When they were approaching Jerusalem, at Bethphage and
Bethany, near the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his
and said to them, "Go into the village ahead of
you, and immediately as you enter it, you will find tied
there a colt that has never been ridden; untie it and
If anyone says to you, 'Why are you doing this?' just
say this, 'The Lord needs it and will send it back here
They went away and found a colt tied near a door,
outside in the street. As they were untying it,
some of the bystanders said to them, "What are you
doing, untying the colt?"
They told them what Jesus had said; and they allowed
them to take it.
Then they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their
cloaks on it; and he sat on it.
Many people spread their cloaks on the road, and others
spread leafy branches that they had cut in the fields.
Then those who went ahead and those who followed were
shouting, "Hosanna! Blessed is the one who comes in
the name of the Lord!
Blessed is the coming kingdom of our ancestor David!
Hosanna in the highest heaven!"
Then he entered Jerusalem and went into the temple; and
when he had looked around at everything, as it was
already late, he went out to Bethany with the twelve.
The Lord GOD has given me the tongue of a teacher, that
I may know how to sustain the weary with a word. Morning
by morning he wakens-- wakens my ear to listen as those
who are taught.
The Lord GOD has opened my ear, and I was not
rebellious, I did not turn backward.
I gave my back to those who struck me, and my cheeks to
those who pulled out the beard; I did not hide my face
from insult and spitting.
The Lord GOD helps me; therefore I have not been
disgraced; therefore I have set my face like flint, and
I know that I shall not be put to shame;
he who vindicates me is near. Who will contend with me?
Let us stand up together. Who are my adversaries? Let
them confront me.
It is the Lord GOD who helps me; who will declare me
guilty? All of them will wear out like a garment; the
moth will eat them up.
Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus,
who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard
equality with God as something to be exploited,
but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being
born in human likeness. And being found in human form,
he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of
death-- even death on a cross.
Therefore God also highly exalted him and gave him the
name that is above every name,
so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, in
heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is
Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
As soon as it was morning, the chief priests held a
consultation with the elders and scribes and the whole
council. They bound Jesus, led him away, and handed him
over to Pilate.
Pilate asked him, "Are you the King of the
Jews?" He answered him, "You say so."
Then the chief priests accused him of many things.
Pilate asked him again, "Have you no answer? See
how many charges they bring against you."
But Jesus made no further reply, so that Pilate was
Now at the festival he used to release a prisoner for
them, anyone for whom they asked.
Now a man called Barabbas was in prison with the rebels
who had committed murder during the insurrection.
So the crowd came and began to ask Pilate to do for them
according to his custom.
Then he answered them, "Do you want me to release
for you the King of the Jews?"
For he realized that it was out of jealousy that the
chief priests had handed him over.
But the chief priests stirred up the crowd to have him
release Barabbas for them instead.
Pilate spoke to them again, "Then what do you wish
me to do with the man you call the King of the
They shouted back, "Crucify him!"
Pilate asked them, "Why, what evil has he
done?" But they shouted all the more, "Crucify
So Pilate, wishing to satisfy the crowd, released
Barabbas for them; and after flogging Jesus, he handed
him over to be crucified.
Then the soldiers led him into the courtyard of the
palace (that is, the governor's headquarters); and they
called together the whole cohort.
And they clothed him in a purple cloak; and after
twisting some thorns into a crown, they put it on him.
And they began saluting him, "Hail, King of the
They struck his head with a reed, spat upon him, and
knelt down in homage to him.
After mocking him, they stripped him of the purple cloak
and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him out to
They compelled a passer-by, who was coming in from the
country, to carry his cross; it was Simon of Cyrene, the
father of Alexander and Rufus.
Then they brought Jesus to the place called Golgotha
(which means the place of a skull).
And they offered him wine mixed with myrrh; but he did
not take it.
And they crucified him, and divided his clothes among
them, casting lots to decide what each should take.
It was nine o'clock in the morning when they crucified
The inscription of the charge against him read,
"The King of the Jews."
And with him they crucified two bandits, one on his
right and one on his left.
Those who passed by derided him, shaking their heads and
saying, "Aha! You who would destroy the temple and
build it in three days,
save yourself, and come down from the cross!"
In the same way the chief priests, along with the
scribes, were also mocking him among themselves and
saying, "He saved others; he cannot save himself.
Let the Messiah, the King of Israel, come down from the
cross now, so that we may see and believe." Those
who were crucified with him also taunted him.
When it was noon, darkness came over the whole land
until three in the afternoon.
At three o'clock Jesus cried out with a loud voice,
"Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?" which means,
"My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?"
When some of the bystanders heard it, they said,
"Listen, he is calling for Elijah."
And someone ran, filled a sponge with sour wine, put it
on a stick, and gave it to him to drink, saying,
"Wait, let us see whether Elijah will come to take
Then Jesus gave a loud cry and breathed his last.
And the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top
Now when the centurion, who stood facing him, saw that
in this way he breathed his last, he said, "Truly
this man was God's Son!"
There were also women looking on from a distance; among
them were Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James
the younger and of Joses, and Salome.
These used to follow him and provided for him when he
was in Galilee; and there were many other women who had
come up with him to Jerusalem.
When evening had come, and since it was the day of
Preparation, that is, the day before the sabbath,
Joseph of Arimathea, a respected member of the council,
who was also himself waiting expectantly for the kingdom
of God, went boldly to Pilate and asked for the body of
Then Pilate wondered if he were already dead; and
summoning the centurion, he asked him whether he had
been dead for some time.
When he learned from the centurion that he was dead, he
granted the body to Joseph.
Then Joseph bought a linen cloth, and taking down the
body, wrapped it in the linen cloth, and laid it in a
tomb that had been hewn out of the rock. He then rolled
a stone against the door of the tomb.
Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Jesus saw where
the body was laid.