23 Then 1 the whole group of them rose up and brought Jesus 2 before Pilate. 3 2 They 4 began to accuse 5 him, saying, “We found this man subverting 6 our nation, forbidding 7 us to pay the tribute tax 8 to Caesar 9 and claiming that he himself is Christ, 10 a king.” 3 So 11 Pilate asked Jesus, 12 “Are you the king 13 of the Jews?” He replied, “You say so.” 14 4 Then 15 Pilate said to the chief priests and the crowds, “I find no basis for an accusation 16 against this man.” 5 But they persisted 17 in saying, “He incites 18 the people by teaching throughout all Judea. It started in Galilee and ended up here!” 19
6 Now when Pilate heard this, he asked whether the man was a Galilean. 7 When 20 he learned that he was from Herod’s jurisdiction, 21 he sent him over to Herod, 22 who also happened to be in Jerusalem 23 at that time. 8 When 24 Herod saw Jesus, he was very glad, for he had long desired to see him, because he had heard about him and was hoping to see him perform 25 some miraculous sign. 26 9 So 27 Herod 28 questioned him at considerable length; Jesus 29 gave him no answer. 10 The chief priests and the experts in the law 30 were there, vehemently accusing him. 31 11 Even Herod with his soldiers treated him with contempt and mocked him. Then, 32 dressing him in elegant clothes, 33 Herod 34 sent him back to Pilate. 12 That very day Herod and Pilate became friends with each other, 35 for prior to this they had been enemies. 36
13 Then 37 Pilate called together the chief priests, the 38 rulers, and the people, 14 and said to them, “You brought me this man as one who was misleading 39 the people. When I examined him before you, I 40 did not find this man guilty 41 of anything you accused him of doing. 15 Neither did Herod, for he sent him back to us. Look, he has done nothing 42 deserving death. 43 16 I will therefore have him flogged 44 and release him.” 17 [[EMPTY]] 45
18 But they all shouted out together, 46 “Take this man 47 away! Release Barabbas for us!” 19 (This 48 was a man who had been thrown into prison for an insurrection 49 started in the city, and for murder.) 50 20 Pilate addressed them once again because he wanted 51 to release Jesus. 21 But they kept on shouting, 52 “Crucify, crucify 53 him!” 22 A third time he said to them, “Why? What wrong has he done? I have found him guilty 54 of no crime deserving death. 55 I will therefore flog 56 him and release him.” 23 But they were insistent, 57 demanding with loud shouts that he be crucified. And their shouts prevailed. 24 So 58 Pilate 59 decided 60 that their demand should be granted. 25 He released the man they asked for, who had been thrown in prison for insurrection and murder. But he handed Jesus over 61 to their will. 62
26 As 63 they led him away, they seized Simon of Cyrene, 64 who was coming in from the country. 65 They placed the cross on his back and made him carry it behind Jesus. 66 27 A great number of the people followed him, among them women 67 who were mourning 68 and wailing for him. 28 But Jesus turned to them and said, “Daughters of Jerusalem, 69 do not weep for me, but weep for yourselves 70 and for your children. 29 For this is certain: 71 The days are coming when they will say, ‘Blessed are the barren, the wombs that never bore children, and the breasts that never nursed!’ 72 30 Then they will begin to say to the mountains, 73 ‘Fall on us!’ and to the hills, ‘Cover us!’ 74 31 For if such things are done 75 when the wood is green, what will happen when it is dry?” 76
32 Two other criminals 77 were also led away to be executed with him. 33 So 78 when they came to the place that is called “The Skull,” 79 they crucified 80 him there, along with the criminals, one on his right and one on his left. 34 [But Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing.”] 81 Then 82 they threw dice 83 to divide his clothes. 84 35 The people also stood there watching, but the rulers ridiculed 85 him, saying, “He saved others. Let him save 86 himself if 87 he is the Christ 88 of God, his chosen one!” 36 The soldiers also mocked him, coming up and offering him sour wine, 89 37 and saying, “If 90 you are the king of the Jews, save yourself!” 38 There was also an inscription 91 over him, “This is the king of the Jews.”
39 One of the criminals who was hanging there railed at him, saying, “Aren’t 92 you the Christ? 93 Save yourself and us!” 40 But the other rebuked him, saying, 94 “Don’t 95 you fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? 96 41 And we rightly so, for we are getting what we deserve for what we did, but this man has done nothing 97 wrong.” 42 Then 98 he said, “Jesus, remember me 99 when you come in 100 your kingdom.” 43 And Jesus 101 said to him, “I tell you the truth, 102 today 103 you will be with me in paradise.” 104
44 It was now 105 about noon, 106 and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon, 107 45 because the sun’s light failed. 108 The temple curtain 109 was torn in two. 46 Then Jesus, calling out with a loud voice, said, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!” 110 And after he said this he breathed his last.
47 Now when the centurion 111 saw what had happened, he praised God and said, “Certainly this man was innocent!” 112 48 And all the crowds that had assembled for this spectacle, when they saw what had taken place, returned home beating their breasts. 113 49 And all those who knew Jesus 114 stood at a distance, and the women who had followed him from Galilee saw 115 these things.
50 Now 116 there was a man named Joseph who was a member of the council, 117 a good and righteous man. 51 (He 118 had not consented 119 to their plan and action.) He 120 was from the Judean town 121 of Arimathea, and was looking forward to 122 the kingdom of God. 123 52 He went to Pilate and asked for the body 124 of Jesus. 53 Then 125 he took it down, wrapped it in a linen cloth, 126 and placed it 127 in a tomb cut out of the rock, 128 where no one had yet been buried. 129 54 It was the day of preparation 130 and the Sabbath was beginning. 131 55 The 132 women who had accompanied Jesus 133 from Galilee followed, and they saw the tomb and how his body was laid in it. 56 Then 134 they returned and prepared aromatic spices 135 and perfumes. 136
On the Sabbath they rested according to the commandment. 137
24 Now on the first day 1 of the week, at early dawn, the women 2 went to the tomb, taking the aromatic spices 3 they had prepared. 2 They 4 found that the stone had been rolled away from the tomb, 5 3 but when they went in, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. 6 4 While 7 they were perplexed 8 about this, suddenly 9 two men stood beside them in dazzling 10 attire. 5 The 11 women 12 were terribly frightened 13 and bowed 14 their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living 15 among the dead? 6 He is not here, but has been raised! 16 Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, 17 7 that 18 the Son of Man must be delivered 19 into the hands of sinful men, 20 and be crucified, 21 and on the third day rise again.” 22 8 Then 23 the women remembered his words, 24 9 and when they returned from the tomb they told all these things to the eleven 25 and to all the rest. 10 Now it was Mary Magdalene, 26 Joanna, 27 Mary the mother of James, and the other women with them who told these things to the apostles. 11 But these words seemed like pure nonsense 28 to them, and they did not believe them. 12 But Peter got up and ran to the tomb. 29 He bent down 30 and saw only the strips of linen cloth; 31 then he went home, 32 wondering 33 what had happened. 34
13 Now 35 that very day two of them 36 were on their way to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles 37 from Jerusalem. 38 14 They 39 were talking to each other about all the things that had happened. 15 While 40 they were talking and debating 41 these things, 42 Jesus himself approached and began to accompany them 16 (but their eyes were kept 43 from recognizing 44 him). 45 17 Then 46 he said to them, “What are these matters 47 you are discussing so intently 48 as you walk along?” And they stood still, looking sad. 18 Then one of them, named Cleopas, answered him, 49 “Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem who doesn’t know 50 the things that have happened there 51 in these days?” 19 He 52 said to them, “What things?” “The things concerning Jesus the Nazarene,” they replied, “a man 53 who, with his powerful deeds and words, proved to be a prophet 54 before God and all the people; 20 and how our chief priests and rulers handed him over 55 to be condemned to death, and crucified 56 him. 21 But we had hoped 57 that he was the one who was going to redeem 58 Israel. Not only this, but it is now the third day since these things happened. 22 Furthermore, some women of our group amazed us. 59 They 60 were at the tomb early this morning, 23 and when they did not find his body, they came back and said they had seen a vision of angels, 61 who said he was alive. 24 Then 62 some of those who were with us went to the tomb, and found it just as the women had said, but they did not see him.” 63 25 So 64 he said to them, “You 65 foolish people 66 – how slow of heart 67 to believe 68 all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Wasn’t 69 it necessary 70 for the Christ 71 to suffer these things and enter into his glory?” 27 Then 72 beginning with Moses and all the prophets, 73 he interpreted to them the things written about 74 himself in all the scriptures.
28 So they approached the village where they were going. He acted as though he wanted to go farther, 75 29 but they urged him, 76 “Stay with us, because it is getting toward evening and the day is almost done.” So 77 he went in to stay with them.
30 When 78 he had taken his place at the table 79 with them, he took the bread, blessed and broke it, 80 and gave it to them. 31 At this point 81 their eyes were opened and they recognized 82 him. 83 Then 84 he vanished out of their sight. 32 They 85 said to each other, “Didn’t 86 our hearts 87 burn within us 88 while he was speaking with us on the road, while he was explaining 89 the scriptures to us?” 33 So 90 they got up that very hour and returned to Jerusalem. 91 They 92 found the eleven and those with them gathered together 34 and 93 saying, “The Lord has really risen, and has appeared to Simon!” 94 35 Then they told what had happened on the road, 95 and how they recognized him 96 when he broke the bread.
36 While they were saying these things, Jesus 97 himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” 98 37 But they were startled and terrified, thinking 99 they saw a ghost. 100 38 Then 101 he said to them, “Why are you frightened, 102 and why do doubts 103 arise in your hearts? 39 Look at my hands and my feet; it’s me! 104 Touch me and see; a ghost 105 does not have flesh and bones like you see I have.” 40 When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet. 106 41 And while they still could not believe it 107 (because of their joy) and were amazed, 108 he said to them, “Do you have anything here to eat?” 109 42 So 110 they gave him a piece of broiled fish, 43 and he took it and ate it in front of them.
44 Then 111 he said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me 112 in the law of Moses and the prophets and the psalms 113 must be fulfilled.” 45 Then he opened their minds so they could understand the scriptures, 114 46 and said to them, “Thus it stands written that the Christ 115 would suffer 116 and would rise from the dead on the third day, 47 and repentance 117 for the forgiveness of sins would be proclaimed 118 in his name to all nations, 119 beginning from Jerusalem. 120 48 You are witnesses 121 of these things. 49 And look, I am sending you 122 what my Father promised. 123 But stay in the city 124 until you have been clothed with power 125 from on high.”
50 Then 126 Jesus 127 led them out as far as Bethany, 128 and lifting up his hands, he blessed them. 51 Now 129 during the blessing 130 he departed 131 and was taken up into heaven. 132 52 So 133 they worshiped 134 him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy, 135 53 and were continually in the temple courts 136 blessing 137 God. 138
1 The revelation of Jesus Christ, 1 which God gave him to show his servants 2 what must happen very soon. 3 He made it clear 4 by sending his angel to his servant 5 John, 2 who then 6 testified to everything that he saw concerning the word of God and the testimony about 7 Jesus Christ. 3 Blessed is the one who reads the words of this 8 prophecy aloud, 9 and blessed are 10 those who hear and obey 11 the things written in it, because the time is near! 12
4 From John, 13 to the seven churches that are in the province of Asia: 14 Grace and peace to you 15 from “he who is,” 16 and who was, and who is still to come, 17 and from the seven spirits who are before his throne, 5 and from Jesus Christ – the faithful 18 witness, 19 the firstborn from among the dead, the ruler over the kings of the earth. To the one who loves us and has set us free 20 from our sins at the cost of 21 his own blood 6 and has appointed 22 us as a kingdom, 23 as priests 24 serving his God and Father – to him be the glory and the power for ever and ever! 25 Amen.
7 (Look! He is returning with the clouds, 26
and every eye will see him,
even 27 those who pierced him, 28
and all the tribes 29 on the earth will mourn because 30 of him.
This will certainly come to pass! 31 Amen.) 32
8 “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” 33 says the Lord God – the one who is, and who was, and who is still to come – the All-Powerful! 34
9 I, John, your brother and the one who shares 35 with you in the persecution, kingdom, and endurance that 36 are in Jesus, was on the island called Patmos because of the word of God and the testimony about Jesus. 37 10 I was in the Spirit 38 on the Lord’s Day 39 when 40 I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet, 11 saying: “Write in a book what you see and send it to the seven churches – to Ephesus, 41 Smyrna, 42 Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea.”
12 I 43 turned to see whose voice was speaking to me, 44 and when I did so, 45 I saw seven golden lampstands, 13 and in the midst of the lampstands was one like a son of man. 46 He was dressed in a robe extending down to his feet and he wore a wide golden belt 47 around his chest. 14 His 48 head and hair were as white as wool, even as white as snow, 49 and his eyes were like a fiery 50 flame. 15 His feet were like polished bronze 51 refined 52 in a furnace, and his voice was like the roar 53 of many waters. 16 He held 54 seven stars in his right hand, and a sharp double-edged sword extended out of his mouth. His 55 face shone like the sun shining at full strength. 17 When 56 I saw him I fell down at his feet as though I were dead, but 57 he placed his right hand on me and said: “Do not be afraid! I am the first and the last, 18 and the one who lives! I 58 was dead, but look, now I am alive – forever and ever – and I hold the keys of death and of Hades! 59 19 Therefore write what you saw, what is, and what will be after these things. 60 20 The mystery of the seven stars that you saw in my right hand and the seven golden lampstands is this: 61 The seven stars are the angels 62 of the seven churches and the seven lampstands are the seven churches.