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~ Jesus before Pilate

Mar 15:1  And straightway [very early] in the morning the chief priests held a consultation with the elders and scribes [teachers of the law] and the whole council [Sanhedrin] [reached a decision], and bound Jesus, and carried him away, and delivered him to Pilate.

Mar 15:2  And Pilate asked him [Jesus], Art thou the King of the Jews?  And he answering said unto them, Thou sayest it [it is as you say].

Mar 15:3  And the chief priests accused him [Jesus] of many things: but he [Jesus] answered nothing.

Mar 15:4  And Pilate asked him [Jesus] again, saying, Answerest thou nothing?  behold how many things they witness against thee.

Mar 15:5  But Jesus yet answered nothing; so that Pilate marvelled.

Mar 15:6  Now at that [Passover] feast [it was the custom for] he [Pilate to] released unto them one prisoner, whomsoever they [the people] desired.

Mar 15:7  And there was one named Barabbas, which lay bound [in prison] with them that had made insurrection with him [Barabbas], who had committed murder in the insurrection.

Mar 15:8  And the multitude crying aloud began to desire him [Pilate] to do as he had ever [always] done unto [for] them.

Mar 15:9  But Pilate answered them, saying, Will ye that I [do you want me to] release unto you the King of the Jews [Jesus]?

Mar 15:10  For he [Pilate] knew that the chief priests had delivered him [Jesus] for [out of] envy.

Mar 15:11  But the chief priests moved [stirred up] the people, [so] that he [Pilate] should rather release Barabbas unto them [instead of Jesus].

Mar 15:12  And Pilate answered and said again unto them, What will ye then that I shall do unto [with] him [Jesus] whom ye call the King of the Jews?

Mar 15:13  And they cried out again, Crucify him [Jesus].

Mar 15:14  Then Pilate said unto them, Why, what evil hath he [Jesus] done?  And they cried out the more exceedingly, Crucify him.

Mar 15:15  And so Pilate, willing to content [satisfy] the people, released Barabbas unto them, and delivered Jesus, when he had scourged [flogged] him, to be crucified.

~ Jesus Is Mocked

Mar 15:16  And the soldiers led him [Jesus] away into the hall, called Praetorium; and they call together the whole band [of soldiers].

Mar 15:17  And they clothed him [Jesus] with [a] purple [robe], and platted [twisted together] a crown of thorns, and put it about his head,

Mar 15:18  And began to salute him [Jesus], Hail, King of the Jews!

Mar 15:19  And they smote [repeatedly struck] him [Jesus] on the head with a reed [staff], and did spit upon him, and bowing their knees worshipped him.

Mar 15:20  And when they had mocked him [Jesus], they took off the purple [robe] from him, and put his own clothes on him, and led him out to crucify him.

~ The Crucifixion

Mar 15:21  And they compel [compelled, forced] one Simon a Cyrenian, who passed by, coming out of the country, the father of Alexander and Rufus, to bear [carry] his [Jesus'] cross.

Mar 15:22  And they bring [brought] him [Jesus] unto the place Golgotha, which is, being interpreted, The place of a skull.

Mar 15:23  And they gave him [Jesus] to drink wine mingled with myrrh: but he received it not.

Mar 15:24  And when they had crucified him [Jesus], they parted [divided up] his garments, casting lots upon them, [to see] what every man should take [get].

Mar 15:25  And it was the third hour [of daylight, about 9am], and they crucified him [Jesus].

Mar 15:26  And the superscription [written notice] of his [Jesus'] accusation [charge] was written over [him], THE KING OF THE JEWS.

Mar 15:27  And with him [Jesus] they crucify two [2] thieves; the one on his right hand, and the other on his left.

Mar 15:28  And the scripture was fulfilled, which saith, And he [Jesus] was numbered with the transgressors.  [quoting Isa 53:12]

Mar 15:29  And they that passed by railed [hurled insults] on him [Jesus], wagging [shaking] their heads, and saying, Ah, thou that destroyest [are going to destroy] the temple, and buildest it in three days,

Mar 15:30  Save thyself [Jesus], and come down from the cross.

Mar 15:31  Likewise also the chief priests mocking said among themselves with the scribes, He [Jesus] saved others; himself he cannot save.

Mar 15:32  Let [Jesus] Christ [Messiah] the King of Israel descend now from the cross, that we may see and believe.  And they that were crucified with him reviled [also heaped insults on] him.

~ The Death of Jesus

Mar 15:33  And when the sixth hour [of daylight, about noon] was come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour [of daylight, about 3pm].

Mar 15:34  And at the ninth hour [of daylight, about 3pm] Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?  which is, being interpreted, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?  [ quoting Psa 22:1 ]

Mar 15:35  And some of them that stood by, when they heard it, said, Behold, he [Jesus] calleth Elias [Elijah].

Mar 15:36  And one ran and filled a spunge [sponge] full of vinegar, and put it on a reed [stick], and gave [it to] him [Jesus] to drink, saying, Let [Now leave him] alone; let us see whether Elias [Elijah] will come to take him down.

Mar 15:37  And Jesus cried with a loud voice, and gave up the ghost.

Mar 15:38  And the veil [curtain] of the temple was rent [torn] in twain [two] from the top to the bottom.

Mar 15:39  And when the centurion, which stood over against him [Jesus], saw that he so cried out, and gave up the ghost, he said, Truly this man [Jesus] was the Son of God.

Mar 15:40  There were also women looking on afar off [watching from a distance]: among whom was Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James the less [younger] and of Joses, and Salome;

Mar 15:41  (Who also, when he [Jesus] was in Galilee, followed him, and ministered unto him;) and many other women which came up with him unto Jerusalem.

~ Jesus Is Buried (beginning the 3 days and 3 nights "in the heart of the earth" spoken of by Jesus in Mat 12:40)

Mar 15:42  And now when the even [evening] was come, because it was [now] the preparation, that is, the day before the sabbath,

[ Today, our 24-hour days begin at midnight, whereas Hebrew days in the Bible (designated by -Heb) began at the previous sunset (about 6 hours before midnight).  Therefore, Friday-Heb night (a 12-hour night), and Friday-Heb day (a 24-hour day), both begin at sunset on Thursday (using today's time).]

[ The verse above gives us a perfect picture of a Thursday crucifixion ("Good Thursday" (not "Good Friday")).
According to this verse, Thursday-Heb day (crucifixion day) has ended at sunset Thursday.  It is now Friday-Heb evening (Thursday evening).  It is also now the preparation day, Friday-Heb day (evening, night, morning, daytime), which is the day before the Saturday-Heb sabbath.  This Saturday-Heb sabbath does not begin until sunset Friday. ]

[similar to Mat 27:57-66, Luk 23:50-56, Joh 19:31-42 ]  [for full details see Crucifixion & Resurrection QBA ]
[for the year Jesus was crucified, see after Mat 27:66 ]

Mar 15:43  Joseph of Arimathaea, an honourable counsellor [a prominent member of the Council], which [who] also waited [was waiting] for the kingdom of God, came, and went in boldly unto Pilate, and craved [asked for] the body of Jesus.

Mar 15:44  And Pilate marvelled if he [Jesus] were already dead: and calling unto him the centurion, he asked him whether he [Jesus] had been any while dead.

Mar 15:45  And when he [Pilate] knew it [was so] of [from] the centurion, he gave the body [of Jesus] to Joseph.

[ Since it is already evening (see Mat 27:57 and Mar 15:42 above) (after sunset), the 3 days (all or part of 3 24-hour days) and 3 nights (all or part of 3 12-hour nights) that Jesus is "in the heart of the earth [sepulchre, sepulcher, tomb]" (see Mat 12:39-40) doesn't start counting until after sunset on Thursday (crucifixion day, "Good Thursday" (not "Good Friday")).  Sometime during the evening (after sunset) on Thursday (using today's time), the counting does begin with Friday-Heb night (part of a 12-hour night, that began at sunset Thursday, night#1), and Friday-Heb day (part of a 24-hour day, that began at sunset Thursday, day#1). ]

[ If we continue counting, we get Saturday-Heb night (a 12-hour night, that began at sunset Friday, night#2), and Saturday-Heb day (a 24-hour day, that began at sunset Friday, day#2), followed by Sunday-Heb night (all or part of a 12-hour night, that began at sunset Saturday, night#3, and night#3 counting ended either with Jesus' resurrection sometime before sunrise, or at sunrise Sunday, if Jesus' resurrection occurred on or after sunrise), and Sunday-Heb day (part of a 24-hour day, that began at sunset Saturday, day#3, and day#3 counting ended with Jesus' resurrection before or after sunrise, Resurrection Sunday). ]

[for full details see Crucifixion & Resurrection QBA ]
[for the year Jesus was crucified, see after Mat 27:66 ]

Mar 15:46  And he [Joseph] bought fine linen, and took him [Jesus' body] down, and wrapped him in the linen, and laid him in a sepulchre which was hewn [cut] out of a rock, and rolled a stone unto [against] the door of the sepulchre.

Mar 15:47  And Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses beheld [saw] where he [Jesus] was laid.
 
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