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Mark 15

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 1 Immediately in the morning, the chief priests held a consultation with the elders and scribes and the whole council; and they bound Jesus and took him away and delivered him to Pilate.

 2 And Pilate asked him, "Are you the King of the Jews?" And he answered, "It is as you say."

 3 Then the chief priests accused him of many things; but he answered nothing.

 4 So Pilate asked him again, saying, "Do you answer nothing? Behold how many things they testify against you."

 5 But Jesus still answered nothing; so that Pilate marveled.

 6 Now at that feast it was the custom to release one prisoner to them, whoever they requested.

 7 And there was one named Barabbas, who lay bound with those who had made an insurrection with him, who had committed murder in the insurrection.

 8 And the multitude came up and asked him to do as he had usually done for them.

 9 But Pilate answered them, saying, "Do you want me to release to you the King of the Jews?"

 10 For he knew that the chief priests had delivered him out of envy.

 11 But the chief priests stirred up the people, to have him release Barabbas to them.

 12 Then Pilate said to them again, "What do you want me do to him whom you call the King of the Jews?"

 13 And they cried out again, "Crucify him."

 14 Then Pilate said to them, "Why, what evil has he done?' But they cried out all the more, "Crucify him."

 15 So Pilate, willing to satisfy the people, released Barabbas to them; and after he had flogged Jesus, he handed him over to be crucified.

 16 Then the soldiers led him away into the hall, called the Praetorium; and they called together the whole garrison of soldiers.

 17 And they clothed him with purple, and platted a crown of thorns and put it about his head,

 18 And began to salute him, "Hail, King of the Jews!"

 19 Then they struck him again and again on the head with a staff, and spit on him, and bowing their knees they pretended to worship him. [The entire garrison of Roman soldiers beat Jesus so much that He was so disfigured that He no longer looked like a man, Isa 52:14. The New International reads: "his appearance was so disfigured beyond that of any human being — and his form marred beyond human likeness." From the Word of the Lord within: "It would have helped if one soldier was kind to me."]

 20 And when they had mocked him, they took the purple off of him, and put his own clothes on him, and led him out to crucify him.

 21 Then they forced a man, Simon a Cyrenian, the father of Alexander and Rufus, who was coming out of the country, to bear his cross.

 22 And they brought him to the place called Golgotha, which means the Place of the Skull.

 23 Then they offered him wine mingled with myrrh to drink, but he did not take it.

 24 And when they had crucified him, they parted his garments, casting lots for them, to determine what every man should take.

 25 It was the third hour [nine in the morning] when they crucified him.

 26 And the written accusation of the charge against was written over him: THE KING OF THE JEWS.

 27 With him they crucify two thieves; one on his right hand, and the other on his left.

 28 And the scripture was fulfilled, which said, "And he was numbered with the transgressors."

 29 And those who passed by hurled insults him, shaking their heads, and saying, "Aha, you who are going to destroy the temple and rebuilds it in three days, [When Jesus made that statement, the "temple" was referring to His body.]

 30 Save yourself, and come down from the cross!."

 31 Likewise the chief priests also, mocking him among themselves with the scribes said, "He saved others; he cannot save himself.

 32 Let the Christ, the King of Israel come down now from the cross, that we may see and believe." And those who were crucified with him also reviled him.

 33 Now when the sixth hour had come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour.

 34 And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, "Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?" Which interpreted means, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" [Notice, Jesus, the Son of God, calls out to His God, the Father, the one God. Jesus said he was the Son of God; he never claimed to be God.]

 35 And some of those who stood by, when they heard it, said, "Behold, he calls Elijah."

 36 Then one man ran and filled a sponge full of vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave it to him to drink, saying, "Leave him alone; let us see whether Elijah will come to take him down."

 37 And Jesus cried with a loud voice, and gave up the ghost. [From the Word of the Lord within: "Jesus did not die so you can continue to sin. I would just as soon have avoided that horrible death. I did it to show you the extent of obedience required for your own salvation. You must have a devotion to the law that is on every man's heart; you must listen; and you must obey."]

 38 Then the veil of the temple was torn in two from the top to the bottom.

 39 And when the centurion who stood facing him saw the way he cried out and gave up the ghost, he said, "Truly this man was the Son of God."

 40 There were also women looking on from a distance, among whom were Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James the younger and of Joses, and Salome;

 41 (Who followed him, and ministered to him, when he was in Galilee); and many other women who came up with him to Jerusalem.

 42 Now when the evening had come, because it was the Preparation Day, that is, the day before the Sabbath,

 43 Joseph of Arimathea, an honorable member of the Council, who himself waited for the kingdom of God, went in boldly to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus.

 44 And Pilate marveled that he was already dead; and calling to him the centurion, he asked him whether he had already died. [Jesus died sooner than Pilate expected because prior to being crucified Jesus had been brutally beaten by the Jewish palace guards and then by the entire Roman garrison, so much that his face and form were beyond human recognition.]

 45 And when he learned from the centurion that it was so, he gave the body to Joseph.

 46 And he bought fine linen, and took him down, and wrapped him in the linen, and laid him in a sepulcher which was hewn out of a rock, and rolled a stone against the door of the sepulcher.

 47 And Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses observed where he was laid.

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