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John 18:28-19:16 (4th Passion Gospel)

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John 18:28-19:16 (4th Passion Gospel)

At that time, they led Jesus from the house of Ca'iaphas to the praetorium. It was early. They themselves did not enter the praetorium, so that they might not be defiled, but might eat the passover.  So Pilate went out to them and said, "What accusation do you bring against this man?"  They answered him, "If this man were not an evildoer, we would not have handed him over."  Pilate said to them, "Take him yourselves and judge him by your own law." The Jews said to him, "It is not lawful for us to put any man to death."  This was to fulfil the word which Jesus had spoken to show by what death he was to die.  Pilate entered the praetorium again and called Jesus, and said to him, "Are you the King of the Jews?"  Jesus answered, "Do you say this of your own accord, or did others say it to you about me?"  Pilate answered, "Am I a Jew? Your own nation and the chief priests have handed you over to me; what have you done?"  Jesus answered, "My kingship is not of this world; if my kingship were of this world, my servants would fight, that I might not be handed over to the Jews; but my kingship is not from the world."   Pilate said to him, "So you are a king?" Jesus answered, "You say that I am a king. For this I was born, and for this I have come into the world, to bear witness to the truth. Every one who is of the truth hears my voice."  Pilate said to him, "What is truth?" After he had said this, he went out to the Jews again, and told them, "I find no crime in him.  But you have a custom that I should release one man for you at the Passover; will you have me release for you the King of the Jews?"  They cried out again, "Not this man, but Barab'bas!" Now Barab'bas was a robber.

Then Pilate took Jesus and scourged him.  And the soldiers plaited a crown of thorns, and put it on his head, and arrayed him in a purple robe;  they came up to him, saying, "Hail, King of the Jews!" and struck him with their hands.  Pilate went out again, and said to them, "See, I am bringing him out to you, that you may know that I find no crime in him."  So Jesus came out, wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe. Pilate said to them, "Behold the man!"  When the chief priests and the officers saw him, they cried out, "Crucify him, crucify him!" Pilate said to them, "Take him yourselves and crucify him, for I find no crime in him."  The Jews answered him, "We have a law, and by that law he ought to die, because he has made himself the Son of God."  When Pilate heard these words, he was the more afraid;  he entered the praetorium again and said to Jesus, "Where are you from?" But Jesus gave no answer.  Pilate therefore said to him, "You will not speak to me? Do you not know that I have power to release you, and power to crucify you?"  Jesus answered him, "You would have no power over me unless it had been given you from above; therefore he who delivered me to you has the greater sin."  Upon this Pilate sought to release him, but the Jews cried out, "If you release this man, you are not Caesar's friend; every one who makes himself a king sets himself against Caesar."  When Pilate heard these words, he brought Jesus out and sat down on the judgment seat at a place called The Pavement, and in Hebrew, Gab'batha.  Now it was the day of Preparation of the Passover; it was about the sixth hour. He said to the Jews, "Behold your King!"  They cried out, "Away with him, away with him, crucify him!" Pilate said to them, "Shall I crucify your King?" The chief priests answered, "We have no king but Caesar."  Then he handed him over to them to be crucified.

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