Why did Jesus accept the crucifixion?

The Bible in the standard translation


The Gospel according to Mark, chapter 15


The hearing before Pilate

Mk 15.1Early in the morning the high priests, the elders and the scribes, i.e. the entire high council, made a decision about Jesus: They had him bound and led away and handed him over to Pilate.Mk 15.2Pilate asked him: Are you the King of the Jews? He replied: You say so.Mk 15.3The chief priests brought many charges against him.Mk 15.4Then Pilate turned to him again and asked: Don't you want to say anything about it? See how many charges they bring against you.Mk 15.5But Jesus did not answer any more, so that Pilate was amazed.Mk 15.6Each time at the festival, Pilate released a prisoner whom they could ask for.Mk 15.7At the time, a man named Barabbas was in prison with other rioters who had committed murder in a riot.Mk 15.8The crowd went up (to Pilate) and asked that they be accorded the same favor as usual.Mk 15.9Pilate asked them: Do you want me to release the King of the Jews?Mk 15.10He realized that the chief priests had only handed Jesus over to him out of envy.Mk 15.11The high priests, however, incited the crowd to rather demand the release of Barabbas.Mk 15.12Pilate turned to her again and asked: Then what should I do with him whom you call the King of the Jews?Mk 15:13Then they shouted: Crucify him!Mk 15:14Pilate replied: What kind of crime has he committed? They shouted even louder: Crucify him!Mk 15.15Then, to please the crowd, Pilate released Barabbas and gave the order to scourge and crucify Jesus..

The mockery of Jesus by the soldiers

Mk 15:16The soldiers led him into the palace, that is, into the praetorium, and called the whole cohort together.Mk 15.17Then they put a purple cloak around him and woven a wreath of thorns; they put it on himMk 15:18and greeted him: Hail, King of the Jews!Mk 15:19They hit him on the head with a stick and spat at him, kneeled down in front of him and paid homage to him.Mk 15.20aAfter they had made fun of him in this way, they took off his purple cloak and put his own clothes back on him. Then they took Jesus out to crucify him..

The crucifixion

Mk 15.21They forced a man who had just come from the field, Simon of Cyrene, the father of Alexander and Rufus, to carry his cross.Mk 15.22And they brought Jesus to a place called Golgotha, which means in translation: skull height.Mk 15.23There they handed him wine flavored with myrrh; but he did not take it.Mk 15.24Then they crucified him. They tossed the lot and distributed his clothes among themselves, and gave each what came to him.Mk 15.25It was the third hour when they crucified him.Mk 15.26And an inscription (on a plaque) stated his guilt: The King of the Jews.Mk 15.27Together with him they crucified two robbers, one on his right, the other on his left.Mk 15.28[]Mk 15.29The people who came by mocked him, shook their heads and shouted: Oh, you want to tear down the temple and rebuild it in three days?Mk 15.30Help yourself and get down from the cross!Mk 15.31The high priests and the scribes also mocked him and said to one another: He has helped others, he cannot help himself.Mk 15.32The Messiah, the King of Israel! Let him now come down from the cross so that we can see and believe. The two men who were crucified with him also insulted him..

The death of Jesus

Mk 15.33When the sixth hour came, darkness fell over the whole land. It lasted until the ninth hour.Mk 15.34And in the ninth hour Jesus called out in a loud voice: Eloï, Eloï, lema sabachtani? Which means in translation: My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?Mk 15.35Some of those who stood by and heard said, "Listen, he's calling out to Elijah!"Mk 15.36One of them ran over, dipped a sponge in vinegar, put it on a stick, and gave Jesus a drink. He said: Let's see if Elijah comes and takes him down.Mk 15.37But Jesus cried out aloud. Then he breathed out the ghost.Mk 15.38Then the curtain in the temple tore in two from top to bottom.Mk 15.39When the centurion confronted with Jesus saw him die in this way, he said, "Truly, this man was the Son of God."Mk 15.40Some women also watched from a distance, including Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James the Little and Joses, and Salome;Mk 15.41they had already followed Jesus in Galilee and served him. There were many other women who had gone up to Jerusalem with him..

The burial of Jesus

Mk 15.42Since it was preparation day, the day before the Sabbath, and it was already evening,Mk 15.43Joseph of Arimathea, a distinguished councilor who was also waiting for the kingdom of God, went to Pilate and dared to ask for the body of Jesus.Mk 15.44Pilate was surprised to hear that Jesus was already dead. He summoned the centurion and asked if Jesus had already died.Mk 15.45When the captain confirmed this, he left the body to Joseph.Mk 15.46Joseph bought a linen cloth, took Jesus from the cross, wrapped him in the cloth, and placed him in a tomb that was cut into a rock. Then he rolled a stone in front of the entrance to the tomb.Mk 15.47But Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses watched where the body was being laid.