April 12 - Luke 22.31-71
Jesus' Disciples Will Be Tested
33Peter said, "Lord, I am ready to go with you to jail and even to die with you."
34Jesus replied, "Peter, I tell you that before a rooster crows tomorrow morning, you will say three times that you don't know me."
Moneybags, Traveling Bags, and Swords35Jesus asked his disciples, "When I sent you out without a moneybag or a traveling bag or sandals, did you need anything?"
"No!" they answered.
36Jesus told them, "But now, if you have a moneybag, take it with you. Also take a traveling bag, and if you don't have a sword, sell some of your clothes and buy one. 37Do this because the Scriptures say, 'He was considered a criminal.' This was written about me, and it will soon come true."
38The disciples said, "Lord, here are two swords!"
"Enough of that!" Jesus replied.
41Jesus walked on a little way before he knelt down and prayed, 42"Father, if you will, please don't make me suffer by having me drink from this cup. But do what you want, and not what I want."
43Then an angel from heaven came to help him. 44Jesus was in great pain and prayed so sincerely that his sweat fell to the ground like drops of blood.
45Jesus got up from praying and went over to his disciples. They were asleep and worn out from being so sad. 46He said to them, "Why are you asleep? Wake up and pray that you won't be tested."
Jesus Is Arrested
48Jesus asked Judas, "Are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?"
49When Jesus' disciples saw what was about to happen, they asked, "Lord, should we attack them with a sword?" 50One of the disciples even struck at the high priest's servant with his sword and cut off the servant's right ear.
51"Enough of that!" Jesus said. Then he touched the servant's ear and healed it.
52Jesus spoke to the chief priests, the temple police, and the leaders who had come to arrest him. He said, "Why do you come out with swords and clubs and treat me like a criminal? 53I was with you every day in the temple, and you didn't arrest me. But this is your time, and darkness is in control."
Peter Says He Doesn't Know Jesus
57Peter said, "Woman, I don't even know that man!"
58A little later someone else saw Peter and said, "You are one of them!"
"No, I'm not!" Peter replied.
59About an hour later another man insisted, "This man must have been with Jesus. They both come from Galilee."
60Peter replied, "I don't know what you are talking about!" Right then, while Peter was still speaking, a rooster crowed.
61The Lord turned and looked at Peter. And Peter remembered that the Lord had said, "Before a rooster crows tomorrow morning, you will say three times that you don't know me." 62Then Peter went out and cried hard.
63The men who were guarding Jesus made fun of him and beat him. 64They put a blindfold on him and said, "Tell us who struck you!" 65They kept on insulting Jesus in many other ways.
Jesus Is Questioned by the Council
Jesus replied, "If I said so, you wouldn't believe me. 68And if I asked you a question, you wouldn't answer. 69But from now on, the Son of Man will be seated at the right side of God All-Powerful."
70Then they asked, "Are you the Son of God?"
Jesus answered, "You say I am!"
71They replied, "Why do we need more witnesses? He said it himself!"
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