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But the mob roared even louder, “Crucify
him!”
15 So to pacify the crowd, Pilate released Barabbas to them. He ordered Jesus flogged with a
lead-tipped whip, then turned him over to the
Roman soldiers to be crucified.
The Soldiers Mock Jesus
16 The soldiers took Jesus into the courtyard of
the governor’s headquarters (called the Praetorium) and called out the entire regiment. 17 They
dressed him in a purple robe, and they wove
thorn branches into a crown and put it on his
head. 18 Then they saluted him and taunted, “Hail!
King of the Jews!” 19 And they struck him on the
head with a reed stick, spit on him, and dropped
to their knees in mock worship. 20 When they
were finally tired of mocking him, they took off
the purple robe and put his own clothes on him
again. Then they led him away to be crucified.
The Crucifixion
21 A passerby named Simon, who was from Cyrene,* was coming in from the countryside just
then, and the soldiers forced him to carry Jesus’
cross. (Simon was the father of Alexander and
Rufus.) 22 And they brought Jesus to a place
called Golgotha (which means “Place of the
Skull”). 23 They offered him wine drugged with
myrrh, but he refused it.
24 Then the soldiers nailed him to the cross.
They divided his clothes and threw dice* to
decide who would get each piece. 25 It was nine
o’clock in the morning when they crucified him.
26 A sign announced the charge against him. It
read, “The King of the Jews.” 27 Two revolutionaries* were crucified with him, one on his right
and one on his left.*
29 The people passing by shouted abuse,
shaking their heads in mockery. “Ha! Look at
you now!” they yelled at him. “You said you
were going to destroy the Temple and rebuild
it in three days. 30 Well then, save yourself and
come down from the cross!”
31 The leading priests and teachers of religious law also mocked Jesus. “He saved others,”
they scoffed, “but he can’t save himself! 32 Let
this Messiah, this King of Israel, come down
from the cross so we can see it and believe him!”
Even the men who were crucified with Jesus
ridiculed him.
The Death of Jesus
33 At noon, darkness fell across the whole land
until three o’clock. 34 Then at three o’clock Jesus
called out with a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema
sabachthani?” which means “My God, my God,
why have you abandoned me?”*
35 Some of the bystanders misunderstood and
thought he was calling for the prophet Elijah.
36 One of them ran and filled a sponge with sour
wine, holding it up to him on a reed stick so he
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could drink. “Wait!” he said. “Let’s see whether
Elijah comes to take him down!”
37 Then Jesus uttered another loud cry and
breathed his last. 38 And the curtain in the sanctuary of the Temple was torn in two, from top
to bottom.
39 When the Roman officer* who stood facing
him* saw how he had died, he exclaimed, “This
man truly was the Son of God!”
40 Some women were there, watching from a
distance, including Mary Magdalene, Mary (the
mother of James the younger and of Joseph*),
and Salome. 41 They had been followers of Jesus
and had cared for him while he was in Galilee.
Many other women who had come with him to
Jerusalem were also there.
The Burial of Jesus
42 This all happened on Friday, the day of preparation,* the day before the Sabbath. As evening
approached, 43 Joseph of Arimathea took a risk
and went to Pilate and asked for Jesus’ body.
( Joseph was an honored member of the high
council, and he was waiting for the Kingdom of
God to come.) 44 Pilate couldn’t believe that Jesus
was already dead, so he called for the Roman officer and asked if he had died yet. 45 The officer
confirmed that Jesus was dead, so Pilate told
Joseph he could have the body. 46 Joseph bought
a long sheet of linen cloth. Then he took Jesus’
body down from the cross, wrapped it in the
cloth, and laid it in a tomb that had been carved
out of the rock. Then he rolled a stone in front
of the entrance. 47 Mary Magdalene and Mary the
mother of Joseph saw where Jesus’ body was laid.
The Resurrection
Saturday evening, when the Sabbath
ended, Mary Magdalene, Mary the
mother of James, and Salome went out and purchased burial spices so they could anoint Jesus’
body. 2 Very early on Sunday morning,* just at
sunrise, they went to the tomb. 3 On the way they
were asking each other, “Who will roll away the
stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?” 4 But
as they arrived, they looked up and saw that the
stone, which was very large, had already been
rolled aside.
5 When they entered the tomb, they saw a
young man clothed in a white robe sitting on
the right side. The women were shocked, 6 but
the angel said, “Don’t be alarmed. You are looking for Jesus of Nazareth,* who was crucified.
He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead! Look,
16
15:21 Cyrene was a city in northern Africa. 15:24 Greek cast
lots. See Ps 22:18. 15:27a Or Two criminals. 15:27b Some
manuscripts add verse 28, And the Scripture was fulfilled that
said, “He was counted among those who were rebels.” See Isa
53:12; also compare Luke 22:37. 15:34 Ps 22:1. 15:39a Greek
the centurion; similarly in 15:44, 45. 15:39b Some manuscripts
add heard his cry and. 15:40 Greek Joses; also in 15:47.
See Matt 27:56. 15:42 Greek It was the day of preparation.
16:2 Greek on the first day of the week; also in 16:9. 16:6 Or
Jesus the Nazarene.





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