Jesus Delivered to Pilate
Jesus was bound and brought to Pilate, who asked him if he was king of the Jews. He replied "you have said so". The chief priests accused him of many things and Pilate asked him if he has any answers for it and Jesus says nothing further. Everyone is amazed at Jesus.
When this happened in Matthew and when I read it this time, I was wondering why everyone is so amazed that Jesus isn't saying anything. But I was just thinking, is Jesus being tortured here? We know he is bound but they don't say anything about him being beat up, but I thought that might explain why everyone is amazed that he isn't answering questions. I feel like I'm just making stuff up here, but it does fit in with the story. Thoughts?
Pilate Delivers Jesus to Be Crucified
As was customary, Pilate let the crowd choose a prisoner to go free. He thought that Jesus was only there because of envy of the chief priests, so he put Jesus up against a very bad man Barabbas. He figured the crowd would surely let Jesus go instead of that guy, but the priests stirred up the crowd and got them to let Barabbas go and crucify Jesus.
A stirring scene. A demonstration that group-think is bad and dangerous. A reminder not to just go along with the crowd but to think things through perhaps?
Jesus Is Mocked
The soldiers led Jesus into the palace, put on a purple cloak and a crown of thorns and saluted him calling him king of Jews. They then beat him up. Then they put his clothes back on and led him out to crucify him.
There's the torture I was wondering about.
Someone helped Jesus carry his cross. Then Jesus was crucified, his garments were split up and taken by people. They crucified him at 9AM.
They seem to be throwing in a lot of random details here
They crucified robbers along with him. Passersby derided Jesus saying he healed other people but can't save himself. Even the other people being crucified along with him also reviled him.
Seems crazy that the other people being killed would revile him, seems like they have their own problems.
The Death of Jesus
There was a darkness over the whole land from noon till 3. Then Jesus cried out "My God, why have you forsaken me?" When he died the curtain of the temple ripped from top to bottom.
No zombie uprising this time?
Jesus Is Buried
Joseph of Arimathea saw that Jesus was dead and asked Pilate for the body. Pilate was surprised that he was already dead, but had a guard verify and then gave Joseph the body. He put the body in a tomb that had been cut out of the rock and put a boulder at the entrance. Mary saw where his body lay.