New Testament in a year – Day 361

Matthew 26: 36 - 56

(Mk 14.32–42; Lk 22.39–46)
(Mk 14.43–50; Lk 22.47–53; Jn 18.3–12)
Jesus Prays in Gethsemane
36Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.”37He took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee. Grief and anguish came over him,38and he said to them, “The sorrow in my heart is so great that it almost crushes me. Stay here and keep watch with me.”
39He went a little farther on, threw himself face downwards on the ground, and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, take this cup of suffering from me! Yet not what I want, but what you want.”
40Then he returned to the three disciples and found them asleep; and he said to Peter, “How is it that you three were not able to keep watch with me even for one hour?41Keep watch and pray that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
42Once more Jesus went away and prayed, “My Father, if this cup of suffering cannot be taken away unless I drink it, your will be done.”43He returned once more and found the disciples asleep; they could not keep their eyes open.
44Again Jesus left them, went away, and prayed the third time, saying the same words.45Then he returned to the disciples and said, “Are you still sleeping and resting? Look! The hour has come for the Son of Man to be handed over to the power of sinners.46Get up, let us go. Look, here is the man who is betraying me!”
The Arrest of Jesus
47Jesus was still speaking when Judas, one of the twelve disciples, arrived. With him was a large crowd armed with swords and clubs and sent by the chief priests and the elders.48The traitor had given the crowd a signal: “The man I kiss is the one you want. Arrest him!”
49Judas went straight to Jesus and said, “Peace be with you, Teacher,” and kissed him.
50Jesus answered, “Be quick about it, friend!”
Then they came up, arrested Jesus, and held him tight.51One of those who were with Jesus drew his sword and struck at the High Priest's slave, cutting off his ear.52“Put your sword back in its place,” Jesus said to him. “All who take the sword will die by the sword.53Don't you know that I could call on my Father for help, and at once he would send me more than twelve armies of angels?54But in that case, how could the Scriptures come true which say that this is what must happen?”
55 Then Jesus spoke to the crowd, “Did you have to come with swords and clubs to capture me, as though I were an outlaw? Every day I sat down and taught in the Temple, and you did not arrest me.56But all this has happened in order to make what the prophets wrote in the Scriptures come true.”
Then all the disciples left him and ran away.

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