THE PASSION OF JESUS CHRIST
IN THE GOSPEL OF ST. MARK
The Plot to Kill Jesus
14 It was two days before the Passover and the festival of Unleavened Bread. The chief priests and the scribes were looking for a way to arrest Jesusa by stealth and kill him; 2for they said, "Not during the festival, or there may be a riot among the people."
3 While he was at
Judas Agrees to Betray Jesus
10 Then Judas Iscariot, who was one of the twelve, went to the chief priests in order to betray him to them. 11When they heard it, they were greatly pleased, and promised to give him money. So he began to look for an opportunity to betray him.
The Passover with the Disciples
12 On the first day of
Unleavened Bread, when the Passover lamb is sacrificed, his disciples said to
him, "Where do you want us to go and make the preparations for you to eat
the Passover?" 13So he sent two of his disciples, saying
to them, "Go into the city, and a man carrying a jar of water will meet
you; follow him, 14and wherever he enters, say to the owner of
the house, 'The Teacher asks, Where is my guest room where I may eat the
Passover with my disciples?' 15He will show you a large room
upstairs, furnished and ready. Make preparations for us there." 16So
the disciples set out and went to the city, and found everything as he had told
them; and they prepared the Passover meal.
17 When it was evening, he came with the twelve. 18And when they had taken their places and were eating, Jesus said, "Truly I tell you, one of you will betray me, one who is eating with me." 19They began to be distressed and to say to him one after another, "Surely, not I?" 20He said to them, "It is one of the twelve, one who is dipping breade into the bowlf with me. 21For the Son of Man goes as it is written of him, but woe to that one by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been better for that one not to have been born."
The Institution of the Lord's Supper
22 While they were eating,
he took a loaf of bread, and after blessing it he broke it, gave it to them,
and said, "Take; this is my body." 23Then he took a
cup, and after giving thanks he gave it to them, and all of them drank from
it. 24He said to them, "This is my blood of theg covenant, which is poured out for
many. 25Truly I tell you, I will never again drink of the fruit
of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the
Peter's Denial Foretold
26 When they had sung the hymn, they
went out to the
28But after I am raised up, I will go
before you to
32 They went to a place
The Betrayal and Arrest of Jesus
Immediately, while he was still speaking, Judas, one of the twelve, arrived; and
with him there was a crowd with swords and clubs, from the chief priests, the
scribes, and the elders. 44Now the betrayer had
given them a sign, saying, "The one I will kiss is the man; arrest him and
lead him away under guard." 45So when he
came, he went up to him at once and said, "Rabbi!" and kissed
him. 46Then they laid hands on him and arrested
him. 47But one of those who stood near drew his
sword and struck the slave of the high priest, cutting off his ear. 48Then Jesus said to them, "Have you come out with
swords and clubs to arrest me as though I were a bandit? 49Day
after day I was with you in the temple teaching, and
you did not arrest me. But let the scriptures be fulfilled." 50All of them deserted him and fled.
51 A certain young man was following him, wearing nothing but a linen cloth. They caught hold of him, 52but he left the linen cloth and ran off naked.
Jesus before the Council
took Jesus to the high priest; and all the chief priests, the elders, and the
scribes were assembled. 54Peter had followed him
at a distance, right into the courtyard of the high priest; and he was sitting
with the guards, warming himself at the fire. 55Now
the chief priests and the whole council were looking for testimony against
Jesus to put him to death; but they found none. 56For
many gave false testimony against him, and their testimony did not agree. 57Some stood up and gave false testimony against him,
saying, 58"We heard him say, 'I will
destroy this temple that is made with hands, and in three days I will build
another, not made with hands.' " 59But
even on this point their testimony did not agree. 60Then
the high priest stood up before them and asked Jesus, "Have you no answer?
What is it that they testify against you?" 61But
he was silent and did not answer. Again the high priest asked him, "Are
you the Messiah,j
the Son of the Blessed One?" 62Jesus said,
"I am; and 'you will see the Son of Man seated
at the right hand of the Power,' and 'coming with the clouds of heaven.' "
63Then the high priest tore his clothes and said, "Why do we still need witnesses? 64You have heard his blasphemy! What is your decision?" All of them condemned him as deserving death. 65Some began to spit on him, to blindfold him, and to strike him, saying to him, "Prophesy!" The guards also took him over and beat him.
Peter Denies Jesus
Peter was below in the courtyard, one of the servant-girls of the high priest
came by. 67When she saw Peter warming himself,
she stared at him and said, "You also were with Jesus, the man from
Jesus before Pilate
15 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. 2Pilate asked him, "Are you the King of the Jews?" He answered him, "You say so." 3Then the chief priests accused him of many things. 4Pilate asked him again, "Have you no answer? See how many charges they bring against you." 5But Jesus made no further reply, so that Pilate was amazed.
Pilate Hands Jesus over to Be Crucified
6 Now at the festival he used to release a prisoner for them, anyone for whom they asked. 7Now a man called Barabbas was in prison with the rebels who had committed murder during the insurrection. 8So the crowd came and began to ask Pilate to do for them according to his custom. 9Then he answered them, "Do you want me to release for you the King of the Jews?" 10For he realized that it was out of jealousy that the chief priests had handed him over. 11But the chief priests stirred up the crowd to have him release Barabbas for them instead. 12Pilate spoke to them again, "Then what do you wish me to doa with the man you callb the King of the Jews?" 13They shouted back, "Crucify him!" 14Pilate asked them, "Why, what evil has he done?" But they shouted all the more, "Crucify him!" 15So Pilate, wishing to satisfy the crowd, released Barabbas for them; and after flogging Jesus, he handed him over to be crucified.
The Soldiers Mock Jesus
16 Then the soldiers led him into the courtyard of the palace (that is, the governor's headquartersc); and they called together the whole cohort. 17And they clothed him in a purple cloak; and after twisting some thorns into a crown, they put it on him. 18And they began saluting him, "Hail, King of the Jews!" 19They struck his head with a reed, spat upon him, and knelt down in homage to him. 20After mocking him, they stripped him of the purple cloak and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him out to crucify him.
The Crucifixion of Jesus
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. 22Then they brought Jesusd
to the place called
25 It was in the morning when they crucified him. 26The inscription of the charge against him read, "The King of the Jews." 27And with him they crucified two bandits, one on his right and one on his left.e 29Those who passed by deridedf him, shaking their heads and saying, "Aha! You who would destroy the temple and build it in three days, 30save yourself, and come down from the cross!" 31In 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. 32Let the Messiah,g 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.
The Death of Jesus
33 When it
was , darkness came over the whole landh
until three in the afternoon. 34At Jesus cried out with a loud voice, "Eloi,
Eloi, lema sabachthani?" which means, "My God, my God, why
have you forsaken me?"i 35When some of the bystanders heard it, they said,
"Listen, he is calling for Elijah." 36And
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
him down." 37Then Jesus gave a loud cry and
breathed his last. 38And the curtain of the
temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. 39Now
when the centurion, who stood facing him, saw that in this way hej breathed his last, he said, "Truly
this man was God's Son!"k
40 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. 41These used to follow him and provided for him when he was in
The Burial of Jesus
42 When evening had come, and since it was the day of Preparation, that is, the day before the sabbath, 43Joseph 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 Jesus. 44Then Pilate wondered if he were already dead; and summoning the centurion, he asked him whether he had been dead for some time. 45When he learned from the centurion that he was dead, he granted the body to Joseph. 46Then Josephl bought a linen cloth, and taking down the body,m 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. 47Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses saw where the bodyn was laid.