Judas agrees to catch Jesus
1The Passover festival when the Jews eat flat bread was coming soon. #22:1 Flat bread is bread which has no yeast in it. We can read about the Passover meal in Exodus 12.
2The leaders of the priests and the teachers of God's Law wanted to kill Jesus. They were talking together about how they could do this. It was difficult because they were afraid of the people.
3Then Satan began to live inside Judas Iscariot. Judas was one of Jesus' 12 apostles. 4He went to the leaders of the priests and he talked with them. The police that worked at God's Great House were also there. Judas told them how he could give Jesus to them secretly. 5They were very happy and they promised to give him money for this. 6So Judas said that he would do it. Then he waited for the right moment to help them to take hold of Jesus. He wanted to do it when the crowd was not there with Jesus.
Jesus eats his last meal with his apostles
7The day came for Jewish people to eat the meal of flat bread which has no yeast in it. They had to kill a young sheep for the Passover meal on that day. 8So Jesus said to Peter and John, ‘Go and prepare the Passover meal for us to eat. Then we can all come and eat it.’ 9They asked him, ‘Where do you want us to prepare the meal?’
10Jesus replied, ‘Listen. When you go into the city, a man will meet you. He will be carrying a jar of water. Follow him until he goes into a house. 11You must then say to the master of that house, “Our Teacher sends this message to you: ‘Where is the room for visitors? I will eat the Passover meal there with my disciples.’ ” 12The man will then show you a large room upstairs. It will have all that you need in it. Prepare the Passover meal there for us all.’
13So Peter and John went into the city. They found everything that Jesus had told them about. So, they prepared the Passover meal.
14When it was time to eat the meal, Jesus arrived. He sat down with his apostles to eat it. 15He said to them, ‘I have wanted very much to eat this Passover meal with you. It has to happen before I die. 16I tell you this: I will not eat another Passover meal in this world. Now it is a picture. But when God begins to rule in his kingdom, then this meal will become completely real. I will eat it again then.’
17Then Jesus took a cup and he thanked God for the wine. ‘Take this cup,’ he said to them. ‘Each of you drink some wine from it. 18I tell you this. I will not drink wine again until God begins to rule in his kingdom.’
19Then he took a loaf of bread and he thanked God for it. He broke the bread into pieces and he gave some of it to each of them. He said, ‘This is my body. I am giving it to save you. When you eat this meal from now on, remember me.’
20Then after supper, Jesus took a cup of wine and did the same thing. He said to the disciples, ‘This cup shows the new promise that God makes because of my death. When I die, my blood will pour out of my body. I will do that for you. #22:20 Most people that obey Christ still meet for special meals. They remember what Jesus did for them. They eat bread and they drink wine together. They are obeying him when they do that. 21But look! The person who will give me to the rulers is sitting at the table with me. His hand is eating the same food as I am. 22The Son of Man must die in the way that God says. But it will be bad for the man who gives me to my enemies.’
23The 12 apostles asked each other, ‘Who is the man that would do this thing?’
Jesus tells who is most important
24Then the apostles began to argue among themselves. They were arguing about which of them seemed to be the most important. 25Jesus said to them, ‘Kings of other countries use great authority over their people. Leaders of those countries want people to say good things about them. 26You must not be like that. The most important person among you must become like the least important person. The person who is your leader must become like your servant. 27Tell me, which person is the more important one? Is it the person who sits at the table to eat? Or is it the servant that puts out the meal for him? Yes, it is the person who sits at the table. But I am here to be your servant.
28You have never left me. You have been by my side when trouble came to me. 29So now I tell you that you will rule with me. My Father has said that I will rule with him in his kingdom. I also say to you that you will rule with me. 30In my kingdom you will sit at my table. You will eat and drink with me. You will sit like kings on rulers' chairs. You will judge the people of the 12 families of Israel.’
Jesus tells Peter what will happen
31Jesus went on to say, ‘Simon, Simon, be careful to listen to me! Satan has asked to have authority over you all. He will shake you as a farmer shakes seeds. #22:31 The Devil wants to do bad things to those who obey Jesus. He wants them to stop obeying Jesus. 32But I have prayed for you, Simon, that you will continue to believe in me. And this is what you must do: When you have turned back to me, you must help your brothers to be strong again.’
33But Simon replied, ‘Master, I am ready to go to prison with you. I am even ready to die with you!’ 34Jesus said to him, ‘I tell you this, Peter. Very soon, you will say that you do not know me. You will say that three times before the cockerel sings early tomorrow morning.’
35Jesus then asked the disciples, ‘When I sent you out without a purse, a bag or shoes, did you need anything?’ ‘No,’ they replied, ‘nothing.’
36‘Now it is different,’ he said. ‘If you have a purse or bag, you should take it with you. If you do not have a sword, sell your coat. Use the money to buy a knife. 37Let me tell you why. Long ago people wrote in the Bible what must happen to me. It says, “People will think he is one of the bad people.” And this must happen to me soon, so that it becomes true.’
38The disciples said, ‘Look, Master, we have two long sharp knives here.’ Jesus replied, ‘That is enough.’ #22:38 Jesus did not mean that they had enough sharp knives. They had not understood him, so he said, ‘It is enough.’ He meant, ‘We have spoken enough about this.’
Jesus prays on the Mount of Olives
39Jesus left the city. He went to the hill called the Mount of Olives. This is what he usually did. His disciples went with him. 40When they arrived there he said to them, ‘Ask God to help you, so that you do not want to do wrong things.’
41Then he went away from them about as far as you can throw a stone. He went down on his knees and he prayed, 42‘Father, if you want, you can save me from this time of great pain. But I do not ask you to do what I want. Do what you want for me.’
[43Then an angel came to him from heaven. The angel made him stronger. 44Jesus began to have troubles in his mind. He prayed again even more strongly. His sweat became like blood and it fell to the ground.]
45Then Jesus finished praying and he stood up again. He returned to the disciples. He saw that they were sleeping. They were very weak and tired because they were so sad. 46‘You should not be sleeping,’ he said. ‘Get up and pray! Ask God to help you, so that you do not want to do wrong things.’
The soldiers catch Jesus
47While Jesus was still speaking, a crowd of people came towards him. Judas led the crowd to that place. He was one of the 12 apostles. He came near to Jesus to kiss him. 48Jesus said to him, ‘Judas, why do you want to kiss me, the Son of Man? You are helping my enemies to take hold of me!’
49The people near to Jesus saw what was happening. They asked him, ‘Lord, should we use our weapons to fight?’ 50One of them hit the servant of the leader of the priests. He cut off the servant's right ear. 51‘That is enough!’ said Jesus, ‘Stop doing this!’ He then touched the man's ear and made him well again.
52Then Jesus spoke to the people that had come to take hold of him. They were the leaders of the priests, and the leaders of the police in God's Great House. Other important Jews were also there. He said to them, ‘You have come here with long sharp knives and heavy sticks. Do you really think that I am leading people to fight against our country's rulers? 53No! But I was with you every day in the yard of God's Great House. You did not try to take hold of me then. But now really is the time and the place for you to work. Now it is a bad dark time, when the Devil has authority.’
Peter says that he does not know Jesus
54Then they took hold of Jesus. They took him away and they brought him to the house of the leader of the priests. Peter was following them, but he did not go near Jesus. 55People lit a fire in the yard of the house and they sat round it. Peter went and he sat with them. 56A girl who worked there then saw Peter in the light from the fire. She looked carefully at him and she said, ‘This man also was a friend of Jesus.’ 57Peter replied, ‘Woman, that is not true! I do not even know him.’
58After a short time, someone else looked at him. ‘You also are one of their group,’ he said. Peter replied, ‘Man, I am not one of them.’
59After about an hour, another man said, ‘I am sure that this man was a friend of Jesus. He also is from Galilee.’ 60Peter replied, ‘Man, I do not know what you are talking about.’ While Peter was still speaking, a cockerel sang loudly. 61Then the Lord Jesus turned round and he looked at Peter. Peter remembered what Jesus had said to him: ‘You will say tonight that you do not know me. You will say it three times before the cockerel sings in the morning.’
62Then Peter went outside away from the house and he cried a lot.
The soldiers laugh at Jesus and they hit him
63The men that were holding Jesus were laughing at him. They hit him many times. 64They covered his eyes with a cloth and they said to him, ‘Show us that you are a prophet. Tell us who hit you!’ 65And they said many other bad things against him.
The Jewish leaders ask Jesus questions
66When it became day, the Jewish leaders met together. The leaders of the priests and the teachers of God's Law were at the meeting. Then other men brought Jesus to stand in front of them. 67They asked him, ‘Are you the Messiah? If you are, tell us.’ Jesus replied, ‘If I do tell you, you will not believe me. 68I could also ask you a question. But if I do that, you will not answer me. 69But from now on, the Son of Man will be sitting in the most important place. He will be sitting at the right side of the Most Powerful God.’
70‘So, are you the Son of God?’ they all said. Jesus replied, ‘You say that I am.’
71Then they said, ‘We do not need anyone else to speak against this man. We ourselves have heard what he has said about himself.’