17On the first day of Unleavened Bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying, Where do you want us to make the preparations for you to eat the Passover? 18He said, Go into the city to a certain man, and say to him, The Teacher says, My time is near; I will keep the Passover at your house with my disciples. 19So the disciples did as Jesus had directed them, and they prepared the Passover meal. 20When it was evening, he took his place with the twelve; 21and while they were eating, he said, Truly I tell you, one of you will betray me. 22And they became greatly distressed and began to say to him one after another, Surely not I, Lord? 23He answered, The one who has dipped his hand into the bowl with me will betray me. 24The Son of Man goes as it is written of him, but woe to that one by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been better for that one not to have been born. 25Judas, who betrayed him, said, Surely not I, Rabbi? He replied, You have said so.
26While they were eating, Jesus took a loaf of bread, and after blessing it he broke it, gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body. 27Then he took a cup, and after giving thanks he gave it to them, saying, Drink from it, all of you; 28for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. 29I tell you, I will never again drink of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in my Fathers kingdom. 30When they had sung the hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.
31Then Jesus said to them, You will all become deserters because of me this night; for it is written, I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered. 32But after I am raised up, I will go ahead of you to Galilee. 33Peter said to him, Though all become deserters because of you, I will never desert you. 34Jesus said to him, Truly I tell you, this very night, before the cock crows, you will deny me three times. 35Peter said to him, Even though I must die with you, I will not deny you. And so said all the disciples.
The New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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10 February 2011