6Now it was the governor’s custom each year during the Passover celebration to release one prisoner—anyone the people requested.7One of the prisoners at that time was Barabbas, a revolutionary who had committed murder in an uprising.8The crowd went to Pilate and asked him to release a prisoner as usual.9“Would you like me to release to you this ‘King of the Jews’?” Pilate asked.10(For he realized by now that the leading priests had arrested Jesus out of envy.)11But at this point the leading priests stirred up the crowd to demand the release of Barabbas instead of Jesus.12Pilate asked them, “Then what should I do with this man you call the king of the Jews?”13They shouted back, “Crucify him!”14“Why?” Pilate demanded. “What crime has he committed?” But the mob roared even louder, “Crucify him!”15So to pacify the crowd, Pilate released Barabbas to them. He ordered Jesus flogged with a lead-tipped whip, then turned him over to the Roman soldiers to be crucified.
33At noon, darkness fell across the whole land until three o’clock.34Then at three o’clock Jesus called out with a loud voice, which means “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?”35Some of the bystanders misunderstood and thought he was calling for the prophet Elijah.36One of them ran and filled a sponge with sour wine, holding it up to him on a reed stick so he could drink. “Wait!” he said. “Let’s see whether Elijah comes to take him down!”37Then Jesus uttered another loud cry and breathed his last.38And the curtain in the sanctuary of the Temple was torn in two, from top to bottom.39When the Roman officer who stood facing him saw how he had died, he exclaimed, “This man truly was the Son of God!”