The Gospel According to Mark Chapter 15:1-47
Mark 15:1 As soon as morning came, the chief priests with the elders and the scribes, that is, the whole Sanhedrin, held a council. They bound Jesus, led him away, and handed him over to Pilate.
Mark 15:2 Pilate questioned him, "Are you the king of the Jews?" He said to him in reply, "You say so."
Mark 15:3 The chief priests accused him of many things.
Mark 15:4 Again Pilate questioned him, "Have you no answer? See how many things they accuse you of."
Mark 15:5 Jesus gave him no further answer, so that Pilate was amazed.
Mark 15:6 Now on the occasion of the feast he used to release to them one prisoner whom they requested.
Mark 15:7 A man called Barabbas was then in prison along with the rebels who had committed murder in a rebellion.
Mark 15:8 The crowd came forward and began to ask him to do for them as he was accustomed.
Mark 15:9 Pilate answered, "Do you want me to release to you the king of the Jews?"
Mark 15:10 For he knew that it was out of envy that the chief priests had handed him over.
Mark 15:11 But the chief priests stirred up the crowd to have him release Barabbas for them instead.
Mark 15:12 Pilate again said to them in reply, "Then what (do you want) me to do with (the man you call) the king of the Jews?"
Mark 15:13 They shouted again, "Crucify him."
Mark 15:14 Pilate said to them, "Why? What evil has he done?" They only shouted the louder, "Crucify him."
Mark 15:15 So Pilate, wishing to satisfy the crowd, released Barabbas to them and, after he had Jesus scourged, handed him over to be crucified.
Mark 15:16 The soldiers led him away inside the palace, that is, the praetorium, and assembled the whole cohort.
Mark 15:17 They clothed him in purple and, weaving a crown of thorns, placed it on him.
Mark 15:18 They began to salute him with, "Hail, King of the Jews!"
Mark 15:19 and kept striking his head with a reed and spitting upon him. They knelt before him in homage.
Mark 15:20 And when they had mocked him, they stripped him of the purple cloak, dressed him in his own clothes, and led him out to crucify him.
Mark 15:21 They pressed into service a passer-by, Simon, a Cyrenian, who was coming in from the country, the father of Alexander and Rufus, to carry his cross.
Mark 15:22 They brought him to the place of Golgotha (which is translated Place of the Skull).
Mark 15:23 They gave him wine drugged with myrrh, but he did not take it.
Mark 15:24 Then they crucified him and divided his garments by casting lots for them to see what each should take.
Mark 15:25 It was nine o'clock in the morning when they crucified him.
Mark 15:26 The inscription of the charge against him read, "The King of the Jews."
Mark 15:27 With him they crucified two revolutionaries, one on his right and one on his left. Mark 15:28 )
Mark 15:29 Those passing by reviled him, shaking their heads and saying, "Aha! You who would destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days,
Mark 15:30 save yourself by coming down from the cross."
Mark 15:31 Likewise the chief priests, with the scribes, mocked him among themselves and said, "He saved others; he cannot save himself.
Mark 15:32 Let the Messiah, the King of Israel, come down now from the cross that we may see and believe." Those who were crucified with him also kept abusing him.
Mark 15:33 At noon darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon.
Mark 15:34 And at three o'clock Jesus cried out in a loud voice, "Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?" which is translated, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?"
Mark 15:35 Some of the bystanders who heard it said, "Look, he is calling Elijah."
Mark 15:36 One of them ran, soaked a sponge with wine, put it on a reed, and gave it to him to drink, saying, "Wait, let us see if Elijah comes to take him down."
Mark 15:37 Jesus gave a loud cry and breathed his last.
Mark 15:38 The veil of the sanctuary was torn in two from top to bottom.
Mark 15:39 When the centurion who stood facing him saw how he breathed his last he said, "Truly this man was the Son of God!"
Mark 15:41 These women had followed him when he was in Galilee and ministered to him. There were also many other women who had come up with him to Jerusalem.
Mark 15:42 When it was already evening, since it was the day of preparation, the day before the sabbath,
Mark 15:43 Joseph of Arimathea, a distinguished member of the council, who was himself awaiting the kingdom of God, came and courageously went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus.
Mark 15:44 Pilate was amazed that he was already dead. He summoned the centurion and asked him if Jesus had already died.
Mark 15:45 And when he learned of it from the centurion, he gave the body to Joseph.
Mark 15:46 Having bought a linen cloth, he took him down, wrapped him in the linen cloth and laid him in a tomb that had been hewn out of the rock. Then he rolled a stone against the entrance to the tomb.