Bible: Luke 18:35-24:53
Healing a Blind Man
18:35 As 1 Jesus 2 approached 3 Jericho, 4 a blind man was sitting by the road begging. 18:36 When he heard a crowd going by, he asked what was going on. 18:37 They 5 told him, “Jesus the Nazarene is passing by.” 18:38 So 6 he called out, 7 “Jesus, Son of David, 8 have mercy 9 on me!” 18:39 And those who were in front 10 scolded 11 him to get him to be quiet, but he shouted 12 even more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” 18:40 So 13 Jesus stopped and ordered the beggar 14 to be brought to him. When the man 15 came near, Jesus 16 asked him, 18:41 “What do you want me to do for you?” He replied, 17 “Lord, let me see again.” 18 18:42 Jesus 19 said to him, “Receive 20 your sight; your faith has healed you.” 21 18:43 And immediately he regained 22 his sight and followed Jesus, 23 praising 24 God. When 25 all the people saw it, they too 26 gave praise to God.
Jesus and Zacchaeus
19:1 Jesus 27 entered Jericho 28 and was passing through it. 19:2 Now 29 a man named Zacchaeus was there; he was a chief tax collector 30 and was rich. 19:3 He 31 was trying to get a look at Jesus, 32 but being a short man he could not see over the crowd. 33 19:4 So 34 he ran on ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree 35 to see him, because Jesus 36 was going to pass that way. 19:5 And when Jesus came to that place, he looked up 37 and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down quickly, 38 because I must 39 stay at your house today.” 40 19:6 So he came down quickly 41 and welcomed Jesus 42 joyfully. 43 19:7 And when the people 44 saw it, they all complained, 45 “He has gone in to be the guest of a man who is a sinner.” 46 19:8 But Zacchaeus stopped and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord, half of my possessions I now give 47 to the poor, and if 48 I have cheated anyone of anything, I am paying back four times as much!” 19:9 Then 49 Jesus said to him, “Today salvation 50 has come to this household, 51 because he too is a son of Abraham! 52 19:10 For the Son of Man came 53 to seek and to save the lost.”
The Parable of the Ten Minas
19:11 While the people were listening to these things, Jesus 54 proceeded to tell a parable, because he was near to Jerusalem, 55 and because they thought 56 that the kingdom of God 57 was going to 58 appear immediately. 19:12 Therefore he said, “A nobleman 59 went to a distant country to receive 60 for himself a kingdom and then return. 61 19:13 And he summoned ten of his slaves, 62 gave them ten minas, 63 and said to them, ‘Do business with these until I come back.’ 19:14 But his citizens 64 hated 65 him and sent a delegation after him, saying, ‘We do not want this man 66 to be king 67 over us!’ 19:15 When 68 he returned after receiving the kingdom, he summoned 69 these slaves to whom he had given the money. He wanted 70 to know how much they had earned 71 by trading. 19:16 So 72 the first one came before him and said, ‘Sir, 73 your mina 74 has made ten minas more.’ 19:17 And the king 75 said to him, ‘Well done, good slave! Because you have been faithful 76 in a very small matter, you will have authority 77 over ten cities.’ 19:18 Then 78 the second one came and said, ‘Sir, your mina has made five minas.’ 19:19 So 79 the king 80 said to him, ‘And you are to be over five cities.’ 19:20 Then another 81 slave 82 came and said, ‘Sir, here is 83 your mina that I put away for safekeeping 84 in a piece of cloth. 85 19:21 For I was afraid of you, because you are a severe 86 man. You withdraw 87 what you did not deposit 88 and reap what you did not sow.’ 19:22 The king 89 said to him, ‘I will judge you by your own words, 90 you wicked slave! 91 So you knew, did you, that I was a severe 92 man, withdrawing what I didn’t deposit and reaping what I didn’t sow? 19:23 Why then didn’t you put 93 my money in the bank, 94 so that when I returned I could have collected it with interest?’ 19:24 And he said to his attendants, 95 ‘Take the mina from him, and give it to the one who has ten.’ 96 19:25 But 97 they said to him, ‘Sir, he has ten minas already!’ 98 19:26 ‘I tell you that everyone who has will be given more, 99 but from the one who does not have, even what he has will be taken away. 100 19:27 But as for these enemies of mine who did not want me to be their king, 101 bring them here and slaughter 102 them 103 in front of me!’”
The Triumphal Entry
19:28 After Jesus 104 had said this, he continued on ahead, 105 going up to Jerusalem. 106 19:29 Now 107 when he approached Bethphage 108 and Bethany, at the place called the Mount of Olives, 109 he sent two of the disciples, 19:30 telling them, 110 “Go to the village ahead of you. 111 When 112 you enter it, you will find a colt tied there that has never been ridden. 113 Untie it and bring it here. 19:31 If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ just say, ‘The Lord needs 114 it.’” 19:32 So those who were sent ahead found 115 it exactly 116 as he had told them. 19:33 As 117 they were untying the colt, its owners asked them, 118 “Why are you untying that colt?” 19:34 They replied, “The Lord needs it.” 19:35 Then 119 they brought it to Jesus, threw their cloaks 120 on the colt, 121 and had Jesus get on 122 it. 19:36 As 123 he rode along, they 124 spread their cloaks on the road. 19:37 As he approached the road leading down from 125 the Mount of Olives, 126 the whole crowd of his 127 disciples began to rejoice 128 and praise 129 God with a loud voice for all the mighty works 130 they had seen: 131 19:38 “Blessed is the king 132 who comes in the name of the Lord! 133 Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” 19:39 But 134 some of the Pharisees 135 in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples.” 136 19:40 He answered, 137 “I tell you, if they 138 keep silent, the very stones 139 will cry out!”
Jesus Weeps for Jerusalem under Judgment
19:41 Now 140 when Jesus 141 approached 142 and saw the city, he wept over it, 19:42 saying, “If you had only known on this day, 143 even you, the things that make for peace! 144 But now they are hidden 145 from your eyes. 19:43 For the days will come upon you when your enemies will build 146 an embankment 147 against you and surround you and close in on you from every side. 19:44 They will demolish you 148 – you and your children within your walls 149 – and they will not leave within you one stone 150 on top of another, 151 because you did not recognize the time of your visitation from God.” 152
Cleansing the Temple
19:45 Then 153 Jesus 154 entered the temple courts 155 and began to drive out those who were selling things there, 156 19:46 saying to them, “It is written, ‘My house will be a house of prayer,’ 157 but you have turned it into a den 158 of robbers!” 159
19:47 Jesus 160 was teaching daily in the temple courts. The chief priests and the experts in the law 161 and the prominent leaders among the people were seeking to assassinate 162 him, 19:48 but 163 they could not find a way to do it, 164 for all the people hung on his words. 165
The Authority of Jesus
20:1 Now one 166 day, as Jesus 167 was teaching the people in the temple courts 168 and proclaiming 169 the gospel, the chief priests and the experts in the law 170 with the elders came up 171 20:2 and said to him, 172 “Tell us: By what authority 173 are you doing these things? 174 Or who it is who gave you this authority?” 20:3 He answered them, 175 “I will also ask you a question, and you tell me: 20:4 John’s baptism 176 – was it from heaven or from people?” 177 20:5 So 178 they discussed it with one another, saying, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will say, ‘Why did you not believe him?’ 20:6 But if we say, ‘From people,’ all the people will stone us, because they are convinced that John was a prophet.” 20:7 So 179 they replied that they did not know 180 where it came from. 20:8 Then 181 Jesus said to them, “Neither will I tell you 182 by whose authority 183 I do these things.”
The Parable of the Tenants
20:9 Then 184 he began to tell the people this parable: “A man 185 planted a vineyard, 186 leased it to tenant farmers, 187 and went on a journey for a long time. 20:10 When harvest time came, he sent a slave 188 to the tenants so that they would give 189 him his portion of the crop. 190 However, the tenants beat his slave 191 and sent him away empty-handed. 20:11 So 192 he sent another slave. They beat this one too, treated him outrageously, and sent him away empty-handed. 193 20:12 So 194 he sent still a third. They even wounded this one, and threw him out. 20:13 Then 195 the owner of the vineyard said, ‘What should I do? I will send my one dear son; 196 perhaps they will respect him.’ 20:14 But when the tenants saw him, they said to one another, ‘This is the heir; let’s kill him so the inheritance will be ours!’ 20:15 So 197 they threw him out of the vineyard and killed 198 him. What then will the owner of the vineyard do to them? 20:16 He will come and destroy 199 those tenants and give the vineyard to others.” 200 When the people 201 heard this, they said, “May this never happen!” 202 20:17 But Jesus 203 looked straight at them and said, “Then what is the meaning of that which is written: ‘The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone’? 204 20:18 Everyone who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces, 205 and the one on whom it falls will be crushed.” 206 20:19 Then 207 the experts in the law 208 and the chief priests wanted to arrest 209 him that very hour, because they realized he had told this parable against them. But 210 they were afraid of the people.
Paying Taxes to Caesar
20:20 Then 211 they watched him carefully and sent spies who pretended to be sincere. 212 They wanted to take advantage of what he might say 213 so that they could deliver him up to the authority and jurisdiction 214 of the governor. 20:21 Thus 215 they asked him, “Teacher, we know that you speak and teach correctly, 216 and show no partiality, but teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. 217 20:22 Is it right 218 for us to pay the tribute tax 219 to Caesar 220 or not?” 20:23 But Jesus 221 perceived their deceit 222 and said to them, 20:24 “Show me a denarius. 223 Whose image 224 and inscription are on it?” 225 They said, “Caesar’s.” 20:25 So 226 he said to them, “Then give to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” 227 20:26 Thus 228 they were unable in the presence of the people to trap 229 him with his own words. 230 And stunned 231 by his answer, they fell silent.
Marriage and the Resurrection
20:27 Now some Sadducees 232 (who contend that there is no resurrection) 233 came to him. 20:28 They asked him, 234 “Teacher, Moses wrote for us that if a man’s brother dies leaving a wife but no children, that man 235 must marry 236 the widow and father children 237 for his brother. 238 20:29 Now there were seven brothers. The first one married a woman 239 and died without children. 20:30 The second 240 20:31 and then the third married her, and in this same way all seven died, leaving no children. 20:32 Finally the woman died too. 20:33 In the resurrection, therefore, whose wife will the woman be? 241 For all seven had married her.” 242
20:34 So 243 Jesus said to them, “The people of this age 244 marry and are given in marriage. 20:35 But those who are regarded as worthy to share in 245 that age and in the resurrection from the dead neither marry nor are given in marriage. 246 20:36 In fact, they can no longer die, because they are equal to angels 247 and are sons of God, since they are 248 sons 249 of the resurrection. 20:37 But even Moses revealed that the dead are raised 250 in the passage about the bush, 251 where he calls the Lord the God of Abraham and the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob. 252 20:38 Now he is not God of the dead, but of the living, 253 for all live before him.” 254 20:39 Then 255 some of the experts in the law 256 answered, “Teacher, you have spoken well!” 257 20:40 For they did not dare any longer to ask 258 him anything.
The Messiah: David’s Son and Lord
‘The Lord said to my 262 lord,
“Sit at my right hand,
20:43 until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet.”’ 263
20:44 If David then calls him ‘Lord,’ how can he be his son?” 264
Jesus Warns the Disciples against Pride
20:45 As 265 all the people were listening, Jesus 266 said to his disciples, 20:46 “Beware 267 of the experts in the law. 268 They 269 like walking around in long robes, and they love elaborate greetings 270 in the marketplaces and the best seats 271 in the synagogues 272 and the places of honor at banquets. 20:47 They 273 devour 274 widows’ property, 275 and as a show make long prayers. They will receive a more severe punishment.”
The Widow’s Offering
21:1 Jesus 276 looked up 277 and saw the rich putting their gifts into the offering box. 278 21:2 He also saw a poor widow put in two small copper coins. 279 21:3 He 280 said, “I tell you the truth, 281 this poor widow has put in more than all of them. 282 21:4 For they all offered their gifts out of their wealth. 283 But she, out of her poverty, put in everything she had to live on.” 284
The Signs of the End of the Age
21:5 Now 285 while some were speaking about the temple, how it was adorned 286 with beautiful stones and offerings, 287 Jesus 288 said, 21:6 “As for these things that you are gazing at, the days will come when not one stone will be left on another. 289 All will be torn down!” 290 21:7 So 291 they asked him, 292 “Teacher, when will these things 293 happen? And what will be the sign that 294 these things are about to take place?” 21:8 He 295 said, “Watch out 296 that you are not misled. For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am he,’ 297 and, ‘The time is near.’ Do not follow them! 21:9 And when you hear of wars and rebellions, 298 do not be afraid. 299 For these things must happen first, but the end will not come at once.” 300
Persecution of Disciples
21:10 Then he said to them, “Nation will rise up in arms 301 against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. 21:11 There will be great earthquakes, and famines 302 and plagues in various places, and there will be terrifying sights 303 and great signs 304 from heaven. 21:12 But before all this, 305 they will seize 306 you and persecute you, handing you over to the synagogues 307 and prisons. You 308 will be brought before kings and governors because of my name. 21:13 This will be a time for you to serve as witnesses. 309 21:14 Therefore be resolved 310 not to rehearse 311 ahead of time how to make your defense. 21:15 For I will give you the words 312 along with the wisdom 313 that none of your adversaries will be able to withstand or contradict. 21:16 You will be betrayed even by parents, 314 brothers, relatives, 315 and friends, and they will have some of you put to death. 21:17 You will be hated by everyone because of my name. 316 21:18 Yet 317 not a hair of your head will perish. 318 21:19 By your endurance 319 you will gain 320 your lives. 321
The Desolation of Jerusalem
21:20 “But when you see Jerusalem 322 surrounded 323 by armies, then know that its 324 desolation 325 has come near. 21:21 Then those who are in Judea must flee 326 to the mountains. Those 327 who are inside the city must depart. Those 328 who are out in the country must not enter it, 21:22 because these are days of vengeance, 329 to fulfill 330 all that is written. 21:23 Woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing their babies in those days! For there will be great distress 331 on the earth and wrath against this people. 21:24 They 332 will fall by the edge 333 of the sword and be led away as captives 334 among all nations. Jerusalem 335 will be trampled down by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled. 336
The Arrival of the Son of Man
21:25 “And there will be signs in the sun and moon and stars, 337 and on the earth nations will be in distress, 338 anxious 339 over the roaring of the sea and the surging waves. 21:26 People will be fainting from fear 340 and from the expectation of what is coming on the world, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 341 21:27 Then 342 they will see the Son of Man arriving in a cloud 343 with power and great glory. 21:28 But when these things 344 begin to happen, stand up and raise your heads, because your redemption 345 is drawing near.”
The Parable of the Fig Tree
21:29 Then 346 he told them a parable: “Look at the fig tree and all the other trees. 347 21:30 When they sprout leaves, you see 348 for yourselves and know that summer is now near. 21:31 So also you, when you see these things happening, know 349 that the kingdom of God 350 is near. 21:32 I tell you the truth, 351 this generation 352 will not pass away until all these things take place. 21:33 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away. 353
21:34 “But be on your guard 354 so that your hearts are not weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of this life, and that day close down upon you suddenly like a trap. 355 21:35 For 356 it will overtake 357 all who live on the face of the whole earth. 358 21:36 But stay alert at all times, 359 praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that must 360 happen, and to stand before the Son of Man.”
21:37 So 361 every day Jesus 362 was teaching in the temple courts, 363 but at night he went and stayed 364 on the Mount of Olives. 365 21:38 And all the people 366 came to him early in the morning to listen to him in the temple courts. 367
Judas’ Decision to Betray Jesus
22:1 Now the Feast of Unleavened Bread, 368 which is called the Passover, was approaching. 22:2 The 369 chief priests and the experts in the law 370 were trying to find some way 371 to execute 372 Jesus, 373 for they were afraid of the people. 374
22:3 Then 375 Satan 376 entered Judas, the one called Iscariot, who was one of the twelve. 377 22:4 He went away and discussed with the chief priests and officers of the temple guard 378 how he might 379 betray Jesus, 380 handing him over to them. 381 22:5 They 382 were delighted 383 and arranged to give him money. 384 22:6 So 385 Judas 386 agreed and began looking for an opportunity to betray Jesus 387 when no crowd was present. 388
22:7 Then the day for the feast 389 of Unleavened Bread came, on which the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed. 390 22:8 Jesus 391 sent Peter and John, saying, “Go and prepare the Passover 392 for us to eat.” 393 22:9 They 394 said to him, “Where do you want us to prepare 395 it?” 22:10 He said to them, “Listen, 396 when you have entered the city, a man carrying a jar of water 397 will meet you. 398 Follow him into the house that he enters, 22:11 and tell the owner of the house, 399 ‘The Teacher says to you, “Where is the guest room where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?”’ 22:12 Then he will show you a large furnished room upstairs. Make preparations there.” 22:13 So 400 they went and found things 401 just as he had told them, 402 and they prepared the Passover.
The Lord’s Supper
22:14 Now 403 when the hour came, Jesus 404 took his place at the table 405 and the apostles joined 406 him. 22:15 And he said to them, “I have earnestly desired 407 to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. 22:16 For I tell you, I will not eat it again 408 until it is fulfilled 409 in the kingdom of God.” 410 22:17 Then 411 he took a cup, 412 and after giving thanks he said, “Take this and divide it among yourselves. 22:18 For I tell you that from now on I will not drink of the fruit 413 of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.” 414 22:19 Then 415 he took bread, and after giving thanks he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body 416 which is given for you. 417 Do this in remembrance of me.” 22:20 And in the same way he took 418 the cup after they had eaten, 419 saying, “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant 420 in my blood.
A Final Discourse
22:21 “But look, the hand of the one who betrays 421 me is with me on the table. 422 22:22 For the Son of Man is to go just as it has been determined, 423 but woe to that man by whom he is betrayed!” 22:23 So 424 they began to question one another as to which of them it could possibly be who would do this.
22:24 A dispute also started 425 among them over which of them was to be regarded as the greatest. 426 22:25 So 427 Jesus 428 said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them, and those in authority over them are called ‘benefactors.’ 429 22:26 Not so with you; 430 instead the one who is greatest among you must become like the youngest, and the leader 431 like the one who serves. 432 22:27 For who is greater, the one who is seated at the table, 433 or the one who serves? Is it not 434 the one who is seated at the table? But I am among you as one 435 who serves.
22:28 “You are the ones who have remained 436 with me in my trials. 22:29 Thus 437 I grant 438 to you a kingdom, 439 just as my Father granted to me, 22:30 that you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom, and you will sit 440 on thrones judging 441 the twelve tribes of Israel.
22:31 “Simon, 442 Simon, pay attention! 443 Satan has demanded to have you all, 444 to sift you like wheat, 445 22:32 but I have prayed for you, Simon, 446 that your faith may not fail. 447 When 448 you have turned back, 449 strengthen 450 your brothers.” 22:33 But Peter 451 said to him, “Lord, I am ready to go with you both to prison and to death!” 452 22:34 Jesus replied, 453 “I tell you, Peter, the rooster will not crow 454 today until you have denied 455 three times that you know me.”
22:35 Then 456 Jesus 457 said to them, “When I sent you out with no money bag, 458 or traveler’s bag, 459 or sandals, you didn’t lack 460 anything, did you?” They replied, 461 “Nothing.” 22:36 He said to them, “But now, the one who 462 has a money bag must take it, and likewise a traveler’s bag 463 too. And the one who has no sword must sell his cloak and buy one. 22:37 For I tell you that this scripture must be 464 fulfilled in me, ‘And he was counted with the transgressors.’ 465 For what is written about me is being fulfilled.” 466 22:38 So 467 they said, “Look, Lord, here are two swords.” 468 Then he told them, “It is enough.” 469
On the Mount of Olives
22:39 Then 470 Jesus 471 went out and made his way, 472 as he customarily did, to the Mount of Olives, 473 and the disciples followed him. 22:40 When he came to the place, 474 he said to them, “Pray that you will not fall into temptation.” 475 22:41 He went away from them about a stone’s throw, knelt down, and prayed, 22:42 “Father, if you are willing, take 476 this cup 477 away from me. Yet not my will but yours 478 be done.” 22:43 [Then an angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him. 22:44 And in his anguish 479 he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground.] 480 22:45 When 481 he got up from prayer, he came to the disciples and found them sleeping, exhausted 482 from grief. 22:46 So 483 he said to them, “Why are you sleeping? Get up and pray that you will not fall into temptation!” 484
Betrayal and Arrest
22:47 While he was still speaking, suddenly a crowd appeared, 485 and the man named Judas, one of the twelve, was leading them. He walked up 486 to Jesus to kiss him. 487 22:48 But Jesus said to him, “Judas, would you betray the Son of Man with a kiss?” 488 22:49 When 489 those who were around him saw what was about to happen, they said, “Lord, should 490 we use our swords?” 491 22:50 Then 492 one of them 493 struck the high priest’s slave, 494 cutting off his right ear. 22:51 But Jesus said, 495 “Enough of this!” And he touched the man’s 496 ear and healed 497 him. 22:52 Then 498 Jesus said to the chief priests, the officers of the temple guard, 499 and the elders who had come out to get him, “Have you come out with swords and clubs like you would against an outlaw? 500 22:53 Day after day when I was with you in the temple courts, 501 you did not arrest me. 502 But this is your hour, 503 and that of the power 504 of darkness!”
Jesus’ Condemnation and Peter’s Denials
22:54 Then 505 they arrested 506 Jesus, 507 led him away, and brought him into the high priest’s house. 508 But Peter was following at a distance. 22:55 When they had made a fire in the middle of the courtyard and sat down together, Peter sat down among them. 22:56 Then a slave girl, 509 seeing him as he sat in the firelight, stared at him and said, “This man was with him too!” 22:57 But Peter 510 denied it: “Woman, 511 I don’t know 512 him!” 22:58 Then 513 a little later someone else 514 saw him and said, “You are one of them too.” But Peter said, “Man, 515 I am not!” 22:59 And after about an hour still another insisted, 516 “Certainly this man was with him, because he too is a Galilean.” 517 22:60 But Peter said, “Man, I don’t know what you’re talking about!” At that moment, 518 while he was still speaking, a rooster crowed. 519 22:61 Then 520 the Lord turned and looked straight at Peter, and Peter remembered the word of the Lord, 521 how he had said to him, “Before a rooster crows today, you will deny me three times.” 22:62 And he went outside and wept bitterly. 522
22:63 Now 523 the men who were holding Jesus 524 under guard began to mock him and beat him. 22:64 They 525 blindfolded him and asked him repeatedly, 526 “Prophesy! Who hit you?” 527 22:65 They also said many other things against him, reviling 528 him.
22:66 When day came, the council of the elders of the people gathered together, both the chief priests and the experts in the law. 529 Then 530 they led Jesus 531 away to their council 532 22:67 and said, “If 533 you are the Christ, 534 tell us.” But he said to them, “If 535 I tell you, you will not 536 believe, 22:68 and if 537 I ask you, you will not 538 answer. 22:69 But from now on 539 the Son of Man will be seated at the right hand 540 of the power 541 of God.” 22:70 So 542 they all said, “Are you the Son of God, 543 then?” He answered 544 them, “You say 545 that I am.” 22:71 Then 546 they said, “Why do we need further testimony? We have heard it ourselves 547 from his own lips!” 548
Jesus Brought Before Pilate
23:1 Then 549 the whole group of them rose up and brought Jesus 550 before Pilate. 551 23:2 They 552 began to accuse 553 him, saying, “We found this man subverting 554 our nation, forbidding 555 us to pay the tribute tax 556 to Caesar 557 and claiming that he himself is Christ, 558 a king.” 23:3 So 559 Pilate asked Jesus, 560 “Are you the king 561 of the Jews?” He replied, “You say so.” 562 23:4 Then 563 Pilate said to the chief priests and the crowds, “I find no basis for an accusation 564 against this man.” 23:5 But they persisted 565 in saying, “He incites 566 the people by teaching throughout all Judea. It started in Galilee and ended up here!” 567
Jesus Brought Before Herod
23:6 Now when Pilate heard this, he asked whether the man was a Galilean. 23:7 When 568 he learned that he was from Herod’s jurisdiction, 569 he sent him over to Herod, 570 who also happened to be in Jerusalem 571 at that time. 23:8 When 572 Herod saw Jesus, he was very glad, for he had long desired to see him, because he had heard about him and was hoping to see him perform 573 some miraculous sign. 574 23:9 So 575 Herod 576 questioned him at considerable length; Jesus 577 gave him no answer. 23:10 The chief priests and the experts in the law 578 were there, vehemently accusing him. 579 23:11 Even Herod with his soldiers treated him with contempt and mocked him. Then, 580 dressing him in elegant clothes, 581 Herod 582 sent him back to Pilate. 23:12 That very day Herod and Pilate became friends with each other, 583 for prior to this they had been enemies. 584
Jesus Brought Before the Crowd
23:13 Then 585 Pilate called together the chief priests, the 586 rulers, and the people, 23:14 and said to them, “You brought me this man as one who was misleading 587 the people. When I examined him before you, I 588 did not find this man guilty 589 of anything you accused him of doing. 23:15 Neither did Herod, for he sent him back to us. Look, he has done nothing 590 deserving death. 591 23:16 I will therefore have him flogged 592 and release him.”23:17 [[EMPTY]] 593
23:18 But they all shouted out together, 594 “Take this man 595 away! Release Barabbas for us!” 23:19 (This 596 was a man who had been thrown into prison for an insurrection 597 started in the city, and for murder.) 598 23:20 Pilate addressed them once again because he wanted 599 to release Jesus. 23:21 But they kept on shouting, 600 “Crucify, crucify 601 him!” 23:22 A third time he said to them, “Why? What wrong has he done? I have found him guilty 602 of no crime deserving death. 603 I will therefore flog 604 him and release him.” 23:23 But they were insistent, 605 demanding with loud shouts that he be crucified. And their shouts prevailed. 23:24 So 606 Pilate 607 decided 608 that their demand should be granted. 23:25 He released the man they asked for, who had been thrown in prison for insurrection and murder. But he handed Jesus over 609 to their will. 610
23:26 As 611 they led him away, they seized Simon of Cyrene, 612 who was coming in from the country. 613 They placed the cross on his back and made him carry it behind Jesus. 614 23:27 A great number of the people followed him, among them women 615 who were mourning 616 and wailing for him. 23:28 But Jesus turned to them and said, “Daughters of Jerusalem, 617 do not weep for me, but weep for yourselves 618 and for your children. 23:29 For this is certain: 619 The days are coming when they will say, ‘Blessed are the barren, the wombs that never bore children, and the breasts that never nursed!’ 620 23:30 Then they will begin to say to the mountains, 621 ‘Fall on us!’ and to the hills, ‘Cover us!’ 622 23:31 For if such things are done 623 when the wood is green, what will happen when it is dry?” 624
23:32 Two other criminals 625 were also led away to be executed with him. 23:33 So 626 when they came to the place that is called “The Skull,” 627 they crucified 628 him there, along with the criminals, one on his right and one on his left. 23:34 [But Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing.”] 629 Then 630 they threw dice 631 to divide his clothes. 632 23:35 The people also stood there watching, but the rulers ridiculed 633 him, saying, “He saved others. Let him save 634 himself if 635 he is the Christ 636 of God, his chosen one!” 23:36 The soldiers also mocked him, coming up and offering him sour wine, 637 23:37 and saying, “If 638 you are the king of the Jews, save yourself!” 23:38 There was also an inscription 639 over him, “This is the king of the Jews.”
23:39 One of the criminals who was hanging there railed at him, saying, “Aren’t 640 you the Christ? 641 Save yourself and us!” 23:40 But the other rebuked him, saying, 642 “Don’t 643 you fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? 644 23:41 And we rightly so, for we are getting what we deserve for what we did, but this man has done nothing 645 wrong.” 23:42 Then 646 he said, “Jesus, remember me 647 when you come in 648 your kingdom.” 23:43 And Jesus 649 said to him, “I tell you the truth, 650 today 651 you will be with me in paradise.” 652
23:44 It was now 653 about noon, 654 and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon, 655 23:45 because the sun’s light failed. 656 The temple curtain 657 was torn in two. 23:46 Then Jesus, calling out with a loud voice, said, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!” 658 And after he said this he breathed his last.
23:47 Now when the centurion 659 saw what had happened, he praised God and said, “Certainly this man was innocent!” 660 23:48 And all the crowds that had assembled for this spectacle, when they saw what had taken place, returned home beating their breasts. 661 23:49 And all those who knew Jesus 662 stood at a distance, and the women who had followed him from Galilee saw 663 these things.
23:50 Now 664 there was a man named Joseph who was a member of the council, 665 a good and righteous man. 23:51 (He 666 had not consented 667 to their plan and action.) He 668 was from the Judean town 669 of Arimathea, and was looking forward to 670 the kingdom of God. 671 23:52 He went to Pilate and asked for the body 672 of Jesus. 23:53 Then 673 he took it down, wrapped it in a linen cloth, 674 and placed it 675 in a tomb cut out of the rock, 676 where no one had yet been buried. 677 23:54 It was the day of preparation 678 and the Sabbath was beginning. 679 23:55 The 680 women who had accompanied Jesus 681 from Galilee followed, and they saw the tomb and how his body was laid in it. 23:56 Then 682 they returned and prepared aromatic spices 683 and perfumes. 684
On the Sabbath they rested according to the commandment. 685
24:1 Now on the first day 686 of the week, at early dawn, the women 687 went to the tomb, taking the aromatic spices 688 they had prepared. 24:2 They 689 found that the stone had been rolled away from the tomb, 690 24:3 but when they went in, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. 691 24:4 While 692 they were perplexed 693 about this, suddenly 694 two men stood beside them in dazzling 695 attire. 24:5 The 696 women 697 were terribly frightened 698 and bowed 699 their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living 700 among the dead? 24:6 He is not here, but has been raised! 701 Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, 702 24:7 that 703 the Son of Man must be delivered 704 into the hands of sinful men, 705 and be crucified, 706 and on the third day rise again.” 707 24:8 Then 708 the women remembered his words, 709 24:9 and when they returned from the tomb they told all these things to the eleven 710 and to all the rest. 24:10 Now it was Mary Magdalene, 711 Joanna, 712 Mary the mother of James, and the other women with them who told these things to the apostles. 24:11 But these words seemed like pure nonsense 713 to them, and they did not believe them. 24:12 But Peter got up and ran to the tomb. 714 He bent down 715 and saw only the strips of linen cloth; 716 then he went home, 717 wondering 718 what had happened. 719
Jesus Walks the Road to Emmaus
24:13 Now 720 that very day two of them 721 were on their way to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles 722 from Jerusalem. 723 24:14 They 724 were talking to each other about all the things that had happened. 24:15 While 725 they were talking and debating 726 these things, 727 Jesus himself approached and began to accompany them 24:16 (but their eyes were kept 728 from recognizing 729 him). 730 24:17 Then 731 he said to them, “What are these matters 732 you are discussing so intently 733 as you walk along?” And they stood still, looking sad. 24:18 Then one of them, named Cleopas, answered him, 734 “Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem who doesn’t know 735 the things that have happened there 736 in these days?” 24:19 He 737 said to them, “What things?” “The things concerning Jesus the Nazarene,” they replied, “a man 738 who, with his powerful deeds and words, proved to be a prophet 739 before God and all the people; 24:20 and how our chief priests and rulers handed him over 740 to be condemned to death, and crucified 741 him. 24:21 But we had hoped 742 that he was the one who was going to redeem 743 Israel. Not only this, but it is now the third day since these things happened. 24:22 Furthermore, some women of our group amazed us. 744 They 745 were at the tomb early this morning, 24:23 and when they did not find his body, they came back and said they had seen a vision of angels, 746 who said he was alive. 24:24 Then 747 some of those who were with us went to the tomb, and found it just as the women had said, but they did not see him.” 748 24:25 So 749 he said to them, “You 750 foolish people 751 – how slow of heart 752 to believe 753 all that the prophets have spoken! 24:26 Wasn’t 754 it necessary 755 for the Christ 756 to suffer these things and enter into his glory?” 24:27 Then 757 beginning with Moses and all the prophets, 758 he interpreted to them the things written about 759 himself in all the scriptures.
24:28 So they approached the village where they were going. He acted as though he wanted to go farther, 760 24:29 but they urged him, 761 “Stay with us, because it is getting toward evening and the day is almost done.” So 762 he went in to stay with them.
24:30 When 763 he had taken his place at the table 764 with them, he took the bread, blessed and broke it, 765 and gave it to them. 24:31 At this point 766 their eyes were opened and they recognized 767 him. 768 Then 769 he vanished out of their sight. 24:32 They 770 said to each other, “Didn’t 771 our hearts 772 burn within us 773 while he was speaking with us on the road, while he was explaining 774 the scriptures to us?” 24:33 So 775 they got up that very hour and returned to Jerusalem. 776 They 777 found the eleven and those with them gathered together 24:34 and 778 saying, “The Lord has really risen, and has appeared to Simon!” 779 24:35 Then they told what had happened on the road, 780 and how they recognized him 781 when he broke the bread.
Jesus Makes a Final Appearance
24:36 While they were saying these things, Jesus 782 himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” 783 24:37 But they were startled and terrified, thinking 784 they saw a ghost. 785 24:38 Then 786 he said to them, “Why are you frightened, 787 and why do doubts 788 arise in your hearts? 24:39 Look at my hands and my feet; it’s me! 789 Touch me and see; a ghost 790 does not have flesh and bones like you see I have.” 24:40 When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet. 791 24:41 And while they still could not believe it 792 (because of their joy) and were amazed, 793 he said to them, “Do you have anything here to eat?” 794 24:42 So 795 they gave him a piece of broiled fish, 24:43 and he took it and ate it in front of them.
Jesus’ Final Commission
24:44 Then 796 he said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me 797 in the law of Moses and the prophets and the psalms 798 must be fulfilled.” 24:45 Then he opened their minds so they could understand the scriptures, 799 24:46 and said to them, “Thus it stands written that the Christ 800 would suffer 801 and would rise from the dead on the third day, 24:47 and repentance 802 for the forgiveness of sins would be proclaimed 803 in his name to all nations, 804 beginning from Jerusalem. 805 24:48 You are witnesses 806 of these things. 24:49 And look, I am sending you 807 what my Father promised. 808 But stay in the city 809 until you have been clothed with power 810 from on high.”
24:50 Then 811 Jesus 812 led them out as far as Bethany, 813 and lifting up his hands, he blessed them. 24:51 Now 814 during the blessing 815 he departed 816 and was taken up into heaven. 817 24:52 So 818 they worshiped 819 him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy, 820 24:53 and were continually in the temple courts 821 blessing 822 God. 823