Mark 15

1Very early in the morning, the leading priests, the older Jewish leaders, the teachers of the law, and all the Jewish council decided what to do with Jesus. They tied Jesus and led him to Pilate, ˻the governor˼. They gave Jesus to Pilate. 2Pilate asked Jesus, “Are you the king of the Jews?” Jesus answered, “Yes, that is right.” 3The leading priests accused Jesus of many things. 4So Pilate asked Jesus another question. Pilate said, “You can see that these people are accusing you of many things. Why don’t you answer?” 5But Jesus still did not answer. Pilate was very surprised at this. 6Every year at the Passover time the governor would free one person from the prison. He would free any person the people wanted him to free. 7At that time, there was a man named Barabbas in prison. He was in prison with the rebels. These rebels were guilty of murder during a riot. 8The people came to Pilate and asked him to free a prisoner like he always did. 9Pilate asked the people, “Do you want me to free the king of the Jews?” 10Pilate knew that the leading priests had given Jesus to him because they were jealous of Jesus. 11But the leading priests persuaded the people to ask Pilate to free Barabbas, not Jesus. 12Pilate asked the people again, “So what should I do with this man you call the king of the Jews?” 13The people shouted, “Kill him on a cross!” 14Pilate asked, “Why? What wrong has he done?” But the people shouted louder and louder, “Kill him on a cross!” 15Pilate wanted to please the people. So Pilate freed Barabbas for them. And Pilate told the soldiers to beat Jesus with whips. Then Pilate gave Jesus to the soldiers to be killed on a cross. 16Pilate’s soldiers brought Jesus into the governor’s palace (called the Praetorium). They called all the other soldiers together. 17The soldiers put a purple robe on Jesus. Then they used thorny weeds to make a crown. They put the crown of thorns on Jesus’ head. 18Then they called to Jesus. They said, “Hello, king of the Jews!” 19The soldiers hit Jesus on the head many times with a stick. They also spit on him. Then ˻they teased Jesus by˼ bowing on their knees and worshiping him. 20After they finished teasing Jesus, the soldiers took off the purple robe and put his own clothes on him again. Then they led Jesus out of the palace to be killed on a cross. 21There was a man from Cyrene walking into the city. The man was Simon, the father of Alexander and Rufus. Simon was walking into the city from the fields. The soldiers forced Simon to carry the cross for Jesus. 22They led Jesus to the place called Golgotha. (Golgotha means “The Place of the Skull.”) 23At Golgotha the soldiers tried to give Jesus wine to drink. This wine was mixed with myrrh. But Jesus refused to drink it. 24The soldiers nailed Jesus to a cross. Then the soldiers divided Jesus’ clothes among themselves. They gambled with dice to decide which clothes each soldier would get. 25It was nine o’clock in the morning when they nailed Jesus to the cross. 26There was a sign with the charge against Jesus written on it. The sign said: “the king of the jews.” 27They also put two robbers on crosses beside Jesus. They put one robber beside Jesus on the right, and they put the other robber beside Jesus on the left. 29People walked by and said bad things to Jesus. They shook their heads and said, “You said you could destroy the temple and build it again in three days. 30So save yourself! Come down from that cross!” 31The leading priests and the teachers of the law were also there. They teased Jesus the same as the other people did. They said to themselves, “He saved other people. But he can’t save himself. 32If he is really the Christ, the king of Israel ˻(the Jews)˼, then he should ˻save himself by˼ coming down from the cross now. We will see this, and then we will believe in him.” The robbers that were being killed on the crosses beside Jesus also said bad things to him. 33At noon the whole country became dark. This darkness continued until three o’clock. 34At three o’clock Jesus cried with a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani.” This means, “My God, my God, why have you left me alone?” 35Some of the people standing there heard this. The people said, “Listen! He is calling Elijah.” 36One man there ran and got a sponge. The man filled the sponge with vinegar and tied the sponge to a stick. Then he used the stick to give the sponge to Jesus to drink from it. The man said, “We should wait now and see if Elijah will come to take him down from the cross.” 37Then Jesus cried with a loud voice and died. 38When Jesus died, the curtain in the temple was torn into two pieces. The tear started at the top and tore all the way to the bottom. 39The army officer that was standing there before the cross saw what happened when Jesus died. The officer said, “This man really was the Son of God!” 40Some women were standing away from the cross, watching. Some of these women were Mary from the town of Magdala, Salome, and Mary the mother of James and Joses. (James was her youngest son.) 41These were the women that followed Jesus in Galilee and cared for him. Many other women were also there. These women had come with Jesus to Jerusalem. 42This day was called Preparation day. (That means the day before the Sabbath day.) It was becoming dark. 43A man named Joseph from Arimathea was brave enough to go to Pilate and ask for Jesus’ body. Joseph was an important member of the Jewish council. He was one of the people that wanted the kingdom of God to come. 44Pilate was surprised to hear that Jesus was already dead. Pilate called the army officer that guarded Jesus. Pilate asked the officer if Jesus was already dead. 45The officer told Pilate that Jesus was dead. So Pilate told Joseph he could have the body. 46Joseph bought some linen cloth. Joseph took the body ˻from the cross˼ and wrapped the body in the linen. Then Joseph put the body in a tomb ˻(grave)˼ that was dug in a wall of rock. Then Joseph closed the tomb by rolling a large stone to cover the entrance. 47Mary from Magdala and Mary the mother of Joses saw the place where Jesus was put.

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