Matthew 26:36–27:50

Jesus’ Three Prayers

Mark 14:32–42; Luke 22:40–46

36 jThen Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane, and said to the disciples, Sit here while I go and pray over there.” 37 And He took with Him Peter and kthe two sons of Zebedee, and He began to be sorrowful and deeply distressed. 38 Then He said to them, lMy soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Stay here and watch with Me.”

39 He went a little farther and fell on His face, and mprayed, saying, nO My Father, if it is possible, olet this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, pnot as I will, but as You will.”

40 Then He came to the disciples and found them sleeping, and said to Peter, What! Could you not watch with Me one hour? 41 qWatch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. rThe spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

42 Again, a second time, He went away and prayed, saying, O My Father, 8if this cup cannot pass away from Me unless I drink it, Your will be done.” 43 And He came and found them asleep again, for their eyes were heavy.

44 So He left them, went away again, and prayed the third time, saying the same words. 45 Then He came to His disciples and said to them, Are you still sleeping and resting? Behold, the hour 9is at hand, and the Son of Man is being sbetrayed into the hands of sinners. 46 Rise, let us be going. See, My betrayer is at hand.”

Jesus’ Betrayal and Arrest

Mark 14:43–52; Luke 22:47–53; John 18:1–11

47 And twhile He was still speaking, behold, Judas, one of the twelve, with a great multitude with swords and clubs, came from the chief priests and elders of the people.

48 Now His betrayer had given them a sign, saying, “Whomever I kiss, He is the One; seize Him.” 49 Immediately he went up to Jesus and said, “Greetings, Rabbi!” uand kissed Him.

50 But Jesus said to him, vFriend, why have you come?”

Then they came and laid hands on Jesus and took Him. 51 And suddenly, wone of those who were with Jesus stretched out his hand and drew his sword, struck the servant of the high priest, and cut off his ear.

52 But Jesus said to him, Put your sword in its place, xfor all who take the sword will 1perish by the sword. 53 Or do you think that I cannot now pray to My Father, and He will provide Me with ymore than twelve legions of angels? 54 How then could the Scriptures be fulfilled, zthat it must happen thus?”

55 In that hour Jesus said to the multitudes, Have you come out, as against a robber, with swords and clubs to take Me? I sat daily with you, teaching in the temple, and you did not seize Me. 56 But all this was done that the aScriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled.”

Then ball the disciples forsook Him and fled.

Two False Witnesses

Mark 14:53–65; Luke 22:54, 55, 63–65; John 18:12, 18, 24

57 cAnd those who had laid hold of Jesus led Him away to Caiaphas the high priest, where the scribes and the elders were assembled. 58 But dPeter followed Him at a distance to the high priest’s courtyard. And he went in and sat with the servants to see the end.

59 Now the chief priests, 2the elders, and all the council sought efalse testimony against Jesus to put Him to death, 60 3but found none. Even though fmany false witnesses came forward, they found none. But at last gtwo 4false witnesses came forward 61 and said, “This fellow said, h‘I am able to destroy the temple of God and to build it in three days.’ ”

62 iAnd the high priest arose and said to Him, “Do You answer nothing? What is it these men testify against You?” 63 But jJesus kept silent. And the high priest answered and said to Him, k“I put You under oath by the living God: Tell us if You are the Christ, the Son of God!”

64 Jesus said to him, It is as you said. Nevertheless, I say to you, lhereafter you will see the Son of Man msitting at the right hand of the Power, and coming on the clouds of heaven.”

65 nThen the high priest tore his clothes, saying, “He has spoken blasphemy! What further need do we have of witnesses? Look, now you have heard His oblasphemy! 66 What do you think?”

They answered and said, p“He is deserving of death.”

67 qThen they spat in His face and beat Him; and rothers struck Him with 5the palms of their hands, 68 saying, s“Prophesy to us, Christ! Who is the one who struck You?”

Three Denials of Peter

Mark 14:66–72; Luke 22:55–62; John 18:15–18, 25–27

69 tNow Peter sat outside in the courtyard. And a servant girl came to him, saying, “You also were with Jesus of Galilee.”

70 But he denied it before them all, saying, “I do not know what you are saying.”

71 And when he had gone out to the gateway, another girl saw him and said to those who were there, “This fellow also was with Jesus of Nazareth.”

72 But again he denied with an oath, “I do not know the Man!”

73 And a little later those who stood by came up and said to Peter, “Surely you also are one of them, for your uspeech betrays you.”

74 Then vhe began to 6curse and 7swear, saying, “I do not know the Man!”

Immediately a rooster crowed. 75 And Peter remembered the word of Jesus who had said to him, wBefore the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times.” So he went out and wept bitterly.

Jesus is Delivered to Pilate

Mark 15:1; Luke 22:66; 23:1; John 18:28

27 When morning came, aall the chief priests and elders of the people plotted against Jesus to put Him to death. And when they had bound Him, they led Him away and bdelivered Him to 1Pontius Pilate the governor.

Judas Repents

Acts 1:18, 19

cThen Judas, His betrayer, seeing that He had been condemned, was remorseful and brought back the thirty dpieces of silver to the chief priests and elders, saying, “I have sinned by betraying innocent blood.”

And they said, “What is that to us? You see to it!

Then he threw down the pieces of silver in the temple and edeparted, and went and hanged himself.

But the chief priests took the silver pieces and said, “It is not lawful to put them into the treasury, because they are the price of blood.” And they consulted together and bought with them the potter’s field, to bury strangers in. Therefore that field has been called fthe Field of Blood to this day.

Then was fulfilled what was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet, saying, g“And they took the thirty pieces of silver, the value of Him who was priced, whom they of the children of Israel priced, 10 and hgave them for the potter’s field, as the Lord directed me.”

Jesus is Examined

Mark 15:2–5; Luke 23:2–5; John 18:29–38

11 Now Jesus stood before the governor. iAnd the governor asked Him, saying, “Are You the King of the Jews?”

Jesus said to him, jIt is as you say.” 12 And while He was being accused by the chief priests and elders, kHe answered nothing.

13 Then Pilate said to Him, l“Do You not hear how many things they testify against You?” 14 But He answered him not one word, so that the governor marveled greatly.

Barabbas is Freed

Mark 15:6–14; Luke 23:17–23; John 18:39, 40

15 mNow at the feast the governor was accustomed to releasing to the multitude one prisoner whom they wished. 16 And at that time they had a notorious prisoner called 2Barabbas. 17 Therefore, when they had gathered together, Pilate said to them, “Whom do you want me to release to you? Barabbas, or Jesus who is called Christ?” 18 For he knew that they had handed Him over because of nenvy.

19 While he was sitting on the judgment seat, his wife sent to him, saying, “Have nothing to do with that just Man, for I have suffered many things today in a dream because of Him.”

20 oBut the chief priests and elders persuaded the multitudes that they should ask for Barabbas and destroy Jesus. 21 The governor answered and said to them, “Which of the two do you want me to release to you?”

They said, p“Barabbas!”

22 Pilate said to them, “What then shall I do with Jesus who is called Christ?”

They all said to him, “Let Him be crucified!”

23 Then the governor said, q“Why, what evil has He done?”

But they cried out all the more, saying, “Let Him be crucified!”

24 When Pilate saw that he could not prevail at all, but rather that a 3tumult was rising, he rtook water and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, “I am innocent of the blood of this 4just Person. You see to it.”

25 And all the people answered and said, s“His blood be on us and on our children.”

Jesus is Scourged

Mark 15:15–17; Luke 23:24, 25; John 19:16

26 Then he released Barabbas to them; and when the had 5scourged Jesus, he delivered Him to be crucified.

27 uThen the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the 6Praetorium and gathered the whole 7garrison around Him. 28 And they vstripped Him and wput a scarlet robe on Him.

Jesus is Lead to Golgotha

Mark 15:18–22; Luke 23:26–33; John 19:17

29 xWhen they had 8twisted a crown of thorns, they put it on His head, and a reed in His right hand. And they bowed the knee before Him and mocked Him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” 30 Then ythey spat on Him, and took the reed and struck Him on the head. 31 And when they had mocked Him, they took the robe off Him, put His own clothes on Him, zand led Him away to be crucified.

32 aNow as they came out, bthey found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name. Him they compelled to bear His cross. 33 cAnd when they had come to a place called Golgotha, that is to say, Place of a Skull, 34 dthey gave Him 9sour wine mingled with gall to drink. But when He had tasted it, He would not drink.

Jesus is Crucified

Mark 15:23–32; Luke 23:33–43; John 19:18–24

35 eThen they crucified Him, and divided His garments, casting lots, 1that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet:

f“They divided My garments among them,

And for My clothing they cast lots.”

36 gSitting down, they kept watch over Him there. 37 And they hput up over His head the accusation written against Him:


38 iThen two robbers were crucified with Him, one on the right and another on the left.

39 And jthose who passed by blasphemed Him, wagging their heads 40 and saying, k“You who destroy the temple and build it in three days, save Yourself! lIf You are the Son of God, come down from the cross.”

41 Likewise the chief …

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