Bible: Matthew 26:31-56
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.’ 1
26:32 But after I am raised, I will go ahead of you into Galilee.” 26:33 Peter 2 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, 3 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, 4 “My Father, if possible, 5 let this cup 6 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 7 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, 8 “My Father, if this cup 9 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. 10 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 11 is approaching!”
Betrayal and Arrest
26:47 While he was still speaking, Judas, 12 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 13 had given them a sign, saying, “The one I kiss is the man. 14 Arrest him!”) 15 26:49 Immediately 16 he went up to Jesus and said, “Greetings, Rabbi,” and kissed him. 17 26:50 Jesus 18 said to him, “Friend, do what you are here to do.” Then they came and took hold 19 of Jesus and arrested him. 26:51 But 20 one of those with Jesus grabbed 21 his sword, drew it out, and struck the high priest’s slave, 22 cutting off his ear. 26:52 Then Jesus said to him, “Put your sword back in its place! 23 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 24 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? 25 Day after day I sat teaching in the temple courts, yet 26 you did not arrest me. 26:56 But this has happened so that 27 the scriptures of the prophets would be fulfilled.” Then all the disciples left him and fled.