Bible: John 19:1-16

Pilate Tries to Release Jesus

19:1 Then Pilate took Jesus and had him flogged severely. 1  19:2 The soldiers 2  braided 3  a crown of thorns 4  and put it on his head, and they clothed him in a purple robe. 5  19:3 They 6  came up to him again and again 7  and said, “Hail, king of the Jews!” 8  And they struck him repeatedly 9  in the face.

19:4 Again Pilate went out and said to the Jewish leaders, 10 Look, I am bringing him out to you, so that you may know that I find no reason for an accusation 11  against him.” 19:5 So Jesus came outside, wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe. 12  Pilate 13  said to them, “Look, here is the man! 14  19:6 When the chief priests and their officers saw him, they shouted out, “Crucify 15  him! Crucify him!” 16  Pilate said, 17 You take him and crucify him! 18  Certainly 19  I find no reason for an accusation 20  against him! 19:7 The Jewish leaders 21  replied, 22 We have a law, 23  and according to our law he ought to die, because he claimed to be the Son of God! 24 

19:8 When Pilate heard what they said, 25  he was more afraid than ever, 26  19:9 and he went back into the governor’s residence 27  and said to Jesus, “Where do you come from?” But Jesus gave him no answer. 19:10 So Pilate said, 28 Do you refuse to speak to me? Don’t you know I have the authority 29  to release you, and to crucify you? 30  19:11 Jesus replied, “You would have no authority 31  over me at all, unless it was given to you from above. Therefore the one who handed me over to you 32  is guilty of greater sin.” 33 

19:12 From this point on, Pilate tried 34  to release him. But the Jewish leaders 35  shouted out, 36 If you release this man, 37  you are no friend of Caesar! 38  Everyone who claims to be a king 39  opposes Caesar! 19:13 When Pilate heard these words he brought Jesus outside and sat down on the judgment seat 40  in the place called “The Stone Pavement 41  (Gabbatha in 42  Aramaic). 43  19:14 (Now it was the day of preparation 44  for the Passover, about noon. 45 ) 46  Pilate 47  said to the Jewish leaders, 48 Look, here is your king!

19:15 Then they 49  shouted out, “Away with him! Away with him! 50  Crucify 51  him!” Pilate asked, 52 Shall I crucify your king?” The high priests replied, “We have no king except Caesar! 19:16 Then Pilate 53  handed him over 54  to them to be crucified.

The Crucifixion

So they took Jesus,

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