Luke 23

1Then all the people got up and took Jesus to Pilate. 2They began to make a complaint against him. They said, ‘This man is leading our people to do wrong. He says we should not pay taxes to Caesar. He says that he is Christ, a King.’ 3Then Pilate asked Jesus, ‘Are you the King of the Jews?" Jesus answered, ‘Yes, I am.’ 4Pilate said to the chief priests and to the people, ‘I find nothing wrong in this man.’ 5But they said all the more, ‘He troubles the people by his teaching. He has been teaching people in all the country of Judea. He began in Galilee and has come as far as this city.’ 6When Pilate heard this, he asked, ‘Is this man from Galilee?’ 7When he knew that he came from Herod’s country, he sent him to Herod. Herod was in Jerusalem at that time. 8He was glad to see Jesus. He had heard about him. And he had wanted to see him for a long time. He was hoping that he would see Jesus do a big work. 9He asked Jesus many questions. But Jesus did not answer him. 10The chief priests and the scribes stood near. They brought strong complaints against him. 11Then Herod and his soldiers laughed at Jesus and made fun of him. He dressed him up in very fine clothes and sent him back to Pilate. 12Herod and Pilate became friends that day. Before that, they had hated each other.

13Pilate then called the chief priests, and the rulers, and the people. 14He said to them, ‘You brought this man to me. You said he is leading your people to do wrong. I have asked questions here in front of you. I have found nothing wrong in this man. 15Herod did the same. He sent him back to us. This man has done nothing for which he should die. 16So I will beat him and let him go.’ 17At the feast Pilate always let one man go free. 18But they all shouted, ‘Kill this man! Let Barabbas go free for us!’ 19(Barabbas had been put in prison because he led some people who had been fighting in the city. He had killed a man.) 20Pilate talked to the people again. He wanted to let Jesus go free. 21But they shouted, ‘Nail him to a cross! Nail him to a cross!" 22Pilate said to them the third time, ‘Why, what wrong thing has he done? I have not found any wrong thing for which he should die. So I will beat him and let him go.’ 23But they shouted all the more loudly, saying, ‘Nail him to a cross!’ And Pilate gave in to their shouting. 24So he said they could have it their way. 25He let the other man go free. (He was the one who had been put in prison because he fought and had killed a man. He was the one the people asked Pilate to let go free.) And Pilate did to Jesus what they wanted him to do.

26They took Jesus away. On the way, they caught a man who was coming in from the farms. His name was Simon. He was born in the country of Cyrene. They made him walk behind Jesus and carry his cross. 27Many people followed him. Women cried and were sorry for him. 28But Jesus turned to them and said, ‘Daughters of Jerusalem, do not cry for me. But cry for yourselves and for your children. 29The time will come when people will say, "Happy are the women who have no children or who have never had a child." 30Then people will begin to say to the big hills, "Fall on us." They will say to the small hills, "Hide us." 31If this is what people do when the wood is new, what will they do when it is old?’

32Two men were also led away to be killed with Jesus. They were bad men. 33They came to the place called Calvary (the head bone.) There they nailed the two bad men to the crosses also. They put one man on the right side of Jesus and one man on the left side of him. 34Jesus said, ‘Father, forgive them! They do not know what they are doing.’ The soldiers played a game to see how they should divide his clothes. 35The people stood around watching. But the rulers made fun of him. They said, ‘He saved other people. He should save himself if he is God’s Christ, God’s chosen one!’ 36The soldiers made fun of him. They came and brought him wine to drink. 37They said, ‘If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself!’ 38The sign that was put above Jesus’ head said, ‘This is the King of the Jews.’ 39One of the bad men who was hanging there said wrong things against Jesus. He said ‘If you are the Christ, why do you not save yourself and us?’ 40But the other bad man told him to stop. He said, ‘Do you not even fear God? You are being punished just as he is. 41It is right for us to be punished because we have done wrong things. But this man has done nothing bad.’ 42He said to Jesus, ‘Lord, remember me when you become a King.’ 43And Jesus said to him, ‘I tell you the truth. Today you will be with me in God’s garden of paradise.’

44About noontime the whole land became dark and stayed dark for three hours. 45The sun did not shine. The big cloth that hung in the temple was torn into two pieces. 46Jesus called out loud, ‘Father, I put my spirit into your hands!’ When he had said this, he died. 47The captain saw all this. Then he praised God. He said, ‘Surely, this was a good man!’ 48Many people were around there to look on. When they saw what happened, they all went home beating their chests because they were sad . 49All Jesus’ friends and the women who had come with him from Galilee stood far away. They saw all of this.

50There was a man named Joseph. He was a member of the court. He was a good man who lived the right way. 51He had not wanted the people to do what they did. He was looking for the kingdom of God. He was from a town of the Jews, called Arimathea. 52He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. 53He took the body down from the cross. He wrapped it in a linen cloth and laid it in a grave cut in a rock. No one had ever been put in this grave. 54It was the day before the Sabbath. And it was almost time for the Sabbath to begin. 55Some women had come with Jesus from Galilee. They followed and saw the grave where his body was put. 56Then they went back and got things ready to put on his body. These things were spices that smelled very nice, and sweet kinds of oil. On the Sabbath day they rested as the law said they should.

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