April 12 - Luke 22.31-71
Jesus Predicts Peter's Denial
33Peter answered, "Lord, I am ready to go to prison with you and to die with you!"
34"I tell you, Peter," Jesus said, "the rooster will not crow tonight until you have said three times that you do not know me."
Purse, Bag, and Sword35Then Jesus asked his disciples, "When I sent you out that time without purse, bag, or shoes, did you lack anything?"
"Not a thing," they answered.
36"But now," Jesus said, "whoever has a purse or a bag must take it; and whoever does not have a sword must sell his coat and buy one. 37For I tell you that the scripture which says, 'He shared the fate of criminals,' must come true about me, because what was written about me is coming true."
38The disciples said, "Look! Here are two swords, Lord!"
"That is enough!" he replied.
Jesus Prays on the Mount of Olives
41Then he went off from them about the distance of a stone's throw and knelt down and prayed. 42"Father," he said, "if you will, take this cup of suffering away from me. Not my will, however, but your will be done." 43An angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him. 44In great anguish he prayed even more fervently; his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground.
45Rising from his prayer, he went back to the disciples and found them asleep, worn out by their grief. 46He said to them, "Why are you sleeping? Get up and pray that you will not fall into temptation."
The Arrest of Jesus
49When the disciples who were with Jesus saw what was going to happen, they asked, "Shall we use our swords, Lord?" 50And one of them struck the High Priest's slave and cut off his right ear.
51But Jesus said, "Enough of this!" He touched the man's ear and healed him.
52Then Jesus said to the chief priests and the officers of the Temple guard and the elders who had come there to get him, "Did you have to come with swords and clubs, as though I were an outlaw? 53I was with you in the Temple every day, and you did not try to arrest me. But this is your hour to act, when the power of darkness rules."
Peter Denies Jesus
57But Peter denied it, "Woman, I don't even know him!"
58After a little while a man noticed Peter and said, "You are one of them, too!"
But Peter answered, "Man, I am not!"
59And about an hour later another man insisted strongly, "There isn't any doubt that this man was with Jesus, because he also is a Galilean!"
60But Peter answered, "Man, I don't know what you are talking about!"
At once, while he was still speaking, a rooster crowed. 61The Lord turned around and looked straight at Peter, and Peter remembered that the Lord had said to him, "Before the rooster crows tonight, you will say three times that you do not know me." 62Peter went out and wept bitterly.
Jesus Is Mocked and Beaten
Jesus before the Council
He answered, "If I tell you, you will not believe me; 68and if I ask you a question, you will not answer. 69But from now on the Son of Man will be seated at the right side of Almighty God."
70They all said, "Are you, then, the Son of God?"
He answered them, "You say that I am."
71And they said, "We don't need any witnesses! We ourselves have heard what he said!"
This reading is from The Holy
Bible, Today's English Version, Second Edition copyright © American
Bible Society, 1992;
Old Testament copyright © American Bible Society, 1976, 1992; New Testament © American Bible Society, 1966, 1971, 1976, 1992.
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