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disciples went into the city and found everything just as Jesus had said, and they prepared
the Passover meal there.
17 In the evening Jesus arrived with the
Twelve. 18 As they were at the table* eating, Jesus
said, “I tell you the truth, one of you eating with
me here will betray me.”
19 Greatly distressed, each one asked in turn,
“Am I the one?”
20 He replied, “It is one of you twelve who is
eating from this bowl with me. 21 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!”
22 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.”
23 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. 24 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. 25 I tell you the truth, I will not
drink wine again until the day I drink it new in
the Kingdom of God.”
26 Then they sang a hymn and went out to the
Mount of Olives.
— promises —
from God
“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.”
M A R K 14:62
Jesus Predicts Peter’s Denial
27 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.’
28 But
after I am raised from the dead, I will go
ahead of you to Galilee and meet you there.”
29 Peter said to him, “Even if everyone else
deserts you, I never will.”
30 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.”
31 “No!” Peter declared emphatically. “Even if
I have to die with you, I will never deny you!”
And all the others vowed the same.
Jesus Prays in Gethsemane
32 They went to the olive grove called Gethsemane, and Jesus said, “Sit here while I go and
pray.” 33 He took Peter, James, and John with
him, and he became deeply troubled and distressed. 34 He told them, “My soul is crushed
with grief to the point of death. Stay here and
keep watch with me.”
35 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.
36 “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.”
37 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?
38 Keep watch and pray, so that you will not give
in to temptation. For the spirit is willing, but the
body is weak.”
39 Then Jesus left them again and prayed the
same prayer as before. 40 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.
41 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. 42 Up, let’s be
going. Look, my betrayer is here!”
Jesus Is Betrayed and Arrested
43 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. 44 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.” 45 As soon as they arrived, Judas walked up to Jesus. “Rabbi!” he
exclaimed, and gave him the kiss.
46 Then the others grabbed Jesus and arrested
him. 47 But one of the men with Jesus pulled out
his sword and struck the high priest’s slave,
slashing off his ear.
48 Jesus asked them, “Am I some dangerous
revolutionary, that you come with swords and
clubs to arrest me? 49 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.”
50 Then all his disciples deserted him and ran
away. 51 One young man following behind was
clothed only in a long linen shirt. When the mob
14:18 Or As they reclined. 14:21 “Son of Man” is a title Jesus
used for himself. 14:24 Some manuscripts read the new
covenant. 14:27 Greek I will strike. Zech 13:7. 14:36 Abba is
an Aramaic term for “father.”
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tried to grab him, 52 he slipped out of his shirt
and ran away naked.
Jesus before the Council
53 They took Jesus to the high priest’s home where
the leading priests, the elders, and the teachers
of religious law had gathered. 54 Meanwhile,
Peter followed him at a distance and went right
into the high priest’s courtyard. There he sat with
the guards, warming himself by the fire.
55 Inside, the leading priests and the entire
high council* were trying to find evidence
against Jesus, so they could put him to death.
But they couldn’t find any. 56 Many false witnesses spoke against him, but they contradicted
each other. 57 Finally, some men stood up and
gave this false testimony: 58 “We heard him say,
‘I will destroy this Temple made with human
hands, and in three days I will build another,
made without human hands.’” 59 But even then
they didn’t get their stories straight!
60 Then the high priest stood up before the
others and asked Jesus, “Well, aren’t you going to
answer these charges? What do you have to say
for yourself?” 61 But Jesus was silent and made no
reply. Then the high priest asked him, “Are you
the Messiah, the Son of the Blessed One?”
62 Jesus said, “I Am.* And 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.*”
63 Then the high priest tore his clothing to
show his horror and said, “Why do we need
other witnesses? 64 You have all heard his blasphemy. What is your verdict?”
“Guilty!” they all cried. “He deserves to die!”
65 Then some of them began to spit at him,
and they blindfolded him and beat him with
their fists. “Prophesy to us,” they jeered. And
the guards slapped him as they took him away.
Peter Denies Jesus
66 Meanwhile, Peter was in the courtyard below.
One of the servant girls who worked for the
high priest came by 67 and noticed Peter warming himself at the fire. She looked at him closely
and said, “You were one of those with Jesus of
Nazareth.*”
68 But Peter denied it. “I don’t know what
you’re talking about,” he said, and he went out
into the entryway. Just then, a rooster crowed.*
69 When the servant girl saw him standing
there, she began telling the others, “This man
is definitely one of them!” 70 But Peter denied it
again.
A little later some of the other bystanders
confronted Peter and said, “You must be one of
them, because you are a Galilean.”
14:55 Greek the Sanhedrin. 14:62a Or The ‘I Am’ is here; or
I am the Lord. See Exod 3:14. 14:62b Greek seated at the
right hand of the power. See Ps 110:1. 14:62c See Dan 7:13.
14:67 Or Jesus the Nazarene. 14:68 Some manuscripts do not
include Just then, a rooster crowed. 15:1 Greek the Sanhedrin;
also in 15:43.
71 Peter swore, “A curse on me if I’m lying—
I don’t know this man you’re talking about!”
72 And immediately the rooster crowed the second time.
Suddenly, Jesus’ words flashed through Peter’s mind: “Before the rooster crows twice, you
will deny three times that you even know me.”
And he broke down and wept.
Jesus’ Trial before Pilate
Very early in the morning the leading
priests, the elders, and the teachers of
religious law—the entire high council*—met to
discuss their next step. They bound Jesus, led
him away, and took him to Pilate, the Roman
governor.
2 Pilate asked Jesus, “Are you the king of the
Jews?”
Jesus replied, “You have said it.”
3 Then the leading priests kept accusing him
of many crimes, 4 and Pilate asked him, “Aren’t
you going to answer them? What about all these
charges they are bringing against you?” 5 But
Jesus said nothing, much to Pilate’s surprise.
6 Now it was the governor’s custom each year
during the Passover celebration to release one
prisoner—anyone the people requested. 7 One of
the prisoners at that time was Barabbas, a revolutionary who had committed murder in an uprising. 8 The crowd went to Pilate and asked him
to release a prisoner as usual.
9 “Would you like me to release to you this
‘King of the Jews’?” Pilate asked. 10 (For he realized by now that the leading priests had arrested Jesus out of envy.) 11 But at this point the
leading priests stirred up the crowd to demand
the release of Barabbas instead of Jesus. 12 Pilate
asked them, “Then what should I do with this
man you call the king of the Jews?”
13 They shouted back, “Crucify him!”
14 “Why?” Pilate demanded. “What crime has
he committed?”
15
• Pain
M ARK 14: 32-36
A family grieving the loss of a child is
told by a well-meaning Christian, “You
don’t have to be sad—she’s with the
Lord now.” Sometimes we assume that
because someone knows Christ and has
the hope of salvation, their losses are less
tragic. Jesus knew that the Father’s will
is trustworthy and good, and yet his soul
was sorrowful. Our faith does not make
our sorrows less painful, but it frees us to
express them to a God who understands
each sorrow and how it affects us.





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