Reading taken from Mark Chapters 15 and 16 Amplified Bible

JESUS BEFORE PILATE

Mark 15: 1AND IMMEDIATELY when it was morning, the chief priests, with the elders and scribes and the whole council, held a consultation; and when they had bound Jesus, they took Him away [[a]violently] and handed Him over to Pilate.(A)

    2And Pilate inquired of Him, Are You the King of the Jews? And He replied, It is as you say.

    3And the chief priests kept accusing Him of many things.

    4And Pilate again asked Him, Have [b]You no answer to make? See how many charges they are bringing against You!

    5But Jesus made no further answer at all, so that Pilate wondered and marveled.(B)

    6Now at the Feast he [was accustomed to] set free for them any one prisoner whom they requested.

    7And among the rioters in the prison who had committed murder in the insurrection there was a man named Barabbas.

    8And the throng came up and began asking Pilate to do as he usually did for them.

    9And he replied to them, Do you wish me to set free for you the King of the Jews?

    10For he was aware that it was [[c]because they were prompted] by envy that the chief priests had delivered Him up.

    11But the chief priests stirred up the crowd to get him to release for them Barabbas instead.

    12And again Pilate said to them, Then what shall I do with the Man Whom you call the King of the Jews?

    13And they shouted back again, Crucify Him!

    14But Pilate said to them, Why? What has He done that is evil? But they shouted with all their might all the more, Crucify Him [[d]at once]!

    15So Pilate, wishing to satisfy the crowd, set Barabbas free for them; and after having Jesus whipped, he handed [Him] over to be crucified.(C)

THE SOLDIERS MOCK JESUS

    16Then the soldiers led Him away to the courtyard inside the palace, that is, the Praetorium, and they called the entire detachment of soldiers together.

    17And they dressed Him in [a] purple [robe], and, weaving together a crown of thorns, they placed it on Him.

    18And they began to salute Him, Hail (greetings, good health to You, long life to You), King of the Jews!

    19And they struck His head with a staff made of a [bamboo-like] reed and spat on Him and kept bowing their knees in homage to Him.(D)

    20And when they had [finished] making sport of Him, they took the purple [robe] off of Him and put His own clothes on Him. And they led Him out [of the city] to crucify Him.

THE CRUCIFIXION

    21And they forced a passerby, Simon of Cyrene, the father of Alexander and Rufus, who was coming in from the field (country), to carry His cross.

    22And they led Him to Golgotha [in Latin: Calvary], meaning The Place of a Skull.

    23And they [attempted to] give Him wine mingled with myrrh, but He would not take it.

    24And they crucified Him; and they divided His garments and distributed them among themselves, throwing lots for them to decide who should take what.(E)

    25And it was the third hour (about nine o'clock in the morning) when they crucified Him.(F)

    26And the inscription of the accusation against Him was written above, The King of the Jews.

    27And with Him they crucified two robbers, one on [His] right hand and one on His left.

    28[e]And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, He was counted among the transgressors.(G)

    29And those who passed by kept reviling Him and reproaching Him abusively in harsh and insolent language, wagging their heads and saying, Aha! You Who would destroy the temple and build it in three days,

    30Now rescue [f]Yourself [[g]from death], coming down from the cross!

    31So also the chief priests, with the scribes, made sport of Him to one another, saying, He rescued others [[h]from death]; Himself He is unable to rescue.(H)

    32Let the Christ (the Messiah), the King of Israel, come down now from the cross, that we may see [it] and trust in and rely on Him and adhere to Him! Those who were crucified with Him also reviled and reproached Him [speaking abusively, harshly, and insolently].

THE DEATH OF JESUS

    33And when the sixth hour (about midday) had come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour (about three o'clock).

    34And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?--which means, My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me [[i]deserting Me and leaving Me helpless and abandoned]?(I)

    35And some of those standing by, [and] hearing it, said, See! He is calling Elijah!

    36And one man ran, and, filling a sponge with vinegar (a [j]mixture of sour wine and water), put it on a staff made of a [bamboo-like] reed and gave it to Him to drink, saying, Hold off! Let us see whether Elijah [does] come to take Him down.(J)

    37And Jesus uttered a loud cry, and breathed out His life.

    38And the curtain [of the Holy of Holies] of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom.

    39And when the centurion who stood facing Him saw Him expire this way, he said, [k]Really, this Man was God's Son!

    40Now some women were there also, looking on from a distance, among whom were Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James the younger and of Joses, and Salome,

    41Who, when [Jesus] was in Galilee, were in the habit of accompanying and ministering to Him; and [there were] also many other [women] who had come up with Him to Jerusalem.

THE BURIAL OF JESUS

    42As evening had already come, since it was the day of Preparation, that is, [the day] before the Sabbath,(K)

    43Joseph, he of Arimathea, noble and honorable in rank and a respected member of the council (Sanhedrin), who was himself waiting for the kingdom of God, daring the consequences, took courage and ventured to go to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus.

    44But Pilate wondered whether He was dead so soon, and, having called the centurion, he asked him whether [Jesus] was already dead.

    45And when he learned from the centurion [that He was indeed dead], he gave the body to Joseph.

    46And Joseph bought a [fine] linen cloth [[l]for swathing dead bodies], and, taking Him down from the cross, he [m]rolled Him up in the [fine] linen cloth and placed Him in a tomb which had been hewn out of a rock. Then he rolled a [very large] stone against the door of the tomb.(L)

    47And Mary Magdalene and Mary [the mother] of Joses were [[n]attentively] observing where He was laid.

THE RESURRECTION

  Mark 16:1AND WHEN the Sabbath was past [that is, after the sun had set], Mary Magdalene, and Mary [the mother] of James, and Salome purchased sweet-smelling spices, so that they might go and anoint [Jesus' body].

    2And very early on the first day of the week they came to the tomb; [by then] the sun had risen.

    3And they said to one another, Who will roll back the stone for us out of [the groove across the floor at] the door of the tomb?

    4And when they looked up, they [distinctly] saw that the stone was already rolled back, for it was very large.

    5And going into the tomb, they saw a young man sitting [there] on the right [side], clothed in a [[a]long, stately, sweeping] robe of white, and they were utterly amazed and struck with terror.

    6And he said to them, Do not be amazed and terrified; you are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, Who was crucified. He has risen; He is not here. See the place where they laid Him.(A)

    7But be going; tell the disciples and Peter, He goes before you into Galilee; you will see Him there, [just] as He told you.(B)

    8Then they went out [and] fled from the tomb, for trembling and bewilderment and consternation had seized them. And they said nothing about it to anyone, for they were held by alarm and fear.

    9[b]Now Jesus, having risen [[c]from death] early on the first day of the week, appeared first to Mary Magdalene, from whom He had driven out seven demons.

    10She went and reported it to those who had been with Him, as they grieved and wept.

    11And when they heard that He was alive and that she had seen Him, they did not believe it.

    12After this, He appeared in a different form to two of them as they were walking [along the way] into the country.

    13And they returned [to Jerusalem] and told the others, but they did not believe them either.

    14Afterward He appeared to the Eleven [apostles themselves] as they reclined at table; and He reproved and reproached them for their unbelief (their lack of faith) and their hardness of heart, because they had refused to believe those who had seen Him and looked at Him attentively after He had risen [[d]from death].

    15And He said to them, Go into all the world and preach and publish openly the good news (the Gospel) to every creature [of the whole [e]human race].

    16He who believes [who adheres to and trusts in and relies on the Gospel and Him Whom it sets forth] and is baptized will be saved [[f]from the penalty of eternal death]; but he who does not believe [who does not adhere to and trust in and rely on the Gospel and Him Whom it sets forth] will be condemned.

    17And these attesting signs will accompany those who believe: in My name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new languages;

    18They will pick up serpents; and [even] if they drink anything deadly, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will get well.

    19So then the Lord Jesus, after He had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven and He sat down at the right hand of God.(C)

    20And they went out and preached everywhere, while the Lord kept working with them and confirming the message by the attesting signs and miracles that closely accompanied [it]. Amen (so be it).