Jesus before Pilate
1Early in the morning all the chief priests and the elders of the people reached the decision to have Jesus put to death. 2They bound him, led him away, and turned him over to Pilate the governor.
3When Judas, who betrayed Jesus, saw that Jesus was condemned to die, he felt deep regret. He returned the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders, and 4said, "I did wrong because I betrayed an innocent man."
But they said, "What is that to us? That’s your problem." 5Judas threw the silver pieces into the temple and left. Then he went and hanged himself.
6The chief priests picked up the silver pieces and said, "According to the Law it’s not right to put this money in the treasury. Since it was used to pay for someone’s life, it’s unclean." 7So they decided to use it to buy the potter’s field where strangers could be buried. 8That’s why that field is called "Field of Blood" to this very day. 9This fulfilled the words of Jeremiah the prophet: And I took the thirty pieces of silver, the price for the one whose price had been set by some of the Israelites, 10and I gave them for the potter’s field, as the Lord commanded me.#Zech 11:12-13; Jer 32:6-9
Questioned by Pilate
11Jesus was brought before the governor. The governor said, "Are you the king of the Jews?"
Jesus replied, "That’s what you say." 12But he didn’t answer when the chief priests and elders accused him.
13Then Pilate said, "Don’t you hear the testimony they bring against you?" 14But he didn’t answer, not even a single word. So the governor was greatly amazed.
15It was customary during the festival for the governor to release to the crowd one prisoner, whomever they might choose. 16At that time there was a well-known prisoner named Jesus Barabbas. 17When the crowd had come together, Pilate asked them, "Whom would you like me to release to you, Jesus Barabbas or Jesus who is called Christ?" 18He knew that the leaders of the people had handed him over because of jealousy.
19While he was serving as judge, his wife sent this message to him, "Leave that righteous man alone. I’ve suffered much today in a dream because of him."
20But the chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowds to ask for Barabbas and kill Jesus. 21The governor said, "Which of the two do you want me to release to you?"
"Barabbas," they replied.
22Pilate said, "Then what should I do with Jesus who is called Christ?"
They all said, "Crucify him!"
23But he said, "Why? What wrong has he done?"
They shouted even louder, "Crucify him!"
24Pilate saw that he was getting nowhere and that a riot was starting. So he took water and washed his hands in front of the crowd. "I’m innocent of this man’s blood," he said. "It’s your problem."
25All the people replied, "Let his blood be on us and on our children." 26Then he released Barabbas to them. He had Jesus whipped, then handed him over to be crucified.
Soldiers mocking Jesus
27The governor’s soldiers took Jesus into the governor’s house, and they gathered the whole company#Or cohort (approximately six hundred soldiers) of soldiers around him. 28They stripped him and put a red military coat on him. 29They twisted together a crown of thorns and put it on his head. They put a stick in his right hand. Then they bowed down in front of him and mocked him, saying, "Hey! King of the Jews!" 30After they spit on him, they took the stick and struck his head again and again. 31When they finished mocking him, they stripped him of the military coat and put his own clothes back on him. They led him away to crucify him.
32As they were going out, they found Simon, a man from Cyrene. They forced him to carry his cross. 33When they came to a place called Golgotha, which means Skull Place, 34they gave Jesus wine mixed with vinegar to drink. But after tasting it, he didn’t want to drink it. 35After they crucified him, they divided up his clothes among them by drawing lots. 36They sat there, guarding him. 37They placed above his head the charge against him. It read, "This is Jesus, the king of the Jews." 38They crucified with him two outlaws, one on his right side and one on his left.
39Those who were walking by insulted Jesus, shaking their heads 40and saying, "So you were going to destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, were you? Save yourself! If you are God’s Son, come down from the cross."
41In the same way, the chief priests, along with the legal experts and the elders, were making fun of him, saying, 42"He saved others, but he can’t save himself. He’s the king of Israel, so let him come down from the cross now. Then we’ll believe in him. 43He trusts in God, so let God deliver him now if he wants to. He said, ‘I’m God’s Son.’" 44The outlaws who were crucified with him insulted him in the same way.
45From noon until three in the afternoon the whole earth was dark. 46At about three Jesus cried out with a loud shout, "Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani," which means, "My God, my God, why have you left me?"#Ps 22:1
47After hearing him, some standing there said, "He’s calling Elijah." 48One of them ran over, took a sponge full of vinegar, and put it on a pole. He offered it to Jesus to drink.
49But the rest of them said, "Let’s see if Elijah will come and save him."
50Again Jesus cried out with a loud shout. Then he died.
51Look, the curtain of the sanctuary was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook, the rocks split, 52and the bodies of many holy people who had died were raised. 53After Jesus’ resurrection they came out of their graves and went into the holy city where they appeared to many people. 54When the centurion and those with him who were guarding Jesus saw the earthquake and what had just happened, they were filled with awe and said, "This was certainly God’s Son."
55Many women were watching from a distance. They had followed Jesus from Galilee to serve him. 56Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Joseph, and the mother of Zebedee’s sons.
57That evening a man named Joseph came. He was a rich man from Arimathea who had become a disciple of Jesus. 58He came to Pilate and asked for Jesus’ body. Pilate gave him permission to take it. 59Joseph took the body, wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, 60and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had carved out of the rock. After he rolled a large stone at the door of the tomb, he went away. 61Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were there, sitting in front of the tomb.
Guard at the tomb
62The next day, which was the day after Preparation Day, the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered before Pilate. 63They said, "Sir, we remember that while that deceiver was still alive he said, ‘After three days I will arise.’ 64Therefore, order the grave to be sealed until the third day. Otherwise, his disciples may come and steal the body and tell the people, ‘He’s been raised from the dead.’ This last deception will be worse than the first."
65Pilate replied, "You have soldiers for guard duty. Go and make it as secure as you know how." 66Then they went and secured the tomb by sealing the stone and posting the guard.
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