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Jesus Taken to Pilate

(Chapter 27, verses 1-2)

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     (1) When morning arrived all the chief priests and elders among the people met to conspire against Jesus so as to put him to death. (2) And after handcuffing him they grabbed him and took him to Governor Pilate.

 

Judas Condemned by Hypocritical Conscience

(Chapter 27, verses 3-10)

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     (3) When the betrayer Judas witnessed his judgment, death sentence, and subsequent incarceration, he regretted that he would be forever known as the man who betrayed Jesus for a mere thirty pieces of silver. So, though he loved money, he realized that this wasn't nearly enough and cunningly returned the thirty silver pieces to the chief priests and older men in a hypocritical attempt to demonstrate repentance, (4) saying: "I sinned when I betrayed a righteous man." They said: "Are we supposed to feel sorry for you? You were the one who kissed him on the cheek and called him your friend!" (5) So he threw the silver pieces into the temple and left, then went off and hanged himself. (6) But the chief priests took the silver pieces and said: "Since this money represents the price of a man's life, it's illegal to put it in the sacred treasury." (7) After deliberating on what should be done with it they purchased the potter's field to bury strangers. (8) That's why, up until today, that field has been called "Field of Blood." (9) What prophet Jeremiah related was fulfilled, saying: "And they took the thirty silver pieces, the estimated price of a man according to the price set by sons of Israel on some men, (10) and invested them in the potter's field, according to what Yehowah had commanded me."

 

Pilot Ponders Aplenty

(Chapter 27, verses 11-14)

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      (11) Jesus stood before the governor, who now asked him: "Are you the king of the Jews?" Jesus answered: "It is as you say." (12) But when the chief priests and elders accused him, he didn't say anything. (13) Then Pilate said to him: "Don't you hear the long list of charges they're testifying you committed?" (14) Yet, he didn't answer him; not saying one word. This intrigued the governor.

 

Jesus versus Barabbas

(Chapter 27, verses 15-23)

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     (15) Now, it was the custom at every festival for the governor to free a prisoner popular with the crowd. (16) At the time the authorities had the notoriously Bad Barabbas in custody. (17) So when they convened Pilate asked: "Which one do you want me to free, Barabbas or Jesus, the one rumored to be Christ?" (18) He knew they were jealous of Jesus, which is why they handed him over. (19) Moreover, while he was holding court, his wife sent him a message, saying: "Avoid doing anything bad to that righteous man. I suffered from a horrible nightmare because of him!" (20) But the chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowds to ask for Barabbas, and have Jesus destroyed. (21) Now in responding the governor told them: "Which of the two do you want me to release to you?" They said: "Barabbas." (22) Pilate responded: "Well, what about Jesus, who people say is the Christ?" They all said: "Kill him!" (23) He said: "Why, what did he do?" They ignored the question and kept screaming: "Kill him!"

 

Pilot Absolves Himself

(Chapter 27, verses 24-26)

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     (24) Seeing he was getting nowhere; but, instead, was agitating the crowd even more, Pilate took water, washed his hands before everyone, saying as he did: "I wash my hands of this matter and am therefore innocent of his blood. His life is in your hands." (25) At that the people said: "Let his blood come upon us and our children too!" (26) Then he released Barabbas to them, but had Jesus whipped, and thereafter sent him to his death on a torture stake.

 

Jesus Ridiculed, Brutalized, and Humiliated

(Chapter 27, verses 27-31)

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     (27) Then the governor's elite praetorian guards took Jesus into the governor's palace and gathered the entire police force around him. (28) Stripping him down to his underwear, they put a purple gown on him, (29) braided a crown of prickly thorns, and put it on his head. They also put a reed in his right hand. And, kneeling before him, they teased him, saying: "Good day, you King of the Jews!" (30) And they spit on him, and took the reed and began slapping him upside the head with it. (31) After making fun of him for some time, they removed the gown and put his clothes back on him, then led him off for impaling.

 

Jesus Impaled at Golgotha

(Chapter 27, verses 32-37)

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      (32) On the way out they found a man named Simon, an African native from Cyrene. They made him carry Jesus' torture stake. (33) And when they arrived at the place called Golgotha (or "Cranium Cap"), (34) they gave him alcohol mixed with drugs to drink; but after tasting it, he refused to drink. (35) When they had impaled him, they divided his expensive clothes among themselves by shooting craps, (36) and as they sat, they watched over him. (37) Also, the authorities posted in writing over his head the charge against him: "This is Jesus, King of the Jews."

 

Jesus Reproached by Robbers

(Chapter 27, verses 38-44)

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     (38) Then there were two robbers on stakes on either side of him. (39) People passing by blasphemed him, making exaggerated movements with their heads,   (40) saying: "Hey, Temple Man, the one who can both demolish it and rebuild it in just three days, save yourself man! If you are a son of God, prove it by stepping off the stake!" (41) The chief priests, scribes, and elders joined the commoners in making fun of him, saying: (42) "He saved others but can't save himself! He's King of Israel; let him step down off the torture stake and we'll believe him. (43) He has trusted in God; so, let God rescue him if He wants. After all, the man said, ‘I'm God's Son.'" (44) Like everyone else, even the robbers being executed with him began teasing him.

 

Jesus Expires

(Chapter 27, verses 45-50)

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     (45) From twelve noon until around three o'clock that same afternoon, or maybe a little after, an eerie darkness enshrouded the land. (46) Around this same time (more specifically about three o'clock or shortly thereafter), Jesus shouted: "Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?" which means, "My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?" (47) When some of those standing there heard this they started saying: "This man is calling Elijah." (48) Right away one of them ran and took a sponge, soaked it in sour wine, put it on the end of a reed stick, and went giving him a drink. (49) But the rest of them said: "Don't help him! Let's see if Elijah comes and saves him. Another man grabbed a spear and pierced his side whereupon blood and water came out. (50) Again Jesus cried out with a loud voice, and released the spirit of life within him.

 

Jesus' Death Causes Great Earthquake

(Chapter 27, verses 51-54)

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      (51) And, look! The curtain in the sanctuary was torn in half from top to bottom. Then the earth quaked violently, splitting massive stone tombs as it did, (52) flinging the corpses of the holy ones out of their graves. (53) People who happened to be visiting the graveyard after Jesus' life breath ascended to God left there and entered Jerusalem. Once there, they elucidated the event that had occurred at the memorial tombs to many people there in the holy city. (54) But when the army officer and the one hundred men who reported to him were watching over Jesus saw the earthquake and everything else happening around them, they all grew very much afraid, saying among themselves: "This really was the Son of God."

 

The Female Focus on Jesus

(Chapter 27, verses 55-56)

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     (55) Furthermore, many women were there watching Jesus' execution from a distance. They had traveled with him from Galilee to care for his domestic needs. (56) Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Joses, as well as the mother of Zebedee's sons.

 

Jesus Buried by Rich Man

(Chapter 27, verses 57-61)

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     (57) As evening approached a rich man from Arimathea named Joseph arrived. He had himself become one of Jesus' disciples. (58) This man went to Pilate and asked to take possession of Jesus' corpse. Pilate granted the request and commanded the body to be remanded to his custody. (59) Thereafter, Joseph took the body and wrapped it in clean fine linen, (60) and laid it in his new memorial tomb which he had quarried in the stone mass. And, after rolling a big bolder to block the entrance, he left. (61) But Mary Magdalene and the other Mary continued to sit, positioned right in front of the grave.

 

Jesus' Tomb Guarded

(Chapter 27, verses 62-66)

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     (62) The following day, after the day of Preparation, the chief priests and the Pharisees assembled before Pilate, (63) saying: "Majestic One, we remember what this charlatan said when he was alive, ‘After three days I'll be resurrected.' (64) Therefore, give the command to secure the grave until the third day, that way his disciples won't come and steal his body then tell everybody, ‘He was resurrected from the dead!' and the new imposter will be worse than the first." (65) Pilate said to them: "You have your own guard to make it secure. So, secure it as best you can." (66) So they went and made the grave secure by sealing the stone and posting the guard. 


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