1The Feast of Unleavened Bread, called the Passover, was near.2The chief priests and the teachers of the law were looking for a way to get rid of Jesus. They were afraid of the people.3Then Satan entered Judas, who was called Iscariot. Judas was one of the 12 disciples.4He went to the chief priests and the officers of the temple guard. He talked with them about how he could hand Jesus over to them.5They were delighted and agreed to give him money.6Judas accepted their offer. He watched for the right time to hand Jesus over to them. He wanted to do it when no crowd was around.
The Last Supper
7Then the day of Unleavened Bread came. That was the time the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed.8Jesus sent Peter and John on ahead. ‘Go’, he told them. ‘Prepare for us to eat the Passover meal.’9‘Where do you want us to prepare for it?’ they asked.10Jesus replied, ‘When you enter the city, a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him to the house he enters.11Then say to the owner of the house, “The Teacher asks, ‘Where is the guest room? Where can I eat the Passover meal with my disciples?’ ”12He will show you a large upstairs room with furniture already in it. Prepare for us to eat there.’13Peter and John left. They found things just as Jesus had told them. So they prepared the Passover meal.14When the hour came, Jesus and his apostles took their places at the table.15He said to them, ‘I have really looked forward to eating this Passover meal with you. I wanted to do this before I suffer.16I tell you, I will not eat the Passover meal again until it is celebrated in God’s kingdom.’17After Jesus took the cup, he gave thanks. He said, ‘Take this cup and share it among yourselves.18I tell you, I will not drink wine with you again until God’s kingdom comes.’19Then Jesus took bread. He gave thanks and broke it. He handed it to them and said, ‘This is my body. It is given for you. Every time you eat it, do this in memory of me.’20In the same way, after the supper he took the cup. He said, ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood. It is poured out for you.21But someone here is going to hand me over to my enemies. His hand is with mine on the table.22The Son of Man will go to his death, just as God has already decided. But how terrible it will be for the one who hands him over!’23The apostles began to ask one another about this. They wondered which one of them would do it.24They also started to argue. They disagreed about which of them was thought to be the most important person.25Jesus said to them, ‘The kings of the Gentiles hold power over their people. And those who order them around call themselves Protectors.26But you must not be like that. Instead, the most important among you should be like the youngest. The one who rules should be like the one who serves.27Who is more important? Is it the one at the table, or the one who serves? Isn’t it the one who is at the table? But I am among you as one who serves.28You have stood by me during my troubles.29And I give you a kingdom, just as my Father gave me a kingdom.30Then you will eat and drink at my table in my kingdom. And you will sit on thrones, judging the 12 tribes of Israel.31‘Simon, Simon! Satan has asked to sift all of you disciples like wheat.32But I have prayed for you, Simon. I have prayed that your faith will not fail. When you have turned back, help your brothers to be strong.’33But Simon replied, ‘Lord, I am ready to go with you to prison and to death.’34Jesus answered, ‘I tell you, Peter, you will say three times that you don’t know me. And you will do it before the cockerel crows today.’35Then Jesus asked the disciples, ‘Did you need anything when I sent you without a purse, bag or sandals?’ ‘Nothing’, they answered.36He said to them, ‘But now if you have a purse, take it. And also take a bag. If you don’t have a sword, sell your coat and buy one.37It is written, “He was counted among those who had committed crimes.” I tell you that what is written about me must come true. Yes, it is already coming true.’ (Isa 53:12)38The disciples said, ‘See, Lord, here are two swords.’ ‘Two swords are enough!’ he replied.
Jesus prays on the Mount of Olives
39Jesus went out as usual to the Mount of Olives. His disciples followed him.40When they reached the place, Jesus spoke. ‘Pray that you won’t fall into sin when you are tempted,’ he said to them.41Then he went a short distance away from them. There he got down on his knees and prayed.42He said, ‘Father, if you are willing, take this cup of suffering away from me. But do what you want, not what I want.’43An angel from heaven appeared to Jesus and gave him strength.44Because he was very sad and troubled, he prayed even harder. His sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground.45After that, he got up from prayer and went back to the disciples. He found them sleeping. They were worn out because they were very sad.46‘Why are you sleeping?’ he asked them. ‘Get up! Pray that you won’t fall into sin when you are tempted.’
Jesus is arrested
47While Jesus was still speaking, a crowd came up. The man named Judas was leading them. He was one of the 12 disciples. Judas approached Jesus to kiss him.48But Jesus asked him, ‘Judas, are you handing over the Son of Man with a kiss?’49Jesus’ followers saw what was going to happen. So they said, ‘Lord, should we use our swords against them?’50One of them struck the slave of the high priest and cut off his right ear.51But Jesus answered, ‘Stop this!’ And he touched the man’s ear and healed him.52Then Jesus spoke to the chief priests, the officers of the temple guard, and the elders. They had all come for him. ‘Am I leading a band of armed men against you?’ he asked. ‘Do you have to come with swords and clubs?53Every day I was with you in the temple courtyard. And you didn’t lay a hand on me. But this is your hour. This is when darkness rules.’
Peter says he does not know Jesus
54Then the men arrested Jesus and led him away. They took him into the high priest’s house. Peter followed from far away.55Some people there started a fire in the middle of the courtyard. Then they sat down together. Peter sat down with them.56A female servant saw him sitting there in the firelight. She looked closely at him. Then she said, ‘This man was with Jesus.’57But Peter said he had not been with him. ‘Woman, I don’t know him,’ he said.58A little later someone else saw Peter. ‘You also are one of them,’ he said. ‘No’, Peter replied. ‘I’m not!’59About an hour later, another person spoke up. ‘This fellow must have been with Jesus,’ he said. ‘He is from Galilee.’60Peter replied, ‘Man, I don’t know what you’re talking about!’ Just as he was speaking, the cockerel crowed.61The Lord turned and looked right at Peter. Then Peter remembered what the Lord had spoken to him. ‘The cockerel will crow today,’ Jesus had said. ‘Before it does, you will say three times that you don’t know me.’62Peter went outside. He broke down and cried.
The guards make fun of Jesus
63There were men guarding Jesus. They began laughing at him and beating him.64They blindfolded him. They said, ‘Prophesy! Who hit you?’65They also said many other things to make fun of him.
Jesus is brought to Pilate and Herod
66At dawn the elders of the people met together. These included the chief priests and the teachers of the law. Jesus was led to them.67‘If you are the Messiah,’ they said, ‘tell us.’ Jesus answered, ‘If I tell you, you will not believe me.68And if I asked you, you would not answer.69But from now on, the Son of Man will be seated at the right hand of the mighty God.’70They all asked, ‘Are you the Son of God then?’ He replied, ‘You say that I am.’71Then they said, ‘Why do we need any more witnesses? We have heard it from his own lips.’
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The Plot to Kill Jesus
1Now the Feast of Unleavened Bread drew near, which is called the Passover. (Mt 26:2; Mr 14:1; Joh 6:4)2And the chief priests and the scribes were seeking how to put him to death, for they feared the people. (Mt 21:46; Joh 11:53)
7Then came the day of Unleavened Bread, on which the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed. (Ex 12:18; Mt 26:17; Mr 14:12; 1Co 5:7)8So Jesus sent Peter and John, saying, “Go and prepare the Passover for us, that we may eat it.”9They said to him, “Where will you have us prepare it?”10He said to them, “Behold, when you have entered the city, a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him into the house that he enters11and tell the master of the house, ‘The Teacher says to you, Where is the guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?’ (Lu 2:7; Joh 11:28)12And he will show you a large upper room furnished; prepare it there.” (Ac 1:13)13And they went and found it just as he had told them, and they prepared the Passover. (Lu 19:32)
Institution of the Lord’s Supper
14And when the hour came, he reclined at table, and the apostles with him. (Mt 26:20; Mr 14:17)15And he said to them, “I have earnestly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer.16For I tell you I will not eat it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.” (Lu 14:15; Lu 22:30; Re 19:9)17And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he said, “Take this, and divide it among yourselves. (Mt 15:36)18For I tell you that from now on I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.” (Mt 26:29; Mr 14:25; Lu 22:16)19And he took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” (Mt 26:26; Mr 14:22; Lu 22:17; Joh 6:53; 1Co 10:16; 1Co 11:23)20And likewise the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood. (Ex 24:8; Zec 9:11; Lu 22:19; 2Co 3:6; Heb 13:20)21But behold, the hand of him who betrays me is with me on the table. (Ps 41:9; Mt 26:21; Mr 14:18; Joh 13:18; Joh 13:21)22For the Son of Man goes as it has been determined, but woe to that man by whom he is betrayed!” (Ac 2:23)23And they began to question one another, which of them it could be who was going to do this.
35And he said to them, “When I sent you out with no moneybag or knapsack or sandals, did you lack anything?” They said, “Nothing.” (Mt 10:9; Mr 6:8; Lu 9:3; Lu 10:4)36He said to them, “But now let the one who has a moneybag take it, and likewise a knapsack. And let the one who has no sword sell his cloak and buy one.37For I tell you that this Scripture must be fulfilled in me: ‘And he was numbered with the transgressors.’ For what is written about me has its fulfillment.” (Isa 53:12; Mt 1:22; Lu 13:33; Joh 17:4; Joh 19:30; Ac 1:16)38And they said, “Look, Lord, here are two swords.” And he said to them, “It is enough.” (De 3:26; Mr 14:41; Lu 22:49)
Jesus Prays on the Mount of Olives
39And he came out and went, as was his custom, to the Mount of Olives, and the disciples followed him. (Mt 21:1; Mt 26:30; Mr 14:26; Lu 21:37; Joh 18:1; Joh 18:2)40And when he came to the place, he said to them, “Pray that you may not enter into temptation.” (Mt 6:13; Mt 26:36; Mr 14:32; Joh 18:2; 1Pe 4:7)41And he withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, and knelt down and prayed, (Ac 7:60)42saying, “Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done.” (Mt 6:10; Mt 20:22; Heb 5:7)43And there appeared to him an angel from heaven, strengthening him. (Mt 4:11; Heb 1:14)44And being in agony he prayed more earnestly; and his sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground. (Lu 22:42)45And when he rose from prayer, he came to the disciples and found them sleeping for sorrow,46and he said to them, “Why are you sleeping? Rise and pray that you may not enter into temptation.” (Lu 22:40)
Betrayal and Arrest of Jesus
47While he was still speaking, there came a crowd, and the man called Judas, one of the twelve, was leading them. He drew near to Jesus to kiss him, (Mt 26:47; Mr 14:43; Lu 22:3; Joh 18:3)48but Jesus said to him, “Judas, would you betray the Son of Man with a kiss?”49And when those who were around him saw what would follow, they said, “Lord, shall we strike with the sword?” (Lu 22:38)50And one of them struck the servant of the high priest and cut off his right ear.51But Jesus said, “No more of this!” And he touched his ear and healed him.52Then Jesus said to the chief priests and officers of the temple and elders, who had come out against him, “Have you come out as against a robber, with swords and clubs? (Lu 22:4)53When I was with you day after day in the temple, you did not lay hands on me. But this is your hour, and the power of darkness.” (Mr 14:35; Mr 14:41; Lu 2:46; Joh 8:2; Joh 12:27; Joh 16:4; Joh 18:20; Ac 26:18; Eph 6:12)
Peter Denies Jesus
54Then they seized him and led him away, bringing him into the high priest’s house, and Peter was following at a distance. (Mt 26:57; Mt 26:58; Mr 14:53; Mr 14:54; Joh 18:15)55And when they had kindled a fire in the middle of the courtyard and sat down together, Peter sat down among them. (Mt 26:3; Mt 26:69; Mr 14:66; Joh 18:16; Joh 18:25)56Then a servant girl, seeing him as he sat in the light and looking closely at him, said, “This man also was with him.”57But he denied it, saying, “Woman, I do not know him.”58And a little later someone else saw him and said, “You also are one of them.” But Peter said, “Man, I am not.”59And after an interval of about an hour still another insisted, saying, “Certainly this man also was with him, for he too is a Galilean.” (Ac 12:15)60But Peter said, “Man, I do not know what you are talking about.” And immediately, while he was still speaking, the rooster crowed.61And the Lord turned and looked at Peter. And Peter remembered the saying of the Lord, how he had said to him, “Before the rooster crows today, you will deny me three times.” (Mr 10:21; Lu 22:34; Ac 3:13)62And he went out and wept bitterly.
Jesus Is Mocked
63Now the men who were holding Jesus in custody were mocking him as they beat him. (Mt 26:67; Mr 14:65; Joh 18:22)64They also blindfolded him and kept asking him, “Prophesy! Who is it that struck you?” (Lu 7:39; Lu 22:63)65And they said many other things against him, blaspheming him. (Mt 27:39)
Jesus Before the Council
66When day came, the assembly of the elders of the people gathered together, both chief priests and scribes. And they led him away to their council, and they said, (Mt 5:22; Mt 26:63; Mt 27:1; Mr 14:61; Mr 15:1; Lu 22:67; Joh 18:19; Joh 18:28; Ac 22:5)67“If you are the Christ, tell us.” But he said to them, “If I tell you, you will not believe, (Mt 1:17; Joh 10:24)68and if I ask you, you will not answer.69But from now on the Son of Man shall be seated at the right hand of the power of God.” (Mr 16:19; Ac 7:56; Heb 1:3)70So they all said, “Are you the Son of God, then?” And he said to them, “You say that I am.” (Mt 14:33; Mt 26:25; Mt 27:11; Mr 15:2; Lu 23:3)71Then they said, “What further testimony do we need? We have heard it ourselves from his own lips.”