Plot to kill Jesus
1The Festival of Unleavened Bread, which is called Passover, was approaching. 2The chief priests and the legal experts were looking for a way to kill Jesus, because they were afraid of the people. 3Then Satan entered Judas, called Iscariot, who was one of the Twelve. 4He went out and discussed with the chief priests and the officers of the temple guard how he could hand Jesus over to them. 5They were delighted and arranged payment for him. 6He agreed and began looking for an opportunity to hand Jesus over to them—a time when the crowds would be absent.
Disciples prepare for the Passover
7The Day of Unleavened Bread arrived, when the Passover had to be sacrificed. 8Jesus sent Peter and John with this task: "Go and prepare for us to eat the Passover meal."
9They said to him, "Where do you want us to prepare it?"
10Jesus replied, "When you go into the city, a man carrying a water jar will meet you. Follow him to the house he enters. 11 Say to the owner of the house, ‘The teacher says to you, "Where is the guestroom where I can eat the Passover meal with my disciples?" ’ 12 He will show you a large upstairs room, already furnished. Make preparations there." 13They went and found everything just as he had told them, and they prepared the Passover meal.
The Passover meal
14When the time came, Jesus took his place at the table, and the apostles joined him. 15He said to them, "I have earnestly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. 16 I tell you, I won’t eat it until it is fulfilled in God’s kingdom." 17After taking a cup and giving thanks, he said, "Take this and share it among yourselves. 18 I tell you that from now on I won’t drink from the fruit of the vine until God’s kingdom has come." 19After taking the bread and giving 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." 20In the same way, he took the cup after the meal and said, “This cup is the new covenant by my blood, which is poured out for you.
21"But look! My betrayer is with me; his hand is on this table. 22 The Human One#Or Son of Man goes just as it has been determined. But how terrible it is for that person who betrays him." 23They began to argue among themselves about which of them it could possibly be who would do this.
The disciples debate greatness
24An argument broke out among the disciples over which one of them should be regarded as the greatest.
25But Jesus said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles rule over their subjects, and those in authority over them are called ‘friends of the people.’ 26But that’s not the way it will be with you. Instead, the greatest among you must become like a person of lower status and the leader like a servant. 27So which one is greater, the one who is seated at the table or the one who serves at the table? Isn’t it the one who is seated at the table? But I am among you as one who serves.
28“You are the ones who have continued with me in my trials. 29And I confer royal power on you just as my Father granted royal power to me. 30Thus you will eat and drink at my table in my kingdom, and you will sit on thrones overseeing the twelve tribes of Israel.
Peter’s denial predicted
31"Simon, Simon, look! Satan has asserted the right to sift you all like wheat. 32 However, I have prayed for you that your faith won’t fail. When you have returned, strengthen your brothers and sisters."
33Peter responded, "Lord, I’m ready to go with you, both to prison and to death!"
34Jesus replied, "I tell you, Peter, the rooster won’t crow today before you have denied three times that you know me."
Call for preparedness
35Jesus said to them, "When I sent you out without a wallet, bag, or sandals, you didn’t lack anything, did you?"
They said, "Nothing."
36Then he said to them, "But now, whoever has a wallet must take it, and likewise a bag. And those who don’t own a sword must sell their clothes and buy one. 37 I tell you that this scripture must be fulfilled in relation to me: And he was counted among criminals.#Isa 53:12 Indeed, what’s written about me is nearing completion."
38They said to him, "Lord, look, here are two swords."
He replied, "Enough of that!"
Jesus in prayer
39Jesus left and made his way to the Mount of Olives, as was his custom, and the disciples followed him. 40When he arrived, he said to them, "Pray that you won’t give in to temptation." 41He withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, knelt down, and prayed. 42He said, "Father, if it’s your will, take this cup of suffering away from me. However, not my will but your will must be done." 43Then a heavenly angel appeared to him and strengthened him. 44He was in anguish and prayed even more earnestly. His sweat became like drops of blood falling on the ground. 45When he got up from praying, he went to the disciples. He found them asleep, overcome by grief. 46He said to them, "Why are you sleeping? Get up and pray so that you won’t give in to temptation."
47While Jesus was still speaking, a crowd appeared, and the one called Judas, one of the Twelve, was leading them. He approached Jesus to kiss him.
48Jesus said to him, "Judas, would you betray the Human One#Or Son of Man with a kiss?"
49When those around him recognized what was about to happen, they said, "Lord, should we fight with our swords?" 50One of them struck the high priest’s servant, cutting off his right ear.
51Jesus responded, "Stop! No more of this!" He touched the slave’s ear and healed him.
52Then Jesus said to the chief priests, the officers of the temple guard, and the elders who had come to get him, "Have you come with swords and clubs to arrest me, as though I were a thief? 53 Day after day I was with you in the temple, but you didn’t arrest me. But this is your time, when darkness rules."
Peter denies knowing Jesus
54After they arrested Jesus, they led him away and brought him to the high priest’s house. Peter followed from a distance. 55When they lit a fire in the middle of the courtyard and sat down together, Peter sat among them.
56Then a servant woman saw him sitting in the firelight. She stared at him and said, "This man was with him too."
57But Peter denied it, saying, "Woman, I don’t know him!"
58A little while later, someone else saw him and said, "You are one of them too."
But Peter said, "Man, I’m not!"
59An hour or so later, someone else insisted, "This man must have been with him, because he is a Galilean too."
60Peter responded, "Man, I don’t know what you are talking about!" At that very moment, while he was still speaking, a rooster crowed. 61The Lord turned and looked straight at Peter, and Peter remembered the Lord’s words: "Before a rooster crows today, you will deny me three times." 62And Peter went out and cried uncontrollably.
63The men who were holding Jesus in custody taunted him while they beat him. 64They blindfolded him and asked him repeatedly, "Prophesy! Who hit you?" 65Insulting him, they said many other horrible things against him.
Jesus before the Jerusalem leadership
66As morning came, the elders of the people, both chief priests and legal experts, came together, and Jesus was brought before their council.
67They said, "If you are the Christ, tell us!"
He answered, "If I tell you, you won’t believe. 68 And if I ask you a question, you won’t answer. 69 But from now on, the Human One#Or Son of Man will be seated on the right side of the power of God."#Ps 110:1
70They all said, "Are you God’s Son, then?"
He replied, "You say that I am."
71Then they said, "Why do we need further testimony? We’ve heard it from his own lips."