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Trial before Pilate
1At daybreak, the chief priests—with the elders, legal experts, and the whole Sanhedrin—formed a plan. They bound Jesus, led him away, and turned him over to Pilate. 2Pilate questioned him, "Are you the king of the Jews?"
Jesus replied, "That’s what you say." 3The chief priests were accusing him of many things.
4Pilate asked him again, "Aren’t you going to answer? What about all these accusations?" 5But Jesus gave no more answers, so that Pilate marveled.
6During the festival, Pilate released one prisoner to them, whomever they requested. 7A man named Barabbas was locked up with the rebels who had committed murder during an uprising. 8The crowd pushed forward and asked Pilate to release someone, as he regularly did. 9Pilate answered them, "Do you want me to release to you the king of the Jews?" 10He knew that the chief priests had handed him over because of jealousy. 11But the chief priests stirred up the crowd to have him release Barabbas to them instead. 12Pilate replied, "Then what do you want me to do with the one you call king of the Jews?"
13They shouted back, "Crucify him!"
14Pilate said to them, "Why? What wrong has he done?"
They shouted even louder, "Crucify him!"
15Pilate wanted to satisfy the crowd, so he released Barabbas to them. He had Jesus whipped, then handed him over to be crucified.
Jesus is tortured and killed
16The soldiers led Jesus away into the courtyard of the palace known as the governor’s headquarters,#Or praetorium and they called together the whole company of soldiers.#Or cohort (approximately six hundred soldiers) 17They dressed him up in a purple robe and twisted together a crown of thorns and put it on him. 18They saluted him, "Hey! King of the Jews!" 19Again and again, they struck his head with a stick. They spit on him and knelt before him to honor him. 20When they finished mocking him, they stripped him of the purple robe and put his own clothes back on him. Then they led him out to crucify him.
21Simon, a man from Cyrene, Alexander and Rufus’ father, was coming in from the countryside. They forced him to carry his cross.
22They brought Jesus to the place called Golgotha, which means Skull Place. 23They tried to give him wine mixed with myrrh, but he didn’t take it. 24They crucified him. They divided up his clothes, drawing lots for them to determine who would take what. 25It was nine in the morning when they crucified him. 26The notice of the formal charge against him was written, "The king of the Jews." 27They crucified two outlaws with him, one on his right and one on his left.#15:28 is omitted in most critical editions of the Gk New Testament The scripture was fulfilled, which says, He was numbered among criminals.
29People walking by insulted him, shaking their heads and saying, "Ha! So you were going to destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, were you? 30Save yourself and come down from that cross!"
31In the same way, the chief priests were making fun of him among themselves, together with the legal experts. "He saved others," they said, "but he can’t save himself. 32Let the Christ, the king of Israel, come down from the cross. Then we’ll see and believe." Even those who had been crucified with Jesus insulted him.
33From noon until three in the afternoon the whole earth was dark. 34At three, Jesus cried out with a loud shout, "Eloi, eloi, lama sabachthani," which means, "My God, my God, why have you left me?"
35After hearing him, some standing there said, "Look! He’s calling Elijah!" 36Someone ran, filled a sponge with sour wine, and put it on a pole. He offered it to Jesus to drink, saying, "Let’s see if Elijah will come to take him down." 37But Jesus let out a loud cry and died.
38The curtain of the sanctuary was torn in two from top to bottom. 39When the centurion, who stood facing Jesus, saw how he died, he said, "This man was certainly God’s Son."
40Some women were watching from a distance, including Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of James (the younger one) and Joses, and Salome. 41When Jesus was in Galilee, these women had followed and supported him, along with many other women who had come to Jerusalem with him.
Jesus’ burial
42Since it was late in the afternoon on Preparation Day, just before the Sabbath, 43Joseph from Arimathea dared to approach Pilate and ask for Jesus’ body. (Joseph was a prominent council member who also eagerly anticipated the coming of God’s kingdom.) 44Pilate wondered if Jesus was already dead. He called the centurion and asked him whether Jesus had already died. 45When he learned from the centurion that Jesus was dead, Pilate gave the dead body to Joseph. 46He bought a linen cloth, took Jesus down from the cross, wrapped him in the cloth, and laid him in a tomb that had been carved out of rock. He rolled a stone against the entrance to the tomb. 47Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses saw where he was buried.
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