Mark 14:53-16.8

James Ballinger | May 02, 2021

Scripture: Mark 14:53-16.8

Jesus Faces the Sanhedrin

53 They(A) led Jesus away to the high priest,(B) and all the chief priests, the elders, and the scribes(C) assembled.(D) 54 Peter(E) followed him at a distance, right into the high priest’s courtyard. He was sitting with the servants,[a](F) warming himself by the fire.

55 The chief priests and the whole Sanhedrin(G) were looking for testimony against Jesus to put him to death,(H) but they could not find any. 56 For many were giving false testimony(I) against him, and the testimonies did not agree. 57 Some stood up and gave false testimony against him, stating, 58 “We heard him say, ‘I will destroy this temple made with human hands,(J) and in three days I will build another not made by hands.’” 59 Yet their testimony did not agree(K) even on this.

60 Then the high priest stood up before them all and questioned Jesus, “Don’t you have an answer to what these men are testifying against you?” 61 But he kept silent and did not answer.(L) Again the high priest questioned him, “Are you the Messiah,(M) the Son(N) of the Blessed(O) One?”

62 “I am,”(P) said Jesus, “and you will see the Son of Man(Q) seated at the right hand(R) of Power and coming with the clouds(S) of heaven.”[b](T)

63 Then the high priest(U) tore his robes(V) and said, “Why do we still need witnesses?(W) 64 You have heard the blasphemy.(X) What is your decision?” They all condemned him as deserving death.(Y)

65 Then some began to spit on him, to blindfold him, and to beat him, saying, “Prophesy!” (Z) The temple servants(AA) also took him and slapped him.

Peter Denies His Lord

66 While(AB) Peter(AC) was in the courtyard below, one of the high priest’s maidservants came. 67 When she saw Peter warming himself, she looked at him and said, “You also were with Jesus, the man from Nazareth.”(AD)

68 But he denied it: “I don’t know or understand what you’re talking about.” Then he went out to the entryway,[c] and a rooster crowed.[d]

69 When the maidservant saw him again, she began to tell those standing nearby, “This man is one of them.”

70 But again he denied it. After a little while those standing there said to Peter again, “You certainly are one of them, since you’re also a Galilean.”[e](AE)

71 Then he started to curse and swear,(AF) “I don’t know this man you’re talking about!”

72 Immediately a rooster crowed a second time,(AG) and Peter remembered when Jesus had spoken the word to him, “Before the rooster crows twice, you will deny me three times.” And he broke down and wept.

Jesus Faces Pilate

15 As(AH) soon as it was morning, having held a meeting with the elders,(AI) scribes,(AJ) and the whole Sanhedrin, the chief priests(AK) tied Jesus up, led him away, and handed him over to Pilate.(AL)

So Pilate asked him, “Are you the king(AM) of the Jews?”(AN)

He answered him, “You say so.”

And the chief priests accused him of many things. Pilate(AO) questioned him again, “Aren’t you going to answer? Look how many things they are accusing you of!” But Jesus still did not answer, and so Pilate was amazed.

Jesus or Barabbas

At(AP) the festival(AQ) Pilate(AR) used to release for the people a prisoner whom they requested. There was one named Barabbas, who was in prison with rebels who had committed murder(AS) during the rebellion.(AT) The crowd came up and began to ask Pilate to do for them as was his custom. Pilate answered them, “Do you want me to release the king(AU) of the Jews(AV) for you?” 10 For he knew it was because of envy(AW) that the chief priests had handed him over. 11 But the chief priests stirred up the crowd so that he would release Barabbas to them instead. 12 Pilate asked them again, “Then what do you want me to do with the one you call the king of the Jews?”

13 Again they shouted, “Crucify him!”

14 Pilate said to them, “Why? What has he done wrong?”

But they shouted all the more, “Crucify him!”

15 Wanting to satisfy the crowd, Pilate released Barabbas to them; and after having Jesus flogged, he handed him over to be crucified.

Mocked by the Military

16 The(AX) soldiers led him away into the palace (that is, the governor’s residence(AY)) and called the whole company together. 17 They dressed him in a purple(AZ) robe, twisted together a crown(BA) of thorns, and put it on him. 18 And they began to salute him, “Hail,(BB) king(BC) of the Jews!” 19 They were hitting him on the head with a stick and spitting on him. Getting down on their knees,(BD) they were paying him homage. 20 After they had mocked(BE) him, they stripped him of the purple robe and put his clothes on him.

Crucified between Two Criminals

They led him out to crucify him. 21 They(BF) forced a man coming in from the country, who was passing by, to carry Jesus’s cross.(BG) He was Simon of Cyrene,(BH) the father of Alexander and Rufus.(BI)

22 They(BJ) brought Jesus to the place called Golgotha (which means Place of the Skull(BK)). 23 They tried to give him wine(BL) mixed with myrrh,(BM) but he did not take it.

24 Then they crucified him and divided his clothes, casting lots(BN) for them to decide what each would get. 25 Now it was nine in the morning[f] when they crucified him. 26 The inscription of the charge written against him was: The King(BO) of the Jews.(BP) 27 They(BQ) crucified two criminals[g](BR) with him, one on his right and one on his left.[h]

29 Those(BS) who passed by were yelling insults(BT) at[i] him, shaking their heads,(BU) and saying, “Ha! The one who would destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days,(BV) 30 save yourself by coming down from the cross!”(BW) 31 In the same way, the chief priests with the scribes(BX) were mocking him among themselves and saying, “He saved others, but he cannot save himself! 32 Let the Messiah,(BY) the King(BZ) of Israel,(CA) come down now from the cross,(CB) so that we may see and believe.”(CC) Even those who were crucified with him taunted him.

The Death of Jesus

33 When(CD) it was noon,[j] darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon.[k](CE) 34 And at three Jesus cried out with a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lemá sabachtháni?” which is translated, “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?”[l](CF)

35 When some of those standing there heard this, they said, “See, he’s calling for Elijah.”

36 Someone ran and filled a sponge with sour wine, fixed it on a stick, offered him a drink,(CG) and said, “Let’s see if Elijah comes to take him down.”

37 Jesus let out a loud cry and breathed his last. 38 Then the curtain(CH) of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. 39 When the centurion, who was standing opposite him, saw the way he[m] breathed his last, he said, “Truly this man was the Son of God!” [n](CI)

40 There(CJ) were also women watching from a distance. Among them were Mary Magdalene,(CK) Mary the mother of James the younger and of Joses, and Salome. 41 In Galilee(CL) these women followed him and took care of him. Many other women had come up with him to Jerusalem.(CM)

The Burial of Jesus

42 When(CN) it was already evening, because it was the day of preparation (that is, the day before the Sabbath), 43 Joseph of Arimathea, a prominent member of the Sanhedrin who was himself looking forward(CO) to the kingdom of God,(CP) came and boldly went to Pilate(CQ) and asked for Jesus’s body.(CR) 44 Pilate was surprised that he was already dead. Summoning the centurion, he asked him whether he had already died. 45 When he found out from the centurion, he gave the corpse to Joseph. 46 After he bought some linen cloth, Joseph took him down and wrapped him in the linen. Then he laid him in a tomb(CS) cut out of the rock and rolled a stone(CT) against the entrance to the tomb. 47 Mary Magdalene(CU) and Mary the mother of Joses were watching where he was laid.

Resurrection Morning

16 When(CV) the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene,(CW) Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, so that they could go and anoint him. Very early in the morning, on the first day of the week,(CX) they went to the tomb(CY) at sunrise. They were saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone from the entrance to the tomb for us?” Looking up, they noticed that the stone—which was very large—had been rolled away.

When(CZ) they entered the tomb,(DA) they saw a young man(DB) dressed(DC) in a white(DD) robe sitting on the right side; they were alarmed. “Don’t be alarmed,” he told them. “You are looking for Jesus of Nazareth,(DE) who was crucified. He has risen!(DF) He is not here. See the place where they put him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter,(DG) ‘He is going ahead of you to Galilee;(DH) you will see him there just as he told you.’”

They went out and ran from the tomb,(DI) because trembling and astonishment overwhelmed them. And they said nothing to anyone,(DJ) since they were afraid.


  1. 14:54 Or temple police, or officers, also in v. 65
  2. 14:62 Ps 110:1; Dn 7:13
  3. 14:68 Or forecourt
  4. 14:68 Other mss omit and a rooster crowed
  5. 14:70 Other mss add and your speech shows it
  6. 15:25 Lit was the third hour
  7. 15:27 Or revolutionaries
  8. 15:27 Some mss include v. 28: So the Scripture was fulfilled that says: And he was counted among criminals.
  9. 15:29 Or passed by blasphemed
  10. 15:33 Lit the sixth hour
  11. 15:33 Lit the ninth hour, also in v. 34
  12. 15:34 Ps 22:1
  13. 15:39 Other mss read saw that he cried out like this and
  14. 15:39 Or a son of God

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