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The Gospel Of Mark, As Told By Jesus Christ: Chapter 15

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Very early in the morning, the chief priests, with the elders, the teachers of the law and the whole Sanhedrin, reached a decision. They bound me, led me away and handed me over to Pilate.

2“Are you the king of the Jews?” asked Pilate.

“Yes, it is as you say,” I replied.

3The chief priests accused me of many things. 4So again Pilate asked me, “Aren’t you going to answer? See how many things they are accusing you of.”

5But I still made no reply, and Pilate was amazed.

6Now it was the custom at the Feast to release a prisoner whom the people requested. 7A man called Barabbas was in prison with the insurrectionists who had committed murder in the uprising. 8The crowd came up and asked Pilate to do for them what he usually did.

9“Do you want me to release to you the king of the Jews?” asked Pilate, 10knowing it was out of envy that the chief priests had handed me over to him. 11But the chief priests stirred up the crowd to have Pilate release Barabbas instead.

12“What shall I do, then, with the one you call the king of the Jews?” Pilate asked them.

13“Crucify him!” they shouted.

14“Why? What crime has he committed?” asked Pilate.

But they shouted all the louder, “Crucify him!”

15Wanting to satisfy the crowd, Pilate released Barabbas to them. He had me flogged, and handed me over to be crucified.

16The soldiers led me away into the palace (that is, the Praetorium) and called together the whole company of soldiers. 17They put a purple robe on me, then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on me. 18And they began to call out to me, “Hail, king of the Jews!” 19Again and again the struck me on the head with a staff and spit on me. Falling on their knees, they paid homage to me. 20And when they had mocked me, they took off the purple robe and put my own clothes on me. Then they led me out to crucify me.

21A certain man from Cyrene, Simon, the father of Alexander and Rufus, was passing by on his way in from the country, and they forced him to carry the cross. 22They brought me to the place called Golgotha (which means The Place of the Skull) 23Then they offered me wine mixed with myrrh, but I did not take it. 24And they crucified me. Dividing up my clothes, they cast lots to see what each would get.

25It was the third hour when they crucified me. 26The written notice of the charge against me read: THE KING OF THE JEWS. 27They crucified two robbers with me, one on my right and one on my left. 29Those who passed by hurled insults at me, shaking their heads and saying, “So! You who are going to destroy the temple and build it in three days, 30come down from the cross and save yourself!”

31In the same way the chief priests and teachers of the law mocked me among themselves. “He saved others,” they said, “but he can’t save himself! 32Let this Christ, this King of Israel, come down now from the cross, that we may see and believe.” Those crucified with me also heaped insults on me.

33At the sixth hour darkness came over the whole land until the ninth hour. 34And at the ninth hour I cried out in a loud voice, Eloi, Eloi, lama sabacthani? – which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”

35When some of those standing near heard this, they said, “Listen, he’s calling Elijah.”

36One man ran, filled a sponge with wine vinegar, put it on a stick, and offered it to me to drink. “Now leave him alone. Let’s see if Elijah comes to take him down,” he said.

37With a loud cry, I breathed my last.

38The curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. 39And when the centurion, who stood there in front of me, heard my cry and saw how I died, he said, “Surely this man was the Son of God!”

40Some women were watching from a distance. Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James the younger and of Joses, and Salome. 41In Galilee these women had followed me and cared for my needs. Many other women who had come up with me to Jerusalem were also there.

42It was Preparation Day (that is, the day before the Sabbath). So as evening approached, 43Joseph of Arimathea, a prominent member of the Council, who was himself waiting for the kingdom of God, went boldly to Pilate and asked for my body. 44Pilate was surprised to hear that I was already dead. Summoning the centurion, he asked him if I had already died. 45When he learned from the centurion that it was so, he gave my body to Joseph. 46So Joseph bought some linen cloth, took down my body, wrapped it in the linen, and placed it in a tomb cut out of rock. Then he rolled a stone against the entrance of the tomb. 47Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses saw where I was laid.

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