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Jesus before Pilate
1The whole assembly got up and led Jesus to Pilate and 2began to accuse him. They said, "We have found this man misleading our people, opposing the payment of taxes to Caesar, and claiming that he is the Christ, a king."
3Pilate asked him, "Are you the king of the Jews?"
Jesus replied, "That’s what you say."
4Then Pilate said to the chief priests and the crowds, "I find no legal basis for action against this man."
5But they objected strenuously, saying, "He agitates the people with his teaching throughout Judea—starting from Galilee all the way here."
Jesus before Herod
6Hearing this, Pilate asked if the man was a Galilean. 7When he learned that Jesus was from Herod’s district, Pilate sent him to Herod, who was also in Jerusalem at that time. 8Herod was very glad to see Jesus, for he had heard about Jesus and had wanted to see him for quite some time. He was hoping to see Jesus perform some sign. 9Herod questioned Jesus at length, but Jesus didn’t respond to him. 10The chief priests and the legal experts were there, fiercely accusing Jesus. 11Herod and his soldiers treated Jesus with contempt. Herod mocked him by dressing Jesus in elegant clothes and sent him back to Pilate. 12Pilate and Herod became friends with each other that day. Before this, they had been enemies.
Jesus and Barabbas
13Then Pilate called together the chief priests, the rulers, and the people. 14He said to them, "You brought this man before me as one who was misleading the people. I have questioned him in your presence and found nothing in this man’s conduct that provides a legal basis for the charges you have brought against him. 15Neither did Herod, because Herod returned him to us. He’s done nothing that deserves death. 16Therefore, I’ll have him whipped, then let him go."#Critical editions of the Gk New Testament do not include 23:17 He had to release one prisoner for them because of the festival.
18But with one voice they shouted, "Away with this man! Release Barabbas to us." (19Barabbas had been thrown into prison because of a riot that had occurred in the city, and for murder.)
20Pilate addressed them again because he wanted to release Jesus.
21They kept shouting out, "Crucify him! Crucify him!"
22For the third time, Pilate said to them, "Why? What wrong has he done? I’ve found no legal basis for the death penalty in his case. Therefore, I will have him whipped, then let him go."
23But they were adamant, shouting their demand that Jesus be crucified. Their voices won out. 24Pilate issued his decision to grant their request. 25He released the one they asked for, who had been thrown into prison because of a riot and murder. But he handed Jesus over to their will.
On the way to the cross
26As they led Jesus away, they grabbed Simon, a man from Cyrene, who was coming in from the countryside. They put the cross on his back and made him carry it behind Jesus. 27A huge crowd of people followed Jesus, including women, who were mourning and wailing for him. 28Jesus turned to the women and said, "Daughters of Jerusalem, don’t cry for me. Rather, cry for yourselves and your children. 29 The time will come when they will say, ‘Happy are those who are unable to become pregnant, the wombs that never gave birth, and the breasts that never nursed a child.’ 30 Then they will say to the mountains, ‘Fall on us,’ and to the hills, ‘Cover us.’#Hos 10:8 31 If they do these things when the tree is green, what will happen when it is dry?"
Jesus on the cross
32They also led two other criminals to be executed with Jesus. 33When they arrived at the place called The Skull, they crucified him, along with the criminals, one on his right and the other on his left. 34Jesus said, "Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they’re doing." They drew lots as a way of dividing up his clothing.
35The people were standing around watching, but the leaders sneered at him, saying, "He saved others. Let him save himself if he really is the Christ sent from God, the chosen one."
36The soldiers also mocked him. They came up to him, offering him sour wine 37and saying, "If you really are the king of the Jews, save yourself." 38Above his head was a notice of the formal charge against him. It read "This is the king of the Jews."
39One of the criminals hanging next to Jesus insulted him: "Aren’t you the Christ? Save yourself and us!"
40Responding, the other criminal spoke harshly to him, "Don’t you fear God, seeing that you’ve also been sentenced to die? 41We are rightly condemned, for we are receiving the appropriate sentence for what we did. But this man has done nothing wrong." 42Then he said, "Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom."
43Jesus replied, "I assure you that today you will be with me in paradise."
Jesus’ death
44It was now about noon, and darkness covered the whole earth until about three o’clock, 45while the sun stopped shining. Then the curtain in the sanctuary tore down the middle. 46Crying out in a loud voice, Jesus said, "Father, into your hands I entrust my life."#Ps 31:5 After he said this, he breathed for the last time.
47When the centurion saw what happened, he praised God, saying, "It’s really true: this man was righteous." 48All the crowds who had come together to see this event returned to their homes beating their chests after seeing what had happened. 49And everyone who knew him, including the women who had followed him from Galilee, stood at a distance observing these things.
Jesus’ burial
50Now there was a man named Joseph who was a member of the council. He was a good and righteous man. 51He hadn’t agreed with the plan and actions of the council. He was from the Jewish city of Arimathea and eagerly anticipated God’s kingdom. 52This man went to Pilate and asked for Jesus’ body. 53Taking it down, he wrapped it in a linen cloth and laid it in a tomb carved out of the rock, in which no one had ever been buried. 54It was the Preparation Day for the Sabbath, and the Sabbath was quickly approaching. 55The women who had come with Jesus from Galilee followed Joseph. They saw the tomb and how Jesus’ body was laid in it, 56then they went away and prepared fragrant spices and perfumed oils. They rested on the Sabbath, in keeping with the commandment.
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