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After taking the
cup, he gave thanks and said, "Take this and divide it among
you. For I tell you I will not drink again of the fruit of the vine
until the kingdom of God comes."
And he took bread,
gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, "This
is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me."
In the same way,
after the supper he took the cup, saying, "This cup is the
new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you (Luke 22:17-20).
Then Jesus asked
them, "When I sent you without purse, bag or sandals, did you
lack anything?" "Nothing," they answered.
He said to them,
"But now if you have a purse, take it, and also a bag; and
if you don't have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one. It is written:
'And he was numbered with the transgressors' ; and I tell you that
this must be fulfilled in me. Yes, what is written about me is reaching
The disciples said, "See, Lord, here are two swords."
"That is enough," he replied (Luke 22:35-38).
JESUS PRAYS FOR HIS COMING SUFFERING
When they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.
They went to a
place called Gethsemane, and Jesus said, "Sit here while I
pray." He took Peter, James and John along with him, and he
began to be deeply distressed and troubled.
is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death," he said
to them. "Stay here and keep watch."
Going a little
farther, he fell to the ground and prayed that if possible the hour
might pass from him. "Abba, Father," he said, "everything
is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will,
but what you will" (Mark 14:26, 33-36).
An angel from
heaven appeared to him and strengthened him. And being in anguish,
he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood
falling to the ground. When he rose from prayer and went back to
the disciples, he found them asleep, exhausted from sorrow.
you sleeping?" he asked them. "Get up and pray so that
you will not fall into temptation" (Luke 22:43-46)
pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing,
but the body is weak."
He went away a
second time and prayed, "My Father, if it is not possible for
this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done."
When he came back,
he again found them sleeping, because their eyes were heavy. So
he left them and went away once more and prayed the third time,
saying the same thing.
Then he returned to the disciples and said to them, "Are you
still sleeping and resting? Look, the hour is near, and the Son
of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. Rise, let us go! Here
comes my betrayer!"
JESUS IS ARRESTED
Now Judas, who betrayed him, knew the place, because Jesus had often
met there with his disciples.
So Judas came
to the grove, guiding a detachment of soldiers and some officials
from the chief priests and Pharisees. They were carrying torches,
lanterns and weapons.
all that was going to happen to him, went out and asked them, "Who
is it you want?"
Nazareth," they replied.
"I am he,"
Jesus said. (And Judas the traitor was standing there with them.)
When Jesus said, "I am he," they drew back and fell to
Again he asked them, "Who is it you want?"
And they said,
"Jesus of Nazareth."
"I told you
that I am he," Jesus answered. "If you are looking for
me, then let these men go." This happened so that the words
he had spoken would be fulfilled: "I have not lost one of those
you gave me" (John 18:2-9).
Now the betrayer
had arranged a signal with them: "The one I kiss is the man;
arrest him and lead him away under guard." Mark 14:45 Going
at once to Jesus, Judas said, "Rabbi!" and kissed him
Jesus asked him,
"Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?"
do what you came for."
Then the men stepped
forward, seized Jesus and arrested him. With that, one of Jesus'
companions reached for his sword, drew it out and struck the servant
of the high priest, cutting off his ear.
sword back in its place," Jesus said to him, "for all
who draw the sword will die by the sword. Do you think I cannot
call on my Father, and he will at once put at my disposal more than
twelve legions of angels? But how then would the Scriptures be fulfilled
that say it must happen in this way?" (Matthew 26:50-54)
"Am I leading
a rebellion," said Jesus, "that you have come out with
swords and clubs to capture me? Every day I was with you, teaching
in the temple courts, and you did not arrest me. But the Scriptures
must be fulfilled."
deserted him and fled. A young man, wearing nothing but a linen
garment, was following Jesus. When they seized him, he fled naked,
leaving his garment behind (Mark 14:48-52).
JESUS BROUGHT BEFORE ANNAS, THE EX-HIGH PRIEST
Then the detachment of soldiers with its commander and the Jewish
officials arrested Jesus. They bound him and brought him first to
Annas, who was the father-in-law of Caiaphas, the high priest that
year. Caiaphas was the one who had advised the Jews that it would
be good if one man died for the people.
The high priest
questioned Jesus about his disciples and his teaching.
"I have spoken openly to the world," Jesus replied. "I
always taught in synagogues or at the temple, where all the Jews
come together. I said nothing in secret. Why question me? Ask those
who heard me. Surely they know what I said."
When Jesus said
this, one of the officials nearby struck him in the face. "Is
this the way you answer the high priest?" he demanded.
"If I said
something wrong," Jesus replied, "testify as to what is
wrong. But if I spoke the truth, why did you strike me?" (John
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