New Heart English Bible
1Now the feast of unleavened bread, which is called the Passover, drew near. 2The chief priests and the scribes sought how they might kill him, for they feared the people.
3Satan entered into Judas, who was called Iscariot, who was numbered with the twelve. 4He went away, and talked with the chief priests and captains about how he might deliver him to them. 5They were glad, and agreed to give him money. 6He consented, and sought an opportunity to deliver him to them in the absence of the crowd.
7The day of unleavened bread came, on which the Passover must be sacrificed. 8He sent Peter and John, saying, "Go and prepare the Passover for us, that we may eat." 9They said to him, "Where do you want us to prepare?" 10He said to them, "Look, when you have entered into the city, a man carrying a pitcher of water will meet you. Follow him into the house which he enters. 11Tell the master of the house, 'The Teacher says to you, "Where is the guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?"' 12He will show you a large, furnished upper room. Make preparations there." 13They went, found things as he had told them, and they prepared the Passover.
14When the hour had come, he sat down with the twelve. 15He said to them, "I have earnestly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer, 16for I say to you, I will not eat of it again until it is fulfilled in the Kingdom of God." 17He received a cup, and when he had given thanks, he said, "Take this, and share it among yourselves, 18for I tell you, from now on I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the Kingdom of God comes." 19He took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and gave to them, saying, "This is my body which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me." 20Likewise, he took the cup after they had eaten, saying, "This cup is the New Covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you. 21But look, the hand of him who betrays me is with me on the table. 22The Son of Man indeed goes, as it has been determined, but woe to that man through whom he is betrayed." 23They began to question among themselves, which of them it was who would do this thing.
24There arose also a contention among them, which of them was considered to be greatest. 25He said to them, "The kings of the nations lord it over them, and those who have authority over them are called 'benefactors.' 26But not so with you. But one who is the greater among you, let him become as the younger, and one who is governing, as one who serves. 27For who is greater, one who sits at the table, or one who serves? Is it not he who sits at the table? But I am in the midst of you as one who serves.
28But you are those who have continued with me in my trials. 29I confer on you a kingdom, even as my Father conferred on me, 30that you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom, and you will sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel."
31"Simon, Simon, look, Satan asked to have you, that he might sift you as wheat, 32but I prayed for you, that your faith would not fail. You, when once you have turned again, establish your brothers." 33He said to him, "Lord, I am ready to go with you both to prison and to death." 34He said, "I tell you, Peter, the rooster will by no means crow today until you deny that you know me three times."
35He said to them, "When I sent you out without money bag, and pack, and shoes, did you lack anything?" They said, "Nothing." 36Then he said to them, "But now, whoever has a money bag must take it, and likewise a pack. Whoever has none, must sell his cloak, and buy a sword. 37For I tell you that this which is written must still be fulfilled in me: 'And he was numbered with transgressors.' For that which concerns me has an end." 38They said, "Lord, look, here are two swords." He said to them, "That is enough."
39He came out, and went, as his custom was, to the Mount of Olives. His disciples also followed him. 40When he was at the place, he said to them, "Pray that you do not enter into temptation." 41He was withdrawn from them about a stone's throw, and he knelt down and prayed, 42saying, "Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done." 43And an angel from heaven appeared to him, strengthening him. 44Being in agony he prayed more earnestly. His sweat became like great drops of blood falling down on the ground. 45When he rose up from his prayer, he came to the disciples, and found them sleeping because of grief, 46and said to them, "Why do you sleep? Rise and pray that you may not enter into temptation."
47While he was still speaking, look, a crowd came, and he who was called Judas, one of the twelve, was leading them. He came near to Jesus to kiss him. 48But Jesus said to him, "Judas, do you betray the Son of Man with a kiss?" 49When those who were around him saw what was about to happen, they said to him, "Lord, should we strike with the sword?" 50A certain one of them struck the servant of the high priest, and cut off his right ear. 51But Jesus answered, "Let me at least do this"--and he touched his ear, and healed him. 52Jesus said to the chief priests, captains of the temple, and elders, who had come against him, "Have you come out as against a robber, with swords and clubs? 53When I was with you in the temple daily, you did not stretch out your hands against me. But this is your hour, and the power of darkness."
54They seized him, and led him away, and brought him into the high priest's house. But Peter followed from a distance. 55When they had kindled a fire in the middle of the courtyard, and had sat down together, Peter sat among them. 56A certain servant girl saw him as he sat in the light, and looking intently at him, said, "This man also was with him." 57But he denied it, saying, "Woman, I do not know him." 58After a little while someone else saw him, and said, "You also are one of them." But Peter answered, "Man, I am not." 59After about one hour passed, another confidently affirmed, saying, "Truly this man also was with him, for he is a Galilean." 60But Peter said, "Man, I do not know what you are talking about." Immediately, while he was still speaking, a rooster crowed. 61The Lord turned, and looked at Peter. Then Peter remembered the Lord's word, how he said to him, "Before the rooster crows today you will deny me three times." 62And he went out, and wept bitterly.
66As soon as it was day, the council of the elders of the people gathered together, both chief priests and scribes, and they led him away into their council, saying, 67"If you are the Messiah, tell us." But he said to them, "If I tell you, you won't believe, 68and if I ask, you will not answer me, or let me go. 69From now on, the Son of Man will be seated at the right hand of the power of God." 70They all said, "Are you then the Son of God?" He said to them, "You say that I am." 71They said, "Why do we need any more witness? For we ourselves have heard from his own mouth."