ImmerseMessiah NLT - Page 371

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The disciples were indignant when they saw this. “What a waste!” they
said. “It could have been sold for a high price and the money given to the
But Jesus, aware of this, replied, “Why criticize this woman for doing
such a good thing to me? You will always have the poor among you, but
you will not always have me. She has poured this perfume on me to prepare my body for burial. I tell you the truth, wherever the Good News is
preached throughout the world, this woman’s deed will be remembered
and discussed.”
Then Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve disciples, went to the leading priests
and asked, “How much will you pay me to betray Jesus to you?” And they
gave him thirty pieces of silver. From that time on, Judas began looking for
an opportunity to betray Jesus.
On the first day of the Festival of Unleavened Bread, the disciples came
to Jesus and asked, “Where do you want us to prepare the Passover meal
for you?”
“As you go into the city,” he told them, “you will see a certain man. Tell
him, ‘The Teacher says: My time has come, and I will eat the Passover meal
with my disciples at your house.’” So the disciples did as Jesus told them
and prepared the Passover meal there.
When it was evening, Jesus sat down at the table with the Twelve. While
they were eating, he said, “I tell you the truth, one of you will betray me.”
Greatly distressed, each one asked in turn, “Am I the one, Lord?”
He replied, “One of you who has just eaten from this bowl with me will
betray 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!”
Judas, the one who would betray him, also asked, “Rabbi, am I the one?”
And Jesus told him, “You have said it.”
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 this and eat 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 said, “Each of you drink from it, for this is my blood, which
confirms the covenant between God and his people. It is poured out
as a sacrifice to forgive the sins of many. Mark my words—I will not
drink wine again until the day I drink it new with you in my Father’s
Then they sang a hymn and went out to the Mount of Olives.

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