Bible: Mark 15:1-20

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 

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