Bible: Mark 15:21-47

The Crucifixion

15:21 The soldiers 1  forced 2  a passerby to carry his cross, 3  Simon of Cyrene, who was coming in from the country 4  (he was the father of Alexander and Rufus). 15:22 They brought Jesus 5  to a place called Golgotha 6  (which is translated, “Place of the Skull). 7  15:23 They offered him wine mixed with myrrh, 8  but he did not take it. 15:24 Then 9  they crucified 10  him and divided his clothes, throwing dice 11  for them, to decide what each would take. 15:25 It was nine o’clock in the morning 12  when they crucified him. 15:26 The inscription 13  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]] 14  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! 15  15:31 In the same way even the chief priests – together with the experts in the law 16 were mocking him among themselves: 17  “He saved others, but he cannot save himself! 15:32 Let the Christ, 18  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. 19 

Jesus’ Death

15:33 Now 20  when it was noon, 21  darkness came over the whole land 22  until three in the afternoon. 23  15:34 Around three o’clock 24  Jesus cried out with a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? 25  15:35 When some of the bystanders heard it they said, “Listen, he is calling for Elijah! 26  15:36 Then someone ran, filled a sponge with sour wine, 27  put it on a stick, 28  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 29  was torn in two, from top to bottom. 15:39 Now when the centurion, 30  who stood in front of him, saw how he died, 31  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, 32  and Salome. 15:41 When he was in Galilee, they had followed him and given him support. 33  Many other women who had come up with him to Jerusalem 34  were there too.

Jesus’ Burial

15:42 Now 35  when evening had already come, since it was the day of preparation (that is, the day before the Sabbath), 36  15:43 Joseph of Arimathea, a highly regarded member of the council, 37  who was himself looking forward to 38  the kingdom of God, 39  went boldly to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. 40  15:44 Pilate was surprised that he was already dead. He 41  called the centurion and asked him if he had been dead for some time. 15:45 When Pilate 42  was informed by the centurion, 43  he gave the body to Joseph. 15:46 After Joseph 44  bought a linen cloth 45  and took down the body, he wrapped it in the linen and placed it in a tomb cut out of the rock. 46  Then 47  he rolled a stone across the entrance 48  of the tomb. 15:47 Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses saw where the body 49  was placed.

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