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