14:1Now the Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread were two days away. The ruling priests and scripture scholars were looking for a devious way to arrest him and get him executed.14:2“But not during the festival,” they said, “or the people will riot.”
14:3Jesus was in Bethany at the home of Simon the Leper. As he reclined at the table, a woman came with an alabaster flask containing very costly perfumed oil made from pure nard. She broke open the flask and poured the oil on his head.14:4But some there were indignant and said to each other, “Why this waste of perfumed oil?14:5It could have been sold for nearly a year’s wages and the money given to the destitute!” And they began to intimidate her.
14:6But Jesus said, “Leave her alone! Why are you bullying her? She is doing a good thing to me.14:7You will always have the destitute among you, and you can help them anytime you want, but you will not always have me.14:8She has done what she could, and she has anointed me in advance of burial preparations for my body.14:9And it will be as I tell you now: wherever the Gospel is announced anywhere in the world, what she did will be told in honor of her memory.”
14:10Then Judas from Kerioth, one of the Twelve, went off to the ruling priests to have Jesus handed over to them.14:11They were delighted to hear this and paid him in advance for his services. So he started watching for an opportune moment to hand him over.
14:12On the first day of Unleavened Bread, when the Passover lamb was to be killed, his disciples asked, “Where do you want us to go and make preparations for you to eat the Passover?”14:13So he sent out two of his disciples and told them, “Go into the city, where you will see someone carrying a pitcher of water. Follow them,14:14and when they enter a house tell the owner, ‘the Teacher wants to know where the reception room is so that he may eat the Passover meal with his disciples’.14:15You will be shown a large, furnished, upper-story room; prepare it for us there.”14:16And when the disciples went into the city, they found everything just as he said it would be, so they prepared the Passover.
14:17When evening came, he went there with the Twelve.14:18And while they were reclining around the table Jesus said to them, “I tell you with absolute certainty that one of you who are eating with me will betray me!”14:19They were deeply distressed, and one after the other they began to say to him, “Not I!”14:20But he said to them, “It is one of the Twelve who dips food into the sauce bowl with me.14:21Indeed, the Human must go away just as it is written about him. But woe to the person through whom the Human is betrayed! It would be better for that person if he had never been born.”
14:22While they were eating, Jesus took some bread, blessed it, and then broke it up and passed it around to them. “Take this,” he said, “This is my body.”14:23Then he took the cup, gave thanks, and passed it around to them, and they all drank it.14:24“This is my blood, with which I am signing the new unilateral contract, and it is being poured out for many.14:25With absolute certainty I tell you that I will never drink the fruit of the vine until1 the day comes when I drink it fresh in the kingdom of God.”14:26And after singing a festive song, they went out to the Mount of Olives.
14:27Then Jesus said to them, “You are all about to fall into a trap, for it is written: ‘I will strike down the shepherd and the sheep will scatter.’14:28But after I arise, I will go ahead of you into Galilee.”
14:29But Peter objected, “Even if everyone else falls into a trap, I will not!”
14:30“On the contrary,” said Jesus, “I tell you that today, this very night, before the rooster crows, you will completely disown me three times!”
14:31But Peter became even more insistent: “Even if I am bound to die with you, I will never, ever disown you!” And all of them said the same.
14:32They went into an area called Gethsemane, and he said to his disciples, “Sit here while I pray.”14:33He took Peter, James, and John with him, and in anguish and despair14:34he said to them, “My soul is deeply grieved, to the point of death! Stay here and keep alert.”14:35Then he went a little farther ahead and dropped to the ground, and he prayed that there might be some way for this hour to pass him by.14:36And he said, “Daddy, my Father, you can do anything; take this cup away from me! But the decision is yours, not mine.”
14:37He comes back and finds the disciples sleeping, so he says to Peter, “Simon, what are you doing sleeping? Couldn’t you stay alert for one hour?14:38Pray that you will not be put to the test, for the spirit is eager but the flesh is weak.”14:39Once again Jesus left and prayed, saying the same thing.14:40And once again he went back to find them sleeping, because their eyes were heavy. And they didn’t know what to say to him.14:41So he comes back the third time and says to them, “Why are you still sleeping and resting? Well, that’s all you get; the hour has come! Look, the Human is being handed over to the deviants!14:42Get up, let’s go! See, here comes my betrayer!”
14:43And while he is still speaking, Judas (one of the Twelve) comes right then with a mob wielding swords and clubs, sent by the ruling priests, scripture scholars, and elders.14:44Judas had given them a signal: “Whoever I greet affectionately is the one; seize him and take him away!”14:45And coming straight up to Jesus he says, “Rabbi!” and kissed him fondly.14:46So they seized Jesus and took him away.
14:47One of the people standing there drew a sword and struck the slave of the ruling priest, cutting off his ear.14:48But Jesus told them, “Am I a robber, that you came with swords and clubs to arrest me?14:49Every day I was teaching in the temple compound and you didn’t arrest me. But the scriptures must be fulfilled!”14:50Then they all abandoned him and ran away.214:51(There was also a youth among them, and he was wearing nothing but high-quality pajamas. They seized him14:52but he slipped out of his pajamas and ran away naked.)
14:53So they led Jesus away and took him to the ruling priest. All the ruling priests, elders, and scripture scholars were assembled there.14:54Peter followed at a distance, up to the point where they entered the courtyard of the ruling priest. He sat down with the slaves, warming himself by the fire.
14:55Meanwhile, the ruling priests and the entire Sanhedrin were looking for evidence to convict Jesus of a capital crime. But they couldn’t find any14:56because of all the false and conflicting testimonies.14:57Some stood up to falsely accuse him by saying,14:58“We heard him say, ‘I will demolish this temple made by hands, and in three days I will build another one without hands!’ ”14:59But even then their testimonies were still conflicting.
14:60So the ruling priest stood up in front and asked Jesus, “Why don’t you respond to any of these accusations?”14:61But Jesus said nothing.
Once again the ruling priest asked him, “Are you the Anointed, the son of the Blessed One?”
14:62“I am,” Jesus answered, “And all of you will see the Human sitting to the right of the Power,3 and coming with the clouds of the sky!”
14:63At that, the ruling priest tore his tunic4 and exclaimed, “What need do we have for further testimony?14:64You yourselves heard his claim to be God! How do you see it?” And they all deemed him worthy of the death penalty.14:65At that, some began to spit on him. Then they blindfolded him and started beating him while mocking, “Prophesy!” The deputies slapped him as well.
14:66Meanwhile, while Peter was in the courtyard, one of the ruling priest’s servant girls came14:67and saw Peter warming himself. She looked at him and said, “Hey you! You were with that Nazarene, Jesus!”
14:68But he denied it: “I don’t know or care what you’re talking about!” He went outside onto the porch, and then a rooster crowed.
14:69But the slave girl kept watching him and said again to the people standing around, “This is one of them!”14:70And again he denied it.
Then short time later, the bystanders said to Peter once more, “You have to be one of them, because you’re a Galilean!”
14:71Then Peter began cursing and swore to them, “I do not know that person you’re talking about!”14:72And right away a rooster crowed a second time. Then Peter remembered what Jesus had said to him: “Before the rooster crows twice, you will disown me three times!” And once this sank in, Peter began to sob.
- 1There is no word meaning “again” in the statement Jesus made about not eating the Passover or drinking from the cup. Neither does the passage indicate that Jesus actually drank the wine or ate the bread.
- 2Clearly, the “all” who ran away didn’t include the mob sent to arrest him.
- 3“The Power” was a respectful way to avoid saying the actual name of God.
- 4Tearing one’s clothing was a formal declaration of guilt according to the Talmud. But in this capacity the council was equivalent to a modern jury, so they could not do the actual sentencing.