New Testament in a year – Day 364

Matthew 27: 27 - 56

(Mk 15.16–20; Jn 19.2–3)
(Mk 15.21–32; Lk 23.26–43; Jn 19.17–27)
(Mk 15.33–41; Lk 23.44–49; Jn 19.28–30)
The Soldiers Mock Jesus
27Then Pilate's soldiers took Jesus into the governor's palace, and the whole company gathered round him.28They stripped off his clothes and put a scarlet robe on him.29Then they made a crown out of thorny branches and placed it on his head, and put a stick in his right hand; then they knelt before him and mocked him. “Long live the King of the Jews!” they said.30They spat on him, and took the stick and hit him over the head.31When they had finished mocking him, they took the robe off and put his own clothes back on him. Then they led him out to crucify him.
Jesus is Crucified
32As they were going out, they met a man from Cyrene named Simon, and the soldiers forced him to carry Jesus' cross.33They came to a place called Golgotha, which means, “The Place of the Skull”.34 There they offered Jesus wine mixed with a bitter substance; but after tasting it, he would not drink it.
35 They crucified him and then divided his clothes among them by throwing dice.36After that they sat there and watched him.37Above his head they put the written notice of the accusation against him: “This is Jesus, the King of the Jews.”38Then they crucified two bandits with Jesus, one on his right and the other on his left.
39 People passing by shook their heads and hurled insults at Jesus:40 “You were going to tear down the Temple and build it up again in three days! Save yourself if you are God's Son! Come on down from the cross!”
41In the same way the chief priests and the teachers of the Law and the elders jeered at him:42“He saved others, but he cannot save himself! Isn't he the king of Israel? If he comes down off the cross now, we will believe in him!43 He trusts in God and claims to be God's Son. Well, then, let us see if God wants to save him now!”
44Even the bandits who had been crucified with him insulted him in the same way.
The Death of Jesus
45At noon the whole country was covered with darkness, which lasted for three hours.46 At about three o'clock Jesus cried out with a loud shout, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why did you abandon me?”
47Some of the people standing there heard him and said, “He is calling for Elijah!”48 One of them ran up at once, took a sponge, soaked it in cheap wine, put it on the end of a stick, and tried to make him drink it.
49But the others said, “Wait, let us see if Elijah is coming to save him!”
50Jesus again gave a loud cry and breathed his last.
51 Then the curtain hanging in the Temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook, the rocks split apart,52the graves broke open, and many of God's people who had died were raised to life.53They left the graves, and after Jesus rose from death, they went into the Holy City, where many people saw them.
54When the army officer and the soldiers with him who were watching Jesus saw the earthquake and everything else that happened, they were terrified and said, “He really was the Son of God!”
55 There were many women there, looking on from a distance, who had followed Jesus from Galilee and helped him.56Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Joseph, and the wife of Zebedee.

Good News Translation® with Deuterocanonicals/Apocrypha (Today’s English Version, Second Edition) © 1992 American Bible Society. All rights reserved.