Mark 15-16 New Revised Standard Version

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Jesus before Pilate

15 1  As soon as it was morning, the chief priests held a consultation with the elders and scribes and the whole council. They bound Jesus, led him away, and handed him over to Pilate. 2  Pilate asked him, "Are you the King of the Jews?" He answered him, "You say so." 3  Then the chief priests accused him of many things. 4  Pilate asked him again, "Have you no answer? See how many charges they bring against you." 5  But Jesus made no further reply, so that Pilate was amazed.

Jesus Sentenced to Die

6  Now at the festival he used to release a prisoner for them, anyone for whom they asked. 7  Now a man called Barabbas was in prison with the rebels who had committed murder during the insurrection. 8  So the crowd came and began to ask Pilate to do for them according to his custom. 9  Then he answered them, "Do you want me to release for you the King of the Jews?" 10  For he realized that it was out of jealousy that the chief priests had handed him over. 11  But the chief priests stirred up the crowd to have him release Barabbas for them instead. 12  Pilate spoke to them again, "Then what do you wish me to do with the man you call the King of the Jews?" 13  They shouted back, "Crucify him!" 14  Pilate asked them, "Why, what evil has he done?" But they shouted all the more, "Crucify him!"

15  So Pilate, wishing to satisfy the crowd, released Barabbas for them; and after flogging Jesus, he handed him over to be crucified. 16  Then the soldiers led him into the courtyard of the palace (that is, the governor's headquarters ); and they called together the whole cohort. 17  And they clothed him in a purple cloak; and after twisting some thorns into a crown, they put it on him. 18  And they began saluting him, "Hail, King of the Jews!" 19  They struck his head with a reed, spat upon him, and knelt down in homage to him. 20  After mocking him, they stripped him of the purple cloak and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him out to crucify him.

The Crucifixion

21  They compelled a passer-by, who was coming in from the country, to carry his cross; it was Simon of Cyrene, the father of Alexander and Rufus.

22  Then they brought Jesus to the place called Golgotha (which means the place of a skull). 23  And they offered him wine mixed with myrrh; but he did not take it. 24  And they crucified him, and divided his clothes among them, casting lots to decide what each should take. 25  It was nine o'clock in the morning when they crucified him. 26  The inscription of the charge against him read, "The King of the Jews." 27  And with him they crucified two bandits, one on his right and one on his left. 28   29  Those who passed by derided him, shaking their heads and saying, "Aha! You who would destroy the temple and build it in three days, 30  save yourself, and come down from the cross!" 31  In the same way the chief priests, along with the scribes, were also mocking him among themselves and saying, "He saved others; he cannot save himself. 32  Let the Messiah, the King of Israel, come down from the cross now, so that we may see and believe." Those who were crucified with him also taunted him.

33  When it was noon, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. 34  At three o'clock Jesus cried out with a loud voice, "Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?" which means, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" 35  When some of the bystanders heard it, they said, "Listen, he is calling for Elijah." 36  And someone ran, filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on a stick, and gave it to him to drink, saying, "Wait, let us see whether Elijah will come to take him down." 37  Then Jesus gave a loud cry and breathed his last. 38  And the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. 39  Now when the centurion, who stood facing him, saw that in this way he breathed his last, he said, "Truly this man was God's Son!" 40  There were also women looking on from a distance; among them were Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James the younger and of Joses, and Salome. 41  These used to follow him and provided for him when he was in Galilee; and there were many other women who had come up with him to Jerusalem.

The Burial of Jesus

42  When evening had come, and since it was the day of Preparation, that is, the day before the sabbath, 43  Joseph of Arimathea, a respected member of the council, who was also himself waiting expectantly for the kingdom of God, went boldly to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. 44  Then Pilate wondered if he were already dead; and summoning the centurion, he asked him whether he had been dead for some time. 45  When he learned from the centurion that he was dead, he granted the body to Joseph. 46  Then Joseph bought a linen cloth, and taking down the body, wrapped it in the linen cloth, and laid it in a tomb that had been hewn out of the rock. He then rolled a stone against the door of the tomb. 47  Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses saw where the body was laid.

The Resurrection

16 1  When the sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him. 2  And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. 3  They had been saying to one another, "Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?" 4  When they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had already been rolled back. 5  As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man, dressed in a white robe, sitting on the right side; and they were alarmed. 6  But he said to them, "Do not be alarmed; you are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has been raised; he is not here. Look, there is the place they laid him. 7  But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him, just as he told you." 8  So they went out and fled from the tomb, for terror and amazement had seized them; and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.

Jesus Appears to Mary Magdalene

9  #[Now after he rose early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, from whom he had cast out seven demons. 10  She went out and told those who had been with him, while they were mourning and weeping. 11  But when they heard that he was alive and had been seen by her, they would not believe it.

Jesus Appears to Two Disciples

12  After this he appeared in another form to two of them, as they were walking into the country. 13  And they went back and told the rest, but they did not believe them.

Jesus Commissions the Eleven

14  Later he appeared to the eleven themselves as they were sitting at the table; and he upbraided them for their lack of faith and stubbornness, because they had not believed those who saw him after he had risen. 15  And he said to them, "Go into all the world and proclaim the good news to the whole creation. 16  The one who believes and is baptized will be saved; but the one who does not believe will be condemned. 17  And these signs will accompany those who believe: by using my name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues; 18  they will pick up snakes in their hands, and if they drink any deadly thing, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover."

The Ascension

19  So then the Lord Jesus, after he had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God. 20  And they went out and proclaimed the good news everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the message by the signs that accompanied it. #]

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