Crucify Him!” all the more. 15Then, willing to gratify the crowd, Pilate released Barabbas to them. And after having Jesus flogged,[F] he handed Him over to be crucified. Mocked by the Military 16Then the soldiers led Him away into the courtyard (that is, headquarters) and called the whole company together. 17They dressed Him in a purple robe, twisted together a crown of thorns, and put it on Him. 18And they began to salute Him, “Hail, King of the Jews!” 19They kept hitting Him on the head with a reed and spitting on Him. Getting down on their knees, they were paying Him homage. 20When they had mocked Him, they stripped Him of the purple robe, put His clothes on Him, and led Him out to crucify Him. Crucified between Two Criminals 21They forced a man coming in from the country, who was passing by, to carry Jesus’ cross. He was Simon, a Cyrenian, the father of Alexander and Rufus. 22And they brought Jesus to the place called Golgotha (which means Skull Place). 23They tried to give Him wine mixed with myrrh, but He did not take it. 24Then they crucified Him and divided His clothes, casting lots for them to decide what each would get. 25Now it was nine in the morning[G] when they crucified Him. 26The inscription of the charge written against Him was: THE KING OF THE JEWS. 27They crucified two criminals[H] with Him, one on His right and one on His left. [28So the Scripture was fulfilled that says: And He was counted among outlaws.][I][J] 29Those who passed by were yelling insults at[K] Him, shaking their heads, and saying, “Ha! The One who would demolish the sanctuary and build it in three days, 30save Yourself by coming down from the cross!” 31In the same way, the chief priests with the scribes were mocking Him to one another and saying, “He saved others; He cannot save Himself! 32Let the Messiah, the King of Israel, come down now from the cross, so that we may see and believe.” Even those who were crucified with Him were taunting Him. The Death of Jesus 33When it was noon,[L] darkness came over the whole land[M] until three in the afternoon.[N] 34And at three[O] Jesus cried out with a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lemá[P] sabachtháni?” which is translated, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”[Q] 35When some of those standing there heard this, they said, “Look, He’s calling for Elijah!” 36Someone ran and filled a sponge with sour wine, fixed it on a reed, offered Him a drink, and said, “Let’s see if Elijah comes to take Him down!” 37But Jesus let out a loud cry and breathed His last. 38Then the curtain of the sanctuary[R] was split in two from top to bottom. 39When the centurion, who was standing opposite Him, saw the way He[S] breathed His last, he said, “This man really was God’s Son!”[T] 40There were also women looking on from a distance. Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James the younger and of Joses, and Salome. 41When He was in Galilee, they would follow Him and help Him. Many other women had come up with Him to Jerusalem. The Burial of Jesus 42When it was already evening, because it was preparation day (that is, the day before the Sabbath), 43Joseph of Arimathea, a prominent member of the Sanhedrin who was himself looking forward to the kingdom of God, came and boldly went in to Pilate and asked for Jesus’ body. 44Pilate was surprised that He was already dead. Summoning the centurion, he asked him whether He had already died. 45When he found out from the centurion, he gave the corpse to Joseph. 46After he bought some fine linen, he took Him down and wrapped Him in the linen. Then he placed Him in a tomb cut out of the rock, and rolled a stone against the entrance to the tomb. 47Now Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses were watching where He was placed.
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