ImmerseMessiah NLT - Page 299

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Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, Peter—this very night, before the
rooster crows twice, you will deny three times that you even know me.”
“No!” Peter declared emphatically. “Even if I have to die with you, I will
never deny you!” And all the others vowed the same.
They went to the olive grove called Gethsemane, and Jesus said, “Sit here
while I go and pray.” He took Peter, James, and John with him, and he became deeply troubled and distressed. He told them, “My soul is crushed
with grief to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.”
He went on a little farther and fell to the ground. He prayed that, if
it were possible, the awful hour awaiting him might pass him by. “Abba,
Father,” he cried out, “everything is possible for you. Please take this cup
of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.”
Then he returned and found the disciples asleep. He said to Peter,
“Simon, are you asleep? Couldn’t you watch with me even one hour?
Keep watch and pray, so that you will not give in to temptation. For the
spirit is willing, but the body is weak.”
Then Jesus left them again and prayed the same prayer as before. When
he returned to them again, he found them sleeping, for they couldn’t keep
their eyes open. And they didn’t know what to say.
When he returned to them the third time, he said, “Go ahead and
sleep. Have your rest. But no—the time has come. The Son of Man is
betrayed into the hands of sinners. Up, let’s be going. Look, my betrayer
is here!”
And immediately, even as Jesus said this, Judas, one of the twelve disciples, arrived with a crowd of men armed with swords and clubs. They
had been sent by the leading priests, the teachers of religious law, and the
elders. The traitor, Judas, had given them a prearranged signal: “You will
know which one to arrest when I greet him with a kiss. Then you can take
him away under guard.” As soon as they arrived, Judas walked up to Jesus.
“Rabbi!” he exclaimed, and gave him the kiss.
Then the others grabbed Jesus and arrested him. But one of the men
with Jesus pulled out his sword and struck the high priest’s slave, slashing
off his ear.
Jesus asked them, “Am I some dangerous revolutionary, that you come
with swords and clubs to arrest me? Why didn’t you arrest me in the
Temple? I was there among you teaching every day. But these things are
happening to fulfill what the Scriptures say about me.”
Then all his disciples deserted him and ran away. One young man following behind was clothed only in a long linen shirt. When the mob tried
to grab him, he slipped out of his shirt and ran away naked.

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