E. Preparing the Disciples for His Death
1. Telling Them of Things to Come
a. The Destruction of the Temple
5 1And as some were speaking about the atemple, that it was adorned with 2beautiful stones and 3consecrated offerings, He said,
6 As for these things which you are looking at, the days will come in which there will not be left a astone upon a stone which will not be thrown down.
b. The Plagues between His Ascension
and the Great Tribulation
7 And they questioned Him, saying, Teacher, when therefore will these things be? And what will be the sign awhen these things are about to take place?
8 And He said, aSee that you are not led astray, for many will come in My bname, saying, I am the Christ! and, The time has drawn near! Do not go after them.
9 And when you hear of wars and revolutions, do not be terrified, for these things must take place first; but the end does not come immediately.
10 Then He said to them, Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom;
11 And there will be great aearthquakes, and in various places bfamines and pestilences; and there will be terrors and great csigns from heaven.
c. The Persecution of His Disciples in the Church Age
12 But before all these things they will lay their hands on you and persecute you, adelivering you up to the synagogues and bprisons, cbringing you before dkings and governors for the sake of My name.
13 It will turn out to you for a testimony.
14 Settle it therefore in your hearts not to atake thought beforehand how to reply in defense,
15 For I will give you a amouth and wisdom which all those opposing you will not be able to bresist or refute.
16 And you will be 1delivered up even by parents and brothers and relatives and friends, and they will put some of you to death.
17 And you will be ahated by all because of My name,
18 Yet a ahair of your head shall by no means perish.
19 In your aendurance you will 1possess your souls.
d. The Great Tribulation and His Coming
20 1But when you asee Jerusalem bsurrounded by armies, then know that her desolation has drawn near.
21 Then let those in Judea flee to the mountains, and let those in her midst get out, and let not those in the country enter into her,
22 Because these are days of avengeance, that all the things written may be fulfilled.
23 Woe to those who are apregnant and to those nursing babies in those days, for there will be great 1distress upon the land and bwrath to this people.
24 And they will fall by the edge of the sword and will be led captive into all the nations; and Jerusalem will be atrampled by the 1Gentiles until the times of the 1Gentiles are bfulfilled.
25 And there will be signs in the asun and moon and stars, and upon the earth anguish of nations in perplexity at the broaring of the sea and the billows,
26 Men 1fainting from fear and expectation of the things coming upon the 2inhabited earth, for the powers of the heavens will be ashaken.
27 And then they will see the aSon of Man bcoming in a cloud with power and great cglory.
e. The Disciples' Redemption and
the Overcomers' Rapture
28 And when these things begin to happen, stand erect and lift up your heads, because your aredemption is drawing near.
29 1And He told them a parable: Look at the afig tree and all the trees.
30 As soon as they sprout leaves, you see it and know of yourselves that the summer is already near.
31 So also you, when you see these things happening, know that the kingdom of God is near.
32 Truly I tell you that athis generation shall by no means pass away until all things happen.
33 Heaven and earth shall apass away, but My bwords shall by no means pass away.
34 But atake heed to yourselves lest perhaps your hearts be weighed down with 1debauchery and bdrunkenness and the canxieties of life, and that day come upon you 2suddenly as a dsnare.
35 For it will come in upon all those 1adwelling on the face of all the earth.
36 But be awatchful at every time, bbeseeching that you would 1prevail to 2escape 3all these things which are about to happen and 4cstand before the Son of Man.
2. Teaching Daily in the Temple
37 Now during the day He was in the temple ateaching, but during the night He bwent out and stayed on the mountain called cOlivet.
38 And all the people would come early in the amorning to Him in the temple to hear Him.
3. His Opposers Conspiring to Kill Him and
a False Disciple Plotting to Betray Him
1 1Now the Feast of Unleavened Bread, which is called the aPassover, was drawing bnear.
2 And the chief priests and the scribes were seeking a way to ado away with Him, for they bfeared the people.
3 And aSatan entered into bJudas who was called cIscariot and was of the number of the twelve.
4 And he went away and conferred with the chief priests and aofficers as to how he might deliver Him up to them.
5 And they rejoiced and promised to give him 1amoney.
6 And he consented and sought opportunity to adeliver Him up to them apart from the crowd.
4. Instituting His Supper That the Disciples
Might Participate in His Death
7 And the day of 1Unleavened Bread came, on which the apassover had to be 2sacrificed.
8 And He sent Peter and John, saying, Go and prepare the passover for us, so that we may eat it.
9 And they said to Him, Where do You want us to prepare it?
10 And He told them, Behold, as you are entering into the city, a man carrying an earthen jar of water will meet you. Follow him into the house which he enters.
11 And you shall say to the master of the house, The aTeacher says to you, Where is the guest room where I may eat the passover with My disciples?
12 And that one will show you a large aupper room furnished; prepare there.
13 And they left and afound it even as He had told them, and they prepared the passover.
14 And when the hour came, He areclined at table, and the apostles with Him.
15 And He said to them, With desire I have desired to 1eat this passover with you before I suffer,
16 For I tell you that I shall by no means eat it until 1it is fulfilled in the akingdom of God.
17 And He received a cup and gave athanks and said, Take this and divide it among yourselves;
18 For I tell you, I shall by no means drink from now on of the 1product of the vine until the akingdom of God comes.
19 1And He took a aloaf and gave thanks, and He broke it and gave it to them, saying, This is My bbody which is being given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.
20 And similarly the cup after they had dined, saying, This cup is the anew covenant established in My bblood, which is being poured out for you.
21 But behold, the ahand of the 1one bbetraying Me is cwith Me at the table.
22 For the Son of Man is going according to what has been adetermined, but woe to that man through whom He is betrayed!
23 And they began to discuss among themselves who then of them it was who was about to do this.
5. Teaching the Disciples concerning Humility
and Foretelling What Will Happen to Them
24 1And a 2contention 1also occurred among them as to which of them seemed to be agreatest.
25 And He asaid to them, The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them, and those who have authority over them are called benefactors.
26 But you shall not be so; but let the agreatest among you become like the youngest, and the one who bleads like the one who 1serves.
27 For who is greater, the one who reclines at table or the one who serves? Is it not the one who reclines at table? But I am in your midst as the one who aserves.
28 But you are those who have remained with Me throughout My atrials.
29 And I 1appoint to you, even as My Father has 1appointed to Me, a akingdom,
30 That you may eat and drink at My 1table in My akingdom; and you will sit on bthrones cjudging the twelve dtribes of Israel.
31 1Simon, Simon, behold, aSatan has asked to have you all to bsift you as wheat.
32 But I have amade petition concerning you that your faith would not fail; and you, once you have turned again, bestablish your brothers.
33 And he said to Him, Lord, I am ready to go with You both to aprison and to bdeath.
34 But He said, I tell you, Peter, a arooster will not crow today until you deny three times that you know Me.
35 And He said to them, When I sent you awithout purse and bag and sandals, you did not lack anything, did you? And they said, Nothing.
36 And He said to them, But now, let him who has a purse take it, likewise also a bag; and he who has no sword, let him sell his garment and 1buy one.
37 For I tell you that this which is written must be accomplished in Me, "And He was acounted with the lawless.'' For indeed that which concerns Me has its 1bfulfillment.
38 And they said, Lord, behold, here are two aswords. And He said to them, It is 1enough.
6. Praying concerning the Sufferings of His Death
and Charging the Disciples to Pray
39 And He came out and went according to His custom to the aMount of Olives; and the disciples also followed Him.
40 And when He came to the 1aplace, He bsaid to them, cPray that you do not enter into temptation.
41 And He withdrew from them about a stone's throw, and He aknelt down and bprayed,
42 Saying, Father, if You are willing, remove this 1acup from Me; yet, not My bwill, but 2Yours be done.
43 1And an aangel from heaven appeared to Him, strengthening Him.
44 And being in aagony He prayed more earnestly, and His sweat became like great drops of blood falling down upon the ground.
45 And when He rose up from prayer and came to the disciples, He found them sleeping from 1sorrow,
46 And He said to them, Why are you sleeping? Rise up and pray that you may not enter into temptation.