Very early in the morning, the leading priests, the older leaders, the teachers of the law, and all the Jewish council decided what to do with Jesus. They tied him, led him away, and turned him over to Pilate, the governor.
Pilate asked Jesus, "Are you the king of the Jews?" Jesus answered, "Those are your words."
The leading priests accused Jesus of many things.
So Pilate asked Jesus another question, "You can see that they are accusing you of many things. Aren't you going to answer?"
But Jesus still said nothing, so Pilate was very surprised.
Every year at the time of the Passover the governor would free one prisoner whom the people chose.
At that time, there was a man named Barabbas in prison who was a rebel and had committed murder during a riot.
The crowd came to Pilate and began to ask him to free a prisoner as he always did.
So Pilate asked them, "Do you want me to free the king of the Jews?"
Pilate knew that the leading priests had turned Jesus in to him because they were jealous.
But the leading priests had persuaded the people to ask Pilate to free Barabbas, not Jesus.
Then Pilate asked the crowd again, "So what should I do with this man you call the king of the Jews?"
They shouted, "Crucify him!"
Pilate asked, "Why? What wrong has he done?" But they shouted even louder, "Crucify him!"
Pilate wanted to please the crowd, so he freed Barabbas for them. After having Jesus beaten with whips, he handed Jesus over to the soldiers to be crucified.
The soldiers took Jesus into the governor's palace (called the Praetorium) and called all the other soldiers together.
They put a purple robe on Jesus and used thorny branches to make a crown for his head.
They began to call out to him, "Hail, King of the Jews!"
The soldiers beat Jesus on the head many times with a stick. They spit on him and made fun of him by bowing on their knees and worshiping him.
After they finished, the soldiers took off the purple robe and put his own clothes on him again. Then they led him out of the palace to be crucified.
A man named Simon from Cyrene, the father of Alexander and Rufus, was coming from the fields to the city. The soldiers forced Simon to carry the cross for Jesus.
They led Jesus to the place called Golgotha, which means the Place of the Skull.
The soldiers tried to give Jesus wine mixed with myrrh to drink, but he refused.
The soldiers crucified Jesus and divided his clothes among themselves, throwing lots to decide what each soldier would get.
It was nine o'clock in the morning when they crucified Jesus.
There was a sign with this charge against Jesus written on it: the king of the jews.
They also put two robbers on crosses beside Jesus, one on the right, and the other on the left.
People walked by and insulted Jesus and shook their heads, saying, "You said you could destroy the Temple and build it again in three days.
So save yourself! Come down from that cross!"
The leading priests and the teachers of the law were also making fun of Jesus. They said to each other, "He saved other people, but he can't save himself.
If he is really the Christ, the king of Israel, let him come down now from the cross. When we see this, we will believe in him." The robbers who were being crucified beside Jesus also insulted him.
At noon the whole country became dark, and the darkness lasted for three hours.
At three o'clock Jesus cried in a loud voice, "Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani." This means, "My God, my God, why have you rejected me?"
When some of the people standing there heard this, they said, "Listen! He is calling Elijah."
Someone there ran and got a sponge, filled it with vinegar, tied it to a stick, and gave it to Jesus to drink. He said, "We want to see if Elijah will come to take him down from the cross."
Then Jesus cried in a loud voice and died.
The curtain in the Templen was torn into two pieces, from the top to the bottom.
When the army officer who was standing in front of the cross saw what happened when Jesus died, he said, "This man really was the Son of God!"
Some women were standing at a distance from the cross, watching; among them were Mary Magdalene, Salome, and Mary the mother of James and Joseph. (James was her youngest son.)
These women had followed Jesus in Galilee and helped him. Many other women were also there who had come with Jesus to Jerusalem.
This was Preparation Day. (That means the day before the Sabbath day.) That evening,
Joseph from Arimathea was brave enough to go to Pilate and ask for Jesus' body. Joseph, an important member of the Jewish council, was one of the people who was waiting for the kingdom of God to come.
Pilate was amazed that Jesus would have already died, so he called the army officer who had guarded Jesus and asked him if Jesus had already died.
The officer told Pilate that he was dead, so Pilate told Joseph he could have the body.
Joseph bought some linen cloth, took the body down from the cross, and wrapped it in the linen. He put the body in a tomb that was cut out of a wall of rock. Then he rolled a very large stone to block the entrance of the tomb.
And Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joseph saw the place where Jesus was laid.