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Go to Commentary on Mark 15
Daybreak Trial Then to Pilate

1And immediately, early in the morning after making a plan, the chief priests, with the elders and experts in the law and the whole Sanhedrin bound Jesus and led him away and handed him over to Pilate.

Jesus Before Pilate

2And Pilate asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” And he, answering, said to him, “Yes, it is as you say.”
  3And the chief priests accused him of many things.
  4And Pilate again asked him, saying, “Are you not answering anything? Look how many charges they bring against you.”
  5But Jesus made no further answer, so that Pilate was amazed.

6Now at the feast he used to release to them one prisoner whom they asked of him.
  7And there was one called Barabbas, who had been imprisoned with those who had made an insurrection, men who in the insurrection had committed murder.
  8And the crowd went up and began to ask him to do as he was accustomed to do for them.
  9And Pilate answered them, saying, “Do you want me to release to you the King of the Jews?”
  10For he realized that the chief priests had handed him over because of envy.
  11But the chief priests stirred up the crowd to ask that he should release Barabbas to them instead.
  12And Pilate again answered and said to them, “Then what do you want me to do with the one you call the King of the Jews?”
  13And they cried out again, “Crucify him!”
  14And Pilate said to them, “Why, what evil has he done?” But they cried out exceedingly, “Crucify him!”
  15And Pilate, wishing to satisfy the crowd, released to them Barabbas and, after having Jesus scourged, he handed him over to be crucified.

The Soldiers Torture Jesus

16And the soldiers led him away inside the palace (that is the praetorium),a and they called together the whole Roman cohort.
  17And they clothed him with purple, and having twisted together a crown of thorns, they put it on him,
  18and they began to greet him, “Hail, King of the Jews!”
  19And they kept striking his head with a reed and spitting on him, and kneeling in homage to him.
  20And when they had mocked him, they took the purple robe off of him, and put his own clothes on him.

The Crucifixion

And they led him out to crucify him.
  21And they forced one passing by, Simon of Cyrene, coming from the country, the father of Alexander and Rufus, to go with them to carry his cross.
  22And they brought him to the place called Golgotha (which translated means, “Place of the Skull”).
  23And they offered him wine mingled with myrrh, but he would not receive it.
  24And they crucified him and divided his clothes among them, casting lots on them to determine what each would take.

25And it was the third hour,b and they crucified him.
  26And the inscription of the charge against him read, THE KING OF THE JEWS.
  27And with him they crucified two robbers, one on his right hand and one on his left.
  28[[And the Scripture was fulfilled, which says, And he was numbered with the transgressors.]]

29And those who passed by were hurling insults at him, shaking their heads and saying, “Ha! You who are going to destroy the sanctuary and build it in three days,
  30save yourself and come down from the cross.”
  31In the same way even the chief priests, together with the experts in the law, were mocking him among themselves, saying, “He saved others; he is not able to save himself.
  32Let the Christ,c the King of Israel, come down now from the cross, so that we can see it and believe.” And those who were crucified with him were insulting him.

The Death of Jesus

33And when the sixth hourd came, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour.e
  34And at the ninth hour, Jesus cried with a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?” (which being translated, means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?)f
  35And some of those who stood by, when they heard it, said, “Behold, he calls Elijah.”
  36And one ran, and filling a sponge full of wine vinegar, put it on a reed and gave it to him to drink, saying, “Let’s see if Elijah comes to take him down.”

37And Jesus uttered a loud cry and breathed his last.
  38And the veil of the sanctuary was torn in two, from the top to the bottom.
  39And when the centurion who stood right in front of him saw that he breathed his last in that way, he said, “Truly this man was the Son of God.”
  40And there were also women watching from a distance, among whom were Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James the Less and of Joses, and Salome,
  41(who, when he was in Galilee, used to follow him and minister to him) and many other women who came up to Jerusalem with him.

Joseph Buries Jesus

42And when evening had already come, because it was the Preparation (that is, the day before the Sabbath)
  43Joseph of Arimathaea, a prominent member of the Council who himself was also waiting for the Kingdom of God, came and boldly went in to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus.
  44And Pilate was amazed that he had died already, and calling to him the centurion, he questioned him to see if he had already died.
  45And when he learned it from the centurion, he granted the corpse to Joseph.
  46And he, having bought a linen cloth and taking him down, wound him in the linen cloth and laid him in a tomb that had been hewn out of a rock. And he rolled a stone against the door of the tomb.
  47And Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses saw where he was laid.

The praetorium is the residence or headquarters of the Roman governor.
About 9 a.m.
Lit. “the Anointed One”
About 12:00 p.m.
About 3:00 p.m.
From Ps. 22:1

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