The Easter Gospel

Matthew 27

 

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When morning came, all the chief priests and elders of the people counseled against Jesus to put him to death:
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And when they had bound him, they led him away, and delivered him to Pontius Pilate the governor.
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Then Judas, who had betrayed him, when he saw that he was condemned, repented, and took the thirty pieces of silver back to the chief priests and elders,
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Saying, "I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood." But they said, "What is that to us? You see to that."
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And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself.
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And the chief priests, taking the silver pieces, said, "It is not lawful to put them into the treasury, because they are the price of blood."
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And they counseled together, and bought the potter's field with them, for the burial of strangers.
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That is why that field is called the field of blood to this day.
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This fulfilled what had been spoken by Jeremy the prophet, "And they took the thirty pieces of silver, the price of him that was valued, whom they of the children of Israel did value;
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And gave them for the potter's field, as the Lord appointed."
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And Jesus stood before the governor, and the governor asked him, "Are you the King of the Jews?" And Jesus answered him, "So you say."
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And when he was accused by the chief priests and elders, he answered none of their accusations.
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Then Pilate said to him, "Have you not heard how many things they charge against you?"
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And he answered him not a word, which caused the governor to marvel greatly.
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Now at that feast, the governor wanted to release unto the people a prisoner, according to their liking.
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And they had then a notable prisoner, named Barabbas.
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So when they were gathered together, Pilate said to them, "Whom would you have me release to you, Barabbas, or Jesus, who is called Christ?"
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He knew that it was out of envy that they had delivered him.
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When he sat down on the judgment seat, his wife sent to him saying, "Have nothing to do with that just man,: for I have suffered many things this day in a dream because of him."
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But the chief priests and elders persuaded the multitude that they should ask for the release of Barabbas, and the destruction of Jesus.
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The governor said to them, "Which of the two will you have me release to you?" They said, "Barabbas!"
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Pilate said to them, "What shall I do, then, with Jesus who is called Christ?" They all said to him, "Let him be crucified!"
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And the governor said, "Why, what evil has he done?" But they cried out more strongly, "Let him be crucified."
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When Pilate saw that he could not prevail, but rather that a tumult was being made, he took water and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, "I am innocent of the blood of this just person. See yourselves to it.
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Then all the people answered, and said, "His blood be on us, and on our children."
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Then he released Barabbas to them, and when he had scourged Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified.
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Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the common hall, and gathered to him the whole band of soldiers.
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And they stripped him, and put a scarlet robe on him.
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And when they had plaited a crown of thorns, they put it on his head, and put a reed in his right hand, and they bowed the knee before him, and mocked him, saying, "Hail, King of the Jews!"
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And they spit on him, and took the reed, and struck him on the head.
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And after they finished mocking him, they took the robe off him and put his own clothing on him, and led him away to crucify him.
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And as they came out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name. They forced him to bear his cross.
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And when they came to a place called Golgotha, which is interpreted, "a place of a skull,"
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They gave him vinegar to drink, mixed with gall. And when he had tasted it, he would not drink.
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And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting lots, that it might be fulfilled what had been spoken by the prophet, "They parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture did they cast lots."
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And sitting down, they watched him there,
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And set up over his head his accusation written, THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS.
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Then were there two thieves crucified with him, one on the right, and another on the left.
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And those who passed by reviled him, wagging their heads,
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And saying, "You who would destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, save yourself. If you are the Son of God, come down from the cross."
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The chief priests also mocked him, with the scribes and elders, and said,
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"He saved others; himself he cannot save. If he is the King of Israel, let him come down from the cross now, and we will believe him.
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"He trusted in God; let him deliver him now, if he will have him: for he said, 'I am the Son of God.'"
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The thieves also, who were crucified with him, cast the same in his teeth.
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From the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour.
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And about the ninth hour, Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, "Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?" That is interpreted, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?"
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Some of those who stood there, when they heard that, said, "This man is calling for Elias."
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And straightway one of them ran, and took a spunge, and filled it with vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave it to him to drink.
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The rest said, "Let him be; let us see whether Elias will come to save him."
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Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, gave up his spirit.
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And, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from the top to the bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks split;
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And the graves opened; and many bodies of the saints who slept arose,
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And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared to many.
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Now when the centurion, and those who were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and the other things that were done, they were very fearful, saying, "Truly, this was the Son of God."
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And many women were there watching far off. They had followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering unto him.
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Among them was Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James and Joses, and the mother of Zebedee's children.
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When evening came, a rich man of Arimathaea, named Joseph, who also was Jesus' disciple,
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went to Pilate and pled for the body of Jesus. So Pilate commanded that the body be delivered.
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And when Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean linen,
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And laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn in the rock, and he rolled a great stone to the entrance of the sepulchre, and went away.
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And Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were sitting over against the sepulchre.
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The next day, which followed the day of the preparation, the chief priests and Pharisees came together to Pilate, and said,
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"Sir, we remember that that deceiver said, while he was still alive, 'After three days I will rise again.'
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Command, therefore, that the sepulchre be secured until the third day, so his disciples cannot come by night and steal him away, and say to the people, 'He is risen from the dead,' so the last error would be worse than the first."
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Pilate said to them, "You have a watch. Go; make it as sure as you can."
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So they went, and made the sepulchre secure, sealing the stone, and setting a watch.

Matthew 28

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At the end of the sabbath, as the first day of the week began to dawn, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to see the sepulchre.
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And, behold, there was a great earthquake. And the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the entrance, and was sitting on it.
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His countenance was as bright as lightning, and his clothing as white as snow:
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And for fear of him the keepers shook, and fainted so they seemed dead.
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And the angel said to the women, "Fear not, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified.
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He is not here, for he is risen as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.
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And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead. And, behold, he is going before you into Galilee. There you will see him as I have told you."
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And they left the sepulchre quickly with fear and great joy; and ran to bring his disciples word.
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And as they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, and said, "All hail." And they came and held him by the feet, and worshipped him.
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Then said Jesus to them, "Don't be afraid. Go tell my brothers to go into Galilee, and they shall see me there."
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As they were on their way, some of the guards came into the city, and told the chief priests all the things that had happened.
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And when they got together with the elders, and counseled together, they gave a large amount of money to the soldiers,
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saying, "Say that his disciples came by night and stole him away while we slept.
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And if this comes to the governor's ears, we will persuade him, and vouch for you."
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So they took the money and did as they were asked, and this saying is commonly reported among the Jews until this day.
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Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to a mountain where Jesus had told them.
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And when they saw him, they worshipped him. But some doubted.
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And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, "All power is given to me in heaven and in earth.
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Go, therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
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Teaching them to observe all things as I have commanded you. And, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen."

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