Then came the day of Unleavened Bread on which the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed.18
Jesus sent Peter and John,2 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.3 So they prepared the Passover.
When the hour came, Jesus and his apostles4 reclined at the table.515
And he said to them, "I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer.616For I tell you, I will not eat it again until it finds fulfillment in the kingdom of God."717
After taking the cup, he gave thanks and said, "Take this and divide it among you.