After scheming and planning on how Jesus should be executed, the Sanhedrin delivered Jesus to Pontius Pilate, the Roman governor.
Matthew records traitor Judas' remorse. When Judas saw that Jesus was condemned, he flinged back those thirty pieces of silver to the treasury. However they refused, as it was against the law to put blood money back into the treasury. The elders instead bought a potter’s field with that money. This was in fulfillment of Zechariah, although Matthew wrongly cites Jeremiah. Judas hanged himself.
When the chief priests and elders accused Jesus, he stood silent before Pilate. He did not speak a single word against the charges that were brought over him. This amazed the governor. It was a custom to release a prisoner during Passover. The two possibilities were in front of them:
(a) Jesus, who is called the Messiah,
(b) Jesus Barabbas, a notorious murderer.
While Pilate was sitting on the judgement seat, his wife sent him a note about a disturbing dream she had on account of Jesus of Nazareth. The crowd insisted that Barabbas be released, and Jesus crucified. Pilate then washed his hands symbolizing he has no part in it.
Jesus was scourged. They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him, and then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on his head. They put a staff in his right hand. Then they knelt in front of him and mocked him. “Hail, king of the Jews!” they said. They spit on him, and took the staff and struck him on the head again and again. After they had mocked him, they took off the robe and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him away to crucify him.
Simon from Cyrene was compelled to carry Jesus’ cross. Jesus was crucified on three nails. He was given sour wine and gall to drink - which has a numbing effect on mind and body. Jesus refused it.
Soldiers cast lots for his garments. Then, Jesus was mocked on the cross by those scribes and elders. Those crucified with Jesus reviled him. From the sixth to the ninth hour, there was darkness across the land.
Matthew 27:46 About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”).Some thought he was calling for Elijah.
When Jesus cried out in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit. At that instant, the veil in the temple, separating the holy from the most holy place was torn into two. Earth shook, rocks split, and tombs broke open. Dead saints were raised from the dead and appeared to many.
A centurion present there at the scene said, "Surely, he was the Son of God.’
Many women were there, watching from a distance. They followed Jesus from Galilee to care for his needs. Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Joseph, and the mother of Zebedee’s sons.
Joseph of Armithea went to Pilate and asked for Jesus' body to be buried. He buried Jesus in his own tomb. Mary Magdalene and other Mary waited on the other side of the tomb. The tomb was sealed, so that the disciples could not steal his body and claim he had risen from the dead.