Bible: Matthew 26:1-29

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.”

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