Now on the first day of unleavened bread (when the Passover must be sacrificed) the disciples came to Jesus asking him, “Where do you want us to go and prepare, that you may eat the Passover?”
He sent two of his disciples (Peter and John) and said to them, “Go and prepare the Passover for us, that we may eat. Behold, when you have entered into the city, a man carrying a pitcher of water will meet you. Follow him into the house (wherever he enters in). Go to a certain person and tell the master of the house, ‘The Teacher says to you, “My time is at hand; I will eat the Passover at your house with my disciples. Where is the guestroom?”’ He will, himself, show you a large furnished upper room… ready. Make preparations for us there.”
The disciples went out and came into the city… and found things as he had told them (did as Jesus commanded them), and they prepared the Passover.
When the hour had come, it was evening. He was reclining with the twelve at the table. As they sat down 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 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 me.” 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 is 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.”
As they sat eating, Jesus said he was troubled in spirit, and testified, “Most certainly I tell you that one of you will betray me—he who eats with me. The hand of him who betrays me is with me on the table. The Son of Man indeed goes as it has been determined, but woe to that man through whom he is betrayed! The disciples looked at one another. They began to be exceedingly sorrowful and perplexed about whom he spoke. They began to question among themselves which of them it was who would do this thing. Each began to ask him one by one, “It isn’t me… is it Lord?”
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 among you as one who serves.
One of his disciples whom Jesus loved was at the table, leaning against Jesus’ breast. Simon Peter therefore beckoned to him, and said, “Tell us who it is of whom he speaks.” He (leaning back as he was on Jesus’ breast) asked him, “Lord, who is it?” Jesus therefore answered them, “He to whom I will give this piece of bread when I have dipped it. It is one of the twelve. He who dips with me in the dish, the same will betray me. The Son of Man goes (even as it is written about 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.”
So, when he had dipped the piece of bread, he gave it to Judas (the son of Simon Iscariot). After the piece of bread, then Satan entered into him. Judas (who betrayed him) answered, “It isn’t me, is it… Rabbi?” Then Jesus said to him, “You said it. 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.
When he 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 as I have loved you, 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? Most certainly I tell you, the rooster won’t crow until you have denied me three times. Don’t let your heart be troubled… believe in God… believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many homes. If it were not so, would I 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.
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 God’s Kingdom.” As they were eating, Jesus took bread and when he had given thanks for and blessed it… broke it. He gave to the disciples, and said, “Take… eat… this is my body which is given for you. Do this in memory of me.” Likewise, he took the cup after supper. When he had given thanks… gave to them, saying, “All of you… take this and share it among yourselves. Drink it, for this is my blood of the new covenant which is poured out for you… for many… for the remission of sins. Most certainly I tell you that I will not drink at all again from this fruit of the vine (from now on, until that day when I drink it anew with you in my Father’s Kingdom).” They all drank of 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.
Judas (not Iscariot) said to him, “Lord, what has happened – that you are about to reveal yourself to us (and not to the world)?” 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. Rise, let us go out from here.” When they had sung a hymn… they went out.
“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 anymore). About judgment, because the prince of this world has been judged.
“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.” 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 anymore… 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 you).
“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 from God). I came 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 from God.”
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 the world.”
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 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.”
His disciples followed him over the brook Kidron where there was a garden, into which he and his disciples entered. 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.’ However (after I am raised up) I will go before you into Galilee. 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 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. Once you have turned again, establish your brothers.”
But Peter answered him, “Even if all will be made to stumble because of you, I will never be made to stumble. Although all will be offended, yet I will not. Lord, I am ready to go with you both to prison and to death!”
Jesus said to him, “Most certainly I tell you, Peter, that tonight (even this night), the rooster will by no means crow twice… you will deny that you know me three times.”
Peter spoke to him all the more, “Even if I must die with you, I will not deny you.” The disciples all said the same thing.
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.”
He came out and went (as his custom was) to the Mount of Olives. His disciples also followed him.
Source Text Prioritization:
- John 13:1 – 17:26
- Matthew 26:17-35
- Mark 14:12-40
- Luke 22:7-38