Luke 22

1It was almost time for the Jewish Festival of Unleavened Bread, called the Passover. 2The leading priests and teachers of the law were trying to find a quiet way to kill Jesus. They were afraid of what the people would do to them. 3One of Jesus’ twelve apostles was named Judas Iscariot. Satan ˻(the devil)˼ went into Judas and made him do a bad thing. 4Judas went and talked with the leading priests and some of the soldiers who guarded the temple. Judas talked to them about a way to give Jesus to them. 5The priests were very happy about this. They promised to give Judas money ˻if he would give Jesus to them˼. 6Judas agreed. Then Judas waited for the best time to give Jesus to them. Judas wanted to do it when there were no people around to see him do it. 7The Day of Unleavened Bread came. This was the day when the Jews always killed the lambs for the Passover. 8Jesus said to Peter and John, “Go and prepare the Passover meal for us to eat.” 9Peter and John said to Jesus, “Where do you want us to prepare the meal?” Jesus said to them, 10”Listen! After you go into the city ˻(Jerusalem)˼, you will see a man carrying a jar of water. Follow him. He will go into a house. You go with him. 11Tell the person that owns that house, 'The Teacher asks that you please show us the room where he and his followers can eat the Passover meal.’ 12Then the man who owns the house will show you a large room upstairs. This room is ready for us. Prepare the Passover meal there.” 13So Peter and John left. Everything happened the way Jesus said. So they prepared the Passover meal. 14The time came for them to eat the Passover meal. Jesus and the apostles were together at the table. 15Jesus said to them, “I wanted very much to eat this Passover meal with you before I die. 16I will never eat another Passover meal until it is given its true meaning in the kingdom of God.” 17Then Jesus took a cup of wine. He gave thanks to God for it. Then he said, “Take this cup and give it to everyone here. 18I will never drink wine again until God’s kingdom comes.” 19Then Jesus took some bread. He thanked God for the bread and divided it. He gave it to the apostles. Then Jesus said, “This bread is my body that I am giving for you. Eat this to remember me.” 20In the same way, after supper, Jesus took the cup of wine and said, “This wine shows the new agreement ˻from God to his people˼. This new agreement begins with my blood ˻(death)˼ that I am giving for you.” 21Jesus said, “One of you will soon be against me. His hand is by my hand on the table. 22The Son of Man will do what God has planned. But it will be very bad for that person who gives the Son of Man ˻to be killed˼.” 23Then the apostles asked each other, “Which one of us would do that to Jesus?” 24Later the apostles began to argue about which one of them was the most important. 25But Jesus said to them, “The kings of the world rule over their people. Men who have authority over other people make the people call them 'great helpers ˻of the people˼.’ 26But you must not be like that. The greatest person should become like the youngest person! Leaders should be like servants. 27Who is more important: the person sitting at the table or the person serving him? You think the person sitting at the table is more important. But I am like a servant among you! 28”You men have stayed with me through many struggles. 29My Father has given me a kingdom. I also give you authority to rule with me. 30You will eat and drink at my table in my kingdom. You will sit on thrones and judge the twelve tribes ˻(family groups)˼ of Israel. 31”Satan ˻(the devil)˼ has asked to test you men like a farmer tests his wheat. O Simon, Simon ˻(Peter)˼, 32I have prayed that you will not lose your faith! Help your brothers be stronger when you come back to me.” 33But Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, I am ready to go to jail with you. I will even die with you!” 34But Jesus said, “Peter, before the rooster crows tomorrow morning, you will say you don’t know me. You will say this three times!” 35Then Jesus said to the apostles, “I sent you ˻to tell people about God˼. I sent you without money, a bag, or shoes. But did you need anything?” The apostles said, “No.” 36Jesus said to them, “But now if you have money or a bag, carry that with you. If you don’t have a sword, sell your coat and buy one. 37The Scripture says: 'People said he was a criminal.’ This Scripture must happen. It was written about me, and it is happening now.” 38The followers said, “Look, Lord, here are two swords!” Jesus said to them, “That’s enough!” 39- 40Jesus left the city ˻(Jerusalem)˼ and went to the Mount of Olives. His followers went with him. (Jesus went there often.) Jesus said to his followers, “Pray for strength against temptation.” 41Then Jesus went about 50 steps away from them. He kneeled down and prayed, 42”Father, if it is what you want, then let me not have this cup ˻of suffering˼. But do what you want, not what I want.” 43Then an angel from heaven appeared. The angel was sent to help Jesus. 44Jesus was full of pain; he struggled hard in prayer. Sweat dripped from his face like he was bleeding. 45When Jesus finished praying, he went to his followers. They were asleep. (Their sadness had made them very tired.) 46Jesus said to them, “Why are you sleeping? Get up and pray for strength against temptation.” 47While Jesus was speaking, a group of people came. One of the twelve apostles was leading the group. He was Judas. Judas came close to Jesus so that he could kiss Jesus. 48But Jesus said to him, “Judas, are you using the kiss ˻of friendship˼ to give the Son of Man ˻to his enemies˼?” 49The followers of Jesus were standing there too. They saw what was happening. The followers said to Jesus, “Lord, should we use our swords?” 50And one of the followers did use his sword. He cut off the right ear of the servant of the high priest. 51Jesus said, “Stop!” Then Jesus touched the servant’s ear and healed him. 52The group that came to arrest Jesus were the leading priests, the older Jewish leaders, and the Jewish soldiers. Jesus said to them, “Why did you come out here with swords and sticks? Do you think I am a criminal? 53I was with you every day in the temple area. Why didn’t you try to arrest me there? But this is your time—the time when darkness ˻(sin)˼ rules.” 54They arrested Jesus and took him away. They brought Jesus into the house of the high priest. Peter followed them, but he did not come near Jesus. 55The soldiers started a fire in the middle of the yard and sat together. Peter sat with them. 56A servant girl saw Peter sitting there. She could see because of the light from the fire. The girl looked closely at Peter’s face. Then she said, “This man was also with him ˻(Jesus)˼!” 57But Peter said this was not true. He said, “Lady, I don’t know him.” 58A short time later, another person saw Peter and said, “You are also one of those people that follow him ˻(Jesus)˼.” But Peter said, “Man, I am not one of his followers!” 59About an hour later, another man said, “It is true! This man was with him ˻(Jesus)˼. He is from Galilee!” The man said he was sure about this. 60But Peter said, “Man, I don’t know what you are talking about!” Immediately, while Peter was still speaking, a rooster crowed. 61Then the Lord ˻(Jesus)˼ turned and looked into Peter’s eyes. And Peter remembered what the Lord had said: “Before the rooster crows in the morning, you will say three times that you don’t know me.” 62Then Peter went outside and cried bitterly. 63Some men were holding ˻(guarding)˼ Jesus. They made fun of Jesus and beat him. 64They covered his eyes so that he could not see them. Then they hit him and said, “Be a prophet and tell us who hit you!” 65And they said many very bad things to Jesus. 66The next morning, the older leaders of the people, the leading priests, and the teachers of the law came together. They led Jesus away to their highest court. 67They said, “If you are the Christ, then tell us that you are!” Jesus said to them, “If I tell you I am the Christ, you will not believe me. 68And if I ask you, you will not answer. 69But beginning now, the Son of Man will sit at the right side of God’s throne.” 70They all said, “Then are you the Son of God?” Jesus said to them, “Yes, you are right when you say that I am.” 71They said, “Why do we need witnesses now? We ourselves heard him say this!” )

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