THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO
12. Judged by Pilate
1 aNow when morning had come, all the chief priests and the elders of the people took bcounsel against Jesus to put Him to death.
2 And having bound Him, they led Him away and delivered Him to 1aPilate the governor.
3 Then aJudas, who betrayed Him, seeing that He was condemned, 1regretted and returned the bthirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders,
4 Saying, I have sinned in betraying ainnocent blood. But they said, What is that to us? You see to that yourself!
5 And he threw the pieces of silver into the temple and departed, and he went away and ahanged himself.
6 And the 1chief priests took the pieces of silver and said, It is not lawful to put them into the 2temple atreasury, since it is blood money.
7 And after taking counsel, they bought with it the potter's field as a burial place for strangers.
8 Therefore that field has been called the aField of Blood to this day.
9 At that time what was spoken through 1Jeremiah the prophet was fulfilled, saying, a"And they took the thirty pieces of silver, the price of Him that had been priced, whom they of the sons of Israel had priced,
10 And they gave them for the potter's field, as the Lord directed me.''
11 aAnd Jesus stood before the governor, and the governor questioned Him, saying, Are You the bKing of the Jews? And Jesus said, cIt is as you say.
12 And while He was being accused by the chief priests and elders, He answered 1anothing.
13 Then Pilate said to Him, Do You not hear how many things they testify aagainst You?
14 And He did 1anot answer him, not even to one word, so that the governor marveled greatly.
15 aNow at the feasts the governor was accustomed to release to the crowd one prisoner whom they wanted.
16 And they had at that time a notorious prisoner named Barabbas.
17 Therefore when they were gathered together, Pilate said to them, 1Whom do you want me to release to you? Barabbas or Jesus who is called Christ?
18 For he knew that it was because of envy that they had delivered Him up.
19 And while he was sitting on the judgment seat, his wife sent word to him, saying, Have nothing to do with that arighteous man, for I have suffered much today in a 1bdream because of Him.
20 But the chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowds to aask for Barabbas and to destroy Jesus.
21 And the governor answered and said to them, Which of the two do you want me to release to you? And they said, Barabbas.
22 Pilate said to them, What then shall I do with Jesus who is called Christ? They all said, Let Him be crucified!
23 But he said, Why, awhat evil has He done? But they cried out the more, saying, Let Him be crucified!
24 And Pilate, seeing that nothing was gained but rather that an auproar was taking place, took water and 1bwashed his hands before the crowd, saying, 2I am innocent of this 3cman's blood. You see to it yourselves.
25 And all the people answered and said, His ablood be upon us and upon our children!
26 Then he released to them Barabbas, but Jesus he 1ascourged and delivered up to be 2crucified.
13. Mocked by the Heathen Soldiers
27 aThen the governor's soldiers took Jesus into the 1bpraetorium and gathered about Him the whole cohort.
28 And they stripped Him and put a scarlet robe around Him,
29 And they wove a crown of 1athorns and placed it on His head and put a reed in His right hand; and they kneeled before Him and bmocked Him saying, 2Rejoice, King of the Jews!
30 And they aspat on Him and took the reed and beat Him on the head.
31 And when they had mocked Him, they stripped Him of the robe and put His garments on Him, and 1led Him away to crucify Him.
32 aAnd as they were going out, they found a man of 1bCyrene, Simon by name; this one they compelled to take up His cross.
a. Killed and Mocked by Men
33 And when they had come to a place called 1Golgotha, that is to say, Place of a Skull,
34 aThey gave Him 1wine to drink, mingled with bgall. And when He tasted it, He would 2not drink.
35 And when they had crucified Him, they 1adivided His garments among themselves, casting lots.
36 And they sat down and aguarded Him there.
37 aAnd they set in writing over His head the charge against Him: This Is Jesus, The King Of The Jews.
38 At that time atwo 1robbers were crucified with Him, one on the right and one on the left.
39 And those who were passing by blasphemed Him, awagging their heads
40 And saying, You who adestroy the temple and build it up in three days, bsave Yourself! 1cIf You are the Son of God, come down from the cross!
41 aLikewise also the chief priests with the scribes and elders mocked Him and said,
42 He saved others; Himself He 1cannot save. He is aKing of Israel; let Him come down now from the cross, and we will believe on Him.
43 He trusts in God; let Him arescue Him now if He wants Him, for He said, I am the Son of God.
44 And in the same way the robbers who were crucified with Him also areproached Him.
b. Judged and Forsaken by God
45 aNow from the 1sixth hour darkness fell over all the land until the 1ninth hour.
46 And about the 1ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is, aMy God, My God, 2why have You forsaken Me?
47 And some of those standing there, when they heard this, said, This man is calling Elijah.
48 And immediately one of them ran, and taking a sponge, he soaked it with 1avinegar and put it on a reed, and gave it to Him to drink.
49 But the rest said, Let Him be. Let us see if Elijah is coming to save Him.
50 And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice and 1ayielded up His spirit.
c. The Effect of His Crucifixion
51 And behold, the 1aveil of the temple was split in two 2from top to bottom, and the 3earth was shaken and the 4rocks were split,
52 And the 1tombs were opened, and many 2bodies of the saints who had fallen aasleep were raised.
53 And they 1came out of the tombs after His resurrection and entered into the holy city and 2appeared to many.
54 Now the centurion and those with him aguarding Jesus, when they saw the earthquake and the things that happened, became greatly frightened, saying, Truly this was the bSon of God.
55 And many women were there looking on from a distance, who had followed Jesus from Galilee, aministering to Him,
56 Among whom were aMary the Magdalene, and 1Mary the mother of James and Joseph, and the bmother of the sons of Zebedee.
15. Buried by a Rich Man
57 aAnd when 1evening fell, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who himself had also become a disciple of Jesus.
58 This man came to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then Pilate commanded that it be given to him.
59 And Joseph took the body and wrapped it in a clean, fine linen cloth.
60 And he 1laid it in his own anew tomb, which he had bhewn in the rock. And having rolled a cgreat stone in front of the door of the tomb, he went away.
61 And aMary the Magdalene was there, and the other Mary, sitting opposite the grave.
62 On the next day, which is the day after the 1preparation, the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered unto Pilate,
63 Saying, Sir, we have remembered that while He was still living, that adeceiver said, bAfter three days I will arise.
64 Therefore, give orders for the grave to be secured until the third day, lest His disciples come and asteal Him away and say to the people, He has been raised from the dead. And the last deception will be worse than the first.
65 Pilate said to them, Take a aguard. Go and make the tomb as secure as you know how.
66 And they went and secured the grave, 1asealing the stone, with the guard being there.