Ed­i­to­ri­als: The Pas­sion of the Christ

From the Gospel of Mark

The Washington Times Daily - - COMMENTARY -

Straight­away in the morn­ing, the chief priests held a con­sul­ta­tion with the el­ders and scribes and the whole coun­cil, and bound Je­sus, and car­ried him away, and de­liv­ered Him to Pi­late.

Pi­late asked Him, “Art thou the King of the Jews?” And He an­swer­ing said unto him, “Thou sayest it.” The chief priests ac­cused Him of many things: but He an­swered noth­ing. Pi­late asked Him again, say­ing, “An­swer­est thou noth­ing? Be­hold how many things they wit­ness against thee.” But Je­sus yet an­swered noth­ing; so that Pi­late mar­veled.

Now at that feast, he re­leased unto them one pris­oner, whom­so­ever they de­sired. There was one named Barab­bas, which lay bound with them that had made in­sur­rec­tion with him, who had com­mit­ted mur­der in the in­sur­rec­tion. And the mul­ti­tude, cry­ing aloud, be­gan to de­sire him to do as he had ever done unto them.

Pi­late an­swered them, say­ing, “Will ye that I re­lease unto you the King of the Jews?” For he knew that the chief priests had de­liv­ered Him for envy. But the chief priests moved the peo­ple, that he should rather re­lease Barab­bas unto them.

Pi­late an­swered and said again unto them, “What will ye then that I shall do unto Him whom ye call the King of the Jews?” They cried out again, “Cru­cify Him.” Then Pi­late said unto them, “Why, what evil hath He done?” And they cried out the more ex­ceed­ingly, “Cru­cify Him.” And so Pi­late, will­ing to con­tent the peo­ple, re­leased Barab­bas unto them, and de­liv­ered Je­sus, when he had scourged Him, to be cru­ci­fied.

The sol­diers led Him away into the hall, called Prae­to­rium; and they call to­gether the whole band. They clothed Him with pur­ple, and plat­ted a crown of thorns, and put it about His head, and be­gan to salute him, “Hail, King of the Jews!”

They smote Him on the head with a reed, and did spit upon Him, and bow­ing their knees wor­shipped Him. When they had mocked Him, they took off the pur­ple from Him, and put His own clothes on Him, and led Him out to cru­cify Him. They com­pel one Si­mon, a Cyre­nian, who passed by, com­ing out of the coun­try, the fa­ther of Alexander and Ru­fus, to bear His cross.

They bring Him unto the place Gol­go­tha, which is, be­ing in­ter­preted, “The place of a skull.” They gave Him to drink wine min­gled with myrrh: but He re­ceived it not. And when they had cru­ci­fied Him, they parted His gar­ments, cast­ing lots upon them, what ev­ery man should take.

It was the third hour, and they cru­ci­fied Him.

The su­per­scrip­tion of His ac­cu­sa­tion was writ­ten over, “The king of the Jews.” And with Him they cru­cify two thieves; the one on His right hand, and the other on His left. And the Scrip­ture was ful­filled, which saith, “And He was num­bered with the trans­gres­sors.”

They that passed by railed on Him, wag­ging their heads, and say­ing, “Ah, thou that de­stroyest the tem­ple, and buildest it in three days. Save thy­self, and come down from the cross.” Like­wise also the chief priests mock­ing said among them­selves with the scribes, “He saved oth­ers; Him­self He can­not save. Let Christ the King of Is­rael de­scend now from the cross, that we may see and be­lieve.” They that were cru­ci­fied with him re­viled Him.

When the sixth hour was come, there was dark­ness over the whole land un­til the ninth hour. At the ninth hour, Je­sus cried with a loud voice, say­ing, “Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?” which is, be­ing in­ter­preted, “My God, my God, why hast thou for­saken me?”

Some of them that stood by, when they heard it, said, “Be­hold, He cal­leth Elias.” One ran and filled a sponge full of vine­gar, and put it on a reed, and gave Him to drink, say­ing, “Let alone; let us see whether Elias will come to take Him down.”

Je­sus cried with a loud voice, and gave up the ghost. The veil of the tem­ple was rent in twain from the top to the bot­tom.

When the cen­tu­rion, which stood over against Him, saw that He so cried out, and gave up the ghost, he said, “Truly this man was the Son of God.”

There were also women look­ing on afar off: among whom was Mary Mag­da­lene, and Mary the mother of James the less and of Joses, and Salome (who also, when He was in Galilee, fol­lowed Him, and min­is­tered unto Him); and many other women, which came up with Him unto Jerusalem.

Now when the even was come, be­cause it was the prepa­ra­tion, that is, the day be­fore the sab­bath, Joseph of Ari­math­aea, and hon­or­able coun­selor, which also waited for the king­dom of God, came, and went in boldly unto Pi­late, and craved the body of Je­sus. Pi­late mar­veled if He were al­ready dead, and call­ing unto him the cen­tu­rion. He asked him whether He had been any while dead.

When he knew it of the cen­tu­rion, he gave the body to Joseph. He bought fine linen, and took Him down, and wrapped Him in the linen, and laid Him in a sep­ul­cher, which was hewn out of a rock, and rolled a stone unto the door of the sep­ul­cher.

Mary Mag­da­lene and Mary the mother of Joses be­held where He was laid.

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