Tried, Crucified & Risen

Mark 15:1-16:20

151Immediately in the morning the chief priests, with the elders and scribes, and the whole council, held a consultation, and bound Jesus, and carried him away, and delivered him up to Pilate. 2Pilate asked him,

PONTIUS PILATE

Are you the King of the Jews?

He answered,

JESUS

So you say.

3The chief priests accused him of many things. 4Pilate again asked him,

PONTIUS PILATE

Have you no answer? See how many things they testify against you!

5But Jesus made no further answer, so that Pilate marveled.
6Now at the feast he used to release to them one prisoner, whom they asked of him. 7There was one called Barabbas, bound with his fellow insurgents, men who in the insurrection had committed murder. 8The multitude, crying aloud, began to ask him to do as he always did for them. 9Pilate answered them, saying,

PONTIUS PILATE

Do you want me to release to you the King of the Jews?

10For he perceived that for envy the chief priests had delivered him up. 11But the chief priests stirred up the multitude, that he should release Barabbas to them instead. 12Pilate again asked them,

PONTIUS PILATE

What then should I do to him whom you call the King of the Jews?

13They cried out again,

THE CROWD

Crucify him!

14Pilate said to them,

PONTIUS PILATE

Why, what evil has he done?

But they cried out exceedingly,

THE CROWD

Crucify him!

15Pilate, wishing to please the multitude, released Barabbas to them, and handed over Jesus, when he had flogged him, to be crucified. 16The soldiers led him away within the court, which is the Praetorium; and they called together the whole cohort. 17They clothed him with purple, and weaving a crown of thorns, they put it on him. 18They began to salute him,

ROMAN SOLDIERS

Hail, King of the Jews!

19They struck his head with a reed, and spat on him, and bowing their knees, did homage to him. 20When they had mocked him, they took the purple off of him, and put his own garments on him. They led him out to crucify him. 21They compelled one passing by, coming from the country, Simon of Cyrene, the father of Alexander and Rufus, to go with them, that he might bear his cross. 22They brought him to the place called Golgotha, which is, being interpreted, “The place of a skull.” 23They offered him wine mixed with myrrh to drink, but he didn’t take it.
24Crucifying him, they parted his garments among them, casting lots on them, what each should take. 25It was the third hour,* and they crucified him. 26The superscription of his accusation was written over him, “THE KING OF THE JEWS.” 27With him they crucified two robbers; one on his right hand, and one on his left. 28The Scripture was fulfilled, which says, “He was numbered with transgressors.”*
29Those who passed by blasphemed him, wagging their heads, and saying,

THE CROWD

Ha! You who destroy the temple, and build it in three days, 30save yourself, and come down from the cross!

31Likewise, also the chief priests mocking among themselves with the scribes said,

JEWISH LEADERS

He saved others. He can’t save himself. 32Let the Christ, the King of Israel, now come down from the cross, that we may see and believe him.*

Those who were crucified with him also insulted him.
33When the sixth hour* had come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour.* 34At the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying,

JESUS

Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?

which is, being interpreted, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”*
35Some of those who stood by, when they heard it, said,

BYSTANDERS AT THE CROSS

Behold, he is calling Elijah.

36One ran, and filling a sponge full of vinegar, put it on a reed, and gave it to him to drink, saying,

BYSTANDER AT THE CROSS

Let him be. Let’s see whether Elijah comes to take him down.

37Jesus cried out with a loud voice, and gave up the spirit. 38The veil of the temple was torn in two from the top to the bottom. 39When the centurion, who stood by opposite him, saw that he cried out like this and breathed his last, he said,

A ROMAN OFFICER

Truly this man was the Son of God!

40There were also women watching from afar, among whom were both Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James the less and of Joses, and Salome; 41who, when he was in Galilee, followed him, and served him; and many other women who came up with him to Jerusalem.
42When evening had now come, because it was the Preparation Day, that is, the day before the Sabbath, 43Joseph of Arimathaea, a prominent council member who also himself was looking for God’s Kingdom, came. He boldly went in to Pilate, and asked for Jesus’ body. 44Pilate marveled if he were already dead; and summoning the centurion, he asked him whether he had been dead long. 45When he found out from the centurion, he granted the body to Joseph. 46He bought a linen cloth, and taking him down, wound him in the linen cloth, and laid him in a tomb which had been cut out of a rock. He rolled a stone against the door of the tomb. 47Mary Magdalene and Mary, the mother of Joses, saw where he was laid.
161When the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, bought spices, that they might come and anoint him. 2Very early on the first day of the week, they came to the tomb when the sun had risen. 3They were saying among themselves,

MARY MAGDALENE, JAMES’ MOTHER & SOLOME

Who will roll away the stone from the door of the tomb for us?

4for it was very big. Looking up, they saw that the stone was rolled back.
5Entering into the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe, and they were amazed. 6He said to them,

AN ANGEL

Don’t be amazed. You seek Jesus, the Nazarene, who has been crucified. He has risen. He is not here. Behold, the place where they laid him! 7But go, tell his disciples and Peter, ‘He goes before you into Galilee. There you will see him, as he said to you.’

8They went out,* and fled from the tomb, for trembling and astonishment had come on them. They said nothing to anyone; for they were afraid. 9*Now when he had risen early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, from whom he had cast out seven demons. 10She went and told those who had been with him, as they mourned and wept. 11When they heard that he was alive, and had been seen by her, they disbelieved. 12After these things he was revealed in another form to two of them, as they walked, on their way into the country. 13They went away and told it to the rest. They didn’t believe them, either.
14Afterward he was revealed to the eleven themselves as they sat at the table, and he rebuked them for their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they didn’t believe those who had seen him after he had risen. 15He said to them,

JESUS

Go into all the world, and preach the Good News to the whole creation. 16He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who disbelieves will be condemned. 17These signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new languages; 18they will take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it will in no way hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.

19So then the Lord,* after he had spoken to them, was received up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God. 20They went out, and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word by the signs that followed. Amen.

*Mark 15:25 9:00 A. M.
*Mark 15:28 NU omits verse 28.
*Mark 15:32 TR omits “him”
*Mark 15:33 or, noon
*Mark 15:33 3:00 PM
*Mark 15:34 Psalm 22:1
*Mark 16:8 TR adds “quickly”
*Mark 16:9 NU includes the text of verses 9-20, but mentions in a footnote that a few manuscripts omitted it. The translators of the World English Bible regard Mark 16:9-20 as reliable based on an overwhelming majority of textual evidence, including not only the authoritative Greek Majority Text New Testament, but also the TR and many of the manuscripts cited in the NU text.
*Mark 16:19 NA adds “Jesus”

DIGGING DEEPER

  • Imagine yourself in the story, observing first hand the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus. With which character do you most identify? Why?
  • Note the different individual and groups that encountered the risen Jesus. How did each respond?
  • When Jesus appeared to his disciples what did he do and say to them?
  • How has Jesus' final command made a difference in your life? How should it?
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