"For God so loved the world that He gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not parish but have eternal life."
Then Pilate said to Him, "Do you not hear how many things they testify against you?" But He gave him no answer, not even to a single charge, so that the governor was greatly amazed.
Now at the feast the governor was accustomed to release for the crowd any one prisoner whom they wanted.
And they had then a nutoriuos prisoner called Barabbas.
So when the had gathered Pilate said to them, Whom do you want me to release for you: Barabbas, or Jesus who is called Christ?"
For he knew that it was out of envy that they had delivered Him up. Besides, while he was sitting on the judgment seat, his wife sent word to him, "Have nothing to do with that righeous man, for I have suffered much because of him today in a dream."
Now the chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowd to ask for Barabbas and destroy Jesus. The governor again said to them, "Which of the two do you want me to
release for you?" And they said, "Barabbas." Pilate said to them, "then what shall I do with Jesus who is called Christ?" They all said, "Let Him be crucified."
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 crowed saying, "I am innocent of this man's blood; see to it yourselves." And all the people answered, "His blood be on us and on our children!"
Then he released for them Barabbas, and having scouraged Jesus, delivered Him to be crusified.
...Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land until the ninth hour. and about theninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, "Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?" "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?"
...Now after the Sabbath, toward the dawn of the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. And behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back to stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightening, and his clothing white as snow. and for fear of him the guards trembled and became like dead men. But the angel said to the women, "Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for He has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where He lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples that He has risen from the dead, and behold, He is going before you to Galilee; there you will see HIm. See, I have told you."
Matthew 27 and 28...
Because He lives, we no longer need to wait for heaven: we're empowered to BE heaven, right HERE right NOW.