Then, after singing a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.
And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, "My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me; yet not as I will, but as You will."
Then one of the Twelve, who was called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said, "What are you willing to give me if I hand him over to you?" They paid him thirty pieces of silver, and from that time he looked for an opportunity to hand him over.
When the morning came all the chief priests and the elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put him to death. They bound him, led him away, and handed him over to Pilate, the governor.
So when Pilate saw that he was gaining nothing, but rather that a riot was beginning, he took water and washed his hands before the crowd, saying, "I am innocent of this righteous man's blood." And all the people answered, "His blood be on us and on our children!" Then he relesed for them Barabas, and having scourged Jesus, delivered him to be crucified.
And stripping him, they put a scarlet cloak about him. And platting a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head, and a reed in his right hand. And bowing the knee before him, they mocked him, saying: "Hail, king of the Jews." And spitting upon him, they took the reed, and struck his head.
*First posted on April 11, 2006 at 10:20am
**Updated on April 13 at 10:10am
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