Mark 15:16-Luke 1:80
15:16 The soldiers led him away within the court, which is the Praetorium; and they called together the whole cohort. 17 They clothed him with purple, and weaving a crown of thorns, they put it on him. 18 They began to salute him, “Greetings, King of the Jews.” 19 They struck his head with a reed, and spat on him, and bowing their knees, did homage to him. 20 When they had mocked him, they took the purple off of him, and put his own garments on him. They led him out to crucify him. 21 And they forced one passing by, Simon of Cyrene, coming from the country, the father of Alexander and Rufus, to go with them, that he might carry his cross. 22 And they brought him to the place called Golgotha, which is translated, “The place of a skull.” 23 They offered him wine mixed with myrrh to drink, but he did not take it.
24 Crucifying him, they parted his garments among them, casting lots on them, what each should take. 25 It was nine in the morning, and they crucified him. 26 The superscription of his accusation was written over him, “THE KING OF THE JEWS.” 27 With him they crucified two robbers; one on his right hand, and one on his left. 28 And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “And he was numbered with transgressors.” 29 Those who passed by blasphemed him, wagging their heads, and saying, “Ha. You who destroy the temple, and build it in three days, 30 save yourself. Come down from the cross.”
31 Likewise, also the chief cohanim mocking among themselves with the scribes said, “He saved others. He cannot save himself. 32 Let the Messiah, the King of Israel, now come down from the cross, that we may see and believe him.” Those who were crucified with him insulted him.
33 Now when it was noon, there was darkness over the whole land until three in the afternoon. 34 Then at three in the afternoon Yeshua called out with a loud voice, saying, “Elohi, Elohi, lema shabachthani?” which is translated, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”
35 Some of those who stood by, when they heard it, said, “Look, he is calling for Elijah.”
36 One ran, and filling a sponge full of vinegar, put it on a reed, and gave it to him to drink, saying, “Let him be. Let us see whether Elijah comes to take him down.”
37 Yeshua gave a loud cry, and gave up the spirit. 38 The veil of the temple was torn in two from the top to the bottom. 39 And when the centurion, who stood by opposite him, saw that he cried out like this and breathed his last, he said, “Truly this man was the Son of God.”
40 There were also women watching from afar, among whom were both Miriam Magdalene, and Miriam the mother of Jacob the younger and of Josi, and Salome; 41 who, when he was in Galilee, followed him, and served him; and many other women who came up with him to Jerusalem.
42 When evening had now come, because it was the Preparation Day, that is, the day before the Sabbath, 43 Joseph of Arimathaea, a prominent council member who also himself was looking for the Kingdom of God, came. He boldly went in to Pilate, and asked for the body of Yeshua. 44 Pilate was surprised that he was already dead; and summoning the centurion, he asked him whether he had been dead long. 45 When he found out from the centurion, he granted the body to Joseph. 46 He bought a linen cloth, and taking him down, wound him in the linen cloth, and placed him in a tomb which had been cut out of a rock. He rolled a stone against the door of the tomb. 47 Miriam Magdalene and Miriam, the mother of Josi, saw where he was placed.
16:1 When the Sabbath was past, Miriam Magdalene, and Miriam the mother of Jacob, and Salome, bought spices, that they might come and anoint him. 2 Very early on the first day of the week, they came to the tomb when the sun had risen. 3 They were saying among themselves, “Who will roll away the stone from the door of the tomb for us?” 4 for it was very big. Looking up, they saw that the stone was rolled back.
5 Entering into the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe, and they were amazed. 6 He said to them, “Do not be amazed. You seek Yeshua, the Nazarene, who has been crucified. He has risen. He is not here. Look, the place where they put him. 7 But go, tell his talmidim and Peter, ‘He goes before you into Galilee. There you will see him, as he said to you.'”
8 They went out, and fled from the tomb, for trembling and astonishment had come on them. They said nothing to anyone; for they were afraid. 9 Now when he had risen early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Miriam Magdalene, from whom he had cast out seven demons. 10 She went and told those who had been with him, as they mourned and wept. 11 When they heard that he was alive, and had been seen by her, they disbelieved. 12 And after these things he appeared in another form to two of them, as they walked on their way into the country. 13 And they went away and told it to the rest. They did not believe them, either.
14 Afterward he was revealed to the eleven themselves as they were reclining, and he rebuked them for their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they did not believe those who had seen him after he had risen. 15 And he said to them, “Go into all the world, and proclaim the Good News to the whole creation. 16 He who believes and is immersed will be saved; but he who disbelieves will be condemned. 17 And these signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; 18 they will pick up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it will not harm them; they will place their hands on the sick, and they will be made well.”
19 So then the Lord Yeshua, after he had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God. 20 And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the message by the signs that followed.
1:1 Since many have undertaken to set in order a narrative concerning those matters which have been fulfilled among us, 2 even as those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and servants of the word delivered them to us, 3 it seemed good to me also, having traced the course of all things accurately from the first, to write to you in order, most excellent Theophilus; 4 that you might know the certainty concerning the things in which you were instructed.
5 There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judea, a certain cohen named Zechariah, of the division of Abijah. He had a wife of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elisheva. 6 They were both righteous before God, walking blamelessly in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord. 7 But they had no child, because Elisheva was barren, and they both were well advanced in years. 8 Now it happened, while he was performing the office of cohen before God in the order of his division, 9 according to the custom of the office of cohen, his lot was to enter into the temple of the Lord and burn incense. 10 And the whole crowd of people were praying outside at the hour of incense.
11 An angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing on the right side of the altar of incense. 12 Zechariah was troubled when he saw him, and fear fell upon him. 13 But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zechariah, because your request has been heard, and your wife, Elisheva, will bear you a son, and you are to name him John. 14 You will have joy and gladness; and many will rejoice at his birth. 15 For he will be great in the sight of the Lord, and he will drink no wine nor strong drink. He will be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother’s womb. 16 He will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord, their God. 17 He will go before him in the spirit and power of Elijah, ‘to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children,’ and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.”
18 Zechariah said to the angel, “How can I be sure of this? For I am an old man, and my wife is well advanced in years.”
19 The angel answered him, “I am Gabriel, who stands in the presence of God. I was sent to speak to you, and to bring you this good news. 20 Look, you will be silent and not able to speak, until the day that these things will happen, because you did not believe my words, which will be fulfilled in their proper time.”
21 The people were waiting for Zechariah, and they were wondering why he was delayed in the temple. 22 When he came out, he could not speak to them, and they perceived that he had seen a vision in the temple. He continued making signs to them, and remained mute. 23 It happened, when the days of his service were fulfilled, he departed to his house. 24 After these days Elisheva, his wife, conceived, and she hid herself five months, saying, 25 “Thus has the Lord done to me in the days in which he looked at me, to take away my disgrace among people.”
26 Now in the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, 27 to a virgin pledged to be married to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Miriam. 28 Having come in, the angel said to her, “Greetings, favored one. The Lord is with you.”
29 But when she saw him, she was greatly troubled at the saying, and considered what kind of salutation this might be. 30 The angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Miriam, for you have found favor with God. 31 And look, you will conceive in your womb, and bring forth a son, and will call his name ‘Yeshua.’ 32 He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father, David, 33 and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever. There will be no end to his Kingdom.”
34 Miriam said to the angel, “How can this be, seeing I am a virgin?”
35 The angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore also the holy one who is born will be called the Son of God. 36 And look, Elisheva, your relative, also has conceived a son in her old age; and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren. 37 For with God nothing will be impossible.”
38 And Miriam said, “See, the handmaid of the Lord; be it to me according to your word.”
The angel departed from her. 39 Miriam arose in those days and went into the hill country with haste, into a city of Judah, 40 and entered into the house of Zechariah and greeted Elisheva. 41 It happened, when Elisheva heard Miriam’s greeting, that the baby leaped in her womb, and Elisheva was filled with the Holy Spirit. 42 She called out with a loud voice, and said, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. 43 Why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 44 For look, when the voice of your greeting came into my ears, the baby leaped in my womb for joy. 45 Blessed is she who believed, for there will be a fulfillment of the things which have been spoken to her from the Lord.”
46 Miriam said,
“My soul magnifies the Lord.
47 And my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
48 for he has looked at the humble state of his servant girl.
For look, from now on all generations will call me blessed.
49 For he who is mighty has done great things for me,
and holy is his name.
50 His mercy is for generations of generations on those who fear him.
51 He has shown strength with his arm.
He has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.
52 He has put down princes from their thrones.
And has exalted the lowly.
53 He has filled the hungry with good things.
He has sent the rich away empty.
54 He has given help to Israel, his servant, that he might remember mercy,
55 As he spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and his offspring forever.”
56 Miriam stayed with her about three months, and then returned to her house. 57 Now the time that Elisheva should give birth was fulfilled, and she brought forth a son. 58 Her neighbors and her relatives heard that the Lord had magnified his mercy towards her, and they rejoiced with her. 59 It happened on the eighth day, that they came to circumcise the child; and they would have called him Zechariah, after the name of the father. 60 His mother answered, “Not so; but he will be called John.”
61 They said to her, “There is no one among your relatives who is called by this name.” 62 They made signs to his father, what he would have him called.
63 And he asked for a writing tablet, and wrote, “His name is John.”
And they were all amazed. 64 His mouth was opened immediately, and his tongue freed, and he spoke, blessing God. 65 Fear came on all who lived around them, and all these sayings were talked about throughout all the hill country of Judea. 66 All who heard them laid them up in their heart, saying, “What then will this child be?” The hand of the Lord was with him. 67 His father, Zechariah, was filled with the Holy Spirit, and prophesied, saying,
68 “Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel,
for he has visited and worked redemption for his people;
69 and has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David
70 (as he spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets who have been from of old),
71 salvation from our enemies, and from the hand of all who hate us;
72 to show mercy towards our fathers,
to remember his holy covenant,
73 the oath which he spoke to Abraham, our father,
74 to grant to us that we, being delivered out of the hand of our enemies,
should serve him without fear,
75 In holiness and righteousness before him all our days.
76 And you, child, will be called a prophet of the Most High,
for you will go before the Lord to make ready his ways,
77 to give knowledge of salvation to his people by the forgiveness of their sins,
78 because of the tender mercy of our God,
whereby the dawn from on high will visit us,
79 to shine on those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death;
to guide our feet into the way of peace.”
80 The child was growing, and becoming strong in spirit, and was in the desert until the day of his public appearance to Israel.