New Testament in a year – Day 359

Matthew 25: 31 - 26: 13

(Mk 14.1–2; Lk 22.1–2; Jn 11.45–53)
(Mk 14.3–9; Jn 12.1–8)
The Final Judgement
31 “When the Son of Man comes as King and all the angels with him, he will sit on his royal throne,32and the people of all the nations will be gathered before him. Then he will divide them into two groups, just as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.33He will put the righteous people on his right and the others on his left.34Then the King will say to the people on his right, ‘Come, you that are blessed by my Father! Come and possess the kingdom which has been prepared for you ever since the creation of the world.35I was hungry and you fed me, thirsty and you gave me a drink; I was a stranger and you received me in your homes,36naked and you clothed me; I was sick and you took care of me, in prison and you visited me.’
37“The righteous will then answer him, ‘When, Lord, did we ever see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you a drink?38When did we ever see you a stranger and welcome you in our homes, or naked and clothe you?39When did we ever see you sick or in prison, and visit you?’40The King will reply, ‘I tell you, whenever you did this for one of the least important of these members of my family, you did it for me!’
41“Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Away from me, you that are under God's curse! Away to the eternal fire which has been prepared for the Devil and his angels!42I was hungry but you would not feed me, thirsty but you would not give me a drink;43I was a stranger but you would not welcome me in your homes, naked but you would not clothe me; I was sick and in prison but you would not take care of me.’
44“Then they will answer him, ‘When, Lord, did we ever see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and would not help you?’45The King will reply, ‘I tell you, whenever you refused to help one of these least important ones, you refused to help me.’46 These, then, will be sent off to eternal punishment, but the righteous will go to eternal life.”
The Plot against Jesus
1When Jesus had finished teaching all these things, he said to his disciples,2 “In two days, as you know, it will be the Passover Festival, and the Son of Man will be handed over to be crucified.”
3Then the chief priests and the elders met together in the palace of Caiaphas, the High Priest,4and made plans to arrest Jesus secretly and put him to death.5“We must not do it during the festival,” they said, “or the people will riot.”
Jesus is Anointed at Bethany
6Jesus was in Bethany at the house of Simon, a man who had suffered from a dreaded skin disease.7 While Jesus was eating, a woman came to him with an alabaster jar filled with an expensive perfume, which she poured on his head.8The disciples saw this and became angry. “Why all this waste?” they asked.9“This perfume could have been sold for a large amount and the money given to the poor!”
10Jesus knew what they were saying, so he said to them, “Why are you bothering this woman? It is a fine and beautiful thing that she has done for me.11 You will always have poor people with you, but you will not always have me.12What she did was to pour this perfume on my body to get me ready for burial.13Now, I assure you that wherever this gospel is preached all over the world, what she has done will be told in memory of her.”

Good News Translation® with Deuterocanonicals/Apocrypha (Today’s English Version, Second Edition) © 1992 American Bible Society. All rights reserved.