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Mark 15

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Pilate Questions Jesus
(Matthew 27.1,2,11-14; Luke 23.1-5; John 18.28-38)
1 Early the next morning the chief priests, the nation's leaders, and the teachers of the Law of Moses met together with the whole Jewish council. They tied up Jesus and led him off to Pilate.
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1 And straightway in the morning the chief priests held a consultation with the elders and scribes and the whole council, and bound Jesus, and carried him away, and delivered him to Pilate.
2 He asked Jesus, “Are you the king of the Jews?”
“Those are your words,” Jesus answered.
2 And Pilate asked him, Art thou the King of the Jews? And he answering said unto him, Thou sayest it.
3 The chief priests brought many charges against Jesus.
3 And the chief priests accused him of many things: but he answered nothing.
4 Then Pilate questioned him again, “Don't you have anything to say? Don't you hear what crimes they say you have done?” 4 And Pilate asked him again, saying, Answerest thou nothing? behold how many things they witness against thee.
5 But Jesus did not answer, and Pilate was amazed. 5 But Jesus yet answered nothing; so that Pilate marvelled.
The Death Sentence
(Matthew 27.15-26; Luke 23.13-25; John 18.39—19.16)
6 During Passover, Pilate always freed one prisoner chosen by the people.
6 Now at that feast he released unto them one prisoner, whomsoever they desired.
7 And at that time there was a prisoner named Barabbas. He and some others had been arrested for murder during a riot. 7 And there was one named Barabbas, which lay bound with them that had made insurrection with him, who had committed murder in the insurrection.
8 The crowd now came and asked Pilate to set a prisoner free, just as he usually did. 8 And the multitude crying aloud began to desire him to do as he had ever done unto them.
9 Pilate asked them, “Do you want me to free the king of the Jews?”
9 But Pilate answered them, saying, Will ye that I release unto you the King of the Jews?
10 Pilate knew that the chief priests had brought Jesus to him because they were jealous. 10 For he knew that the chief priests had delivered him for envy.
11 But the chief priests told the crowd to ask Pilate to free Barabbas.
11 But the chief priests moved the people, that he should rather release Barabbas unto them.
12 Then Pilate asked the crowd, “What do you want me to do with this man you say is
s 15.12 this man you say is: These words are not in some manuscripts.
the king of the Jews?”
12 And Pilate answered and said again unto them, What will ye then that I shall do unto him whom ye call the King of the Jews?
13 They yelled, “Nail him to a cross!”
13 And they cried out again, Crucify him.
14 Pilate asked, “But what crime has he done?”
“Nail him to a cross!” they yelled even louder.
14 Then Pilate said unto them, Why, what evil hath he done? And they cried out the more exceedingly, Crucify him.
15 Pilate wanted to please the crowd. So he set Barabbas free. Then he ordered his soldiers to beat Jesus with a whip and nail him to a cross.
15 And so Pilate, willing to content the people, released Barabbas unto them, and delivered Jesus, when he had scourged him, to be crucified.
Soldiers Make Fun of Jesus
(Matthew 27.27-30; John 19.2,3)
16 The soldiers led Jesus inside the courtyard of the fortress
t 15.16 fortress: The place where the Roman governor stayed. It was probably at Herod's palace west of Jerusalem, though it may have been Fortress Antonia, north of the temple, where the Roman troops were stationed.
and called together the rest of the troops.
16 And the soldiers led him away into the hall, called Praetorium; and they call together the whole band.
Praetorium: or, the palace, or, hall of audience
17 They put a purple robe
u 15.17 purple robe: This was probably a Roman soldier's robe.
on him, and on his head they placed a crown that they had made out of thorn branches.
17 And they clothed him with purple, and platted a crown of thorns, and put it about his head,
18 They made fun of Jesus and shouted, “Hey, you king of the Jews!” 18 And began to salute him, Hail, King of the Jews!
19 Then they beat him on the head with a stick. They spit on him and knelt down and pretended to worship him. 19 And they smote him on the head with a reed, and did spit upon him, and bowing their knees worshipped him.
20 When the soldiers had finished making fun of Jesus, they took off the purple robe. They put his own clothes back on him and led him off to be nailed to a cross.
20 And when they had mocked him, they took off the purple from him, and put his own clothes on him, and led him out to crucify him.
21 Simon from Cyrene happened to be coming in from a farm, and they forced him to carry Jesus' cross. Simon was the father of Alexander and Rufus.
15.21 Ro 16.13.
21 And they compel one Simon a Cyrenian, who passed by, coming out of the country, the father of Alexander and Rufus, to bear his cross.
Jesus Is Nailed to a Cross
(Matthew 27.31-44; Luke 23.27-43; John 19.17-27)
22 The soldiers took Jesus to Golgotha, which means “Place of a Skull.”
v 15.22 Place of a Skull: The place was probably given this name because it was near a large rock in the shape of a human skull.
22 And they bring him unto the place Golgotha, which is, being interpreted, The place of a skull.
23 There they gave him some wine mixed with a drug to ease the pain, but he refused to drink it. 23 And they gave him to drink wine mingled with myrrh: but he received it not.
24 They nailed Jesus to a cross and gambled to see who would get his clothes.
15.24 Ps 22.18.
24 And when they had crucified him, they parted his garments, casting lots upon them, what every man should take.
25 It was about nine o'clock in the morning when they nailed him to the cross. 25 And it was the third hour, and they crucified him.
26 On it was a sign that told why he was nailed there. It read, “This is the King of the Jews.” 26 And the superscription of his accusation was written over, THE KING OF THE JEWS.
27-28 The soldiers also nailed two criminals on crosses, one to the right of Jesus and the other to his left.
w 15.27-28 left: Some manuscripts add, “So the Scriptures came true which say, ‘He was accused of being a criminal.’ ”
15.27,28 Is 53.12.
27 And with him they crucify two thieves; the one on his right hand, and the other on his left.
29 People who passed by said terrible things about Jesus. They shook their heads and shouted, “Ha! So you're the one who claimed you could tear down the temple and build it again in three days.
15.29 a Ps 22.7; 109.25; b Mk 14.58; Jn 2.19.
29 And they that passed by railed on him, wagging their heads, and saying, Ah, thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest it in three days,
30 Save yourself and come down from the cross!” 30 Save thyself, and come down from the cross.
31 The chief priests and the teachers of the Law of Moses also made fun of Jesus. They said to each other, “He saved others, but he can't save himself.
31 Likewise also the chief priests mocking said among themselves with the scribes, He saved others; himself he cannot save.
32 If he is the Messiah, the king of Israel, let him come down from the cross! Then we will see and believe.” The two criminals also said cruel things to Jesus. 32 Let Christ the King of Israel descend now from the cross, that we may see and believe. And they that were crucified with him reviled him.
The Death of Jesus
(Matthew 27.45-56; Luke 23.44-49; John 19.28-30)
33 About noon the sky turned dark and stayed that way until around three o'clock.
33 And when the sixth hour was come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour.
34 Then about that time Jesus shouted, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?”
x 15.34 Eloi ... sabachthani: These words are in Aramaic, a language spoken in Palestine during the time of Jesus.
which means, “My God, my God, why have you deserted me?”
15.34 Ps 22.1.
34 And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani? which is, being interpreted, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?
35 Some of the people standing there heard Jesus and said, “He is calling for Elijah.”
y 15.35 Elijah: The name “Elijah” sounds something like “Eloi,” which means “my God.”
35 And some of them that stood by, when they heard it, said, Behold, he calleth Elias.
36 One of them ran and grabbed a sponge. After he had soaked it in wine, he put it on a stick and held it up to Jesus. He said, “Let's wait and see if Elijah will come
z 15.36 see if Elijah will come: See the note at 6.15.
and take him down!”
15.36 Ps 69.21.
36 And one ran and filled a spunge full of vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave him to drink, saying, Let alone; let us see whether Elias will come to take him down.
37 Jesus shouted and then died. 37 And Jesus cried with a loud voice, and gave up the ghost.
38 At once the curtain in the temple
a 15.38 curtain in the temple: There were two curtains in the temple. One was at the entrance, and the other separated the holy place from the most holy place that the Jewish people thought of as God's home on earth. The second curtain is probably the one which is meant.
tore in two from top to bottom.
15.38 Ex 26.31
38 And the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom.
39 A Roman army officer was standing in front of Jesus. When the officer saw how Jesus died, he said, “This man really was the Son of God!”
39 And when the centurion, which stood over against him, saw that he so cried out, and gave up the ghost, he said, Truly this man was the Son of God.
40-41 Some women were looking on from a distance. They had come with Jesus to Jerusalem. But even before this they had been his followers and had helped him while he was in Galilee. Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of the younger James and of Joseph were two of these women. Salome was also one of them.
15.40,41 Lk 8.2,3.
40 There were also women looking on afar off: among whom was Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James the less and of Joses, and Salome;
Jesus Is Buried
(Matthew 27.57-61; Luke 23.50-56; John 19.38-42)
42 It was now the evening before the Sabbath, and the Jewish people were getting ready for that sacred day.
42 And now when the even was come, because it was the preparation, that is, the day before the sabbath,
43 A man named Joseph from Arimathea was brave enough to ask Pilate for the body of Jesus. Joseph was a highly respected member of the Jewish council, and he was also waiting for God's kingdom to come. 43 Joseph of Arimathaea, an honourable counsellor, which also waited for the kingdom of God, came, and went in boldly unto Pilate, and craved the body of Jesus.
44 Pilate was surprised to hear that Jesus was already dead, and he called in the army officer to find out if Jesus had been dead very long.
44 And Pilate marvelled if he were already dead: and calling unto him the centurion, he asked him whether he had been any while dead.
45 After the officer told him, Pilate let Joseph have Jesus' body. 45 And when he knew it of the centurion, he gave the body to Joseph.
46 Joseph bought a linen cloth and took the body down from the cross. He had it wrapped in the cloth, and he put it in a tomb that had been cut into solid rock. Then he rolled a big stone against the entrance to the tomb.
46 And he bought fine linen, and took him down, and wrapped him in the linen, and laid him in a sepulchre which was hewn out of a rock, and rolled a stone unto the door of the sepulchre.
47 Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joseph were watching and saw where the body was placed.
47 And Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses beheld where he was laid.

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