Jesus Brought Before Pilate
1Early in the morning, after forming a plan, the chief priests with the elders and the experts in the law and the whole Sanhedrin tied Jesus up, led him away, and handed him over to Pilate. 2So Pilate asked him, “Are you the king of the Jews?” He replied, “You say so.” 3Then the chief priests began to accuse him repeatedly. 4So Pilate asked him again, “Have you nothing to say? See how many charges they are bringing against you!” 5But Jesus made no further reply, so that Pilate was amazed.
Jesus and Barabbas
6During the feast it was customary to release one prisoner to the people, whomever they requested. 7A man named Barabbas was imprisoned with rebels who had committed murder during an insurrection. 8Then the crowd came up and began to ask Pilate to release a prisoner for them, as was his custom. 9So Pilate asked them, “Do you want me to release the king of the Jews for you?” 10(For he knew that the chief priests had handed him over because of envy.) 11But the chief priests stirred up the crowd to have him release Barabbas instead. 12So Pilate spoke to them again, “Then what do you want me to do with the one you call king of the Jews?” 13They shouted back, “Crucify him!” 14Pilate asked them, “Why? What has he done wrong?” But they shouted more insistently, “Crucify him!” 15Because he wanted to satisfy the crowd, Pilate released Barabbas for them. Then, after he had Jesus flogged, he handed him over to be crucified.
Jesus is Mocked
16So the soldiers led him into the palace (that is, the governor’s residence) and called together the whole cohort. 17They put a purple cloak on him and after braiding a crown of thorns, they put it on him. 18They began to salute him: “Hail, king of the Jews!” 19Again and again they struck him on the head with a staff and spit on him. Then they knelt down and paid homage to him. 20When they had finished mocking him, they stripped him of the purple cloak and put his own clothes back on him. Then they led him away to crucify him.
21The soldiers forced a passerby to carry his cross, Simon of Cyrene, who was coming in from the country (he was the father of Alexander and Rufus). 22They brought Jesus to a place called Golgotha (which is translated, “Place of the Skull”). 23They offered him wine mixed with myrrh, but he did not take it. 24Then they crucified him and divided his clothes, throwing dice for them, to decide what each would take. 25It was nine o’clock in the morning when they crucified him. 26The inscription of the charge against him read, “The king of the Jews.” 27And they crucified two outlaws with him, one on his right and one on his left. 28[[EMPTY]] 29Those who passed by defamed him, shaking their heads and saying, “Aha! You who can destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, 30save yourself and come down from the cross!” 31In the same way even the chief priests – together with the experts in the law – were mocking him among themselves: “He saved others, but he cannot save himself! 32Let the Christ, the king of Israel, come down from the cross now, that we may see and believe!” Those who were crucified with him also spoke abusively to him.
33Now when it was noon, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. 34Around three o’clock Jesus cried out with a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” 35When some of the bystanders heard it they said, “Listen, he is calling for Elijah!” 36Then someone ran, filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on a stick, and gave it to him to drink, saying, “Leave him alone! Let’s see if Elijah will come to take him down!” 37But Jesus cried out with a loud voice and breathed his last. 38And the temple curtain was torn in two, from top to bottom. 39Now when the centurion, who stood in front of him, saw how he died, he said, “Truly this man was God’s Son!” 40There were also women, watching from a distance. Among them were Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James the younger and of Joses, and Salome. 41When he was in Galilee, they had followed him and given him support. Many other women who had come up with him to Jerusalem were there too.
42Now when evening had already come, since it was the day of preparation (that is, the day before the Sabbath), 43Joseph of Arimathea, a highly regarded member of the council, who was himself looking forward to the kingdom of God, went boldly to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. 44Pilate was surprised that he was already dead. He called the centurion and asked him if he had been dead for some time. 45When Pilate was informed by the centurion, he gave the body to Joseph. 46After Joseph bought a linen cloth and took down the body, he wrapped it in the linen and placed it in a tomb cut out of the rock. Then he rolled a stone across the entrance of the tomb. 47Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses saw where the body was placed.