THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO
2. Being Conspired Against, Betrayed, and Loved
1 1Now the aPassover and the Feast of bUnleavened Bread were ctwo days away. And the chief priests and the scribes were seeking a way to dseize Him by craftiness and ekill Him,
2 For they said, Not at the feast, lest there be a atumult by the people.
3 1And while He was in aBethany in the bhouse of Simon the cleper, as He reclined at table, a woman came, having an alabaster flask of ointment, of very costly pure nard, and she broke the alabaster flask and poured it over His head.
4 But there were some who were indignantly commenting among themselves: Why has this waste of the ointment 1been made?
5 For this ointment could have been sold for over athree hundred 1denarii and given to the bpoor. And they were infuriated with her.
6 But Jesus said, Leave her alone. Why do you trouble her? She has done a noble deed on Me.
7 For you always have the apoor with you, and whenever you want, you can do good for them. But you do not always have 1Me.
8 1She has done what she could; she has 2anointed My body beforehand for the aburial.
9 And truly I say to you, Wherever the gospel is 1proclaimed in the whole aworld, what this woman has done shall also be told as a bmemorial of her.
10 And aJudas Iscariot, one of the btwelve, went off to the chief priests to cdeliver Him up to them.
11 And when they heard this, they rejoiced and promised to give him 1money. And he sought a way to 2deliver Him up opportunely.
3. Instituting His Supper
12 And on the first day of the 1Feast of aUnleavened Bread, when they 2sacrificed the bpassover, His disciples said to Him, Where do You want us to go and prepare so that You may eat the passover?
13 And He asent two of His disciples and said to them, Go into the city, and a man carrying a jar of water will meet you; follow him;
14 And wherever he enters, say to the 1master of the house, The aTeacher says, Where is My guest room, where I may eat the bpassover with My disciples?
15 And he will show you a large aupper room, furnished and ready. And there prepare for us.
16 And the disciples went out and came into the city and found it even as He had told them, and they prepared the passover.
17 And when aevening fell, He came with the twelve.
18 And as they were reclining at table and 1eating, Jesus said, Truly I say to you that 2one of you will abetray Me, one who is beating with Me.
19 They began to be grieved and to say to Him one by one, Surely not 1I?
20 And He said to them, It will be one of the twelve, 1one who dips with Me in the dish.
21 For the Son of Man is 1going away, even as it is awritten concerning Him, but woe to that man through whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been good for that man if he had not been born.
22 1And as they were 2eating, He took abread and bblessed it, and He broke it and gave it to them, and said, Take; this is My cbody.
23 And He took a cup and gave thanks, and He gave it to them; and they all drank of it.
24 And He said to them, This is My ablood of the 1covenant, which is being poured out for bmany.
25 Truly I say to you, I shall by no means drink of the 1product of the vine anymore until that day when I drink it new in the akingdom of God.
26 And after asinging a hymn, they went out to the bMount of Olives.
4. Warning the Disciples
27 And Jesus said to them, You will all be astumbled, because it is written, "I will smite the Shepherd, and the sheep will be bscattered.''
28 But after I have been raised, I will go before you into aGalilee.
29 But Peter said to Him, Even if all will be stumbled, yet I will not!
30 And Jesus said to him, Truly I say to you that today in this night, before a arooster crows twice, you will 1deny Me three times.
31 But he went on speaking more intensely, Even if I must adie with You, I will by no means deny You! And they all said similarly.
5. Experiencing Gethsemane --
Charging the Disciples to Watch and Pray
32 1And they came to a place named Gethsemane, and He asaid to His disciples, Sit here while I pray.
33 And He took aPeter and James and John with Him and began to be 1awestruck and deeply distressed.
34 And He said to them, My soul is exceedingly asorrowful, even to death. Remain here and bwatch.
35 And going forward a little, He fell on the ground and aprayed that, if it were possible, the 1bhour would pass from Him.
36 And He said, aAbba Father, all things are bpossible to You; remove this ccup from Me; yet not what I dwill, but what 1You will.
37 And He came and found them sleeping. And He said to Peter, Simon, are you sleeping? Were you not able to watch for one hour?
38 aWatch and bpray that you may not come into ctemptation. The dspirit is willing, but the eflesh is weak.
39 And going away again, He prayed, saying the same thing.
40 And coming again, He found them sleeping, for their eyes were very heavy. And they did anot know what to answer Him.
41 And He came the third time and said to them, Are you still sleeping and resting? It is enough. The ahour has come; behold, the Son of Man is being bdelivered into the hands of sinners.
42 Arise, let us be going. Behold, the one betraying Me has drawn near.
IV. The Death and Resurrection
of the Slave-Savior for the
Accomplishing of God's Redemption
43 And aimmediately, while He was still bspeaking, cJudas, one of the twelve, appeared, and with him a crowd with swords and clubs, from the chief priests and the scribes and the elders.
44 Now the one who was abetraying Him had given them a signal, saying, Whomever I kiss, He is the one. Seize Him and lead Him away securely.
45 And when he came, he aimmediately approached Him and said, bRabbi! and ckissed Him affectionately.
46 And they laid hands on Him and aseized Him.
47 But a certain 1one of those standing by drew his asword and struck the slave of the high priest, and took off his ear.
48 And Jesus answered and said to them, Have you come out as against a robber with swords and clubs to arrest Me?
49 Day after day I was with you in the 1temple 2ateaching and you did not seize Me. But may the bScriptures be cfulfilled.
50 And they all aleft Him and fled.
51 And a certain young man was accompanying Him, clothed with a linen cloth over his naked body; and they seized him.
52 But he left the linen cloth behind and fled naked.
a. By the Jewish Leaders, Representing the Jews
53 1And they 2aled Jesus away to the high priest, and all the chief priests and the elders and the scribes came together.
54 And Peter afollowed Him at a distance until he was within the bcourtyard of the high priest. And he was there sitting with the cattendants and warming himself in the light of the fire.
55 Now the chief priests and the whole 1aSanhedrin were seeking testimony against Jesus in order to put Him to death, and they could not find it.
56 For many gave afalse testimony against Him, yet the testimonies were not consistent.
57 And asome stood up and testified falsely against Him, saying,
58 We heard Him say, I will adestroy this temple made with bhands, and 1in three days I will build another made without hands.
59 And neither in this regard was their testimony consistent.
60 And the high priest stood up in the midst and questioned Jesus, saying, Do You not answer anything? What is this that these testify against You?
61 But He was silent and did not answer aanything. Again the high priest questioned Him and said to Him, Are bYou the cChrist, the Son of the 1dBlessed?
62 And Jesus said, 1I am. And you shall see the aSon of Man sitting at the bright hand of Power and coming with the clouds of heaven.
63 And the high priest, atearing his 1garments, said, What further need do we have of witnesses?
64 You heard the 1ablasphemy! How does it appear to you? And they all condemned Him of being worthy of bdeath.
65 And some began to 1aspit at Him and to bblindfold His face and to cbeat Him with their fists and to say to Him, 2Prophesy! And the attendants, 3dslapping Him about, took Him.
66 1And while Peter was below in the acourtyard, one of the servant girls of the high priest came,
67 And seeing Peter warming himself, she looked at him and said, You also were with the aNazarene, Jesus.
68 But he denied it, saying, I neither know nor understand what you are talking about. And he went outside into the forecourt, and a rooster crowed.
69 And the servant girl, seeing him, began again to say to those standing by, This man is one of them!
70 But again he denied it. And after a little while, those standing by again said to Peter, Surely you are one of them, for you are a aGalilean as 1well.
71 But he began to 1curse and to swear, I do not know this man of whom you speak!
72 And aimmediately a brooster crowed a second time. And Peter remembered the word, how Jesus had said to him, Before a rooster crows twice, you will deny Me three times. And thinking upon it, he wept.