15 Early in the morning, after forming a plan, the chief priests with the elders and the experts in the law 1 and the whole Sanhedrin tied Jesus up, led him away, and handed him over to Pilate. 2 2 So 3 Pilate asked him, “Are you the king 4 of the Jews?” He replied, 5 “You say so.” 6 3 Then 7 the chief priests began to accuse him repeatedly. 4 So Pilate asked him again, 8 “Have you nothing to say? See how many charges they are bringing against you!” 5 But Jesus made no further reply, so that Pilate was amazed.
6 During the feast it was customary to release one prisoner to the people, 9 whomever they requested. 7 A man named Barabbas was imprisoned with rebels who had committed murder during an insurrection. 8 Then the crowd came up and began to ask Pilate to release a prisoner for them, as was his custom. 10 9 So Pilate asked them, 11 “Do you want me to release the king of the Jews for you?” 10 (For he knew that the chief priests had handed him over because of envy.) 12 11 But the chief priests stirred up the crowd to have him release 13 Barabbas instead. 12 So Pilate spoke to them again, 14 “Then what do you want me to do 15 with the one you call king of the Jews?” 13 They shouted back, “Crucify 16 him!” 14 Pilate asked them, “Why? What has he done wrong?” But they shouted more insistently, “Crucify him!” 15 Because he wanted to satisfy the crowd, Pilate released Barabbas for them. Then, 17 after he had Jesus flogged, 18 he handed him over 19 to be crucified.
16 So 20 the soldiers led him into the palace (that is, the governor’s residence) 21 and called together the whole cohort. 22 17 They put a purple cloak 23 on him and after braiding 24 a crown of thorns, 25 they put it on him. 18 They began to salute him: “Hail, king of the Jews!” 26 19 Again and again 27 they struck him on the head with a staff 28 and spit on him. Then they knelt down and paid homage to him. 20 When they had finished mocking 29 him, they stripped him of the purple cloak and put his own clothes back on him. Then 30 they led him away to crucify him. 31
21 The soldiers 32 forced 33 a passerby to carry his cross, 34 Simon of Cyrene, who was coming in from the country 35 (he was the father of Alexander and Rufus). 22 They brought Jesus 36 to a place called Golgotha 37 (which is translated, “Place of the Skull”). 38 23 They offered him wine mixed with myrrh, 39 but he did not take it. 24 Then 40 they crucified 41 him and divided his clothes, throwing dice 42 for them, to decide what each would take. 25 It was nine o’clock in the morning 43 when they crucified him. 26 The inscription 44 of the charge against him read, “The king of the Jews.” 27 And they crucified two outlaws with him, one on his right and one on his left. 28 [[EMPTY]] 45 29 Those who passed by defamed him, shaking their heads and saying, “Aha! You who can destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, 30 save yourself and come down from the cross!” 46 31 In the same way even the chief priests – together with the experts in the law 47 – were mocking him among themselves: 48 “He saved others, but he cannot save himself! 32 Let the Christ, 49 the king of Israel, come down from the cross now, that we may see and believe!” Those who were crucified with him also spoke abusively to him. 50
33 Now 51 when it was noon, 52 darkness came over the whole land 53 until three in the afternoon. 54 34 Around three o’clock 55 Jesus cried out with a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” 56 35 When some of the bystanders heard it they said, “Listen, he is calling for Elijah!” 57 36 Then someone ran, filled a sponge with sour wine, 58 put it on a stick, 59 and gave it to him to drink, saying, “Leave him alone! Let’s see if Elijah will come to take him down!” 37 But Jesus cried out with a loud voice and breathed his last. 38 And the temple curtain 60 was torn in two, from top to bottom. 39 Now when the centurion, 61 who stood in front of him, saw how he died, 62 he said, “Truly this man was God’s Son!” 40 There were also women, watching from a distance. Among them were Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James the younger and of Joses, 63 and Salome. 41 When he was in Galilee, they had followed him and given him support. 64 Many other women who had come up with him to Jerusalem 65 were there too.
42 Now 66 when evening had already come, since it was the day of preparation (that is, the day before the Sabbath), 67 43 Joseph of Arimathea, a highly regarded member of the council, 68 who was himself looking forward to 69 the kingdom of God, 70 went boldly to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. 71 44 Pilate was surprised that he was already dead. He 72 called the centurion and asked him if he had been dead for some time. 45 When Pilate 73 was informed by the centurion, 74 he gave the body to Joseph. 46 After Joseph 75 bought a linen cloth 76 and took down the body, he wrapped it in the linen and placed it in a tomb cut out of the rock. 77 Then 78 he rolled a stone across the entrance 79 of the tomb. 47 Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses saw where the body 80 was placed.
16 When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought aromatic spices 1 so that they might go and anoint him. 2 And very early on the first day of the week, at sunrise, they went to the tomb. 3 They had been asking each other, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?” 4 But 2 when they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had been rolled back. 5 Then 3 as they went into the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe 4 sitting on the right side; and they were alarmed. 6 But he said to them, “Do not be alarmed. You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. 5 He has been raised! 6 He is not here. Look, there is the place where they laid him. 7 But go, tell his disciples, even Peter, that he is going ahead of you into Galilee. You will see him there, just as he told you.” 8 Then 7 they went out and ran from the tomb, for terror and bewilderment had seized them. 8 And they said nothing to anyone, because they were afraid.
9 [[Early on the first day of the week, after he arose, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, from whom he had driven out seven demons. 10 She went out and told those who were with him, while they were mourning and weeping. 11 And when they heard that he was alive and had been seen by her, they did not believe.
12 After this he appeared in a different form to two of them while they were on their way to the country. 13 They went back and told the rest, but they did not believe them. 14 Then he appeared to the eleven themselves, while they were eating, and he rebuked them for their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they did not believe those who had seen him resurrected. 15 He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. 16 The one who believes and is baptized will be saved, but the one who does not believe will be condemned. 17 These signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new languages; 10 18 they will pick up snakes with their hands, and whatever poison they drink will not harm them; 11 they will place their hands on the sick and they will be well.” 19 After the Lord Jesus had spoken to them, he was taken up into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God. 20 They went out and proclaimed everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the word through the accompanying signs.]]
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.