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Matthew 27 1 Very early in the morning, the leading priests and other leaders met again to discuss how to persuade the Roman government to sentence Jesus to death.
Matthew 27 2 Then they bound him and took him to Pilate, the Roman governor.
Matthew 27 3 When Judas, who had betrayed him, realized that Jesus had been condemned to die, he was filled with remorse. So he took the thirty pieces of silver back to the leading priests and other leaders.
Matthew 27 4 "I have sinned," he declared, "for I have betrayed an innocent man.What do we care?" they retorted. "That's your problem."
Matthew 27 5 Then Judas threw the money onto the floor of the Temple and went out and hanged himself.
Matthew 27 6 The leading priests picked up the money. "We can't put it in the Temple treasury," they said, "since it's against the law to accept money paid for murder."
Matthew 27 7 After some discussion they finally decided to buy the potter's field, and they made it into a cemetery for foreigners.
Matthew 27 8 That is why the field is still called the Field of Blood.
Matthew 27 9 This fulfilled the prophecy of Jeremiah that says, "They took the thirty pieces of silver--the price at which he was valued by the people of Israel--
Matthew 27 10 and purchased the potter's field, as the Lord directed. "
Matthew 27 11 Now Jesus was standing before Pilate, the Roman governor. "Are you the King of the Jews?" the governor asked him. Jesus replied, "Yes, it is as you say."
Matthew 27 12 But when the leading priests and other leaders made their accusations against him, Jesus remained silent.
Matthew 27 13 "Don't you hear their many charges against you?" Pilate demanded.
Matthew 27 14 But Jesus said nothing, much to the governor's great surprise.
Matthew 27 15 Now it was the governor's custom to release one prisoner to the crowd each year during the Passover celebration--anyone they wanted.
Matthew 27 16 This year there was a notorious criminal in prison, a man named Barabbas.
Matthew 27 17 As the crowds gathered before Pilate's house that morning, he asked them, "Which one do you want me to release to you--Barabbas, or Jesus who is called the Messiah?"
Matthew 27 18 (He knew very well that the Jewish leaders had arrested Jesus out of envy.)
Matthew 27 19 Just then, as Pilate was sitting on the judgment seat, his wife sent him this message: "Leave that innocent man alone, because I had a terrible nightmare about him last night."
Matthew 27 20 Meanwhile, the leading priests and other leaders persuaded the crowds to ask for Barabbas to be released and for Jesus to be put to death.
Matthew 27 21 So when the governor asked again, "Which of these two do you want me to release to you?" the crowd shouted back their reply: "Barabbas!"
Matthew 27 22 "But if I release Barabbas," Pilate asked them, "what should I do with Jesus who is called the Messiah?" And they all shouted, "Crucify him!"
Matthew 27 23 "Why?" Pilate demanded. "What crime has he committed?" But the crowd only roared the louder, "Crucify him!"
Matthew 27 24 Pilate saw that he wasn't getting anywhere and that a riot was developing. So he sent for a bowl of water and washed his hands before the crowd, saying, "I am innocent of the blood of this man. The responsibility is yours!"
Matthew 27 25 And all the people yelled back, "We will take responsibility for his death--we and our children!"
Matthew 27 26 So Pilate released Barabbas to them. He ordered Jesus flogged with a lead-tipped whip, then turned him over to the Roman soldiers to crucify him.
Matthew 27 27 Some of the governor's soldiers took Jesus into their headquarters and called out the entire battalion.
Matthew 27 28 They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him.
Matthew 27 29 They made a crown of long, sharp thorns and put it on his head, and they placed a stick in his right hand as a scepter. Then they knelt before him in mockery, yelling, "Hail! King of the Jews!"
Matthew 27 30 And they spit on him and grabbed the stick and beat him on the head with it.
Matthew 27 31 When they were finally tired of mocking him, they took off the robe and put his own clothes on him again. Then they led him away to be crucified.
Matthew 27 32 As they were on the way, they came across a man named Simon, who was from Cyrene, and they forced him to carry Jesus' cross.
Matthew 27 33 Then they went out to a place called Golgotha (which means Skull Hill).
Matthew 27 34 The soldiers gave him wine mixed with bitter gall, but when he had tasted it, he refused to drink it.
Matthew 27 35 After they had nailed him to the cross, the soldiers gambled for his clothes by throwing dice.
Matthew 27 36 Then they sat around and kept guard as he hung there.
Matthew 27 37 A signboard was fastened to the cross above Jesus' head, announcing the charge against him. It read: "This is Jesus, the King of the Jews."
Matthew 27 38 Two criminals were crucified with him, their crosses on either side of his.
Matthew 27 39 And the people passing by shouted abuse, shaking their heads in mockery.
Matthew 27 40 "So! You can destroy the Temple and build it again in three days, can you? Well then, if you are the Son of God, save yourself and come down from the cross!"
Matthew 27 41 The leading priests, the teachers of religious law, and the other leaders also mocked Jesus.
Matthew 27 42 "He saved others," they scoffed, "but he can't save himself! So he is the king of Israel, is he? Let him come down from the cross, and we will believe in him!
Matthew 27 43 He trusted God--let God show his approval by delivering him! For he said, 'I am the Son of God.'"
Matthew 27 44 And the criminals who were crucified with him also shouted the same insults at him.
Matthew 27 45 At noon, darkness fell across the whole land until three o'clock.
Matthew 27 46 At about three o'clock, Jesus called out with a loud voice, "Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?" which means, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?"
Matthew 27 47 Some of the bystanders misunderstood and thought he was calling for the prophet Elijah.
Matthew 27 48 One of them ran and filled a sponge with sour wine, holding it up to him on a stick so he could drink.
Matthew 27 49 But the rest said, "Leave him alone. Let's see whether Elijah will come and save him."
Matthew 27 50 Then Jesus shouted out again, and he gave up his spirit.
Matthew 27 51 At that moment the curtain in the Temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. The earth shook, rocks split apart,
Matthew 27 52 and tombs opened. The bodies of many godly men and women who had died were raised from the dead
Matthew 27 53 after Jesus' resurrection. They left the cemetery, went into the holy city of Jerusalem, and appeared to many people.
Matthew 27 54 The Roman officer and the other soldiers at the crucifixion were terrified by the earthquake and all that had happened. They said, "Truly, this was the Son of God!"
Matthew 27 55 And many women who had come from Galilee with Jesus to care for him were watching from a distance.
Matthew 27 56 Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary (the mother of James and Joseph), and Zebedee's wife, the mother of James and John.
Matthew 27 57 As evening approached, Joseph, a rich man from Arimathea who was one of Jesus' followers,
Matthew 27 58 went to Pilate and asked for Jesus' body. And Pilate issued an order to release it to him.
Matthew 27 59 Joseph took the body and wrapped it in a long linen cloth.
Matthew 27 60 He placed it in his own new tomb, which had been carved out of the rock. Then he rolled a great stone across the entrance as he left.
Matthew 27 61 Both Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were sitting nearby watching.
Matthew 27 62 The next day--on the first day of the Passover ceremonies--the leading priests and Pharisees went to see Pilate.
Matthew 27 63 They told him, "Sir, we remember what that deceiver once said while he was still alive: 'After three days I will be raised from the dead.'
Matthew 27 64 So we request that you seal the tomb until the third day. This will prevent his disciples from coming and stealing his body and then telling everyone he came back to life! If that happens, we'll be worse off than we were at first."
Matthew 27 65 Pilate replied, "Take guards and secure it the best you can."
Matthew 27 66 So they sealed the tomb and posted guards to protect it.