29 Then he gave them this illustration: “Notice the fig tree, or any other tree.30 When the leaves come out, you know without being told that summer is near.31 In the same way, when you see all these things taking place, you can know that the Kingdom of God is near.32 I tell you the truth, this generation will not pass from the scene until all these things have taken place.33 Heaven and earth will disappear, but my words will never disappear.
34 “Watch out! Don’t let your hearts be dulled by carousing and drunkenness, and by the worries of this life. Don’t let that day catch you unaware,35 like a trap. For that day will come upon everyone living on the earth.36 Keep alert at all times. And pray that you might be strong enough to escape these coming horrors and stand before the Son of Man.”
37 Every day Jesus went to the Temple to teach, and each evening he returned to spend the night on the Mount of Olives.38 The crowds gathered at the Temple early each morning to hear him.
Judas Agrees to Betray Jesus
22 The Festival of Unleavened Bread, which is also called Passover, was approaching.2 The leading priests and teachers of religious law were plotting how to kill Jesus, but they were afraid of the people’s reaction.
3 Then Satan entered into Judas Iscariot, who was one of the twelve disciples,4 and he went to the leading priests and captains of the Temple guard to discuss the best way to betray Jesus to them.5 They were delighted, and they promised to give him money.6 So he agreed and began looking for an opportunity to betray Jesus so they could arrest him when the crowds weren’t around.
The Last Supper
7 Now the Festival of Unleavened Bread arrived, when the Passover lamb is sacrificed.8 Jesus sent Peter and John ahead and said, “Go and prepare the Passover meal, so we can eat it together.”
9 “Where do you want us to prepare it?” they asked him.
10 He replied, “As soon as you enter Jerusalem, a man carrying a pitcher of water will meet you. Follow him. At the house he enters,11 say to the owner, ‘The Teacher asks: Where is the guest room where I can eat the Passover meal with my disciples?’12 He will take you upstairs to a large room that is already set up. That is where you should prepare our meal.”13 They went off to the city and found everything just as Jesus had said, and they prepared the Passover meal there.
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