Mark 15:26-47 The Message Bible

26  The charge against him - the king of the jews - was printed on a poster. 27  Along with him, they crucified two criminals, one to his right, the other to his left. 29  People passing along the road jeered, shaking their heads in mock lament: "You bragged that you could tear down the Temple and then rebuild it in three days - 30  so show us your stuff! Save yourself! If you're really God's Son, come down from that cross!" 31  The high priests, along with the religion scholars, were right there mixing it up with the rest of them, having a great time poking fun at him: "He saved others - but he can't save himself! 32  Messiah, is he? King of Israel? Then let him climb down from that cross. We'll all become believers then!" Even the men crucified alongside him joined in the mockery.

33  At noon the sky became extremely dark. 34  The darkness lasted three hours. At three o'clock, Jesus groaned out of the depths, crying loudly, "Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?" which means, "My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?" 35  Some of the bystanders who heard him said, "Listen, he's calling for Elijah." 36  Someone ran off, soaked a sponge in sour wine, put it on a stick, and gave it to him to drink, saying, "Let's see if Elijah comes to take him down." 37  But Jesus, with a loud cry, gave his last breath. 38  At that moment the Temple curtain ripped right down the middle. 39  When the Roman captain standing guard in front of him saw that he had quit breathing, he said, "This has to be the Son of God!" 40  There were women watching from a distance, among them Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of the younger James and Joses, and Salome. 41  When Jesus was in Galilee, these women followed and served him, and had come up with him to Jerusalem.

The Burial of Jesus

42  Late in the afternoon, since it was the Day of Preparation (that is, Sabbath eve), 43  Joseph of Arimathea, a highly respected member of the Jewish Council, came. He was one who lived expectantly, on the lookout for the kingdom of God. Working up his courage, he went to Pilate and asked for Jesus' body. 44  Pilate questioned whether he could be dead that soon and called for the captain to verify that he was really dead. 45  Assured by the captain, he gave Joseph the corpse. 46  Having already purchased a linen shroud, Joseph took him down, wrapped him in the shroud, placed him in a tomb that had been cut into the rock, and rolled a large stone across the opening. 47  Mary Magdalene and Mary, mother of Joses, watched the burial.

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