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
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.
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
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
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 Blood” to 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.
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
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.
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.