Bible: Matt 26-27

The Plot Against Jesus

26:1 When 1  Jesus had finished saying all these things, he told his disciples, 26:2 You know that after two days the Passover is coming, and the Son of Man will be handed over 2  to be crucified.” 3  26:3 Then the chief priests and the elders of the people met together in the palace of the high priest, who was named Caiaphas. 26:4 They 4  planned to arrest Jesus by stealth and kill him. 26:5 But they said, “Not during the feast, so that there won’t be a riot among the people.” 5 

Jesus’ Anointing

26:6 Now while Jesus was in Bethany at the house of Simon the leper, 26:7 a woman came to him with an alabaster jar 6  of expensive perfumed oil, 7  and she poured it on his head as he was at the table. 8  26:8 When 9  the disciples saw this, they became indignant and said, “Why this waste? 26:9 It 10  could have been sold at a high price and the money 11  given to the poor! 26:10 When 12  Jesus learned of this, he said to them, “Why are you bothering this woman? She 13  has done a good service for me. 26:11 For you will always have the poor with you, but you will not always have me! 14  26:12 When 15  she poured this oil on my body, she did it to prepare me for burial. 26:13 I tell you the truth, 16  wherever this gospel is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will also be told in memory of her.”

The Plan to Betray Jesus

26:14 Then one of the twelve, the one named Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests 26:15 and said, “What will you give me to betray him into your hands?” 17  So they set out thirty silver coins for him. 26:16 From that time 18  on, Judas 19  began looking for an opportunity to betray him.

The Passover

26:17 Now on the first day of the feast of 20  Unleavened Bread the disciples came to Jesus and said, 21 Where do you want us to prepare for you to eat the Passover? 22  26:18 He 23  said, “Go into the city to a certain man and tell him, ‘The Teacher says, “My time is near. I will observe the Passover with my disciples at your house.”’ 26:19 So 24  the disciples did as Jesus had instructed them, and they prepared the Passover. 26:20 When 25  it was evening, he took his place at the table 26  with the twelve. 27  26:21 And while they were eating he said, “I tell you the truth, 28  one of you will betray me.” 29  26:22 They 30  became greatly distressed 31  and each one began to say to him, “Surely not I, Lord? 26:23 He 32  answered, “The one who has dipped his hand into the bowl with me 33  will betray me. 26:24 The Son of Man will go as it is written about him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would be better for him if he had never been born.” 26:25 Then 34  Judas, the one who would betray him, said, “Surely not I, Rabbi?” Jesus 35  replied, “You have said it yourself.”

The Lord’s Supper

26:26 While 36  they were eating, Jesus took bread, and after giving thanks he broke it, gave it to his disciples, and said, “Take, eat, this is my body.” 26:27 And after taking the cup and giving thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you, 26:28 for this is my blood, the blood 37  of the covenant, 38  that is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. 26:29 I 39  tell you, from now on I will not drink of this fruit 40  of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.” 26:30 After 41  singing a hymn, 42  they went out to the Mount of Olives.

The Prediction of Peter’s Denial

26:31 Then Jesus said to them, “This night you will all fall away because of me, for it is written:

I will strike the shepherd,

and the sheep of the flock will be scattered. 43 

26:32 But after I am raised, I will go ahead of you into Galilee.” 26:33 Peter 44  said to him, “If they all fall away because of you, I will never fall away! 26:34 Jesus said to him, “I tell you the truth, 45  on this night, before the rooster crows, you will deny me three times.” 26:35 Peter said to him, “Even if I must die with you, I will never deny you.” And all the disciples said the same thing.


26:36 Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to the disciples, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” 26:37 He took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and became anguished and distressed. 26:38 Then he said to them, “My soul is deeply grieved, even to the point of death. Remain here and stay awake with me.” 26:39 Going a little farther, he threw himself down with his face to the ground and prayed, 46 My Father, if possible, 47  let this cup 48  pass from me! Yet not what I will, but what you will.” 26:40 Then he came to the disciples and found them sleeping. He 49  said to Peter, “So, couldn’t you stay awake with me for one hour? 26:41 Stay awake and pray that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” 26:42 He went away a second time and prayed, 50 My Father, if this cup 51  cannot be taken away unless I drink it, your will must be done.” 26:43 He came again and found them sleeping; they could not keep their eyes open. 52  26:44 So leaving them again, he went away and prayed for the third time, saying the same thing once more. 26:45 Then he came to the disciples and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? Look, the hour is approaching, and the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. 26:46 Get up, let us go. Look! My betrayer 53  is approaching!

Betrayal and Arrest

26:47 While he was still speaking, Judas, 54  one of the twelve, arrived. With him was a large crowd armed with swords and clubs, sent by the chief priests and elders of the people. 26:48 (Now the betrayer 55  had given them a sign, saying, “The one I kiss is the man. 56  Arrest him!”) 57  26:49 Immediately 58  he went up to Jesus and said, “Greetings, Rabbi,” and kissed him. 59  26:50 Jesus 60  said to him, “Friend, do what you are here to do.” Then they came and took hold 61  of Jesus and arrested him. 26:51 But 62  one of those with Jesus grabbed 63  his sword, drew it out, and struck the high priest’s slave, 64  cutting off his ear. 26:52 Then Jesus said to him, “Put your sword back in its place! 65  For all who take hold of the sword will die by the sword. 26:53 Or do you think that I cannot call on my Father, and that he would send me more than twelve legions 66  of angels right now? 26:54 How then would the scriptures that say it must happen this way be fulfilled? 26:55 At that moment Jesus said to the crowd, “Have you come out with swords and clubs to arrest me like you would an outlaw? 67  Day after day I sat teaching in the temple courts, yet 68  you did not arrest me. 26:56 But this has happened so that 69  the scriptures of the prophets would be fulfilled.” Then all the disciples left him and fled.

Condemned by the Sanhedrin

26:57 Now the ones who had arrested Jesus led him to Caiaphas, the high priest, in whose house 70  the experts in the law 71  and the elders had gathered. 26:58 But Peter was following him from a distance, all the way to the high priest’s courtyard. After 72  going in, he sat with the guards 73  to see the outcome. 26:59 The 74  chief priests and the whole Sanhedrin were trying to find false testimony against Jesus so that they could put him to death. 26:60 But they did not find anything, though many false witnesses came forward. Finally 75  two came forward 26:61 and declared, “This man 76  said, ‘I am able to destroy the temple of God and rebuild it in three days.’ 26:62 So 77  the high priest stood up and said to him, “Have you no answer? What is this that they are testifying against you? 26:63 But Jesus was silent. The 78  high priest said to him, “I charge you under oath by the living God, tell us if you are the Christ, 79  the Son of God.” 26:64 Jesus said to him, “You have said it yourself. But I tell you, from now on you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand 80  of the Power 81  and coming on the clouds of heaven.” 82  26:65 Then the high priest tore his clothes and declared, 83 He has blasphemed! Why do we still need witnesses? Now 84  you have heard the blasphemy! 26:66 What is your verdict?” 85  They 86  answered, “He is guilty and deserves 87  death.” 26:67 Then they spat in his face and struck him with their fists. And some slapped him, 26:68 saying, “Prophesy for us, you Christ! 88  Who hit you? 89 

Peter’s Denials

26:69 Now Peter was sitting outside in the courtyard. A 90  slave girl 91  came to him and said, “You also were with Jesus the Galilean.” 26:70 But he denied it in front of them all: 92  “I don’t know what you’re talking about! 26:71 When 93  he went out to the gateway, another slave girl 94  saw him and said to the people there, “This man was with Jesus the Nazarene.” 26:72 He denied it again with an oath, “I do not know the man! 26:73 After 95  a little while, those standing there came up to Peter and said, “You really are one of them too – even your accent 96  gives you away!” 26:74 At that he began to curse, and he swore with an oath, “I do not know the man!” At that moment a rooster crowed. 97  26:75 Then Peter remembered what Jesus had said: “Before the rooster crows, you will deny me three times.” And he went outside and wept bitterly. 98 

Jesus Brought Before Pilate

27:1 When 99  it was early in the morning, all the chief priests and the elders of the people plotted against Jesus to execute him. 27:2 They 100  tied him up, led him away, and handed him over to Pilate 101  the governor. 102 

Judas’ Suicide

27:3 Now when 103  Judas, who had betrayed him, saw that Jesus 104  had been condemned, he regretted what he had done and returned the thirty silver coins to the chief priests and the elders, 27:4 saying, “I have sinned by betraying innocent blood!” But they said, “What is that to us? You take care of it yourself! 27:5 So 105  Judas threw the silver coins into the temple and left. Then he went out and hanged himself. 27:6 The 106  chief priests took the silver and said, “It is not lawful to put this into the temple treasury, since it is blood money.” 27:7 After 107  consulting together they bought the Potter’s Field with it, as a burial place for foreigners. 27:8 For this reason that field has been called the “Field of Bloodto this day. 27:9 Then what was spoken by Jeremiah 108  the prophet was fulfilled: “They took the thirty silver coins, the price of the one whose price had been set by the people of Israel, 109  27:10 and they gave them for the potter’s field, as the Lord commanded me.” 110 

Jesus and Pilate

27:11 Then 111  Jesus stood before the governor, and the governor asked him, 112 Are you the king 113  of the Jews?” Jesus 114  said, “You say so.” 115  27:12 But when he was accused by the chief priests and the elders, he did not respond. 27:13 Then Pilate said to him, “Don’t you hear how many charges they are bringing against you? 27:14 But he did not answer even one accusation, so that the governor was quite amazed.

27:15 During the feast the governor was accustomed to release one prisoner to the crowd, 116  whomever they wanted. 27:16 At that time they had in custody a notorious prisoner named Jesus 117  Barabbas. 27:17 So after they had assembled, Pilate said to them, “Whom do you want me to release for you, Jesus 118  Barabbas or Jesus who is called the Christ? 119  27:18 (For he knew that they had handed him over because of envy.) 120  27:19 As 121  he was sitting on the judgment seat, 122  his wife sent a message 123  to him: 124  “Have nothing to do with that innocent man; 125  I have suffered greatly as a result of a dream 126  about him today.” 27:20 But the chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowds to ask for Barabbas and to have Jesus killed. 27:21 The 127  governor asked them, “Which of the two do you want me to release for you?” And they said, “Barabbas! 27:22 Pilate said to them, “Then what should I do with Jesus who is called the Christ?” 128  They all said, “Crucify him! 129  27:23 He asked, “Why? What wrong has he done?” But they shouted more insistently, “Crucify him!

Jesus is Condemned and Mocked

27:24 When 130  Pilate saw that he could do nothing, but that instead a riot was starting, he took some water, washed his hands before the crowd and said, “I am innocent of this man’s blood. You take care of it yourselves! 131  27:25 In 132  reply all the people said, “Let his blood be on us and on our children! 27:26 Then he released Barabbas for them. But after he had Jesus flogged, 133  he handed him over 134  to be crucified. 135  27:27 Then the governor’s soldiers took Jesus into the governor’s residence 136  and gathered the whole cohort 137  around him. 27:28 They 138  stripped him and put a scarlet robe 139  around him, 27:29 and after braiding 140  a crown of thorns, 141  they put it on his head. They 142  put a staff 143  in his right hand, and kneeling down before him, they mocked him: 144  “Hail, king of the Jews! 145  27:30 They 146  spat on him and took the staff 147  and struck him repeatedly 148  on the head. 27:31 When 149  they had mocked him, they stripped him of the robe and put his own clothes back on him. Then 150  they led him away to crucify him.

The Crucifixion

27:32 As 151  they were going out, they found a man from Cyrene named Simon, whom they forced 152  to carry his cross. 153  27:33 They 154  came to a place called Golgotha 155  (which means “Place of the Skull) 156  27:34 and offered Jesus 157  wine mixed with gall to drink. 158  But after tasting it, he would not drink it. 27:35 When 159  they had crucified 160  him, they divided his clothes by throwing dice. 161  27:36 Then they sat down and kept guard over him there. 27:37 Above 162  his head they put the charge against him, 163  which read: 164  “This is Jesus, the king of the Jews.” 27:38 Then two outlaws were crucified with him, one on his right and one on his left. 27:39 Those 165  who passed by defamed him, shaking their heads 27:40 and saying, “You who can destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, save yourself! 166  If you are God’s Son, come down 167  from the cross! 27:41 In 168  the same way even the chief priests – together with the experts in the law 169  and elders 170 were mocking him: 171  27:42 He saved others, but he cannot save himself! He is the king of Israel! If he comes down 172  now from the cross, we will believe in him! 27:43 He trusts in God – let God, if he wants to, deliver him now 173  because he said, ‘I am God’s Son! 27:44 The 174  robbers who were crucified with him also spoke abusively to him. 175 

Jesus’ Death

27:45 Now from noon until three, 176  darkness came over all the land. 177  27:46 At 178  about three o’clock Jesus shouted with a loud voice, 179 Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” that is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? 180  27:47 When 181  some of the bystanders heard it, they said, “This man is calling for Elijah.” 27:48 Immediately 182  one of them ran and got a sponge, filled it with sour wine, 183  put it on a stick, 184  and gave it to him to drink. 27:49 But the rest said, “Leave him alone! Let’s see if Elijah will come to save him.” 185  27:50 Then Jesus cried out again with a loud voice and gave up his spirit. 27:51 Just then 186  the temple curtain 187  was torn in two, from top to bottom. The 188  earth shook and the rocks were split apart. 27:52 And tombs were opened, and the bodies of many saints who had died 189  were raised. 27:53 (They 190  came out of the tombs after his resurrection and went into the holy city and appeared to many people.) 27:54 Now when the centurion 191  and those with him who were guarding Jesus saw the earthquake and what took place, they were extremely terrified and said, “Truly this one was God’s Son! 27:55 Many 192  women who had followed Jesus from Galilee and given him support 193  were also there, watching from a distance. 27:56 Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Joseph, and the mother of the sons of Zebedee.

Jesus’ Burial

27:57 Now 194  when it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who was also a disciple of Jesus. 195  27:58 He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. 196  Then Pilate ordered that it be given to him. 27:59 Joseph 197  took the body, wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, 198  27:60 and placed it 199  in his own new tomb that he had cut in the rock. 200  Then he rolled a great stone across the entrance 201  of the tomb and went away. 27:61 (Now Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were sitting there, opposite the tomb.)

The Guard at the Tomb

27:62 The 202  next day (which is after the day of preparation) the chief priests and the Pharisees 203  assembled before Pilate 27:63 and said, “Sir, we remember that while that deceiver was still alive he said, ‘After three days I will rise again.’ 27:64 So give orders to secure the tomb until the third day. Otherwise his disciples may come and steal his body 204  and say to the people, ‘He has been raised from the dead,’ and the last deception will be worse than the first.” 27:65 Pilate said to them, “Take 205  a guard of soldiers. Go and make it as secure as you can.” 27:66 So 206  they went with the soldiers 207  of the guard and made the tomb secure by sealing the stone.

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