Chapter 26

When Jesus finished saying all these things, he said to his disciples, 2"You know that the Passover is coming in two days, and the Son of Man will be given up to be crucified.

3Then the chief priests and the elders of the people came together in the courtyard of Caiaphas, the High Priest 4and they plotted to capture Jesus in secret and kill him. 5But they said, “Not during the festival, or the people will riot.

6While Jesus was in Bethany at the house of Simon the leper, 7a woman came to him with an alabaster jar of expensive perfume and she poured it on his head while he was reclining at the table. 8The disciples saw this and were angry. They said, “What’s the point of this waste? 9This could have been sold for a lot of money and the money could be given to the poor!” 10Knowing this, Jesus said, “Why do y’all trouble this woman? She’s done a good work for me. 11You see, the poor will always be with y’all, but you won’t always have me. 12By pouring this perfume on my body, she’s made me ready to be buried. 13Yes, I tell y’all. Wherever in the world this good news is preached, the story of what she’s done will be told in memory of her.

14Then one of the twelve, Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said, 15"What will y’all give me if I give him over to you?” They paid him thirty pieces of silver. 16From then on he was waiting for just the right time to betray him.

17On the first day of Unleavened Bread the disciples went to Jesus and said, “Where do you want us to prepare for you to eat the Passover?” 18He said to them, “Go into the city to a certain man and tell him, ‘The Teacher says, “My time is near. My disciples and I will keep the Passover with you.”’” 19The disciples did exactly what Jesus told them to do and they prepared the Passover.

20When evening came, he was reclining with the twelve. 21And while he was eating with them, he said, “Yes I tell you. One of y’all will betray me.” 22They were very sad, and each one said to him, “It isn’t me, is it Master?” 23He answered, “The one who dips his hand in the dish with me is the one who’ll betray me. 24The Son of Man will certainly go just like it’s been written of him, but damn the man that betrays the Son of Man! It would be better for that man if he’d never been born!” 25Judas, the betrayer, said to Jesus, “It isn’t me, is it Rabbi?” Jesus says to him, “You said it.

26While they were eating, Jesus took the bread, blessed it, broke it, and gave it to the disciples. He said, “Take and eat. This is my body.” 27Then he took the cup, and after giving thanks he gave it to them and said, “All of you drink from it, 28because this my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. 29I say to y’all, I won’t drink of the vine’s fruit from now till I drink it new with y’all in my Father’s Empire.

30After they sung, they went out to the Mount of Olives. 31Then Jesus says to them, “All of you will become deserters tonight because of me, because it’s been written, ‘I’ll hit the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be completely scattered.’ 32But after that, I’ll be raised. I’ll go ahead of you to Galilee.” 33But Peter said to him, “Even if everyone else deserts because of You, I’ll never desert.” 34Jesus said to him, “Yes, I tell you. Tonight, before the rooster crows, you will deny me three times.” 35Peter says to him, “I’ll never deny You! Even if it means I’ll have to die!” All the disciples agreed.

36Then Jesus came with them to the place called Gethsemane, and he says to the disciples, “Sit there while I go over there and pray.” 37He took along Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and he became grieved and distressed. 38He said to them, “My soul is grieved to the point of death. Stay here and stay awake with me.” 39He went a little farther and then fell on his face praying, “My Father! If it can be done, let this cup pass from me! But not as I want, but as You want.” 40He then comes to the disciples and finds them sleeping. He says to Peter, “So, y’all couldn’t stay awake with me for one hour? 41Stay awake and pray that y’all won’t be put to the test. The spirit is certainly eager, but the flesh is weak.” 42He went away again for the second time and prayed, “My Father! If this can’t pass unless I drink it, then let what You want be done.” 43Then he came back again and found them sleeping because their eyes were heavy. 44He went away for the third time and prayed the same thing again. 45Then he came to the disciples and said, “Are y’all still sleeping? Look! It’s fixing to be time for the Son of Man to be betrayed into the hands of sinners! 46Get up! Let’s go! Look! The betrayer is almost here!

47While he was still speaking, Judas, one of the twelve, came and with him was a crowd of people with swords and clubs from the chief priests and elders of the people. 48The betrayer gave them a sign, saying, “The one I kiss is your man, arrest him.” 49And as soon as he came to Jesus he said, “Hello, Rabbi!” and kissed him. 50Jesus said to him, “Friend, do what you came here to do.” And then they came up and grabbed Jesus and held him. 51And look! One of the men with Jesus took his hand, drew his sword, and cut off the ear of the chief priest’s slave. 52Then Jesus said to him, “Put your sword back in its place. You see, those who take up the sword will die by the sword. 53Or do you think that I can’t call up to my Father and He’ll bring me more than twelve legions of angels? 54How then will the scriptures be fulfilled that say it must happen this way?” 55At that time, Jesus said to the crowd, “Have you come with your swords and clubs to take me as if I was a robber? Everyday I was sitting in the Temple and teaching and you never arrested me. 56But this whole thing has happened so that the writings of the Prophets would be fulfilled.” Then all the disciples left him and ran away.

57The men who arrested Jesus went off to Caiaphas, the high priest, where the scribes and elders were gathered together. 58Peter was following him from a distance until he got to the high priest’s courtyard, and then he went in and sat with the assistants to see what will happen. 59The chief priests and the whole Council were looking for lies about Jesus so that they would have an excuse to kill him, 60but they couldn’t find anybody to lie about him. Later, two came 61who said, “This man said, ‘I can destroy the Temple of God and build it back again in three days.’ 62The high priest stood up and said to Jesus, “Don’t you have an answer? What do these men say against you?” 63But Jesus was silent. The high priest said to him, “I put you under oath by the Living God. Tell us if you are the Christ, the Son of God.” 64Jesus says to him, “You said it. But I tell you, from now on you’ll see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of power and coming on the clouds of Heaven.” 65Then the high priest tore his clothes apart and said, “He’s blasphemed! Why do we need anymore witnesses? Look, you’ve heard his insult! 66What do you think?” They answered, “Guilty! Put him to death!” 67Then they spit in his face and knocked him around. Some slapped him 68and said, “Tell us, Christ. Who slapped you?”

69Now, Peter sat outside in the courtyard. A servant girl came to him and said, “You were with Jesus the Galilean, too.” 70But he denied it in front of everyone saying, “I don’t know what you’re talking about.” 71When he went out of the gate, another saw him and said to the people there, “This guy was with Jesus the Nazarene.” 72And once again Peter denied it, swearing, “I don’t know the man.” 73A little while later the bystanders came to Peter and said, “Certainly you must be one of them. Even the way you talk gives you away.” 74Then he began to cuss and swore, “I don’t know the man!” And immediately the rooster crowed. 75And Peter remembered what Jesus said, “Before the rooster crows, you’ll deny me three times.” Peter went outside and cried bitterly.

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