Tried, Crucified & Risen

Luke 23:1-24:53

231The whole company of them rose up and brought him before Pilate. 2They began to accuse him, saying,

JEWISH LEADERS

We found this man perverting the nation, forbidding paying taxes to Caesar, and saying that he himself is Christ, a king.

3Pilate asked him,

PONTIUS PILATE

Are you the King of the Jews?

He answered him,

JESUS

So you say.

4Pilate said to the chief priests and the multitudes,

PONTIUS PILATE

I find no basis for a charge against this man.

5But they insisted, saying,

JEWISH LEADERS

He stirs up the people, teaching throughout all Judea, beginning from Galilee even to this place.

6But when Pilate heard Galilee mentioned, he asked if the man was a Galilean. 7When he found out that he was in Herod’s jurisdiction, he sent him to Herod, who was also in Jerusalem during those days.
8Now when Herod saw Jesus, he was exceedingly glad, for he had wanted to see him for a long time, because he had heard many things about him. He hoped to see some miracle done by him. 9He questioned him with many words, but he gave no answers. 10The chief priests and the scribes stood, vehemently accusing him. 11Herod with his soldiers humiliated him and mocked him. Dressing him in luxurious clothing, they sent him back to Pilate. 12Herod and Pilate became friends with each other that very day, for before that they were enemies with each other.
13Pilate called together the chief priests and the rulers and the people, 14and said to them,

PONTIUS PILATE

You brought this man to me as one that perverts the people, and see, I have examined him before you, and found no basis for a charge against this man concerning those things of which you accuse him. 15Neither has Herod, for I sent you to him, and see, nothing worthy of death has been done by him. 16I will therefore chastise him and release him.

17Now he had to release one prisoner to them at the feast. 18But they all cried out together, saying,

THE CROWD

Away with this man! Release to us Barabbas!

19one who was thrown into prison for a certain revolt in the city, and for murder.
20Then Pilate spoke to them again, wanting to release Jesus, 21but they shouted, saying,

THE CROWD

Crucify! Crucify him!

22He said to them the third time,

PONTIUS PILATE

Why? What evil has this man done? I have found no capital crime in him. I will therefore chastise him and release him.

23But they were urgent with loud voices, asking that he might be crucified. Their voices and the voices of the chief priests prevailed. 24Pilate decreed that what they asked for should be done. 25He released him who had been thrown into prison for insurrection and murder, for whom they asked, but he delivered Jesus up to their will.
26When they led him away, they grabbed one Simon of Cyrene, coming from the country, and laid on him the cross, to carry it after Jesus. 27A great multitude of the people followed him, including women who also mourned and lamented him. 28But Jesus, turning to them, said,

JESUS

Daughters of Jerusalem, don’t weep for me, but weep for yourselves and for your children. 29For behold, the days are coming in which they will say, ‘Blessed are the barren, the wombs that never bore, and the breasts that never nursed.’ 30Then they will begin to tell the mountains, ‘Fall on us!’ and tell the hills, ‘Cover us.’* 31For if they do these things in the green tree, what will be done in the dry?

32There were also others, two criminals, led with him to be put to death. 33When they came to the place that is called The Skull, they crucified him there with the criminals, one on the right and the other on the left.
34Jesus said,

JESUS

Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing.

Dividing his garments among them, they cast lots. 35The people stood watching. The rulers with them also scoffed at him, saying,

JEWISH LEADERS

He saved others. Let him save himself, if this is the Christ of God, his chosen one!

36The soldiers also mocked him, coming to him and offering him vinegar, 37and saying,

ROMAN SOLDIERS

If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself!

38An inscription was also written over him in letters of Greek, Latin, and Hebrew: “THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS.”
39One of the criminals who was hanged insulted him, saying,

THE UNREPENTANT THIEF

If you are the Christ, save yourself and us!

40But the other answered, and rebuking him said,

THE REPENTANT THIEF

Don’t you even fear God, seeing you are under the same condemnation? 41And we indeed justly, for we receive the due reward for our deeds, but this man has done nothing wrong.

42He said to Jesus,

THE REPENTANT THIEF

Lord, remember me when you come into your Kingdom.

43Jesus said to him,

JESUS

Assuredly I tell you, today you will be with me in Paradise.

44It was now about the sixth hour,* and darkness came over the whole land until the ninth hour.* 45The sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was torn in two. 46Jesus, crying with a loud voice, said,

JESUS

Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!

Having said this, he breathed his last.
47When the centurion saw what was done, he glorified God, saying,

A ROMAN OFFICER

Certainly this was a righteous man.

48All the multitudes that came together to see this, when they saw the things that were done, returned home beating their breasts. 49All his acquaintances, and the women who followed with him from Galilee, stood at a distance, watching these things.
50Behold, a man named Joseph, who was a member of the council, a good and righteous man 51(he had not consented to their counsel and deed), from Arimathaea, a city of the Jews, who was also waiting for God’s Kingdom: 52this man went to Pilate, and asked for Jesus’ body. 53He took it down, and wrapped it in a linen cloth, and laid him in a tomb that was cut in stone, where no one had ever been laid. 54It was the day of the Preparation, and the Sabbath was drawing near. 55The women, who had come with him out of Galilee, followed after, and saw the tomb, and how his body was laid. 56They returned, and prepared spices and ointments. On the Sabbath they rested according to the commandment.
241But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they and some others came to the tomb, bringing the spices which they had prepared. 2They found the stone rolled away from the tomb. 3They entered in, and didn’t find the Lord Jesus’ body. 4While they were greatly perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling clothing. 5Becoming terrified, they bowed their faces down to the earth.
They said to them,

TWO ANGELS

Why do you seek the living among the dead? 6He isn’t here, but is risen. Remember what he told you when he was still in Galilee, 7saying that the Son of Man must be delivered up into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again?

8They remembered his words, 9returned from the tomb, and told all these things to the eleven, and to all the rest. 10Now they were Mary Magdalene, Joanna, and Mary the mother of James. The other women with them told these things to the apostles. 11These words seemed to them to be nonsense, and they didn’t believe them. 12But Peter got up and ran to the tomb. Stooping and looking in, he saw the strips of linen lying by themselves, and he departed to his home, wondering what had happened.
13Behold, two of them were going that very day to a village named Emmaus, which was sixty stadia* from Jerusalem. 14They talked with each other about all of these things which had happened. 15While they talked and questioned together, Jesus himself came near, and went with them. 16But their eyes were kept from recognizing him. 17He said to them,

JESUS

What are you talking about as you walk, and are sad?

18One of them, named Cleopas, answered him,

CLEOPAS

Are you the only stranger in Jerusalem who doesn’t know the things which have happened there in these days?

19He said to them,

JESUS

What things?

They said to him,

CLEOPAS & CLEOPAS’ COMPANION

The things concerning Jesus, the Nazarene, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people; 20and how the chief priests and our rulers delivered him up to be condemned to death, and crucified him. 21But we were hoping that it was he who would redeem Israel. Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since these things happened. 22Also, certain women of our company amazed us, having arrived early at the tomb; 23and when they didn’t find his body, they came saying that they had also seen a vision of angels, who said that he was alive. 24Some of us went to the tomb, and found it just like the women had said, but they didn’t see him.

25He said to them,

JESUS

Foolish men, and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! 26Didn’t the Christ have to suffer these things and to enter into his glory?

27Beginning from Moses and from all the prophets, he explained to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself. 28They came near to the village, where they were going, and he acted like he would go further.
29They urged him, saying,

CLEOPAS & CLEOPAS’ COMPANION

Stay with us, for it is almost evening, and the day is almost over.

He went in to stay with them. 30When he had sat down at the table with them, he took the bread and gave thanks. Breaking it, he gave to them. 31Their eyes were opened, and they recognized him, and he vanished out of their sight. 32They said to one another,

CLEOPAS & CLEOPAS’ COMPANION

Weren’t our hearts burning within us, while he spoke to us along the way, and while he opened the Scriptures to us?

33They rose up that very hour, returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven gathered together, and those who were with them, 34saying,

ELEVEN DISCIPLES

The Lord is risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!

35They related the things that happened along the way, and how he was recognized by them in the breaking of the bread.
36As they said these things, Jesus himself stood among them, and said to them,

JESUS

Peace be to you.

37But they were terrified and filled with fear, and supposed that they had seen a spirit.
38He said to them,

JESUS

Why are you troubled? Why do doubts arise in your hearts? 39See my hands and my feet, that it is truly me. Touch me and see, for a spirit doesn’t have flesh and bones, as you see that I have.

40When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet. 41While they still didn’t believe for joy, and wondered, he said to them,

JESUS

Do you have anything here to eat?

42They gave him a piece of a broiled fish and some honeycomb. 43He took them, and ate in front of them. 44He said to them,

JESUS

This is what I told you, while I was still with you, that all things which are written in the law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms, concerning me must be fulfilled.

45Then he opened their minds, that they might understand the Scriptures. 46He said to them,

JESUS

Thus it is written, and thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day, 47and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name to all the nations, beginning at Jerusalem. 48You are witnesses of these things. 49Behold, I send out the promise of my Father on you. But wait in the city of Jerusalem until you are clothed with power from on high.

50He led them out as far as Bethany, and he lifted up his hands, and blessed them. 51While he blessed them, he withdrew from them, and was carried up into heaven. 52They worshiped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy, 53and were continually in the temple, praising and blessing God. Amen

*Luke 23:30 Hosea 10:8
*Luke 23:44 Time was counted from sunrise, so the sixth hour was about noon.
*Luke 23:44 3:00 PM
*Luke 24:13 60 stadia = about 11 kilometers or about 7 miles.

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