Bible: Mark 15

Jesus Brought Before Pilate

15:1 Early in the morning, after forming a plan, the chief priests with the elders and the experts in the law 1  and the whole Sanhedrin tied Jesus up, led him away, and handed him over to Pilate. 2  15:2 So 3  Pilate asked him, “Are you the king 4  of the Jews?” He replied, 5 You say so.” 6  15:3 Then 7  the chief priests began to accuse him repeatedly. 15:4 So Pilate asked him again, 8 Have you nothing to say? See how many charges they are bringing against you! 15:5 But Jesus made no further reply, so that Pilate was amazed.

Jesus and Barabbas

15:6 During the feast it was customary to release one prisoner to the people, 9  whomever they requested. 15:7 A man named Barabbas was imprisoned with rebels who had committed murder during an insurrection. 15:8 Then the crowd came up and began to ask Pilate to release a prisoner for them, as was his custom. 10  15:9 So Pilate asked them, 11 Do you want me to release the king of the Jews for you? 15:10 (For he knew that the chief priests had handed him over because of envy.) 12  15:11 But the chief priests stirred up the crowd to have him release 13  Barabbas instead. 15:12 So Pilate spoke to them again, 14 Then what do you want me to do 15  with the one you call king of the Jews? 15:13 They shouted back, “Crucify 16  him! 15:14 Pilate asked them, “Why? What has he done wrong?” But they shouted more insistently, “Crucify him! 15:15 Because he wanted to satisfy the crowd, Pilate released Barabbas for them. Then, 17  after he had Jesus flogged, 18  he handed him over 19  to be crucified.

Jesus is Mocked

15:16 So 20  the soldiers led him into the palace (that is, the governor’s residence) 21  and called together the whole cohort. 22  15:17 They put a purple cloak 23  on him and after braiding 24  a crown of thorns, 25  they put it on him. 15:18 They began to salute him: “Hail, king of the Jews! 26  15:19 Again and again 27  they struck him on the head with a staff 28  and spit on him. Then they knelt down and paid homage to him. 15:20 When they had finished mocking 29  him, they stripped him of the purple cloak and put his own clothes back on him. Then 30  they led him away to crucify him. 31 

The Crucifixion

15:21 The soldiers 32  forced 33  a passerby to carry his cross, 34  Simon of Cyrene, who was coming in from the country 35  (he was the father of Alexander and Rufus). 15:22 They brought Jesus 36  to a place called Golgotha 37  (which is translated, “Place of the Skull). 38  15:23 They offered him wine mixed with myrrh, 39  but he did not take it. 15:24 Then 40  they crucified 41  him and divided his clothes, throwing dice 42  for them, to decide what each would take. 15:25 It was nine o’clock in the morning 43  when they crucified him. 15:26 The inscription 44  of the charge against him read, “The king of the Jews.” 15:27 And they crucified two outlaws with him, one on his right and one on his left. 15:28 [[EMPTY]] 45  15:29 Those who passed by defamed him, shaking their heads and saying, “Aha! You who can destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, 15:30 save yourself and come down from the cross! 46  15:31 In the same way even the chief priests – together with the experts in the law 47 were mocking him among themselves: 48  “He saved others, but he cannot save himself! 15:32 Let the Christ, 49  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. 50 

Jesus’ Death

15:33 Now 51  when it was noon, 52  darkness came over the whole land 53  until three in the afternoon. 54  15:34 Around three o’clock 55  Jesus cried out with a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? 56  15:35 When some of the bystanders heard it they said, “Listen, he is calling for Elijah! 57  15:36 Then someone ran, filled a sponge with sour wine, 58  put it on a stick, 59  and gave it to him to drink, saying, “Leave him alone! Let’s see if Elijah will come to take him down! 15:37 But Jesus cried out with a loud voice and breathed his last. 15:38 And the temple curtain 60  was torn in two, from top to bottom. 15:39 Now when the centurion, 61  who stood in front of him, saw how he died, 62  he said, “Truly this man was God’s Son! 15:40 There were also women, watching from a distance. Among them were Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James the younger and of Joses, 63  and Salome. 15:41 When he was in Galilee, they had followed him and given him support. 64  Many other women who had come up with him to Jerusalem 65  were there too.

Jesus’ Burial

15:42 Now 66  when evening had already come, since it was the day of preparation (that is, the day before the Sabbath), 67  15:43 Joseph of Arimathea, a highly regarded member of the council, 68  who was himself looking forward to 69  the kingdom of God, 70  went boldly to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. 71  15:44 Pilate was surprised that he was already dead. He 72  called the centurion and asked him if he had been dead for some time. 15:45 When Pilate 73  was informed by the centurion, 74  he gave the body to Joseph. 15:46 After Joseph 75  bought a linen cloth 76  and took down the body, he wrapped it in the linen and placed it in a tomb cut out of the rock. 77  Then 78  he rolled a stone across the entrance 79  of the tomb. 15:47 Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses saw where the body 80  was placed.

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