Chapter 27

When morning came, all the chief priests and elders of the people plotted against Jesus to kill him. 2They bound him and took him off to Pilate, the Governor.

3Then when Judas, the betrayer, saw that Jesus was condemned he was sorry and returned the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders. 4He said, “I’ve done wrong. I’ve betrayed innocent blood.” They said, “What do we care? That’s your problem.” 5Judas threw the silver into the temple and then ran off and hung himself. 6The chief priests picked up the silver and said, “We can’t put this money into the Temple treasury because it’s blood money.” 7So they talked together and decided to use it to buy the potter’s field to use as a burial place for strangers. 8Because of this, the field is called the Field of Blood even now. 9This fulfilled the words that were spoken through the Prophet Jeremiah, “And they took the thirty pieces of silver, the price of the one whose price was set by Israel’s sons, 10and they gave them for the potter’s field, just as the LORD commanded me.”

11Now, Jesus stood in front of the governor, and the governor asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” But Jesus said, “You say so.” 12And he didn’t answer when he was accused by the chief priests and the elders. 13Then Pilate said to him, “Don’t you hear everything they accuse you of?” 14But he didn’t answer him, not a word, and the Governor was very amazed.

15Now, it was custom that during the festival the Governor would set free a prisoner chosen by the people. 16They held an infamous prisoner called Barabbas. 17Pilate brought the people together and said to them, “Who do you want me to release to you? Barabbas or Jesus who’s called Christ?” 18Because he knew that they handed him over because of jealousy. 19While he was holding court, his wife sent him a message saying, “Don’t do anything to that righteous man. Because I have suffered a lot today because of a dream about him.” 20But the chief priest and the elders persuaded the crowd to ask for Barabbas back, and that they kill Jesus. 21The governor asked them again, “Which of these two do you want me to release to you?” They said, “Barabbas!” 22Pilate said to them, “Then what should I do with Jesus, who’s called Christ?” They all said, “Crucify him!” 23Then he asked, “Why? What crime has he done?” But they shouted even louder, “Crucify him!”

24When Pilate saw that he couldn’t do anything, and not only that but a riot was beginning, he took some water and washed off his hands in front of the crowd and said, “I’m innocent of this man’s blood. See for yourselves!” 25And they all answered, “His blood is on us and our children!” 26Then he released Barabbas to them and after beating Jesus, he gave him over to be crucified.

27Then the Governor’s soldiers took Jesus into the Governor’s headquarters, and brought the whole squadron together around him. 28They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him, 29then they made a crown out of thorns and put it on his head, and put a reed in his hand. Then they fell onto their knees in front of him and mocked him, “Hail, King of the Jews!” 30Then they spit on him and took the reed from him and beat him on the head with it. 31After they humiliated him, they took the robe off and put his own clothes back on him and led him off to be crucified.

32As they went out, they found a man from Cyrene named Simon, and they forced him to carry Jesus’ cross. 33Then they went to Golgotha, which is called the Place of the Skull, 34they gave him wine mixed with gall to drink, but when he tasted it, he wouldn’t drink it. 35They crucified him and they divided his clothes among themselves by throwing lots. 36They sat there and kept watch over him. 37They put a sign above his head saying the charge against him, “This is Jesus, the King of the Jews.”

38They also crucified two robbers with him, one of the right and one of the left. 39The people passing by insulted him and shook their heads 40saying, “You said you could destroy the Temple and build it again in three days. Save yourself! If you’re the son of God, then come down from that cross!” 41The chief priest also mocked him, saying along with the scribes and elders, 42"He saved others, but he can’t save himself! He is the King of Israel, let him come down from the cross and we’ll believe him. 43He trusts in God, let God rescue him now, if He wants to. After all, he said, ‘I’m the Son of God.’” 44Even the robbers who were crucified with him insulted him in the same way.

45From noon until about thee in the afternoon, darkness covered the land. 46And at about that time, Jesus shouted in a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” That means, “My God, my God, why have You forsaken me?” 47Some of the people standing there heard this and said, “He’s calling out for Elijah.” 48One of them immediately ran and got a sponge, filled it with sour wine, put it on a stick and gave it to him to drink. 49But the others said, “No, wait. Let’s see if Elijah comes and saves him.”

50Jesus shouted again in a loud voice and gave up his spirit.

51And look! At that very moment the temple veil was split in two from the top to the bottom, and the whole earth shook and the rocks were split. 52The graves of the saints who were asleep were opened and their bodies were raised. 53And after His resurrection, they came out of their graves and went into the holy city and many people saw them. 54When the centurion and the soldiers with him who were keeping watch over Jesus saw the earthquake they became very afraid. He said, “Yes, this Man was the Son of God.”

55There were some women who were watching from a distance who had followed Jesus from Galilee and served him. 56Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Joseph, and the mother of the sons of Zebedee were among them.

57When evening came, a rich man from Arimathea named Joseph came who was also a disciple of Jesus. 58He came to Pilate and asked for Jesus’ body. Pilate commanded that it be given to him. 59Joseph took the body and wrapped it in clean linen 60and laid it in his new grave which was cut in the rock. Then he rolled a big stone in the door of the grave and left. 61Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were there, sitting opposite of the tomb.

62The next day, which is after the day of Preparation, the chief priests and the Pharisees came together and went to Pilate 63saying, “Sir, we remember that while the liar was still alive he said, ‘I’ll be raised after three days.’ 64So, command that the tomb be guarded until the third day, so that his disciples can’t come and steal the body and say to the people, ‘He was raised from the dead.’ Then the last lie would be worse than the first.” 65Pilate said to them, “You have a guard of soldiers, make it as secure as you know how.” 66So they took the guards to the tomb and secured it by placing a seal on the stone.

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