But the festival of Matzah, known as Pesach, was approaching;
and the head cohanim and the Torah-teachers began trying to find some way to get rid of Yeshua, because they were afraid of the people.
At this point the Adversary went into Y'hudah from K'riot, who was one of the Twelve.
He approached the head cohanim and the Temple guard and discussed with them how he might turn Yeshua over to them.
They were pleased and offered to pay him money.
He agreed and began looking for a good opportunity to betray Yeshua without the people's knowledge.
Then came the day of matzah, on which the Passover lamb had to be killed.
Yeshua sent Kefa and Yochanan, instructing them, "Go and prepare our Seder, so we can eat."
They asked him, "Where do you want us to prepare it?"
He told them, "As you're going into the city, a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him into the house he enters,
and say to its owner, `The Rabbi says to you, "Where is the guest room, where I am to eat the Pesach meal with my talmidim?" '
He will show you a large room upstairs already furnished; make the preparations there."
They went and found things just as Yeshua had told them they would be, and they prepared for the Seder.
When the time came, Yeshua and the emissaries reclined at the table, and he
said to them, "I have really wanted so much to celebrate this Seder with you before I die!
For I tell you, it is certain that I will not celebrate it again until it is given its full meaning in the Kingdom of God."
Then, taking a cup of wine, he made the b'rakhah and said, "Take this and share it among yourselves.
For I tell you that from now on, I will not drink the `fruit of the vine' until the Kingdom of God comes."
Also, taking a piece of matzah, he made the b'rakhah, broke it, gave it to them and said, "This is my body, which is being given for you; do this in memory of me."
He did the same with the cup after the meal, saying, "This cup is the New Covenant, ratified by my blood, which is being poured out for you.
"But look! The person who is betraying me is here at the table with me!
The Son of Man is going to his death according to God's plan, but woe to that man by whom he is being betrayed!"
They began asking each other which of them could be about to do such a thing.
An argument arose among them as to which of them should be considered the greatest.
But Yeshua said to them, "The kings of the Goyim lord it over them; and those in authority over them are given the title, `Benefactor.'
But not so with you! On the contrary, let the greater among you become like the younger, and one who rules like one who serves.
For who is greater? The one reclining at the table? or the one who serves? It's the one reclining at the table, isn't it? But I myself am among you like one who serves.
"You are the ones who have stayed with me throughout my trials.
Just as my Father gave me the right to rule, so I give you an appointment,
namely, to eat and drink at my table in my Kingdom and to sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Isra'el.
"Shim`on, Shim`on, listen! The Adversary demanded to have you people for himself, to sift you like wheat!
But I prayed for you, Shim`on, that your trust might not fail. And you, once you have turned back in repentance, strengthen your brothers!"
Shim`on said to him, "Lord, I am prepared to go with you both to prison and to death!"
Yeshua replied, "I tell you, Kefa, the rooster will not crow today until you have denied three times that you know me."
He said to them, "When I sent you out without wallet, pack or shoes, were you ever short of anything?" "Not a thing," they answered.
"But now," he said, if you have a wallet or a pack, take it; and if you don't have a sword, sell your robe to buy one.
For I tell you this: the passage from the Tanakh that says, `He was counted with transgressors,'i has to be fulfilled in me; since what is happening to me has a purpose."
They said, "Look, Lord, there are two swords right here!" "Enough!" he replied.