Daily Bible Reading (Tuesday, April 3rd)


Luke 23 (ESV)


Jesus Before Pilate

Then the whole company of them arose and brought him before Pilate. And they began to accuse him, saying, “We found this man misleading our nation and forbidding us to give tribute to Caesar, and saying that he himself is Christ, a king.” And Pilate asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” And he answered him, “You have said so.” Then Pilate said to the chief priests and the crowds, “I find no guilt in this man.” But they were urgent, saying, “He stirs up the people, teaching throughout all Judea, from Galilee even to this place.”

Jesus Before Herod

When Pilate heard this, he asked whether the man was a Galilean. And when he learned that he belonged to Herod's jurisdiction, he sent him over to Herod, who was himself in Jerusalem at that time. When Herod saw Jesus, he was very glad, for he had long desired to see him, because he had heard about him, and he was hoping to see some sign done by him. So he questioned him at some length, but he made no answer. 10 The chief priests and the scribes stood by, vehemently accusing him. 11 And Herod with his soldiers treated him with contempt and mocked him. Then, arraying him in splendid clothing, he sent him back to Pilate.12 And Herod and Pilate became friends with each other that very day, for before this they had been at enmity with each other.

13 Pilate then called together the chief priests and the rulers and the people, 14 and said to them, “You brought me this man as one who was misleading the people. And after examining him before you, behold, I did not find this man guilty of any of your charges against him. 15 Neither did Herod, for he sent him back to us. Look, nothing deserving death has been done by him. 16 I will therefore punish and release him.”[a]

Pilate Delivers Jesus to Be Crucified

18 But they all cried out together, “Away with this man, and release to us Barabbas”— 19 a man who had been thrown into prison for an insurrection started in the city and for murder. 20 Pilate addressed them once more, desiring to release Jesus, 21 but they kept shouting, “Crucify, crucify him!” 22 A third time he said to them, “Why? What evil has he done? I have found in him no guilt deserving death. I will therefore punish and release him.” 23 But they were urgent, demanding with loud cries that he should be crucified. And their voices prevailed. 24 So Pilate decided that their demand should be granted. 25 He released the man who had been thrown into prison for insurrection and murder, for whom they asked, but he delivered Jesus over to their will.

The Crucifixion

26 And as they led him away, they seized one Simon of Cyrene, who was coming in from the country, and laid on him the cross, to carry it behind Jesus. 27 And there followed him a great multitude of the people and of women who were mourning and lamenting for him. 28 But turning to them Jesus said, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me, but weep for yourselves and for your children. 29 For behold, the days are coming when they will say, ‘Blessed are the barren and the wombs that never bore and the breasts that never nursed!’ 30 Then they will begin to say to the mountains, ‘Fall on us,’ and to the hills, ‘Cover us.’ 31 For if they do these things when the wood is green, what will happen when it is dry?”

32 Two others, who were criminals, were led away to be put to death with him.33 And when they came to the place that is called The Skull, there they crucified him, and the criminals, one on his right and one on his left. 34 And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”[b] And they cast lots to divide his garments. 35 And the people stood by, watching, but the rulers scoffed at him, saying, “He saved others; let him save himself, if he is the Christ of God, his Chosen One!” 36 The soldiers also mocked him, coming up and offering him sour wine 37 and saying, “If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself!” 38 There was also an inscription over him,[c] “This is the King of the Jews.”

39 One of the criminals who were hanged railed at him,[d] saying, “Are you not the Christ? Save yourself and us!” 40 But the other rebuked him, saying, “Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? 41 And we indeed justly, for we are receiving the due reward of our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong.” 42 And he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” 43 And he said to him, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise.”

The Death of Jesus

44 It was now about the sixth hour,[e] and there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour,[f] 45 while the sun's light failed. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two. 46 Then Jesus, calling out with a loud voice, said, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!” And having said this he breathed his last. 47 Now when the centurion saw what had taken place, he praised God, saying, “Certainly this man was innocent!” 48 And all the crowds that had assembled for this spectacle, when they saw what had taken place, returned home beating their breasts. 49 And all his acquaintances and the women who had followed him from Galilee stood at a distance watching these things.

Jesus Is Buried

50 Now there was a man named Joseph, from the Jewish town of Arimathea. He was a member of the council, a good and righteous man, 51 who had not consented to their decision and action; and he was looking for the kingdom of God. 52 This man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. 53 Then he took it down and wrapped it in a linen shroud and laid him in a tomb cut in stone, where no one had ever yet been laid. 54 It was the day of Preparation, and the Sabbath was beginning.[g] 55 The women who had come with him from Galilee followed and saw the tomb and how his body was laid. 56 Then they returned and prepared spices and ointments.

On the Sabbath they rested according to the commandment.


  1. Luke 23:16 Here, or after verse 19, some manuscripts add verse 17Now he was obliged to release one man to them at the festival
  2. Luke 23:34 Some manuscripts omit the sentence And Jesus… what they do
  3. Luke 23:38 Some manuscripts add in letters of Greek and Latin and Hebrew
  4. Luke 23:39 Or blasphemed him
  5. Luke 23:44 That is, noon
  6. Luke 23:44 That is, 3 p.m.
  7. Luke 23:54 Greek was dawning


I agree with you Bruce. There he was on Jesus' right side mocking Him. Then he realized the truth of Jesus. "Remember me. . ." And Jesus promised him, "Today you will be with me in Paradise." A few agonizing hours later, Jesus greeted him in Paradise. On the third he with the grand multitude that was there made the triumphant exit to enter heaven with Jesus leading the way. Lord Jesus lead home to be with you.

Like Bruce, the thief on the cross amazes me. He is the forerunner of so many sinners who saw the glory of Jesus and repented, and were granted eternal life. Can you imagine what he must of felt when he heard those words, today you will be with me in paradise. It may not be today, but Jesus has the same message for us...we will be with Him, and the thief, in paradise.

I am always amazed by the saving of the thief on the cross. It gives us hope that people can be saved right up until the time of death. What grace and love and faithfulness our Savior demonstrated right to the end.

“Then the whole company of them arose and brought him before Pilate. And they began to accuse him, saying, "We found this man misleading our nation and forbidding us to give tribute to Caesar, and saying that he himself is Christ, a king."”
‭‭Luke‬ ‭23:1-2‬ ‭ESV‬‬

We see this response from unbelievers today. They pretend to be worried about others, but they are really just looking out for themselves and the sin they love. Jesus was obedient to remain silent during this attack from the crowds, but we must be prepared to speak the truth in love and let people know that there is a better way than what this world is offering.

Both Herod and Pilate are examples of rulers motivated by greed and pride. As seen with Christ, they didn't really care if justice was fulfilled as long as they were able to keep their power and riches. Oh Lord, help me to not be driven by my passions but by my love for you!

Both Herod and Pilate found zero guilt in Jesus, yet both of them thought it a good idea to punish Him anyway—what a subversion of justice (never mind the fact that he would go on to crucify him)! v.47: The centurion witnesses the horrific, unjust crucifixion of Jesus and starts praising God. Is this true and pleasing worship of God? Absolutely it is! It pleased God to crush His Son and atone for the sins of the world. Father, I praise you for crushing your Son on my behalf. Certainly He was innocent.

In vv. 18-25 we see how Pilate would not initially concur with the crowd, but when the pressure mounted it became too great to handle. He broke down and condemned the Savior of the world to the cross. It blows my mind thinking about how much power and status he had, yet so quickly and easily folded like a cheap tent at the crowds demand. Oh the irony! A man in charge lost and controlled by his own people. How much more vulnerable am I to be persuaded by the people around me? Heavenly Father enable me to stand my ground when pushed by the demands of the world. I pray for a heart set ablaze by you and for you alone. Thank you God for sending your son to die for me and all who believe in you. Amen!

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