Matthew 27
1Early in the morning all the chief priests and elders of the people consulted together and decided to have Jesus put to death. 2They bound him, led him away, and handed him over to Pilate, the governor.
3When Judas, the one who'd betrayed Jesus, saw that Jesus had been condemned to death, he regretted what he'd done and returned the thirty silver coins to the chief priests and the elders. 4“I've sinned! I've betrayed innocent blood!” he told them.
“What's that got to do with us?” they replied. “That's your problem!” 5Judas threw the silver coins into the sanctuary and left. He went away and hanged himself. 6The chief priests took the silver coins and said, “This is blood money, so it's not lawful to put this in the Temple treasury.” 7So they agreed to buy the potter's field as a place to bury foreigners. 8That's why the field is still called today the “Field of Blood.” 9This fulfilled the prophecy spoken through the prophet Jeremiah: “They took thirty silver coins—the ‘value’ of the one who was bought at the price set by some of the children of Israel— 10and used them to pay for the potter's field, just as the Lord instructed me to do.”#27:10. Zechariah 11:12, 13, referencing Jeremiah 32:6-15.
11Jesus was brought before Pilate the governor who asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?”
“You said it,” Jesus replied. 12But when the chief priests and elders brought charges against him, Jesus did not answer.
13“Don't you hear how many charges they're bringing against you?” Pilate asked him. 14But Jesus didn't say anything, not a single word. This greatly surprised the governor.
15Now it was the custom of the governor to release to the crowd during the festival whichever prisoner they wanted. 16At that time a notorious prisoner was being held, a man named Barabbas. 17So Pilate asked the crowds that had gathered, “Who do you want me to release to you? Barabbas, or Jesus, called the Messiah?” 18(He had realized it was because of jealousy that they had handed Jesus over to him to be tried.). 19While he was sitting on the judge's seat, his wife sent a message to him that said, “Don't do anything to this innocent man, for I've suffered terribly today as a result of a dream about him.”
20But the chief priests and the elders convinced the crowds to ask for Barabbas, and to have Jesus put to death. 21When the governor asked them, “So which of the two do you want me to release to you?” they answered, “Barabbas.”
22“Then what shall I do with Jesus, the Messiah?” he asked them.
They all shouted out, “Have him crucified!”
23“Why? What crime has he committed?” Pilate asked. But they shouted even louder, “Crucify him!”
24When Pilate saw it was a lost cause, and that a riot was developing, he took some water and washed his hands in front of the crowd. “I'm innocent of this man's blood. It's on your heads!”#27:24. Literally, “see to it yourselves.” he told them. 25All the people answered, “May his blood be on us, and on our children!” 26Then he released Barabbas to them, but he had Jesus whipped and sent to be crucified.
27The governor's soldiers took Jesus into the Praetorium#27:27. The military headquarters. and the whole troop surrounded him. 28They stripped him and put a scarlet cloak on him. 29They made a crown of thorns and placed it on his head, and put a stick in his right hand. They kneeled down in front of him and mocked him, saying, “We salute you, King of the Jews!” 30They spat on him, and took the stick and beat him over the head with it. 31When they'd finished mocking him, they took off the robe and put his own clothes back on him. Then they led him away to crucify him. 32On the way they found a man called Simon, from Cyrene, and they forced him to carry Jesus' cross.
33When they arrived at Golgotha, meaning “Place of the Skull,” 34they gave him wine mixed with gall. But having tasted it, he refused to drink it. 35After they had crucified him, they rolled dice to divide his clothes between them. 36Then they sat down and kept watch over him there. 37They placed a sign over his head with the charge against him. It read, “This is Jesus, the King of the Jews.” 38They crucified two criminals with him, one on the right, and one on the left. 39Those who passed by shouted insults at him, shaking their heads, 40saying, “You who promised to destroy the Temple and rebuild it in three days, why don't you save yourself! If you really are the Son of God, then come down from the cross.” 41The chief priests mocked him in the same way, along with the religious teachers and elders. 42“He saved other people, but he can't save himself!” they said. “If he really is the king of Israel, let him come down from the cross, and then we'll believe him! 43He trusts God so confidently—well let God rescue him now if he wants him, because he claimed ‘I am the Son of God.’” 44The criminals who were crucified with him also insulted him in the same way.
45From noon until three o'clock darkness covered the whole country. 46At about three o'clock Jesus shouted out loud, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?” 47When some of those standing there heard it, they said, “He's calling for Elijah!” 48Immediately one of them ran and grabbed a sponge, soaked it in vinegar, put it on a stick, and gave it to Jesus to drink. 49But the others said, “Leave him alone. Let's see if Elijah will come and save him.”
50Jesus cried out again with a loud voice, and breathed his last.#27:50. The expression is a Hebrew one meaning that he died. 51Right then the veil of the Temple was torn apart from top to bottom. The ground shook, the rocks split apart, 52and the graves were opened. Many of those who had lived good lives and had fallen asleep in death were raised to life. 53After the resurrection of Jesus they went out from the graveyards into the holy city#27:53. Referring to Jerusalem. where many people saw them.
54When the centurion and those with him who were guarding Jesus saw the earthquake and what happened, they were terrified, and said, “This really was the Son of God!” 55Many women were also watching from a distance, those who had followed Jesus from Galilee and had supported him. 56These included Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Joseph, and the mother of the sons of Zebedee.
57When evening came, a rich man named Joseph, from Arimathea, (who was also a disciple of Jesus), 58went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Pilate ordered it to be handed over to him. 59Joseph took the body and wrapped it up in a fresh linen cloth, 60and placed it in his own new tomb, cut out of solid rock. He rolled a large stone across the entrance to the tomb, and left. 61Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were there, sitting opposite the tomb.
62The next day,#27:62. Referring to the Sabbath. after the Preparation day, the chief priests and the Pharisees went together to see Pilate. 63They said to him, “Sir, we recall that the imposter said while he was still alive, ‘After three days, I'll rise again.’ 64Give orders to secure the tomb until the third day. That way his disciples can't come and steal his body and tell people that he was raised from the dead, and the deception in the end will become worse than it was at first.”
65“I'll give you a guard of soldiers,” Pilate told them. “Now go, and make it as secure as you possibly can.” 66So they went and made the tomb secure, sealing the entrance stone and posting soldiers as guards.