Plans to Kill Jesus
1It was almost time for the Jewish Feast of Unleavened Bread, called the Passover Feast. 2The leading priests and teachers of the law were trying to find a way to kill Jesus. But they were afraid of the people.
3One of Jesus’ 12 apostles was named Judas Iscariot. Satan entered Judas, and he went to 4the leading priests and some of the soldiers who guarded the Temple. He talked to them about a way to give Jesus to them. 5They were pleased and promised to give Judas money. 6Judas agreed. Then he waited for the best time to turn Jesus over to them without the crowd knowing it.
Preparation of the Passover Meal
7The Day of Unleavened Bread came. This was the day the Passover lambs had to be sacrificed. 8Jesus said to Peter and John, “Go and prepare the Passover meal for us to eat.”
9They asked, “Where do you want us to prepare it?”
Jesus said to them, 10“Listen! After you go into the city, you will see a man carrying a jar of water. Follow him into the house that he enters. 11Tell the person who owns that house, ‘The Teacher asks that you please show us the room where he and his followers may eat the Passover meal.’ 12Then he will show you a large room upstairs. This room is ready for you. Prepare the Passover meal there.”
13So Peter and John left. Everything happened as Jesus had said. So they prepared the Passover meal.
The Lord’s Supper
14When the time came, Jesus and the apostles were sitting at the table. 15He said to them, “I wanted very much to eat this Passover meal with you before I die. 16I will never eat another Passover meal until it is given its true meaning in the kingdom of God.”
17Then Jesus took a cup. He gave thanks to God for it and said, “Take this cup and give it to everyone here. 18I will not drink again from the fruit of the vine# Product of the grapevine; this may also be translated “wine.” until God’s kingdom comes.”
19Then Jesus took some bread. He thanked God for it, broke it, and gave it to the apostles. Then Jesus said, “This bread is my body# Some Greek copies do not have the rest of verse 19 or verse 20. that I am giving for you. Do this to remember me.” 20In the same way, after supper, Jesus took the cup and said, “This cup shows the new agreement that God makes with his people. This new agreement begins with my blood which is poured out for you.”
Who Will Turn Against Jesus?
21Jesus said, “One of you will turn against me. His hand is by my hand on the table. 22The Son of Man will do what God has planned. But how terrible it will be for that man who gives the Son of Man to be killed.”
23Then the apostles asked each other, “Which one of us would do that to Jesus?”
Be Like a Servant
24Then the apostles began to argue about which one of them was the most important. 25But Jesus said to them, “The kings of the world rule over their people. Men who have authority over others are called ‘very important.’ 26But you must not be like that. The greatest among you should be like the youngest, and the leader should be like the servant. 27Who is more important: the one sitting at the table or the one serving him? You think the one at the table is more important. But I am like a servant among you!
28“You men have stayed with me through many struggles. 29My Father has given me the power to rule. I also give you authority to rule with me. 30You will eat and drink at my table in my kingdom. You will sit on thrones and judge the 12 tribes of Israel.
Don’t Lose Your Faith!
31“Satan has asked to test all of you as a farmer tests his wheat. Simon, Simon, 32I have prayed that you will not lose your faith! Help your brothers be stronger when you come back to me.”
33But Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, I am ready to go to prison with you. I will even die with you!”
34But Jesus said, “Peter, before the rooster crows tonight, you will say you don’t know me. You will say this three times!”
Be Ready for Trouble
35Then Jesus said to the apostles, “When I sent you out without money, a bag, or sandals, did you need anything?”
They said, “No.”
36He said to them, “But now if you have money or a bag, carry that with you. If you don’t have a sword, sell your coat and buy one. 37The Scripture says, ‘He was treated like a criminal.’# Quotation from Isaiah 53:12. This scripture must have its full meaning. It was written about me, and it is happening now.”
38The followers said, “Look, Lord, here are two swords!”
He said to them, “That’s enough.”
Jesus Prays Alone
39-40Jesus left the city and went to the Mount of Olives. His followers went with him. (Jesus went there often.) He said to his followers, “Pray for strength against temptation.”
41Then Jesus went about a stone’s throw away from them. He kneeled down and prayed, 42“Father, if it is what you want, then let me not have this cup# Jesus is talking about the bad things that will happen to him. Accepting these things will be hard, like drinking a cup of something that tastes very bitter. of suffering. But do what you want, not what I want.” 43Then an angel from heaven appeared to him to help him. 44Jesus was full of pain; he prayed even more. Sweat dripped from his face as if he were bleeding. 45When he finished praying, he went to his followers. They were asleep. (Their sadness had made them very tired.) 46Jesus said to them, “Why are you sleeping? Get up and pray for strength against temptation.”
Jesus Is Arrested
47While Jesus was speaking, a crowd came up. One of the 12 apostles was leading them. He was Judas. He came close to Jesus so that he could kiss him.
48But Jesus said to him, “Judas, are you using the kiss to give the Son of Man to his enemies?”
49The followers of Jesus were standing there too. They saw what was happening. They said to Jesus, “Lord, should we use our swords?” 50And one of them did use his sword. He cut off the right ear of the servant of the high priest.
51Jesus said, “Stop!” Then he touched the servant’s ear and healed him.
52Those who came to arrest Jesus were the leading priests, the soldiers who guarded the Temple, and the Jewish elders. Jesus said to them, “Why did you come out here with swords and sticks? Do you think I am a criminal? 53I was with you every day in the Temple. Why didn’t you try to arrest me there? But this is your time—the time when darkness rules.”
Peter Says He Doesn’t Know Jesus
54They arrested Jesus and took him away. They brought him into the house of the high priest. Peter followed them, but he did not go near Jesus. 55The soldiers started a fire in the middle of the courtyard and sat together. Peter sat with them. 56A servant girl saw Peter sitting there near the light. She looked closely at Peter’s face and said, “This man was also with him!”
57But Peter said this was not true. He said, “Girl, I don’t know him.”
58A short time later, another person saw Peter and said, “You are also one of them.”
But Peter said, “Man, I am not!”
59About an hour later, another man insisted, “It is true! This man was with him. He is from Galilee!”
60But Peter said, “Man, I don’t know what you are talking about!”
Immediately, while Peter was still speaking, a rooster crowed. 61Then the Lord turned and looked straight at Peter. And Peter remembered what the Lord had said: “Before the rooster crows tonight, you will say three times that you don’t know me.” 62Then Peter went outside and cried with much pain in his heart.
The People Laugh at Jesus
63-64Some men were guarding Jesus. They made fun of him like this: They covered his eyes so that he could not see them. Then they hit him and said, “Prove that you are a prophet, and tell us who hit you!” 65The men said many cruel things to Jesus.
Jesus Before the Leaders
66When day came, the elders of the people, the leading priests, and the teachers of the law came together. They led Jesus away to their highest court. 67They said, “If you are the Christ, then tell us that you are!”
Jesus said to them, “If I tell you I am the Christ, you will not believe me. 68And if I ask you, you will not answer. 69But beginning now, the Son of Man will sit at the right hand of the powerful God.”
70They all said, “Then are you the Son of God?”
Jesus said to them, “Yes, you are right when you say that I am.”
71They said, “Why do we need witnesses now? We ourselves heard him say this!”