In the evening Jesus arrived with the twelve disciples.
As they were sitting around the table eating, Jesus said, "The truth is, one of you will betray me, one of you who is here eating with me."19
Greatly distressed, one by one they began to ask him, "I'm not the one, am I?"
He replied, "It is one of you twelve, one who is eating with me now. a21For I, the Son of Man, must die, as the Scriptures declared long ago. But how terrible it will be for my betrayer. Far better for him if he had never been born!"22
As they were eating, Jesus took a loaf of bread and asked God's blessing on it. Then he broke it in pieces and gave it to the disciples, saying, "Take it, for this is my body."23
And he took a cup of wine and gave thanks to God for it. He gave it to them, and they all drank from it.
And he said to them, "This is my blood, poured out for many, sealing the covenant b between God and his people. 25I solemnly declare that I will not drink wine again until that day when I drink it new in the Kingdom of God." 26
Then they sang a hymn and went out to the Mount of Olives.
27"All of you will desert me," Jesus told them. "For the Scriptures say, 'God c will strike the Shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered.' d
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)