1 Early in the morning, the chief priests, the elders and the teachers of the Law (that is, the whole Council or San hedrin) had their plan ready. They put Jesus in chains, led him away and handed him over to Pilate.
2 Pilate asked him, Are you the King of the Jews? Jesus answered, You say so. 3 As the chief priests accused Jesus of many things, 4 Pilate asked him again, Have you no answer at all? See how many charges they bring against you. 5 But Jesus gave no further answers, so that Pilate wondered.
:B:6 At every Passover festival, Pilate used to free any prisoner the people asked for. 7 Now there was a man called Barabbas, jailed with the rioters who had committed murder in the uprising. 8 When the crowd went up to ask Pilate the usual favor, 9 he said to them, Do you want me to set free the King of the Jews? 10 For he realized that the chief priests had handed Jesus over to him out of envy. 11 But the chief priests stirred up the crowd to ask instead for the release of Barab bas. 12 Pilate replied, And what shall I do with the man you call King of the Jews? 13 The crowd shouted back, Crucify him! 14 Pilate asked, What evil has he done? But they shouted the louder, Crucify him!
Jesus crowned with thorns
:B:15 As Pilate wanted to please the people, he freed Barabbas and after the flogging of Jesus had him handed over to be crucified.
16 The soldiers took him inside the courtyard known as the prae torium and called the rest of their companions. 17 They clothed him in a purple cloak and twisting a crown of thorns, they forced it onto his head. 18 Then they began saluting him, Long life to the King of the Jews! 19 With a stick they gave him blows on the head and spat on him
20 When they had finished mocking him, they pulled off the purple cloak and put his own clothes on him.
20 The soldiers led him out of the city to crucify him. 21 On the way they met Simon of Cyrene, father of Alexander and Rufus, who was coming in from the country, and forced him to carry the cross of Je sus.
22 When they had led him to the place called Golgotha, which means the Skull,23 they offered him wine mixed with myrrh, but he would not take it. 24 Then they nailed him to the cross and divided his clothes among themselves, casting lots to decide what each should take.
25 It was about nine oclock in the morning when they crucified him. 26 The statement of his offense was displayed above his head and it read, The King of the Jews. 27 They also crucified two robbers with him, one on his right and one on his left.
29 People passing by laughed at him, shook their head and jeered, Aha! So you are able to tear down the Temple and build it up again in three days. 30 Now save yourself and come down from the cross!
31 In the same way the chief priests and the teachers of the Law mocked him saying to one another, The man who saved others cannot save him self. 32 Lets see the Mes siah, the king of Israel, come down from his cross and then we will be lieve in him. Even the men who were crucified with Jesus insulted him.
The death of Jesus
:B:33 When noon came, darkness fell over the whole land and lasted until three oclock
37 But Jesus uttered a loud cry and gave up his spirit. 38 And immediately the curtain that enclosed the Temple sanctuary was torn in two from top to bottom.
39 The captain who was standing in front of him saw how Jesus died and heard the cry he gave
40 There were also some women watching from a distance
:B:42 It was now evening and as it was Preparation Day, that is the day before the Sabbath, 43 Joseph of Arimathea boldly went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Joseph was a respected member of the Council who was himself waiting for the kingdom of God.
44 Pilate was surprised that Jesus should have died so soon
46 Joseph took it down and wrap p ed it in the linen sheet he had bought. He laid the body in a tomb that had been cut out of the rock and rolled a stone across the entrance to the tomb. 47 Now Mary of Mag dala and Mary the mother of Joset took note of where the body had been laid.