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18. Jesus Prepares His Disciples for
the Crisis Ahead
Again, Jesus Warns Of His Murder
Mary Anointed Jesus' Head And Feet
It happened, when Jesus had
finished all these words, that he said to his disciples, "You know that after two days the Passover, and
of unleavened bread is
coming, and the Son of Man will be delivered up to be
Then the chief priests, the scribes, and the elders of the
people were gathered together in the court of the high priest,
who was called Caiaphas. They took counsel together that they might take Jesus by
deceit, and kill him. But they said, "Not during the feast, lest a riot occur among
the people for
they feared the people."
Judas Betrays Jesus For 30 Pieces Of Silver
Now when Jesus was in Bethany,
in the house of Simon the leper, they made him a
supper there. Martha served, but Lazarus was one of those who
sat at the table with him. Mary, therefore, came
to him having an alabaster jar of a
pound of very
expensive (spikenard) ointment,
very precious. She
broke the jar and
poured it on his head as he sat at the table. She
the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair. The house
was filled with the fragrance of the ointment.
Then Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, one of his disciples, who
would betray him, saw
saying, "Why this waste? Why wasn't this ointment sold for
three hundred denarii, and given to the poor?" And
against her. Now he said this, not because he
cared for the poor, but because he was a thief, and having the
money box, used to steal what was put into it.
But Jesus said, "Leave her alone. Why
do you trouble the woman? Because she has done a good work for
has done what she could. For
in pouring this ointment on my body, she did it to prepare me
for burial. In
has kept this for the day of my burial and she
has anointed my body beforehand. For you always have the poor with
whenever you want to, you can do them good; but
you don't always have me.
Most certainly I
tell you, wherever this Good News is preached in the whole
world, what this woman has done will also be spoken of as a
memorial of her."
Jesus Tells Two Disciples to Prepare For The Passover
entered into Judas, who was surnamed Iscariot, who was numbered
with the twelve. He went away, and talked with the chief priests and captains
about how he might deliver him to them.
They, when they heard it, were
glad, and promised to give him money. So
"What are you willing to give me, that I should deliver him to
you?" They weighed out for him thirty pieces of silver. So he
consented (and) from
that time he sought
an opportunity to deliver him to them in the absence of the
Jesus Sits Down With His Disciples
Now on the first day of
unleavened bread, on
which the Passover must be sacrificed, the
disciples came to Jesus, saying to him, "Where do you want us to
prepare for you to eat the Passover?"
sent Peter and John, saying, "Go and prepare the Passover for
us, that we may eat."
They said to him, "Where do you want us to prepare?"
He said to them, "Behold, when you have entered into the
city, a man carrying a pitcher of water will meet you. Follow
him into the house which he enters. Tell the master of the house, 'The Teacher says to you, my
time is at hand. Where
is the guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my
disciples?"' He will show you a large, furnished upper room. Make
disciples did as Jesus commanded them, and
things as he had told them, and they prepared the Passover.
Jesus Washes the Disciples' Feet
Now when evening had come, he came and was
reclining at the table with the twelve disciples. He said to them,
"I have earnestly desired to eat this Passover with you before I
suffer, for I tell you, I will no longer by any means eat of it until
it is fulfilled in the Kingdom of God." He received a cup, and when he had given thanks, he said,
"Take this, and share it among yourselves, for I tell you, I will not drink at all again from the fruit
of the vine, until the Kingdom of God comes."
There arose also a contention among them, which of them was
considered to be greatest. He said to them, "The kings of the nations lord it over them,
and those who have authority over them are called 'benefactors.' But not so with you. But one who is the greater among you,
let him become as the younger, and one who is governing, as one
who serves. For who is greater, one who sits at the table, or one who
serves? Isn't it he who sits at the table? But I am in the midst
of you as one who serves. But you are those who have continued with me in my trials. I confer on you a kingdom, even as my Father conferred on me, that you may eat and drink at my table in my Kingdom. You
will sit on thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel."
The Last Supper
Now before the feast of the
Passover, Jesus, knowing that his time had come that he would
depart from this world to the Father, having loved his own who
were in the world, he loved them to the end. During supper, the devil having already put into the heart of
Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, to betray him, Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his
hands, and that he came forth from God, and was going to God, arose from supper, and laid aside his outer garments. He took
a towel, and wrapped a towel around his waist. Then he poured water into the basin, and began to wash the
disciples' feet, and to wipe them with the towel that was
wrapped around him. Then he came to Simon Peter. He said to him, "Lord, do you
wash my feet?"
Jesus answered him, "You don't know what I am doing now, but
you will understand later."
Peter said to him, "You will never wash my feet!"
Jesus answered him, "If I don't wash you, you have no part with
Simon Peter said to him, "Lord, not my feet only, but also my
hands and my head!"
Jesus said to him, "Someone who has bathed only needs to have
his feet washed, but is completely clean. You are clean, but not
all of you." For he knew him who would betray him, therefore he said, "You
are not all clean." So when he had washed their feet, put his outer garment back
on, and sat down again, he said to them, "Do you know what I
have done to you? You call me, 'Teacher' and 'Lord.' You say so correctly, for
so I am. If I then, the Lord and the Teacher, have washed your feet,
you also ought to wash one another's feet. For I have given you an example, that you also should do as I
have done to you. Most certainly I tell you, a servant is not greater than his
lord, neither one who is sent greater than he who sent him. If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them. I don't speak concerning all of you. I know whom I have
chosen. But that the Scripture may be fulfilled, 'He who eats
bread with me has lifted up his heel against me.' From now on, I tell you before it happens, that when it
happens, you may believe that I am he. Most certainly I tell you, he who receives whomever I send,
receives me; and he who receives me, receives him who sent me."
Jesus Announced That Judas Is Going To Betray Him
were eating, Jesus took bread, gave thanks for it, and broke it.
He gave to the disciples, and said, "Take, eat; this is my body which
is broken and given
for you. Do this in memory of me."
He took the cup, gave thanks, and gave
to them, saying, "This
cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for
of you drink it, for this is my blood of the new covenant, which is poured out
for many for the remission of sins. Do
this, as often as you drink, in memory of me. For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you
proclaim the Lord's death until he comes. But I tell you that I will not
drink of this fruit of the vine from now on, until that day when
I drink it anew with you in my Father's Kingdom."
Jesus Warns Of His Soon Parting And Of Peters Denial
they were eating, Jesus
was troubled in spirit, (and said,) "Most
certainly I tell you that one of you who
eats with me will
betray me. Behold, the hand of him who
betrays me is with me on the table. The Son of Man indeed goes, even
as it is written of him, but woe to that man through whom the
Son of Man is betrayed! It would be better for that man if he
had not been born."
They were exceedingly sorrowful. The disciples looked at one
another, perplexed about whom he spoke.
They began to question among
themselves, which of them it was who would do this thing. One of his disciples, whom Jesus
loved, was at the table, leaning against Jesus' breast. Simon Peter therefore beckoned to him, and said to him, "Tell
us who it is of whom he speaks."
He, leaning back, as he was, on Jesus' breast, asked him,
"Lord, who is it?"
And each began to ask him, "It
isn't me, is it, Lord? Surely
Jesus therefore answered, "He
who dipped his hand with me in the dish, the same will betray
is he to whom I will give this piece of bread when I have dipped
it." So when he had dipped the piece of bread, he gave it to
Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot.
Judas, who betrayed him,
answered, "It isn't me, is it, Rabbi?"
He said to him, "You said it."
After the piece
of bread, then Satan entered into him.
Then Jesus said to him, "What you do, do quickly."
Now no man at the table knew why he said this to him. For some thought, because Judas had the money box, that Jesus
said to him, "Buy what things we need for the feast," or that he
should give something to the poor. Therefore, having received that morsel, he went out
immediately. It was night.
Jesus Talks About His Father, Telling Them Not To Worry
When Judas had
gone out, Jesus said, "Now the Son of Man has been glorified,
and God has been glorified in him. If God has been glorified in him, God will also glorify him
in himself, and he will glorify him immediately. Little children, I will be with you a little while longer.
You will seek me, and as I said to the Jews, 'Where I am going,
you can't come,' so now I tell you. A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another,
just like I have loved you; that you also love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you
have love for one another."
Simon Peter said to him, "Lord, where are you going?"
Jesus answered, "Where I am going, you can't follow now, but you
will follow afterwards."
Peter said to him, "Lord, why can't I follow you now? I will
lay down my life for you."
Jesus answered him, "Will you lay down your life for me?
Then Jesus said to them, "All of
you will be made to stumble because of me tonight, for it is
written, 'I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock
will be scattered.' But after I am raised up, I will go before you into Galilee."
But Peter answered him, "Even if all will be made to stumble
because of you, I will never be made to stumble."
The Lord said, "Simon, Simon,
behold, Satan asked to have you, that he might sift you as
wheat, but I prayed for you, that your faith wouldn't fail. You,
when once you have turned again, establish your brothers."
He said to him, "Lord, I am ready to go with you both to
prison and to death!"
Jesus said to him, "Most
certainly I tell you that today,
even this night, before
the rooster crows twice, you
will deny that
you know me three
But Peter spoke
all the more, "Even
if I must die with you, I will not deny you." All of the
disciples also said likewise.
He said to them,
"When I sent you out without purse, and wallet, and shoes, did
you lack anything?"
They said, "Nothing."
Then he said to them, "But now, whoever has a purse, let him
take it, and likewise a wallet. Whoever has none, let him sell
his cloak, and buy a sword. For I tell you that this which is written must still be
fulfilled in me: 'He was counted with transgressors.'* For that
which concerns me has an end."
They said, "Lord, behold, here are two swords."
He said to them, "That is enough."
Jesus Continues To Give Last Minute Advise
"Don't let your heart be
troubled. Believe in God. Believe also in me. In my Father's house are many homes. If it weren't so, I would
have told you. I am going to prepare a place for you. If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and
will receive you to myself; that where I am, you may be there
also. Where I go, you know, and you know the way."
Thomas said to him, "Lord, we don't know where you are going.
How can we know the way?"
Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No
one comes to the Father, except through me. If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. From
now on, you know him, and have seen him."
Philip said to him, "Lord, show us the Father, and that will
be enough for us."
Jesus said to him, "Have I been with you such a long time, and
do you not know me, Philip? He who has seen me has seen the
Father. How do you say, 'Show us the Father?' Don't you believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in
me? The words that I tell you, I speak not from myself; but the
Father who lives in me does his works. Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me; or
else believe me for the very works' sake. Most certainly I tell you, he who believes in me, the works
that I do, he will do also; and he will do greater works than
these, because I am going to my Father. Whatever you will ask in my name, that will I do, that the
Father may be glorified in the Son. If you will ask anything in my name, I will do it. If you love me, keep my commandments. I will pray to the Father, and he will give you another
Counselor, that he may be with you forever, the Spirit of truth, whom the world can't receive; for it
doesn't see him, neither knows him. You know him, for he lives
with you, and will be in you. I will not leave you orphans. I will come to you. Yet a little while, and the world will see me no more; but
you will see me. Because I live, you will live also. In that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in
me, and I in you. One who has my commandments, and keeps them, that person is
one who loves me. One who loves me will be loved by my Father,
and I will love him, and will reveal myself to him."
Judas (not Iscariot) said to him, "Lord, what has happened
that you are about to reveal yourself to us, and not to the
Jesus answered him, "If a man loves me, he will keep my word.
My Father will love him, and we will come to him, and make our
home with him. He who doesn't love me doesn't keep my words. The word which
you hear isn't mine, but the Father's who sent me. I have said these things to you, while still living with you. But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send
in my name, he will teach you all things, and will remind you of
all that I said to you. Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you; not as the
world gives, give I to you. Don't let your heart be troubled,
neither let it be fearful. You heard how I told you, 'I go away, and I come to you.' If
you loved me, you would have rejoiced, because I said 'I am
going to my Father;' for the Father is greater than I. Now I have told you before it happens so that, when it
happens, you may believe. I will no more speak much with you, for the prince of the
world comes, and he has nothing in me. But that the world may know that I love the Father, and as
the Father commanded me, even so I do. Arise, let us go from
here. When they had sung a
hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives,
as his custom was. His disciples also followed him.
15 & 16)
Jesus Intercedes For His Followers
"I am the true vine, and my
Father is the farmer. Every branch in me that doesn't bear fruit, he takes away.
Every branch that bears fruit, he prunes, that it may bear more
fruit. You are already pruned clean because of the word which I have
spoken to you. Remain in me, and I in you. As the branch can't bear fruit by
itself, unless it remains in the vine, so neither can you,
unless you remain in me. I am the vine. You are the branches. He who remains in me, and
I in him, the same bears much fruit, for apart from me you can
do nothing. If a man doesn't remain in me, he is thrown out as a branch,
and is withered; and they gather them, throw them into the fire,
and they are burned. If you remain in me, and my words remain in you, you will ask
whatever you desire, and it will be done for you.
"In this is my Father glorified, that you bear much fruit; and
so you will be my disciples. Even as the Father has loved me, I also have loved you. Remain
in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love; even
as I have kept my Father's commandments, and remain in his love. I have spoken these things to you, that my joy may remain in
you, and that your joy may be made full.
"This is my commandment, that you love one another, even as I
have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his
life for his friends. You are my friends, if you do whatever I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for the servant doesn't
know what his lord does. But I have called you friends, for
everything that I heard from my Father, I have made known to
you. You didn't choose me, but I chose you, and appointed you,
that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should
remain; that whatever you will ask of the Father in my name, he
may give it to you.
"I command these things to you, that you may love one
another. If the world hates you, you know that it has hated me before
it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own. But
because you are not of the world, since I chose you out of the
world, therefore the world hates you. Remember the word that I said to you: 'A servant is not
greater than his lord.' If they persecuted me, they will also
persecute you. If they kept my word, they will keep yours also. But all these things will they do to you for my name's sake,
because they don't know him who sent me. If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not have had
sin; but now they have no excuse for their sin. He who hates me, hates my Father also. If I hadn't done among them the works which no one else did,
they wouldn't have had sin. But now have they seen and also
hated both me and my Father. But this happened so that the word may be fulfilled which was
written in their law, 'They hated me without a cause.'
"When the Counselor has come, whom I will send to you from
the Father, the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father,
he will testify about me. You will also testify, because you have been with me from the
beginning. "These things have I spoken to you, so that you wouldn't be
caused to stumble. They will put you out of the synagogues. Yes, the time comes
that whoever kills you will think that he offers service to God. They will do these things because they have not known the
Father, nor me. But I have told you these things, so that when the time comes,
you may remember that I told you about them. I didn't tell you
these things from the beginning, because I was with you. But now I am going to him who sent me, and none of you asks
me, 'Where are you going?' But because I have told you these things, sorrow has filled
your heart. Nevertheless I tell you the truth: It is to your advantage
that I go away, for if I don't go away, the Counselor won't come
to you. But if I go, I will send him to you. When he has come, he will convict the world about sin, about
righteousness, and about judgment; about sin, because they don't believe in me; about righteousness, because I am going to my Father, and you
won't see me any more; about judgment, because the prince of this world has been
"I have yet many things to tell you, but you can't bear them
now. However when he, the Spirit of truth, has come, he will guide
you into all truth, for he will not speak from himself; but
whatever he hears, he will speak. He will declare to you things
that are coming. He will glorify me, for he will take from what is mine, and
will declare it to you. All things whatever the Father has are mine; therefore I said
that he takes of mine, and will declare it to you.
A little while, and you will not see me. Again a little
while, and you will see me, (because I go to the Father)."
Some of his disciples therefore said to one another, "What is
this that he says to us, 'A little while, and you won't see me,
and again a little while, and you will see me;' and, 'Because I
go to the Father?'" They said therefore, "What is this that he says, 'A little
while?' We don't know what he is saying."
Therefore Jesus perceived that they wanted to ask him, and he
said to them, "Do you inquire among yourselves concerning this,
that I said, 'A little while, and you won't see me, and again a
little while, and you will see me?' Most certainly I tell you, that you will weep and lament, but
the world will rejoice. You will be sorrowful, but your sorrow
will be turned into joy. A woman, when she gives birth, has sorrow, because her time
has come. But when she has delivered the child, she doesn't
remember the anguish any more, for the joy that a human being is
born into the world. Therefore you now have sorrow, but I will see you again, and
your heart will rejoice, and no one will take your joy away from
"In that day you will ask me no questions. Most certainly I
tell you, whatever you may ask of the Father in my name, he will
give it to you. Until now, you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and you
will receive, that your joy may be made full. I have spoken these things to you in figures of speech. But
the time is coming when I will no more speak to you in figures
of speech, but will tell you plainly about the Father. In that day you will ask in my name; and I don't say to you,
that I will pray to the Father for you, for the Father himself loves you, because you have loved me,
and have believed that I came forth from God. I came out from the Father, and have come into the world.
Again, I leave the world, and go to the Father."
His disciples said to him, "Behold, now you speak plainly,
and speak no figures of speech. Now we know that you know all things, and don't need for
anyone to question you. By this we believe that you came forth
Jesus answered them, "Do you now believe? Behold, the time is coming, yes, and has now come, that you
will be scattered, everyone to his own place, and you will leave
me alone. Yet I am not alone, because the Father is with me. I have told you these things, that in me you may have peace.
In the world you have oppression; but cheer up! I have overcome
Jesus said these things, and
lifting up his eyes to heaven, he said, "Father, the time has
come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may also glorify you; even as you gave him authority over all flesh, he will give
eternal life to all whom you have given him. This is eternal life, that they should know you, the only true
God, and him whom you sent, Jesus Christ. I glorified you on the earth. I have accomplished the work
which you have given me to do. Now, Father, glorify me with your own self with the glory
which I had with you before the world existed. I revealed your name to the people whom you have given me out
of the world. They were yours, and you have given them to me.
They have kept your word. Now they have known that all things whatever you have given me
are from you, for the words which you have given me I have given to them,
and they received them, and knew for sure that I came forth from
you, and they have believed that you sent me. I pray for them. I don't pray for the world, but for those
whom you have given me, for they are yours. All things that are mine are yours, and yours are mine, and I
am glorified in them. I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I
am coming to you. Holy Father, keep them through your name which
you have given me, that they may be one, even as we are. While I was with them in the world, I kept them in your name.
Those whom you have given me I have kept. None of them is lost,
except the son of destruction, that the Scripture might be
fulfilled. But now I come to you, and I say these things in the world,
that they may have my joy made full in themselves. I have given them your word. The world hated them, because
they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. I pray not that you would take them from the world, but that
you would keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world even as I am not of the world. Sanctify them in your truth. Your word is truth. As you sent me into the world, even so I have sent them into
the world. For their sakes I sanctify myself, that they themselves also
may be sanctified in truth. Not for these only do I pray, but for those also who believe
in me through their word, that they may all be one; even as you, Father, are in me, and
I in you, that they also may be one in us; that the world may
believe that you sent me. The glory which you have given me, I have given to them; that
they may be one, even as we are one; I in them, and you in me, that they may be perfected into
one; that the world may know that you sent me, and loved them,
even as you loved me. Father, I desire that they also whom you have given me be
with me where I am, that they may see my glory, which you have
given me, for you loved me before the foundation of the world. Righteous Father, the world hasn't known you, but I knew you;
and these knew that you sent me. I made known to them your name, and will make it known; that
the love with which you loved me may be in them, and I in them."
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