ImmerseMessiah NLT - Page 298


Then Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve disciples, went to the leading priests
to arrange to betray Jesus to them. They were delighted when they heard
why he had come, and they promised to give him money. So he began
looking for an opportunity to betray Jesus.
On the first day of the Festival of Unleavened Bread, when the Passover
lamb is sacrificed, Jesus’ disciples asked him, “Where do you want us to go
to prepare the Passover meal for you?”
So Jesus sent two of them into Jerusalem with these instructions: “As
you go into the city, a man carrying a pitcher of water will meet you. F
­ ollow
him. At the house he enters, say to the owner, ‘The Teacher asks: Where is
the guest room where I can eat the Passover meal with my ­disciples?’ He
will take you upstairs to a large room that is already set up. That is where
you should prepare our meal.” So the two disciples went into the city and
found everything just as Jesus had said, and they prepared the Passover
meal there.
In the evening Jesus arrived with the Twelve. As they were at the table
eating, Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, one of you eating with me here will
betray me.”
Greatly distressed, each one asked in turn, “Am I the one?”
He replied, “It is one of you twelve who is eating from this bowl with
me. For the Son of Man must die, as the Scriptures declared long ago. But
how terrible it will be for the one who betrays him. It would be far better
for that man if he had never been born!”
As they were eating, Jesus took some bread and blessed it. Then he
broke it in pieces and gave it to the disciples, saying, “Take it, for this is
my body.”
And he took a cup of wine and gave thanks to God for it. He gave it to
them, and they all drank from it. And he said to them, “This is my blood,
which confirms the covenant between God and his people. It is poured
out as a sacrifice for many. I tell you the truth, I will not drink wine again
until the day I drink it new in the Kingdom of God.”
Then they sang a hymn and went out to the Mount of Olives.
On the way, Jesus told them, “All of you will desert me. For the Scriptures say,
‘God will strike the Shepherd,
and the sheep will be scattered.’
But after I am raised from the dead, I will go ahead of you to Galilee and
meet you there.”
Peter said to him, “Even if everyone else deserts you, I never will.”

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