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 law1 and the whole Sanhedrin tied Jesus up, led him away, and handed him over to Pilate.2 15:2 So3 Pilate asked him, “Are you the king4 of the Jews?” He replied,5 “You say so.”6 15:3 Then7 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 release13 Barabbas instead. 15:12 So Pilate spoke to them again,14 “Then what do you want me to do15 with the one you call king of the Jews?” 15:13 They shouted back, “Crucify16 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 over19 to be crucified.

Jesus is Mocked

15:16 So20 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 cloak23 on him and after braiding24 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 again27 they struck him on the head with a staff28 and spit on him. Then they knelt down and paid homage to him. 15:20 When they had finished mocking29 him, they stripped him of the purple cloak and put his own clothes back on him. Then30 they led him away to crucify him.31

The Crucifixion

15:21 The soldiers32 forced33 a passerby to carry his cross,34 Simon of Cyrene, who was coming in from the country35 (he was the father of Alexander and Rufus). 15:22 They brought Jesus36 to a place called Golgotha37 (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 Then40 they crucified41 him and divided his clothes, throwing dice42 for them, to decide what each would take. 15:25 It was nine o’clock in the morning43 when they crucified him. 15:26 The inscription44 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.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 law47 – 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 Now51 when it was noon,52 darkness came over the whole land53 until three in the afternoon.54 15:34 Around three o’clock55 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 curtain60 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 Jerusalem65 were there too.

Jesus’ Burial

15:42 Now66 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 to69 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. He72 called the centurion and asked him if he had been dead for some time. 15:45 When Pilate73 was informed by the centurion,74 he gave the body to Joseph. 15:46 After Joseph75 bought a linen cloth76 and took down the body, he wrapped it in the linen and placed it in a tomb cut out of the rock.77 Then78 he rolled a stone across the entrance79 of the tomb. 15:47 Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses saw where the body80 was placed.

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