The Feast of Unleavened Bread, also called Passover, drew near.
The high priests and religion scholars were looking for a way to do away with Jesus but, fearful of the people, they were also looking for a way to cover their tracks.
That's when Satan entered Judas, the one called Iscariot. He was one of the Twelve.
Leaving the others, he conferred with the high priests and the Temple guards about how he might betray Jesus to them.
They couldn't believe their good luck and agreed to pay him well.
He gave them his word and started looking for a way to betray Jesus, but out of sight of the crowd.
The Day of Unleavened Bread came, the day the Passover lamb was butchered.
Jesus sent Peter and John off, saying, "Go prepare the Passover for us so we can eat it together."
They said, "Where do you want us to do this?"
He said, "Keep your eyes open as you enter the city. A man carrying a water jug will meet you. Follow him home.
Then speak with the owner of the house: The Teacher wants to know, 'Where is the guest room where I can eat the Passover meal with my disciples?'
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)