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

20:41 But 259  he said to them, “How is it that they say that the Christ 260  is David’s son? 261  20:42 For David himself says in the book of Psalms,

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  widowsproperty, 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

21:20But 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

21:25And 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 

Be Ready!

21:34But 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 

The Passover

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

22:21But 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.

22:28You 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.

22:31Simon, 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 

The Crucifixion

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.

Jesus’ Burial

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 

The Resurrection

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.”

Jesus’ Departure

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 

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