Bible: Luke 22-23

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.”

23:17 [[EMPTY]] 226 

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 

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