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taken away* unless I drink it, your will be
done.” 43 When he returned to them again, he
found them sleeping, for they couldn’t keep
their eyes open.
So he went to pray a third time, saying
the same things again. 45 Then he came to the
disciples and said, “Go ahead and sleep. Have
your rest. But look—the time has come. The
Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. 46 Up, let’s be going. Look, my betrayer
is here!”
Jesus Is Betrayed and Arrested
And 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 and elders of the
people. 48 The traitor, Ju­das, had given them
a prearranged signal: “You will know which
one to arrest when I greet him with a kiss.”
So Ju­das came straight to J­ esus. “Greetings,
Rab­bi!” he exclaimed and gave him the kiss.
­Jesus said, “My friend, go ahead and do
what you have come for.”
Then the others grabbed J­ esus and arrested
him. 51 But one of the men with J­ esus pulled
out his sword and struck the high priest’s
slave, slashing off his ear.
“Put away your sword,” J­esus told him.
“Those who use the sword will die by the
sword. 53 Don’t you realize that I could ask
my Father for thousands* of angels to protect
us, and he would send them instantly? 54 But
if I did, how would the Scriptures be fulfilled
that describe what must happen now?”
Then ­Jesus said to the crowd, “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
teaching every day. 56 But this is all happening to fulfill the words of the prophets as recorded in the Scriptures.” At that point, all
the disciples deserted him and fled.
Jesus before the Council
Then the people who had arrested ­Jesus
led him to the home of Ca­ia­phas, the high
priest, where the teachers of religious law
and the elders had gathered. 58 Meanwhile,
Pe­ter followed him at a distance and came to
the high priest’s courtyard. He went in and
sat with the guards and waited to see how it
would all end.
Inside, the leading priests and the entire
high council* were trying to find witnesses
who would lie about J­ esus, so they could put
him to death. 60 But even though they found
many who agreed to give false witness, they
could not use anyone’s testimony. Finally,
two men came forward 61 who declared, “This
man said, ‘I am able to destroy the Temple of
God and rebuild it in three days.’”
Then the high priest stood up and said
to ­Jesus, “Well, aren’t you going to answer
these charges? What do you have to say for
yourself?” 63 But ­Jesus remained silent. Then
the high priest said to him, “I demand in the
name of the living God—tell us if you are the
Messiah, the Son of God.”
­Jesus replied, “You have said it. And in
the future you will see the Son of Man seated
in the place of power at God’s right hand*
and coming on the clouds of heaven.”*
Then the high priest tore his clothing to
show his horror and said, “Blasphemy! Why
do we need other witnesses? You have all
heard his blasphemy. 66 What is your verdict?”
“Guilty!” they shouted. “He deserves to die!”
Then they began to spit in ­Jesus’ face and
beat him with their fists. And some slapped
him, 68 jeering, “Prophesy to us, you Messiah!
Who hit you that time?”
Peter Denies Jesus
Meanwhile, Pe­ter was sitting outside in the
courtyard. A servant girl came over and said
to him, “You were one of those with J­esus
the Gal­i­le­an.”
But Pe­ter denied it in front of every­one.
“I don’t know what you’re talking about,” he
Later, out by the gate, another servant girl
noticed him and said to those standing around,
“This man was with ­Jesus of Naz­ar­ eth.*”
Again Pe­ter denied it, this time with an
oath. “I don’t even know the man,” he said.
A little later some of the other bystanders
came over to Pe­ter and said, “You must be one
of them; we can tell by your Gal­i­le­an accent.”
Pe­ter swore, “A curse on me if I’m lying—
I don’t know the man!” And immediately the
rooster crowed.
Suddenly, ­Jesus’ words flashed through
Pe­ter’s mind: “Before the rooster crows, you
will deny three times that you even know
me.” And he went away, weeping bitterly.
C H A P T E R 27
Judas Hangs Himself
Very early in the morning the leading priests
and the elders of the people met again to lay
plans for putting J­esus to death. 2 Then they
26:42 Greek If this cannot pass. 
26:53 Greek twelve legions. 
26:59 Greek the Sanhedrin. 
26:64a Greek seated at the
right hand of the power. See Ps 110:1. 26:64b See Dan 7:13. 26:71 Or Jesus the Nazarene. 

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