Bible: Luke 22:1-24:53

Judas’ Decision to Betray Jesus

22:1 Now the Feast of Unleavened Bread, 1  which is called the Passover, was approaching. 22:2 The 2  chief priests and the experts in the law 3  were trying to find some way 4  to execute 5  Jesus, 6  for they were afraid of the people. 7 

22:3 Then 8  Satan 9  entered Judas, the one called Iscariot, who was one of the twelve. 10  22:4 He went away and discussed with the chief priests and officers of the temple guard 11  how he might 12  betray Jesus, 13  handing him over to them. 14  22:5 They 15  were delighted 16  and arranged to give him money. 17  22:6 So 18  Judas 19  agreed and began looking for an opportunity to betray Jesus 20  when no crowd was present. 21 

The Passover

22:7 Then the day for the feast 22  of Unleavened Bread came, on which the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed. 23  22:8 Jesus 24  sent Peter and John, saying, “Go and prepare the Passover 25  for us to eat.” 26  22:9 They 27  said to him, “Where do you want us to prepare 28  it? 22:10 He said to them, “Listen, 29  when you have entered the city, a man carrying a jar of water 30  will meet you. 31  Follow him into the house that he enters, 22:11 and tell the owner of the house, 32 The Teacher says to you, “Where is the guest room where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?”’ 22:12 Then he will show you a large furnished room upstairs. Make preparations there.” 22:13 So 33  they went and found things 34  just as he had told them, 35  and they prepared the Passover.

The Lord’s Supper

22:14 Now 36  when the hour came, Jesus 37  took his place at the table 38  and the apostles joined 39  him. 22:15 And he said to them, “I have earnestly desired 40  to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. 22:16 For I tell you, I will not eat it again 41  until it is fulfilled 42  in the kingdom of God.” 43  22:17 Then 44  he took a cup, 45  and after giving thanks he said, “Take this and divide it among yourselves. 22:18 For I tell you that from now on I will not drink of the fruit 46  of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.” 47  22:19 Then 48  he took bread, and after giving thanks he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body 49  which is given for you. 50  Do this in remembrance of me.” 22:20 And in the same way he took 51  the cup after they had eaten, 52  saying, “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant 53  in my blood.

A Final Discourse

22:21But look, the hand of the one who betrays 54  me is with me on the table. 55  22:22 For the Son of Man is to go just as it has been determined, 56  but woe to that man by whom he is betrayed! 22:23 So 57  they began to question one another as to which of them it could possibly be who would do this.

22:24 A dispute also started 58  among them over which of them was to be regarded as the greatest. 59  22:25 So 60  Jesus 61  said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them, and those in authority over them are called ‘benefactors.’ 62  22:26 Not so with you; 63  instead the one who is greatest among you must become like the youngest, and the leader 64  like the one who serves. 65  22:27 For who is greater, the one who is seated at the table, 66  or the one who serves? Is it not 67  the one who is seated at the table? But I am among you as one 68  who serves.

22:28You are the ones who have remained 69  with me in my trials. 22:29 Thus 70  I grant 71  to you a kingdom, 72  just as my Father granted to me, 22:30 that you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom, and you will sit 73  on thrones judging 74  the twelve tribes of Israel.

22:31Simon, 75  Simon, pay attention! 76  Satan has demanded to have you all, 77  to sift you like wheat, 78  22:32 but I have prayed for you, Simon, 79  that your faith may not fail. 80  When 81  you have turned back, 82  strengthen 83  your brothers.” 22:33 But Peter 84  said to him, “Lord, I am ready to go with you both to prison and to death! 85  22:34 Jesus replied, 86 I tell you, Peter, the rooster will not crow 87  today until you have denied 88  three times that you know me.”

22:35 Then 89  Jesus 90  said to them, “When I sent you out with no money bag, 91  or traveler’s bag, 92  or sandals, you didn’t lack 93  anything, did you?” They replied, 94 Nothing.” 22:36 He said to them, “But now, the one who 95  has a money bag must take it, and likewise a traveler’s bag 96  too. And the one who has no sword must sell his cloak and buy one. 22:37 For I tell you that this scripture must be 97  fulfilled in me, ‘And he was counted with the transgressors.’ 98  For what is written about me is being fulfilled.” 99  22:38 So 100  they said, “Look, Lord, here are two swords.” 101  Then he told them, “It is enough.” 102 

On the Mount of Olives

22:39 Then 103  Jesus 104  went out and made his way, 105  as he customarily did, to the Mount of Olives, 106  and the disciples followed him. 22:40 When he came to the place, 107  he said to them, “Pray that you will not fall into temptation.” 108  22:41 He went away from them about a stone’s throw, knelt down, and prayed, 22:42 Father, if you are willing, take 109  this cup 110  away from me. Yet not my will but yours 111  be done.” 22:43 [Then an angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him. 22:44 And in his anguish 112  he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground.] 113  22:45 When 114  he got up from prayer, he came to the disciples and found them sleeping, exhausted 115  from grief. 22:46 So 116  he said to them, “Why are you sleeping? Get up and pray that you will not fall into temptation! 117 

Betrayal and Arrest

22:47 While he was still speaking, suddenly a crowd appeared, 118  and the man named Judas, one of the twelve, was leading them. He walked up 119  to Jesus to kiss him. 120  22:48 But Jesus said to him, “Judas, would you betray the Son of Man with a kiss? 121  22:49 When 122  those who were around him saw what was about to happen, they said, “Lord, should 123  we use our swords? 124  22:50 Then 125  one of them 126  struck the high priest’s slave, 127  cutting off his right ear. 22:51 But Jesus said, 128 Enough of this!” And he touched the man’s 129  ear and healed 130  him. 22:52 Then 131  Jesus said to the chief priests, the officers of the temple guard, 132  and the elders who had come out to get him, “Have you come out with swords and clubs like you would against an outlaw? 133  22:53 Day after day when I was with you in the temple courts, 134  you did not arrest me. 135  But this is your hour, 136  and that of the power 137  of darkness!

Jesus’ Condemnation and Peter’s Denials

22:54 Then 138  they arrested 139  Jesus, 140  led him away, and brought him into the high priest’s house. 141  But Peter was following at a distance. 22:55 When they had made a fire in the middle of the courtyard and sat down together, Peter sat down among them. 22:56 Then a slave girl, 142  seeing him as he sat in the firelight, stared at him and said, “This man was with him too! 22:57 But Peter 143  denied it: “Woman, 144  I don’t know 145  him! 22:58 Then 146  a little later someone else 147  saw him and said, “You are one of them too.” But Peter said, “Man, 148  I am not! 22:59 And after about an hour still another insisted, 149  “Certainly this man was with him, because he too is a Galilean.” 150  22:60 But Peter said, “Man, I don’t know what you’re talking about!” At that moment, 151  while he was still speaking, a rooster crowed. 152  22:61 Then 153  the Lord turned and looked straight at Peter, and Peter remembered the word of the Lord, 154  how he had said to him, “Before a rooster crows today, you will deny me three times.” 22:62 And he went outside and wept bitterly. 155 

22:63 Now 156  the men who were holding Jesus 157  under guard began to mock him and beat him. 22:64 They 158  blindfolded him and asked him repeatedly, 159 Prophesy! Who hit you? 160  22:65 They also said many other things against him, reviling 161  him.

22:66 When day came, the council of the elders of the people gathered together, both the chief priests and the experts in the law. 162  Then 163  they led Jesus 164  away to their council 165  22:67 and said, “If 166  you are the Christ, 167  tell us.” But he said to them, “If 168  I tell you, you will not 169  believe, 22:68 and if 170  I ask you, you will not 171  answer. 22:69 But from now on 172  the Son of Man will be seated at the right hand 173  of the power 174  of God.” 22:70 So 175  they all said, “Are you the Son of God, 176  then?” He answered 177  them, “You say 178  that I am.” 22:71 Then 179  they said, “Why do we need further testimony? We have heard it ourselves 180  from his own lips! 181 

Jesus Brought Before Pilate

23:1 Then 182  the whole group of them rose up and brought Jesus 183  before Pilate. 184  23:2 They 185  began to accuse 186  him, saying, “We found this man subverting 187  our nation, forbidding 188  us to pay the tribute tax 189  to Caesar 190  and claiming that he himself is Christ, 191  a king.” 23:3 So 192  Pilate asked Jesus, 193 Are you the king 194  of the Jews?” He replied, “You say so.” 195  23:4 Then 196  Pilate said to the chief priests and the crowds, “I find no basis for an accusation 197  against this man.” 23:5 But they persisted 198  in saying, “He incites 199  the people by teaching throughout all Judea. It started in Galilee and ended up here! 200 

Jesus Brought Before Herod

23:6 Now when Pilate heard this, he asked whether the man was a Galilean. 23:7 When 201  he learned that he was from Herod’s jurisdiction, 202  he sent him over to Herod, 203  who also happened to be in Jerusalem 204  at that time. 23:8 When 205  Herod saw Jesus, he was very glad, for he had long desired to see him, because he had heard about him and was hoping to see him perform 206  some miraculous sign. 207  23:9 So 208  Herod 209  questioned him at considerable length; Jesus 210  gave him no answer. 23:10 The chief priests and the experts in the law 211  were there, vehemently accusing him. 212  23:11 Even Herod with his soldiers treated him with contempt and mocked him. Then, 213  dressing him in elegant clothes, 214  Herod 215  sent him back to Pilate. 23:12 That very day Herod and Pilate became friends with each other, 216  for prior to this they had been enemies. 217 

Jesus Brought Before the Crowd

23:13 Then 218  Pilate called together the chief priests, the 219  rulers, and the people, 23:14 and said to them, “You brought me this man as one who was misleading 220  the people. When I examined him before you, I 221  did not find this man guilty 222  of anything you accused him of doing. 23:15 Neither did Herod, for he sent him back to us. Look, he has done nothing 223  deserving death. 224  23:16 I will therefore have him flogged 225  and release him.”

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23:18 But they all shouted out together, 227 Take this man 228  away! Release Barabbas for us! 23:19 (This 229  was a man who had been thrown into prison for an insurrection 230  started in the city, and for murder.) 231  23:20 Pilate addressed them once again because he wanted 232  to release Jesus. 23:21 But they kept on shouting, 233 Crucify, crucify 234  him! 23:22 A third time he said to them, “Why? What wrong has he done? I have found him guilty 235  of no crime deserving death. 236  I will therefore flog 237  him and release him.” 23:23 But they were insistent, 238  demanding with loud shouts that he be crucified. And their shouts prevailed. 23:24 So 239  Pilate 240  decided 241  that their demand should be granted. 23:25 He released the man they asked for, who had been thrown in prison for insurrection and murder. But he handed Jesus over 242  to their will. 243 

The Crucifixion

23:26 As 244  they led him away, they seized Simon of Cyrene, 245  who was coming in from the country. 246  They placed the cross on his back and made him carry it behind Jesus. 247  23:27 A great number of the people followed him, among them women 248  who were mourning 249  and wailing for him. 23:28 But Jesus turned to them and said, “Daughters of Jerusalem, 250  do not weep for me, but weep for yourselves 251  and for your children. 23:29 For this is certain: 252  The days are coming when they will say, ‘Blessed are the barren, the wombs that never bore children, and the breasts that never nursed!’ 253  23:30 Then they will begin to say to the mountains, 254 Fall on us!’ and to the hills, ‘Cover us!’ 255  23:31 For if such things are done 256  when the wood is green, what will happen when it is dry? 257 

23:32 Two other criminals 258  were also led away to be executed with him. 23:33 So 259  when they came to the place that is called “The Skull,” 260  they crucified 261  him there, along with the criminals, one on his right and one on his left. 23:34 [But Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing.”] 262  Then 263  they threw dice 264  to divide his clothes. 265  23:35 The people also stood there watching, but the rulers ridiculed 266  him, saying, “He saved others. Let him save 267  himself if 268  he is the Christ 269  of God, his chosen one! 23:36 The soldiers also mocked him, coming up and offering him sour wine, 270  23:37 and saying, “If 271  you are the king of the Jews, save yourself! 23:38 There was also an inscription 272  over him, “This is the king of the Jews.”

23:39 One of the criminals who was hanging there railed at him, saying, “Aren’t 273  you the Christ? 274  Save yourself and us! 23:40 But the other rebuked him, saying, 275 Don’t 276  you fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? 277  23:41 And we rightly so, for we are getting what we deserve for what we did, but this man has done nothing 278  wrong.” 23:42 Then 279  he said, “Jesus, remember me 280  when you come in 281  your kingdom.” 23:43 And Jesus 282  said to him, “I tell you the truth, 283  today 284  you will be with me in paradise.” 285 

23:44 It was now 286  about noon, 287  and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon, 288  23:45 because the sun’s light failed. 289  The temple curtain 290  was torn in two. 23:46 Then Jesus, calling out with a loud voice, said, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit! 291  And after he said this he breathed his last.

23:47 Now when the centurion 292  saw what had happened, he praised God and said, “Certainly this man was innocent! 293  23:48 And all the crowds that had assembled for this spectacle, when they saw what had taken place, returned home beating their breasts. 294  23:49 And all those who knew Jesus 295  stood at a distance, and the women who had followed him from Galilee saw 296  these things.

Jesus’ Burial

23:50 Now 297  there was a man named Joseph who was a member of the council, 298  a good and righteous man. 23:51 (He 299  had not consented 300  to their plan and action.) He 301  was from the Judean town 302  of Arimathea, and was looking forward to 303  the kingdom of God. 304  23:52 He went to Pilate and asked for the body 305  of Jesus. 23:53 Then 306  he took it down, wrapped it in a linen cloth, 307  and placed it 308  in a tomb cut out of the rock, 309  where no one had yet been buried. 310  23:54 It was the day of preparation 311  and the Sabbath was beginning. 312  23:55 The 313  women who had accompanied Jesus 314  from Galilee followed, and they saw the tomb and how his body was laid in it. 23:56 Then 315  they returned and prepared aromatic spices 316  and perfumes. 317 

On the Sabbath they rested according to the commandment. 318 

The Resurrection

24:1 Now on the first day 319  of the week, at early dawn, the women 320  went to the tomb, taking the aromatic spices 321  they had prepared. 24:2 They 322  found that the stone had been rolled away from the tomb, 323  24:3 but when they went in, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. 324  24:4 While 325  they were perplexed 326  about this, suddenly 327  two men stood beside them in dazzling 328  attire. 24:5 The 329  women 330  were terribly frightened 331  and bowed 332  their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living 333  among the dead? 24:6 He is not here, but has been raised! 334  Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, 335  24:7 that 336  the Son of Man must be delivered 337  into the hands of sinful men, 338  and be crucified, 339  and on the third day rise again.” 340  24:8 Then 341  the women remembered his words, 342  24:9 and when they returned from the tomb they told all these things to the eleven 343  and to all the rest. 24:10 Now it was Mary Magdalene, 344  Joanna, 345  Mary the mother of James, and the other women with them who told these things to the apostles. 24:11 But these words seemed like pure nonsense 346  to them, and they did not believe them. 24:12 But Peter got up and ran to the tomb. 347  He bent down 348  and saw only the strips of linen cloth; 349  then he went home, 350  wondering 351  what had happened. 352 

Jesus Walks the Road to Emmaus

24:13 Now 353  that very day two of them 354  were on their way to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles 355  from Jerusalem. 356  24:14 They 357  were talking to each other about all the things that had happened. 24:15 While 358  they were talking and debating 359  these things, 360  Jesus himself approached and began to accompany them 24:16 (but their eyes were kept 361  from recognizing 362  him). 363  24:17 Then 364  he said to them, “What are these matters 365  you are discussing so intently 366  as you walk along?” And they stood still, looking sad. 24:18 Then one of them, named Cleopas, answered him, 367 Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem who doesn’t know 368  the things that have happened there 369  in these days? 24:19 He 370  said to them, “What things?” “The things concerning Jesus the Nazarene,” they replied, “a man 371  who, with his powerful deeds and words, proved to be a prophet 372  before God and all the people; 24:20 and how our chief priests and rulers handed him over 373  to be condemned to death, and crucified 374  him. 24:21 But we had hoped 375  that he was the one who was going to redeem 376  Israel. Not only this, but it is now the third day since these things happened. 24:22 Furthermore, some women of our group amazed us. 377  They 378  were at the tomb early this morning, 24:23 and when they did not find his body, they came back and said they had seen a vision of angels, 379  who said he was alive. 24:24 Then 380  some of those who were with us went to the tomb, and found it just as the women had said, but they did not see him.” 381  24:25 So 382  he said to them, “You 383  foolish people 384 how slow of heart 385  to believe 386  all that the prophets have spoken! 24:26 Wasn’t 387  it necessary 388  for the Christ 389  to suffer these things and enter into his glory? 24:27 Then 390  beginning with Moses and all the prophets, 391  he interpreted to them the things written about 392  himself in all the scriptures.

24:28 So they approached the village where they were going. He acted as though he wanted to go farther, 393  24:29 but they urged him, 394 Stay with us, because it is getting toward evening and the day is almost done.” So 395  he went in to stay with them.

24:30 When 396  he had taken his place at the table 397  with them, he took the bread, blessed and broke it, 398  and gave it to them. 24:31 At this point 399  their eyes were opened and they recognized 400  him. 401  Then 402  he vanished out of their sight. 24:32 They 403  said to each other, “Didn’t 404  our hearts 405  burn within us 406  while he was speaking with us on the road, while he was explaining 407  the scriptures to us? 24:33 So 408  they got up that very hour and returned to Jerusalem. 409  They 410  found the eleven and those with them gathered together 24:34 and 411  saying, “The Lord has really risen, and has appeared to Simon! 412  24:35 Then they told what had happened on the road, 413  and how they recognized him 414  when he broke the bread.

Jesus Makes a Final Appearance

24:36 While they were saying these things, Jesus 415  himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” 416  24:37 But they were startled and terrified, thinking 417  they saw a ghost. 418  24:38 Then 419  he said to them, “Why are you frightened, 420  and why do doubts 421  arise in your hearts? 24:39 Look at my hands and my feet; it’s me! 422  Touch me and see; a ghost 423  does not have flesh and bones like you see I have.” 24:40 When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet. 424  24:41 And while they still could not believe it 425  (because of their joy) and were amazed, 426  he said to them, “Do you have anything here to eat? 427  24:42 So 428  they gave him a piece of broiled fish, 24:43 and he took it and ate it in front of them.

Jesus’ Final Commission

24:44 Then 429  he said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me 430  in the law of Moses and the prophets and the psalms 431  must be fulfilled.” 24:45 Then he opened their minds so they could understand the scriptures, 432  24:46 and said to them, “Thus it stands written that the Christ 433  would suffer 434  and would rise from the dead on the third day, 24:47 and repentance 435  for the forgiveness of sins would be proclaimed 436  in his name to all nations, 437  beginning from Jerusalem. 438  24:48 You are witnesses 439  of these things. 24:49 And look, I am sending you 440  what my Father promised. 441  But stay in the city 442  until you have been clothed with power 443  from on high.”

Jesus’ Departure

24:50 Then 444  Jesus 445  led them out as far as Bethany, 446  and lifting up his hands, he blessed them. 24:51 Now 447  during the blessing 448  he departed 449  and was taken up into heaven. 450  24:52 So 451  they worshiped 452  him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy, 453  24:53 and were continually in the temple courts 454  blessing 455  God. 456 

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