Passion of the Christ
Screenplay by Mel Gibson and Benedict Fitzgerald
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JUDAS OFFERS TO BETRAY
Then one of the Twelve—the one called Judas Iscariot—went
to the chief priests and asked, "What are you willing to give
me if I hand him over to you?" So they counted out for him thirty
silver coins. From then on Judas watched for an opportunity to hand
him over (Matthew 26:14-16).
THE DISCIPLES PREPARE
FOR THE LAST SUPPER
Then came the day of Unleavened Bread on which the Passover lamb
had to be sacrificed. Jesus sent Peter and John, saying, "Go
and make preparations for us to eat the Passover."
you want us to prepare for it?" they asked.
He replied, "As
you enter the city, a man carrying a jar of water will meet you.
Follow him to the house that he enters, and say to the owner of
the house, 'The Teacher asks: Where is the guest room, where I may
eat the Passover with my disciples?' He will show you a large upper
room, all furnished. Make preparations there."
They left and found things just as Jesus had told them. So they
prepared the Passover (Luke 22:7-13).
THE LAST SUPPER WITH HIS DISCIPLES
When the hour came, Jesus and his apostles reclined at the table.
And he said to them, "I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover
with you before I suffer. For I tell you, I will not eat it again
until it finds fulfillment in the kingdom of God"
It was just before
the Passover Feast. Jesus knew that the time had come for him to
leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who
were in the world, he now showed them the full extent of his love.
The evening meal
was being served, and the devil had already prompted Judas Iscariot,
son of Simon, to betray Jesus. Jesus knew that the Father had put
all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was
returning to God; so he got up from the meal, took off his outer
clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. After that, he poured
water into a basin and began to wash his disciples' feet, drying
them with the towel that was wrapped around him.
He came to Simon
Peter, who said to him, "Lord, are you going to wash my feet?"
"You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will
said Peter, "you shall never wash my feet."
"Unless I wash you, you have no part with me." "Then,
Lord," Simon Peter replied, "not just my feet but my hands
and my head as well!"
"A person who has had a bath needs only to wash his feet; his
whole body is clean. And you are clean, though not every one of
you." For he knew who was going to betray him, and that was
why he said not every one was clean.
When he had finished
washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place.
"Do you understand what I have done for you?" he asked
them. "You call me 'Teacher' and 'Lord,' and rightly so, for
that is what I am. Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed
your feet, you also should wash one another's feet. I have set you
an example that you should do as I have done for you. I tell you
the truth, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger
greater than the one who sent him. Now that you know these things,
you will be blessed if you do them.
"I am not
referring to all of you; I know those I have chosen. But this is
to fulfill the scripture: 'He who shares my bread has lifted up
his heel against me.'
"I am telling
you now before it happens, so that when it does happen you will
believe that I am He. I tell you the truth, whoever accepts anyone
I send accepts me; and whoever accepts me accepts the one who sent
me." (John 13:1-21)
And while they
were eating, he said, "I tell you the truth, one of you will
betray me." They were very sad and began to say to him one
after the other, "Surely not I, Lord?"
"The one who has dipped his hand into the bowl with me will
betray me. The Son of Man will go just as it is written about him.
But woe to that man who betrays the Son of Man! It would be better
for him if he had not been born" (Matthew 26:21-24).
One of them, the
disciple whom Jesus loved, was reclining next to him. Simon Peter
motioned to this disciple and said, "Ask him which one he means."
Leaning back against Jesus, he asked him, "Lord, who is it?"
"It is the one to whom I will give this piece of bread when
I have dipped it in the dish." Then, dipping the piece of bread,
he gave it to Judas Iscariot, son of Simon (John 13:23-26).
Then Judas, the
one who would betray him, said, "Surely not I, Rabbi?"
Jesus answered, "Yes, it is you" (Matthew 26:25).
As soon as Judas took the
bread, Satan entered into him.
are about to do, do quickly," Jesus told him, but no one at
the meal understood why Jesus said this to him. Since Judas had
charge of the money, some thought Jesus was telling him to buy what
was needed for the Feast, or to give something to the poor. As soon
as Judas had taken the bread, he went out. And it was night.
When he was gone,
Jesus said, "Now is the Son of Man glorified and God is glorified
in him. If God is glorified in him, God will glorify the Son in
himself, and will glorify him at once.
I will be with you only a little longer. You will look for me, and
just as I told the Jews, so I tell you now: Where I am going, you
"A new command
I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love
one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples,
if you love one another."
Simon Peter asked
him, "Lord, where are you going?"
"Where I am going, you cannot follow now, but you will follow
Peter asked, "Lord,
why can't I follow you now? I will lay down my life for you."
Then Jesus answered,
"Will you really lay down your life for me? I tell you the
truth, before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times!
his final message to his disciples which is found in John 14 –
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