1Now the Festival of Unleavened Bread, also called the Passover, was approaching. 2The chief priests and religious teachers were looking for a way to kill Jesus, but were afraid of what the people would do.
3Satan entered into Judas, surnamed Iscariot, one of the twelve disciples. 4He went and discussed with the chief priests and guard officers how he could betray Jesus. 5They were delighted, and offered him money. 6He agreed, and began to look for an opportunity to hand over Jesus when a crowd would not be there.
7The Day of Unleavened Bread arrived when the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed. 8Jesus sent Peter and John, telling them, “Go and prepare the Passover meal, so we can eat it together.”
9They asked him, “Where do you want us to prepare for it?”
10He replied, “When you enter the city you'll meet a man carrying a jar of water. Follow him and go into the house he enters. 11Tell the owner of the house, ‘The Teacher asks you, “Where is the dining room where I can eat the Passover with my disciples?”’ 12He'll show you a large upstairs room that already has the necessary furniture. Prepare the meal there.”
13They went and found that everything was just as he had told them, and they prepared the Passover meal there. 14When the time came, he sat down at the table with his apostles. He told them, 15“I've been really looking forward to eating this Passover meal with you before my sufferings begin. 16I tell you I shall not eat it again until the time is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.”
17Jesus took the cup, and after he had given thanks, he said, “Take this and share it among yourselves. 18I tell you that I won't drink again of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.” 19He picked up some bread, and after he had given thanks, he broke it into pieces and gave it to them. “This is my body which is given for you; do this in order to remember me,” Jesus told them. 20In the same way after they had finished supper, he picked up the cup and said, “This cup is the new agreement#22:20. Or “covenant.” in my blood which is poured out for you.”
21“In spite of this, my betrayer#22:21. Literally, “the hand of the one betraying me.” is sitting right here with me at the table. 22For it has been determined that the Son of man will die, yet how disastrous it will be for his betrayer!” 23They began to argue among themselves as to who this might be and who could do this. 24At the same time they also got into a quarrel about which of them was the most important.
25Jesus told them, “Foreign kings lord it over their subjects, and those having power even want people to call them ‘benefactors.’ 26But it should not be so with you! Whoever is highest among you should be like the lowest, and the leader should be like a servant. 27Who is greater—the one who sits at the table, or the one who serves? Isn't it the one who sits at the table? But I'm among you as the one who serves. 28You have stayed with me throughout my trials. 29And I grant to you authority to rule, just as my Father granted it to me, 30so that you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom, and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.”
31“Simon, Simon—Satan has asked to have all of you#22:31. The first “you” in this statement is plural, the rest are singular, applying specifically to Peter. to sift like wheat, 32but I have prayed for you that your trust in me may not fail. And when you have returned,#22:32. Meaning “return to the truth.” encourage your brothers.”
33Peter said, “Lord, I'm ready to go with you to prison, and to die with you!”
34Jesus replied, “I'm telling you, Peter, before the cock crows today, you will deny three times that you know me.”
35Jesus asked them, “When I sent you out without money, without a bag, and without an extra pair of sandals, did you lack anything?”
“No, nothing,” they replied.
36“But now, if you have money you should take it, as well as a bag, and if you don't have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one. 37I tell you that this statement in Scripture about me must be fulfilled: ‘He was counted with the wicked.’ What was said about me is now being fulfilled.”
38“Look, Lord, here are two swords,” they said.
“That's enough,” he replied.
39Jesus left and as usual went to the Mount of Olives together with his disciples. 40When he arrived he said to them, “Pray that you don't give in to temptation.” 41Then he left them and walked about a stone's throw away, where he kneeled down and prayed.
42“Father,” he prayed, “if you're willing, please take away this cup of suffering from me. But I want to do what you want, not what I want.” 43Then an angel appeared from heaven to strengthen him.
44In great distress Jesus prayed even harder, and his sweat fell like drops of blood onto the ground.#22:44. The authenticity of verses 43 and 44 are disputed. Manuscript evidence is divided. 45He finished praying, stood up, and went over to the disciples. He found them asleep, worn out by grief. 46“Why are you sleeping?” he asked them. “Get up and pray so that you won't fall into temptation.”
47While he was still speaking, a crowd appeared led by Judas, one of the twelve disciples. Judas went up to Jesus to kiss him. 48But Jesus asked him, “Judas, are you betraying the Son of man with a kiss?”
49Jesus' followers asked him, “Lord, should we attack them with our swords?” 50And one of them struck the high priest's servant, cutting off his right ear.
51“Stop! No more of this!” said Jesus. He touched the man's ear and healed him. 52Then Jesus spoke to the chief priests, and the officers of the Temple guard, and the elders. “Am I some kind of criminal that you had to come with swords and clubs?” he asked. 53“You didn't arrest me before, even though I was with you in the Temple every day. But this is your moment now, the time when darkness is in power.”
54They arrested him and led him away, taking him to the chief priest's house. Peter followed at a distance. 55They started a fire in the middle of the courtyard and sat down by it. Peter was there among them. 56As he sat there, a servant girl noticed him in the firelight, and stared directly at him and said, 57“This man was with him.” But Peter denied it. “Woman, I don't know him!” he said.
58A little later someone else looked at him and said, “You're also one of them.” “No, I'm not!” Peter replied. 59About an hour later, another person insisted, “I'm sure he was with him too—he's a Galilean.” 60“I've no idea what you're talking about!” Peter replied. Right then, while he was still speaking, the cock crowed. The Lord turned and looked at Peter. 61And Peter remembered what the Lord had said, how he'd told him: “Before the cock crows today, you'll deny me three times.” 62Peter went out and wept bitterly.
63The men guarding Jesus began to mock him and beat him. 64They put a blindfold on him, and then asked him, “If you can prophesy, tell us who hit you that time!” 65and shouted many other insults at him.
66Early in the morning the council of elders gathered together with the chief priests and religious teachers. Jesus was led before the council. 67“If you really are the Messiah, then tell us,” they said.
“Even if I were to tell you, you wouldn't believe me,” Jesus replied. 68“And if I were to ask you a question, you wouldn't answer. 69But from now on the Son of man will sit at the right hand of the mighty God.”
70They all asked, “So are you the son of God?”
“You say that I am,” Jesus replied.
71“Why do we need any more witnesses?” they said. “We've heard it ourselves from his own mouth!”