Now the Feast of Unleavened Bread, called the Passover, was approaching,12
and the chief priests and the teachers of the law were looking for some way to get rid of Jesus,2 for they were afraid of the people.
Then Satan3 entered Judas, called Iscariot,4 one of the Twelve.
And Judas went to the chief priests and the officers of the temple guard5 and discussed with them how he might betray Jesus.
They were delighted and agreed to give him money.66
He consented, and watched for an opportunity to hand Jesus over to them when no crowd was present.
Then came the day of Unleavened Bread on which the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed.78
Jesus sent Peter and John,8 saying, "Go and make preparations for us to eat the Passover."9
"Where do you want us to prepare for it?" they asked.
He replied, "As you enter the city, a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him to the house that he enters,11and say to the owner of the house, 'The Teacher asks: Where is the guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?'12He will show you a large upper room, all furnished. Make preparations there."13
They left and found things just as Jesus had told them.9 So they prepared the Passover.
When the hour came, Jesus and his apostles10 reclined at the table.1115
And he said to them, "I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer.1216For I tell you, I will not eat it again until it finds fulfillment in the kingdom of God."1317
After taking the cup, he gave thanks and said, "Take this and divide it among you.18For I tell you I will not drink again of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes."19
And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it,14 and gave it to them, saying, "This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me."20
In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, "This cup is the new covenant15 in my blood, which is poured out for you.21But the hand of him who is going to betray me is with mine on the table.1622The Son of Man17 will go as it has been decreed,18 but woe to that man who betrays him."23
They began to question among themselves which of them it might be who would do this.
Also a dispute arose among them as to which of them was considered to be greatest.1925
Jesus said to them, "The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them; and those who exercise authority over them call themselves Benefactors.26But you are not to be like that. Instead, the greatest among you should be like the youngest,20 and the one who rules like the one who serves.2127For who is greater, the one who is at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one who is at the table? But I am among you as one who serves.2228You are those who have stood by me in my trials.29And I confer on you a kingdom,23 just as my Father conferred one on me,30so that you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom24 and sit on thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.2531"Simon, Simon, Satan has asked26 to sift youa as wheat.2732But I have prayed for you,28 Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers."2933
But he replied, "Lord, I am ready to go with you to prison and to death."3034
Jesus answered, "I tell you, Peter, before the rooster crows today, you will deny three times that you know me."35
Then Jesus asked them, "When I sent you without purse, bag or sandals,31 did you lack anything?" "Nothing," they answered.
He said to them, "But now if you have a purse, take it, and also a bag; and if you don't have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one.37It is written: 'And he was numbered with the transgressors'b;32 and I tell you that this must be fulfilled in me. Yes, what is written about me is reaching its fulfillment."38
The disciples said, "See, Lord, here are two swords." "That is enough," he replied.
Jesus went out as usual33 to the Mount of Olives,34 and his disciples followed him.
On reaching the place, he said to them, "Pray that you will not fall into temptation."3541
He withdrew about a stone's throw beyond them, knelt down36 and prayed,
42"Father, if you are willing, take this cup37 from me; yet not my will, but yours be done."3843
An angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him.3944
And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground.c45
When he rose from prayer and went back to the disciples, he found them asleep, exhausted from sorrow.
46"Why are you sleeping?" he asked them. "Get up and pray so that you will not fall into temptation."40
While he was still speaking a crowd came up, and the man who was called Judas, one of the Twelve, was leading them. He approached Jesus to kiss him,
but Jesus asked him, "Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?"49
When Jesus' followers saw what was going to happen, they said, "Lord, should we strike with our swords?"4150
And one of them struck the servant of the high priest, cutting off his right ear.
But Jesus answered, "No more of this!" And he touched the man's ear and healed him.
Then Jesus said to the chief priests, the officers of the temple guard,42 and the elders, who had come for him, "Am I leading a rebellion, that you have come with swords and clubs?53Every day I was with you in the temple courts,43 and you did not lay a hand on me. But this is your hour44--when darkness reigns."45
Then seizing him, they led him away and took him into the house of the high priest.46 Peter followed at a distance.4755
But when they had kindled a fire in the middle of the courtyard and had sat down together, Peter sat down with them.
A servant girl saw him seated there in the firelight. She looked closely at him and said, "This man was with him."
But he denied it. "Woman, I don't know him," he said.
A little later someone else saw him and said, "You also are one of them." "Man, I am not!" Peter replied.
About an hour later another asserted, "Certainly this fellow was with him, for he is a Galilean."4860
Peter replied, "Man, I don't know what you're talking about!" Just as he was speaking, the rooster crowed.
The Lord49 turned and looked straight at Peter. Then Peter remembered the word the Lord had spoken to him: "Before the rooster crows today, you will disown me three times."5062
And he went outside and wept bitterly.
At daybreak the council52 of the elders of the people, both the chief priests and teachers of the law, met together,53 and Jesus was led before them.
"If you are the Christ,d " they said, "tell us." Jesus answered, "If I tell you, you will not believe me,68and if I asked you, you would not answer.5469But from now on, the Son of Man will be seated at the right hand of the mighty God."5570
They all asked, "Are you then the Son of God?"56 He replied, "You are right in saying I am."5771
Then they said, "Why do we need any more testimony? We have heard it from his own lips."