1Early the next morning, all the leading priests and older leaders of the people decided to kill Jesus. 2They tied Jesus with chains. Then they led him to Pilate the governor. They gave Jesus to Pilate. 3Judas saw that they had decided to kill Jesus. Judas was the one that gave Jesus ˻to his enemies˼. When Judas saw what happened, he was very sorry for what he did. So he took the 30 silver coins back to the priests and the leaders. 4Judas said, “I sinned. I gave you an innocent man to be killed.” The Jewish leaders answered, “We don’t care! That’s a problem for you, not us.” 5So Judas threw the money into the temple. Then Judas left that place and hanged himself. 6The leading priests picked up the silver coins in the temple. They said, “Our law does not allow us to keep this money with the temple money, because this money has paid for a man’s death.” 7So they decided to use the money to buy a field called Potter’s Field. This field would be a place to bury people that died while visiting ˻in Jerusalem˼. 8That is why that field is still called the Field of Blood. 9So the thing happened that Jeremiah the prophet said: “They took 30 silver coins. That was how much the Jewish people decided to pay for his life. 10They used those 30 silver coins to buy the potter’s field, like the Lord commanded me.” 11Jesus stood before Pilate the governor. Pilate asked him questions. He said, “Are you the king of the Jews?” Jesus answered, “Yes, I am.” 12When the leading priests and the older Jewish leaders accused Jesus, he said nothing. 13So Pilate said to Jesus, “You hear these people accusing you of all these things. Why don’t you answer?” 14But Jesus said nothing to answer Pilate. Pilate was very surprised at this. 15Every year at the Passover time the governor would free one person from the prison. This was always a person that the people wanted to be made free. 16At that time there was a man in prison who was known to be very bad. His name was Barabbas. 17All the people gathered at Pilate’s house. Pilate asked the people, “I will free one man for you. Which man do you want me to free: Barabbas, or Jesus who is called the Christ?” 18Pilate knew that the people gave Jesus to him because the people were jealous. 19Pilate said these things while he was sitting in the place for judging. While he was sitting there, his wife sent a message to him. The message said, “Don’t do anything with that man ˻(Jesus)˼. He is not guilty. And today I had a dream about him, and it troubled me very much.” 20But the leading priests and older Jewish leaders told the people to ask for Barabbas to be made free and for Jesus to be killed. 21Pilate said, “I have Barabbas and Jesus. Which do you want me to make free for you?” The people answered, “Barabbas!” 22Pilate asked, “So what should I do with Jesus, the one called the Christ?” All the people answered, “Kill him on a cross!” 23Pilate asked, “Why do you want me to kill him? What wrong has he done?” But all the people shouted louder, “Kill him on a cross!” 24Pilate saw that he could do nothing to make the people change. And he saw that the people were becoming upset. So Pilate took some water and washed his hands so that all the people could see. Then Pilate said, “I am not guilty of this man’s death. You are the ones that are doing it!” 25All the people answered, “We will be responsible for his death. We accept for ourselves and for our children any punishment for his death.” 26Then Pilate freed Barabbas. Pilate told some soldiers to beat Jesus with whips. Then Pilate gave Jesus to the soldiers to be killed on a cross. 27Then Pilate’s soldiers brought Jesus into the governor’s palace. All the soldiers gathered around Jesus. 28The soldiers took off Jesus’ clothes and put a red robe on him. 29Then the soldiers used thorny branches to make a crown. They put this crown of thorns on Jesus’ head, and they put a stick in his right hand. Then the soldiers bowed before Jesus and teased him. They said, “Hello, king of the Jews!” 30The soldiers spit on Jesus. Then they took his stick and hit him on the head many times. 31After they finished teasing Jesus, the soldiers took off the robe and put his own clothes on him again. Then they led Jesus away to be killed on a cross. 32The soldiers were going out of the city with Jesus. The soldiers forced another man there to carry the cross for Jesus. This man’s name was Simon from Cyrene. 33They came to the place called Golgotha. (Golgotha means “The Place of the Skull.”) 34At Golgotha, the soldiers gave Jesus wine to drink. This wine was mixed with gall. Jesus tasted the wine but refused to drink it. 35The soldiers nailed Jesus to a cross. Then the soldiers gambled with dice to decide who would get Jesus’ clothes. 36The soldiers sat there and continued watching Jesus. 37The soldiers put a sign above Jesus’ head with the charge against him written on it. The sign said: “this is jesus, the king of the jews.” 38Two robbers were nailed to crosses beside Jesus. One robber was put beside Jesus on the right and the other was put on the left. 39People walked by and said bad things to Jesus. People shook their heads 40and said, “You said you could destroy the temple and build it again in three days. So save yourself! Come down from that cross, if you are really the Son of God!” 41The leading priests, the teachers of the law, and the older Jewish leaders were also there. These men teased Jesus the same as the other people. 42They said, “He saved other people. But he can’t save himself! People say he is the king of Israel ˻(the Jews)˼. If he is the king, then he should come down now from the cross. Then we will believe in him. 43He trusted God. So let God save him now, if God really wants him. He himself said, 'I am the Son of God.’” 44And in the same way, the robbers that were being killed on crosses beside Jesus also said bad things to him. 45At noon the whole country became dark. This darkness continued for three hours. 46At about three o’clock Jesus cried with a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” This means, “My God, my God, why have you left me alone?” 47Some of the people standing there heard this. The people said, “He is calling Elijah.” 48Quickly one of the people ran and got a sponge. That person 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. 49But the other people said, “Don’t bother him ˻(Jesus)˼. We want to see if Elijah will come to save him.” 50Again Jesus cried with a loud voice. Then he died. 51When 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. Also, the earth shook and rocks were broken. 52All the graves opened, and many of God’s people that had died were raised from death. 53Those people came out of the graves. After Jesus was raised from death, those people went into the holy city ˻(Jerusalem)˼, and many people saw them. 54The army officer and the soldiers guarding Jesus saw this earthquake and everything that happened. They were very afraid and said, “He really was the Son of God!” 55Many women were standing away from the cross, watching. These were the women that followed Jesus from Galilee to care for him. 56Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Joseph, and the mother of James and John were there. 57That evening a rich man named Joseph came to Jerusalem. Joseph was a follower of Jesus from the town of Arimathea. 58Joseph went to Pilate and asked to have Jesus’ body. Pilate gave orders for the soldiers to give Jesus’ body to Joseph. 59Then Joseph took the body and wrapped it in a new linen cloth. 60Joseph put Jesus’ body in a new tomb ˻(grave)˼ that Joseph had dug in a wall of rock. Then he closed the tomb by rolling a very large stone to cover the entrance. After he did these things, Joseph went away. 61Mary Magdalene and the other woman named Mary were sitting near the tomb. 62That day was the day called Preparation day. The next day, the leading priests and the Pharisees went to Pilate. 63They said, “Sir, we remember that while that liar was still alive he said, 'After three days I will rise from death.’ 64So give the order for the tomb to be guarded well until after three days. His followers might come and try to steal the body. Then they could tell the people that he has risen from death. That lie will be even worse than what they said about him before.” 65Pilate said, “Take some soldiers and go guard the tomb the best way you know.” 66So they all went to the tomb and made it safe from thieves. They did this by sealing the stone in the entrance and putting soldiers there to guard it.