D. Preparing the Disciples for His Death
1. Telling Them the Things to Come
1 1And as He was going out of the atemple, 2one of His disciples said to Him, Teacher, behold, 3what wonderful stones and what wonderful buildings!
2 And Jesus said to him, Do you see these great buildings? 1There shall by no means be left here a astone upon a stone which shall not be thrown down.
3 1And as He sat on the aMount of Olives opposite the temple, bPeter and cJames and John and dAndrew easked Him privately,
4 Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign awhen all these things are about to be accomplished?
5 And Jesus began to say to them, aSee that no one bleads you astray.
6 Many will come in My aname, saying, I am the Christ! and will lead many astray.
7 And when you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be aalarmed; it must happen, but the bend is not yet.
8 For nation will rise up against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; there will be aearthquakes in various places; there will be bfamines. These things are the beginning of birth pangs.
9 1But you, take heed to yourselves. They will adeliver you to bsanhedrins, and in the synagogues you will be cbeaten, and before 2governors and dkings you will stand for My sake, for a testimony to them.
10 Yet the gospel must first be proclaimed to all the anations.
11 And when they lead you away and deliver you up, do not be aanxious beforehand about what you should 1speak, but bwhatever is given to you in that hour, speak that; for it is not you who are speaking, but the Holy cSpirit.
12 And brother will deliver up brother to death, and a afather his child; and children will rise up against their parents and put them to death.
13 And you will be hated by all on account of My aname. But he who has bendured to the end, this one shall be saved.
14 1But when you asee the abomination of bdesolation standing 3where it should not (let him who reads understand), then let those in cJudea flee to the mountains;
15 And let him who is on the ahousetop not come down, nor enter in, to take anything out of his house;
16 And let him who is in the field not turn back to take his garment.
17 But woe to those who are apregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days.
18 And pray that 1it may not happen in winter,
19 For those days will be a time of atribulation such as has bnot occurred from the cbeginning of the creation which God created until now, nor shall by any means ever occur.
20 And unless the Lord had shortened the days, no flesh would be saved; but on account of the achosen, whom He chose, He bshortened the days.
21 And then if anyone says to you, Behold, ahere is the Christ! Behold, there! do not believe it.
22 For false Christs and afalse prophets will arise and will 1show bsigns and wonders to cdeceive, if possible, the chosen.
23 But you, abeware; 1I have told you all things bbeforehand.
24 But in those adays, bafter that ctribulation, the sun will be ddarkened, and the moon will not give its light,
25 And the stars will be afalling out of heaven, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken.
26 And then they will see the aSon of Man bcoming in the clouds with great power and glory.
27 And then He will send the angels, and He will agather together His chosen from the four winds, from the end of the earth to the end of heaven.
28 1But learn the parable from the afig tree: as soon as its branch has become tender and puts forth its bleaves, you know that the summer is near.
29 So also you, when you see these things happening, know that 1it is near, aat the doors.
30 Truly I say to you that this generation shall by no means pass away until all these things happen.
31 Heaven and earth will apass away, but My bwords shall by no means pass away.
32 But concerning that aday or hour, no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but the bFather.
33 aBeware, be balert; for you do not know when the time is.
34 It is like a man who is about to go aabroad, having left his house and given to his slaves authority, to each his work, and who commanded the doorkeeper to watch.
35 aWatch therefore, for you do not know when the Master of the house comes, whether in the 1evening or at midnight or at cockcrowing or in the morning;
36 Lest He come suddenly and find you asleeping.
37 And what I say to you, I say to all: aWatch!
2. Being Conspired Against, Betrayed, and Loved
1 1Now the aPassover and the Feast of bUnleavened Bread were ctwo days away. And the chief priests and the scribes were seeking a way to dseize Him by craftiness and ekill Him,
2 For they said, Not at the feast, lest there be a atumult by the people.
3 1And while He was in aBethany in the bhouse of Simon the cleper, as He reclined at table, a woman came, having an alabaster flask of ointment, of very costly pure nard, and she broke the alabaster flask and poured it over His head.
4 But there were some who were indignantly commenting among themselves: Why has this waste of the ointment 1been made?
5 For this ointment could have been sold for over athree hundred 1denarii and given to the bpoor. And they were infuriated with her.
6 But Jesus said, Leave her alone. Why do you trouble her? She has done a noble deed on Me.
7 For you always have the apoor with you, and whenever you want, you can do good for them. But you do not always have 1Me.
8 1She has done what she could; she has 2anointed My body beforehand for the aburial.
9 And truly I say to you, Wherever the gospel is 1proclaimed in the whole aworld, what this woman has done shall also be told as a bmemorial of her.
10 And aJudas Iscariot, one of the btwelve, went off to the chief priests to cdeliver Him up to them.
11 And when they heard this, they rejoiced and promised to give him 1money. And he sought a way to 2deliver Him up opportunely.
3. Instituting His Supper
12 And on the first day of the 1Feast of aUnleavened Bread, when they 2sacrificed the bpassover, His disciples said to Him, Where do You want us to go and prepare so that You may eat the passover?
13 And He asent two of His disciples and said to them, Go into the city, and a man carrying a jar of water will meet you; follow him;
14 And wherever he enters, say to the 1master of the house, The aTeacher says, Where is My guest room, where I may eat the bpassover with My disciples?
15 And he will show you a large aupper room, furnished and ready. And there prepare for us.
16 And the disciples went out and came into the city and found it even as He had told them, and they prepared the passover.
17 And when aevening fell, He came with the twelve.
18 And as they were reclining at table and 1eating, Jesus said, Truly I say to you that 2one of you will abetray Me, one who is beating with Me.
19 They began to be grieved and to say to Him one by one, Surely not 1I?
20 And He said to them, It will be one of the twelve, 1one who dips with Me in the dish.
21 For the Son of Man is 1going away, even as it is awritten concerning Him, but woe to that man through whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been good for that man if he had not been born.
22 1And as they were 2eating, He took abread and bblessed it, and He broke it and gave it to them, and said, Take; this is My cbody.
23 And He took a cup and gave thanks, and He gave it to them; and they all drank of it.
24 And He said to them, This is My ablood of the 1covenant, which is being poured out for bmany.
25 Truly I say to you, I shall by no means drink of the 1product of the vine anymore until that day when I drink it new in the akingdom of God.
26 And after asinging a hymn, they went out to the bMount of Olives.
4. Warning the Disciples
27 And Jesus said to them, You will all be astumbled, because it is written, "I will smite the Shepherd, and the sheep will be bscattered.''
28 But after I have been raised, I will go before you into aGalilee.
29 But Peter said to Him, Even if all will be stumbled, yet I will not!
30 And Jesus said to him, Truly I say to you that today in this night, before a arooster crows twice, you will 1deny Me three times.
31 But he went on speaking more intensely, Even if I must adie with You, I will by no means deny You! And they all said similarly.
5. Experiencing Gethsemane --
Charging the Disciples to Watch and Pray
32 1And they came to a place named Gethsemane, and He asaid to His disciples, Sit here while I pray.
33 And He took aPeter and James and John with Him and began to be 1awestruck and deeply distressed.
34 And He said to them, My soul is exceedingly asorrowful, even to death. Remain here and bwatch.
35 And going forward a little, He fell on the ground and aprayed that, if it were possible, the 1bhour would pass from Him.
36 And He said, aAbba Father, all things are bpossible to You; remove this ccup from Me; yet not what I dwill, but what 1You will.
37 And He came and found them sleeping. And He said to Peter, Simon, are you sleeping? Were you not able to watch for one hour?
38 aWatch and bpray that you may not come into ctemptation. The dspirit is willing, but the eflesh is weak.
39 And going away again, He prayed, saying the same thing.
40 And coming again, He found them sleeping, for their eyes were very heavy. And they did anot know what to answer Him.
41 And He came the third time and said to them, Are you still sleeping and resting? It is enough. The ahour has come; behold, the Son of Man is being bdelivered into the hands of sinners.
42 Arise, let us be going. Behold, the one betraying Me has drawn near.