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Chapter Seventeen

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The Conspiracy Against Jesus

NARRATOR.
When Jesus had finished all he wanted to say, he spoke to his disciples saying:
JESUS.
As you know, it will be Passover in two days' time and the Son of Man will betrayed and handed over to be crucified.
NARRATOR.
During the daytime Jesus would be in the Temple teaching and from early morning, the people would gather around him in the Temple to listen to him. But the nights, he would spend on the hill called the Mount of Olives.
It was two days before the Feast of Unleavened Bread, called the Passover, and the chief priests, scribes and the elders of the people assembled in the palace of the high priest, Caiaphas, to make plans to arrest Jesus by some deception and have him put to death, for they feared the people. They said however:
CHIEF PRIESTS, SCRIBES and ELDERS.
It must not be during the Passover celebration or there will be a riot among the people, there must be no disturbance among the people.

Matthew 26:1-5; Mark 14:1,2; Luke 21:37-22:2

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Judas Betrays Jesus

NARRATOR.
Satan then entered into Judas, surnamed Iscariot who was numbered among the twelve. He went to the chief priests and the officers of the guard to discuss a scheme for handing Jesus over to them. Approaching the chief priests with an offer he said:
JUDAS.
What will you give me if I will deliver him to you?
NARRATOR.
They were delighted to hear it and agreed to give him a sum of money. Judas accepted and they paid him thirty silver pieces. From that moment on Judas looked for an opportunity and a way of betraying him to them without the people knowing.

Matthew 26:14-16; Mark 14:10,11; Luke 22:3-6

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Preparation for the Passover

NARRATOR.
Now the first day of the Unleavened Bread came round, the day on which the Passover Lamb had to be sacrificed. The disciples came to Jesus and said:
DISCIPLES.
Where do you want us to go and make the preparations for you to eat the Passover?
NARRATOR.
So he sent two of his disciples, Peter and John, saying to them:
JESUS.
Go and make preparations for us to eat the Passover.
PETER/JOHN.
Where do you want us to prepare it?
JESUS.
Listen, when you have entered into the city you meet a man carrying a pitcher of water. Follow him into the house and tell the owner of the house which he enters, "The Master says this to you: `My time is near. It is in your house that I am keeping the Passover with my disciples. Where is the dining room in which I can keep the Passover with them?' The man will show you a large upper room furnished with couches all prepared. Make the preparations for us there.
NARRATOR.
The disciples set out and did what Jesus had told them to do. They went into the city and found everything as he had told them and they prepared the Passover.

Matthew 26:17-19; Mark 14:12-16; Luke 22:7-13

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The Last Supper

NARRATOR.
It was before the festival of the Passover and Jesus knew that the hour had come for him to pass from this world to the Father, having loved his own who were in the world and he loved them right unto the end. When the evening came, he arrived with the Twelve. When the hour came, he took his place at the table and the twelve Apostles with him and said:
JESUS.
I have longed to eat this Passover with you before I suffer; because I tell you, I will not eat it again until it is fulfilled in the Kingdom of God.
NARRATOR.
Then taking a cup, he gave thanks and said:
JESUS.
Take this and share it among yourselves. I tell you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the Kingdom of God shall come.
NARRATOR.
Now as they were eating, Jesus took some bread and when he had given thanks and said the blessing he broke it and gave it to the disciples saying:
JESUS.
Take it and eat, this is my body which will be given for you; do this as a memorial of me.
NARRATOR.
He did the same with the cup after supper. He took a cup and when he had returned thanks he gave it to them.
JESUS.
Drink all of you from this. For this is my blood, the blood of the New Covenant, which is to be poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. This cup is the new covenant in my blood which will be poured out for you. But I say to you most sincerely, I will not drink from this fruit of the vine from this point onward until that day when I drink it new with you in the Kingdom of my Father.
NARRATOR.
And they all drank from it.

Matthew 26:26-29; Mark 14:22-25; Luke 22:14-20; John 13:1

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Jesus Washes The Feet of the Disciples

NARRATOR.
A dispute had arouse among the Twelve as to which one of them should be considered the greatest. They were at supper and the devil had already put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, son of Simon, to betray him. Jesus knew that the Father had given everything into his hands and that he had come from God and was returning to God. He got up from the table and removing his outer garment took a towel and wrapped it around his waist. He then poured water into a basin and began to wash the feet of his disciples and to wipe them with the towel he was wearing. He came to Simon Peter, who said to him:
PETER.
Lord, are you going to wash my feet?
JESUS.
What I am doing now, you don't understand, but you will understand later.
PETER.
You will never wash my feet!
JESUS.
If I don't wash you, you can have nothing in common with me.
PETER.
Lord, wash not only my feet, but also my hands and my head as well!
JESUS.
One who has taken a bath needs only to have his feet washed to be clean all over. You are clean, but not all of you are.
NARRATOR.
He knew who was going to betray him, that was why he said: 'You are not all clean.' When he had washed their feet and put his clothes on again, he went back to the table and sat down.
JESUS.
Among the Gentiles it is the kings who rule over them and those who exercise authority over them are called 'workers of good'. This must not happen with you. No, he that is greatest among you, let him be as if he were the youngest and he that is leader, let him be as if he were the one who serves. For who is greater, the one who sits at the table or the one who serves? Isn't it the one who sits at the table? Yet here am I among you as one who serves. Do you understand what I've done to you? You call me Master and Lord and you speak correctly, for so I am. If I then, the Lord and Master have washed your feet, you also should wash one another's feet. I have given you an example so that you should do as I have done to you. I tell you most sincerely, the servant is not greater than his master, neither is a messenger greater than the man who sent him. If you understand these things, happy are you if you do them. I am not speaking about all of you. I know the ones I have chosen, but what scripture says must be fulfilled: 'One who eats bread with me has lifted up his heel against me.' I tell you this now, before it happens, so that when it does happen you may believe that I am He. I tell you most sincerely, whoever welcomes the one I send, welcomes me and he who welcomes, me welcomes the one who sent me.

Luke 22:24-27; John 13:2-20

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Satan Enters Judas

NARRATOR.
Having said this, Jesus was troubled in spirit and declared:
JESUS.
I tell you most sincerely, one of you who eats with me will betray me. The hand of the man who betrays me is with me on the table.
NARRATOR.
The disciples looked at one another, wondering which one of them he meant. They were greatly distressed and started asking him one by one:
DISCIPLE 1.
Is it me?
DISCIPLE 2.
Am I the one?
JESUS.
It is one of the twelve, the one who dips his hand with me in the dish, this same one will betray me. The Son of Man indeed is going as it was determined, as the scriptures say he will, but alas for that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed. It would have been better for that man if he had never been born.
NARRATOR.
Then Judas, who was to betray him, asked:
JUDAS.
Rabbi, is it I?
JESUS.
You, have said it!
NARRATOR.
And they began to ask each other which of them it could be who was to do this thing. Now there was leaning on Jesus' bosom one of the disciples whom he loved. Simon Peter got the attention of this disciple so that he could ask Jesus who it was he was speaking about. Leaning back on Jesus' breast he said:
JOHN.
Lord, who is it?
JESUS.
It is the one to whom I give the piece of bread that I shall dip in the dish.
NARRATOR.
He dipped the piece of bread in the dish and gave it to Judas Iscariot, son of Simon. At that instant, after Judas had taken the bread, Satan entered him. Jesus then said:
JESUS.
What you are about to do, do quickly.
NARRATOR.
None of the others at the table understood the reason he had said this to him since Judas had charge of the common fund and some of them thought Jesus was telling him, 'Buy what we need for the festival or that he should give something to the poor.' As soon as Judas had taken the piece of bread he went out and night had fallen. When he had gone Jesus said:
JESUS.
Now is the Son of Man glorified and in him God has been glorified. If God has been glorified in him, God will also glorify him in Himself and will glorify him very soon.

Matthew 26:20-25; Mark 14:17-21; Luke 22:21-23; John 13:21-32

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Reward Promised to the Disciples

JESUS.
You are the men who have faithfully stood by me in all my trails and now I confer a kingdom on you, just as my Father conferred a kingdom on me, that you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom. And you will sit on thrones to judge the twelve tribes of Israel.

Luke 22:28-30

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Farewell Discourses

JESUS.
Little children, it is only a little while longer that I am able to be with you. You will look for me and as I told the Jews, where I am going, you cannot come. So now I say to you, a new commandment I am giving you: That you love one another as I have loved you, you also must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.
NARRATOR.
Simon Peter said to him:
PETER.
Where are you going?
JESUS.
Where I am going, you cannot follow me now, but you will follow me later.
PETER.
Lord, why can't I follow you now? I will lay down my life for your sake.
JESUS.
Will you lay down your life for my sake? I tell you most sincerely, the cock will not crow until you have denied me three times. Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God, believe in me also. In my Father's household are many residences, if it were not so I would have told you. I am going now to prepare a place for you and after I have gone and prepared a place for you, I will come again and receive you unto my self; so that where I am, there you may be also. You know where I am going and you know the way.
THOMAS.
Lord, we don't know where you're going, so how can we know the way?
JESUS.
I am the way, the truth and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me. If you had known me, you should have known my Father also. From this moment, you know Him and have seen Him.
PHILIP.
Lord, show us the Father and then we will be satisfied.
JESUS.
Have I been with you all this time Philip, and you still don't know me? He that has seen me, has seen the Father, so why so you say, 'Show us the Father?' Do you believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words I say to you I do not speak as from myself. It is the Father that lives in me, he does the works. Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or else believe me on the evidence of the works, if for no other reason. I tell most sincerely, whoever believes in me, the works I do he will do also and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to my Father. Whatever you will ask in my name, that will I do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you will ask for anything in my name, I will do it.
If you love me, keep my commandments. And I will entreat the Father and he will give you another intercessor to be with you forever, that Spirit of truth whom the world cannot receive because it doesn't see him or know him, but you know him because he lives in you and will be with you. I will not leave you orphans, I will come to you. In a short time the world will no longer see me, but you will see me, because I live and you will live also. In that day you will know that I am in the Father and you in me and I in you. Anyone who has my commandments and keeps them will be one who loves me and anyone who loves me will be loved of my Father and I shall love him and show myself to him.
NARRATOR.
Judas, not Judas Iscariot, said to him:
JUDAS.
Lord, How is it that you will show yourself to us and not to the world?
JESUS.
If a man loves me, he will keep my words and my Father will love him and we will come to Him and make our home with Him. The man who does not love me does not keep my words. The word which you hear is not mine, but the Father's who sent me. I have said these things to you while I am still with you; but the intercessor, which is the Holy Spirit, who the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and will bring to remembrance everything I have said to you.
Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you and I don't give it to you the way the world gives. Don't let your hearts be troubled, neither let it be afraid. You heard me say, I am going away and will come again to you. If you loved me, you would rejoice because I said that I am going to the Father. For my Father is greater than I am. I have told you this now before it happens, so that when it does happen you may believe. From here on I will not talk much with you because the prince of this world is on his way and he has no power over me, but that the world must know that I love the Father and that I am doing exactly what the Father told me to do. Get up, let's go from here.

John 13:33-14:31

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The True Vine

JESUS.
I am the true vine and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in me that does not bear fruit He prunes so that it may bear more fruit. By means of the word I have spoken to you, you are pruned already. Remain in me as I remain in you. Just as a branch cannot bear fruit all by itself, but must remain part of the vine, neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever remains in me and I in him, this one bears much fruit; for cut off from me you can do nothing. If a man does not remain in me, he is like a branch that has been thrown away and withers. Men gather these branches and throw them into the fire and they are burned up. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, you will ask what you will and it will be done for you.
It is in this way that my Father is glorified, that you should bear much fruit and so prove that you are my disciples. As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Remain in my love. If you keep my commandments you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father's commandments and remain in His love. I have told you these things so that my joy may remain in you and that your joy may be complete.
This is my commandment: that you love one another as I have loved you. A man can have no greater love than this: that a man lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends, if you do all the things that I command you. From here on, I shall not call you servants, because a servant does not know what his master is doing. But I have call you friends, because all the things that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you. You have not chosen me, but I have chosen you and commissioned you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last, so that whatever you ask of my Father in my name, He may give you. These things I command you, that you love one another.

John 15:1-17

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Hatred of the World Towards Jesus

JESUS.
If the world hates you, you know that it hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love you as its' own, but because you are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. Remember the words I said to you: 'A servant is not greater than his master.' If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they have kept my word, they will keep yours as well. But they will do all these things to you on account of my name, because they do not know the one who sent me.
If I had not come and spoken to them, they would be blameless; but as it is, they have seen and hated both me and my Father. But all this has happened in order that the word written in their law might be fulfilled: 'They hated me for no reason.' When the intercessor comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, even the Spirit of Truth which proceeds from the Father, he will testify of me. And you will also bear witness, because you have been with me from the beginning. I have told you all these things so that you will not be shaken. They will expel you from the synagogues, yes the time is coming when anyone who kills you will think that he is doing a service for God. They will do these things to you because they have neither known the Father nor myself. But I have told you all these things, so that when the time comes, you may remember that I had told you of them.

John 15:18-27; 16:1-4...

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The Spirit of Truth To Be Sent

JESUS.
I did not tell you these things from the beginning, because I was with you; but now I am going to the one who sent me. None of you have asked me, 'Where are you going?' But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled you heart. Nevertheless, I tell you the truth; it is for you own good that I am going because unless I go, the Intercessor will not come to you; but if I do go, I will send him to you. And when he comes, he will reprove the world regarding sin and righteousness and judgement.
Regarding sin; because they did not believe in me. Regarding righteousness; because I am going to my Father and you will see me no more. Regarding judgement; because the prince of this world has already been judged. I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. However when he, the Spirit of truth has come, he will guide you into all truth. For he will not speak of himself, but will speak only what he has heard and he will show you things to come. He will glorify me, for he will receive from what is mine and will show it to you. All things the Father has are mine; this is why I said; 'He will receive from what is mine and will show it to you.'

John 16:...4-15

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Jesus Has Conquered the World

JESUS.
In a short time you will no longer see me and then in a short time you will see me again, because I am going to the Father.
NARRATOR.
Then some of his disciples said to one another:
DISCIPLES.
What is this that he is saying to us: 'In a short time you will no longer see me and then a short time later you will see me again, because I am going to the Father.' What does he mean when he says: 'A short time?' We don't understand what he's talking about.
NARRATOR.
Jesus knew that they wanted to question him, so he said:
JESUS.
Are you asking one another what I meant by saying: 'In a short time you will no longer see me, and then a short time later you will see me again.' I tell you most sincerely, you will weep and wail while the world rejoices. You will be sorrowful, but you sorrow will be turned into joy. A women when she is in labor suffers, because her time has come. But as soon as she has given birth to the child she forgets the anguish in her joy, because a man has been born into the world. So it is with you; you are sad now, but I will see you again and your hearts will rejoice and your joy, no man can take from you. When that day comes, you will not ask me any questions. I tell you most solemnly, anything you ask from the Father in my name, He will give you.
Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive so that your joy may be complete. I have been telling you all these things in parables; but the time is coming when I will no longer speak to you in parables but will tell you about the Father in plain words. When that day comes, you will ask in my name and I am not saying that I will entreat the Father for you, because the Father Himself loves you for loving me and believing that I came from God. I came from the Father and have come into the world and now I leave the world and go to the Father.
DISCIPLES.
Now you are speaking plainly and not using proverbs. Now we are sure that you know everything and do not have to wait for anyone to question you. Because of this we believe that you have come from God.
JESUS.
Do you believe at last! Listen, the hour is coming, in fact it has already come when you will be scattered every man to his own way and you will leave me alone. And yet I am not alone, because the Father is with me. These things I have told you so that in me you might have peace. In the world you will have trouble, but cheer up, I have conquered the world.

John 16:16-33

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The Prayer of Christ

NARRATOR.
After saying these things, Jesus lifted up his eyes to heaven and said:
JESUS.
Father, the hour has come, glorify your son so that your son may glorify you. As you have given him power over all flesh that he should give eternal life to as many as you have given him. And eternal life is this: that they might know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. I have glorified you on earth and have finished the work that you gave me to do.
And now, Oh Father, glorify me with yourself, with the glory I had with you before the world was. I have made your name known to the men you gave me out of the world. They were yours and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. Now they know that all the things you have given me are indeed form you, for I have given them the words you gave to me. They have received them and have known for a fact that I came from you and they have believed that you did send me. I pray for them; I am not praying for the world, but for those you have given me because they are yours.
All that I have is yours and all that you have is mine, and in them am I glorified. I am not in the world any longer and I am coming to you, but they are in the world. Holy Father, keep through your own name those you have given me, that they may be as one, as we are one. While I was with them in the world, I kept them in your name. Those you have given me, I have kept and none of them are lost, except for the son of destruction, that the scripture might be fulfilled. But now I am coming to you. While I am still in the world I say these things in order that they might have my joy completed in themselves. I have given them your word and the world has hated them because they are not of the world even as I am not of the world. I am not asking you to take them out of the world, but that you should keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. Purify them through your truth, your word is truth. As you sent me into the world, I have also sent them into the world and for their sake I purify myself so that they also may be purified through the truth. I am not petitioning only for these, but also for those who will believe on me, through their word. May they all be one.
As you Father are in me and I in you, may they also be one in us so that the world may believe that it was you who has sent me. I have given them the glory which you gave to me, that they may be one even as we are one: I in them and you in me, that they may be made perfect in one, that the world will know that it was you who sent me and have loved them as you have loved me. Father, I also want those you have given me to be with me where I am, so that they may see my glory that you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world.
Oh Righteous Father, the world has not known you, but I have known you and these have known that you have sent me. I have made your name known to them and will continue to make it known, that the love with which you have loved me may be in them and I in them.

John 17:1-26

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Peter's Denial Foretold

NARRATOR.
After a psalm had been sung and he had said all these things, Jesus started to leave with his disciples following. Jesus then said to them:
JESUS.
All of you will be caused to stumble because of me this night, for scripture says: 'I will strike the shepherd and the sheep of the flock will be scattered', but after I have risen again, I will go before you to Galilee.
NARRATOR.
At this Peter said:
PETER.
Even though all the rest shall be stumbled because of you, I will never be stumbled.
JESUS.
Simon, Simon; Satan, you must know, has desired to sift you all like wheat, but I have prayed for you, that your faith may not fail and once you have recovered, strengthen your brothers.
PETER.
Lord, I am ready to go with you both to prison and to death!
JESUS.
Peter I tell you most sincerely; this day, even this very night before the cock crows twice, you will have denied three times that you even know me.
NARRATOR.
But he repeated more earnestly:
PETER.
Even if I have to die with you, I will never, in any way, deny that I know you.
NARRATOR.
And all the disciples said the same.

Matthew 26:30-35; Mark 14:26-31; Luke 22:31-34

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Preparation for the Arrest

NARRATOR.
He said to them:
JESUS.
When I sent you out without a money bag, food sack or sandals, were you in need of anything?
DISCIPLES.
No.
JESUS.
But now if you have a money bag, take it; if you have a food sack, do the same; if you don't have a sword, sell you cloak and buy one. For I tell you that this that is written must yet be fulfilled in me: 'He let himself be taken as a criminal.' For what scripture said about me is even now reaching its fulfillment.
DISCIPLES.
Lord, here are two swords.
JESUS.
That's enough.
NARRATOR.
And he came out and went his way as usual to the Mount of Olives with his disciples following.

Luke 22:35-39

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