Friday Morning, Easter Week

Jesus is scourged. Copyright IRI, Inc. Courtesy Gospel Media,

A Notable Prisoner Called Barabbas

And Pilate, when he had called together the chief priests and the rulers and the people, said unto them, “Ye have brought this man unto me, as one that perverteth the people. And, behold, I, having examined him before you, have found no fault in this man touching those things whereof ye accuse him—no, nor yet Herod, for I sent you to him—and, lo, nothing worthy of death is done unto him. I will therefore chastise him, and release him.”

Now at that feast of the passover, the governor was of necessity wont to release unto the people one prisoner, whomsoever they desired.

And they had then a notable prisoner, called Barabbas, which lay bound with them that had made insurrection with him, and 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.
Therefore when they were gathered together, Pilate answered them, saying, “Whom will ye therefore that I release unto you: Barabbas, or Jesus which is called Christ, the King of the Jews? For he knew that for envy the chief priests had delivered him.

When he was set down on the judgment seat, his wife sent unto him, saying, “Have thou nothing to do with that just man, for I have suffered many things this day in a dream because of him.”
But the chief priests and elders persuaded the multitude that they should ask Barabbas, and destroy Jesus.

The governor answered and said unto them, “Whether of the twain will ye that I release unto you?” And they cried out all at once, saying, “Away with this man, and release unto us Barabbas.” (Now Barabbas was a robber who for a certain sedition made in the city, and for murder, was cast into prison.)

And Pilate, therefore, willing to release Jesus, answered and said again unto them, “What will ye that I shall do then with Jesus which is called Christ, the King of the Jews?”

And they all cried out again say unto him, “Let him be crucified! Crucify him! crucify him!”
And then Pilate the governor said unto them the third time, “Why, what evil hath he done? I have found no cause of death in him. I will therefore chastise him, and let him go.”

But they were instant with loud voices and cried out the more exceedingly, requiring that he might be crucified, saying, “Crucify him! Let him be crucified!”

And the voices of them and of the chief priests prevailed.

Matt. 27:15–23; Mark 15:6–14; Luke 23:13–23; John 18:39–40

Into the Hall, Called Praetorium

Then Pilate therefore took Jesus, and scourged him. Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus led him away into the common hall, called Praetorium. And they call together and gathered unto him the whole band of soldiers.

And they stripped him, and clothed him with a purple robe. And when the soldiers had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head, and a reed in his right hand. And they, bowing their knees before him, worshipped him, and mocked him, and began to salute him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!”

And they did spit upon him, and took the reed and smote him, and they smote him on the head with their hands.

Matt. 27:27–30; Mark 15:16–19; John 19:1–3

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