On the first of the Days of Unleavened Bread, the day they prepare the Passover sacrifice, his disciples asked him, "Where do you want us to go and make preparations so you can eat the Passover meal?"
He directed two of his disciples, "Go into the city. A man carrying a water jug will meet you. Follow him.
Ask the owner of whichever house he enters, 'The Teacher wants to know, Where is my guest room where I can eat the Passover meal with my disciples?'
He will show you a spacious second-story room, swept and ready. Prepare for us there."
The disciples left, came to the city, found everything just as he had told them, and prepared the Passover meal.
After sunset he came with the Twelve.
As they were at the supper table eating, Jesus said, "I have something hard but important to say to you: One of you is going to hand me over to the conspirators, one who at this moment is eating with me."
Stunned, they started asking, one after another, "It isn't me, is it?"
He said, "It's one of the Twelve, one who eats with me out of the same bowl.
In one sense, it turns out that the Son of Man is entering into a way of treachery well-marked by the Scriptures - no surprises here. In another sense, the man who turns him in, turns traitor to the Son of Man - better never to have been born than do this!" "This Is My Body"
In the course of their meal, having taken and blessed the bread, he broke it and gave it to them. Then he said, Take, this is my body.
Taking the chalice, he gave it to them, thanking God, and they all drank from it.
He said, This is my blood, God's new covenant, Poured out for many people.
"I'll not be drinking wine again until the new day when I drink it in the kingdom of God."
They sang a hymn and then went directly to Mount Olives.
Published by permission. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. All rights reserved. (The Message Bible Online)