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The Last Days of Christ On Earth
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things that were written by the prophets concerning the Messiah
shall be fulfilled. He will be delivered into the custody of the
heathen, mocked, treated spitefully, and misused. They will beat
him, and put him to death; but on the third day he will rise again.
Soon I must
leave this earth. For a time you cannot join me in the place where
I am going, so let us celebrate one last Passover together. The
time approaches when I must suffer; for I tell you in truth: I will
not eat of the Passover again, until all that it signifies be fulfilled
in the kingdom of God; nor will I drink of the fruit of the vine,
until the kingdom of God has come.
This bread of
the Passover represents my body, which is given for you. Eat it
in remembrance of me. The wine represents God's new covenant of
salvation, sealed by my blood, which I do shed on your behalf.
I must give
my life, as was foretold by the prophets. What sorrow awaits the
one who betrays the Son of Man. It would have been better if he
had not been born. I am not saying this of you, for I know very
well those whom I have chosen; but it has been written: "One
who shares my bread will betray me." I tell you this, before
it comes to pass, so that afterwards you will believe in me.
You boast that
you are willing to lay down your life for my sake! Sadly, you will
all desert me on the night of my betrayal, as the prophets have
written: "I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be
Hear my prayer! If it is possible, let this ordeal pass from me!
Nevertheless not my will, but your will be finished.
hour has come for the Son of Man to be abandoned into the hands
of evildoers. Beware! Those who live by the sword will die by the
How can it be
that you betray the Son of Man with a kiss, arresting me like a
common thief, carrying swords and clubs? Daily I was among you in
the temple, and you never laid a hand on me. But this is your hour,
and the power of darkness is at work.
Do you not realize
that I could pray to my Father, and he could send down twelve legions
of angels for my defense? How then could the scriptures be fulfilled
that predict it must happen this way? Now the Son of Man will be
glorified; and God will be magnified in him.