Bible: Luke 23:1-25

Jesus Brought Before Pilate

23:1 Then 1  the whole group of them rose up and brought Jesus 2  before Pilate. 3  23:2 They 4  began to accuse 5  him, saying, “We found this man subverting 6  our nation, forbidding 7  us to pay the tribute tax 8  to Caesar 9  and claiming that he himself is Christ, 10  a king.” 23:3 So 11  Pilate asked Jesus, 12 Are you the king 13  of the Jews?” He replied, “You say so.” 14  23:4 Then 15  Pilate said to the chief priests and the crowds, “I find no basis for an accusation 16  against this man.” 23:5 But they persisted 17  in saying, “He incites 18  the people by teaching throughout all Judea. It started in Galilee and ended up here! 19 

Jesus Brought Before Herod

23:6 Now when Pilate heard this, he asked whether the man was a Galilean. 23:7 When 20  he learned that he was from Herod’s jurisdiction, 21  he sent him over to Herod, 22  who also happened to be in Jerusalem 23  at that time. 23:8 When 24  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 25  some miraculous sign. 26  23:9 So 27  Herod 28  questioned him at considerable length; Jesus 29  gave him no answer. 23:10 The chief priests and the experts in the law 30  were there, vehemently accusing him. 31  23:11 Even Herod with his soldiers treated him with contempt and mocked him. Then, 32  dressing him in elegant clothes, 33  Herod 34  sent him back to Pilate. 23:12 That very day Herod and Pilate became friends with each other, 35  for prior to this they had been enemies. 36 

Jesus Brought Before the Crowd

23:13 Then 37  Pilate called together the chief priests, the 38  rulers, and the people, 23:14 and said to them, “You brought me this man as one who was misleading 39  the people. When I examined him before you, I 40  did not find this man guilty 41  of anything you accused him of doing. 23:15 Neither did Herod, for he sent him back to us. Look, he has done nothing 42  deserving death. 43  23:16 I will therefore have him flogged 44  and release him.”

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23:18 But they all shouted out together, 46 Take this man 47  away! Release Barabbas for us! 23:19 (This 48  was a man who had been thrown into prison for an insurrection 49  started in the city, and for murder.) 50  23:20 Pilate addressed them once again because he wanted 51  to release Jesus. 23:21 But they kept on shouting, 52 Crucify, crucify 53  him! 23:22 A third time he said to them, “Why? What wrong has he done? I have found him guilty 54  of no crime deserving death. 55  I will therefore flog 56  him and release him.” 23:23 But they were insistent, 57  demanding with loud shouts that he be crucified. And their shouts prevailed. 23:24 So 58  Pilate 59  decided 60  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 61  to their will. 62 

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