As He was going out of the temple complex, one of His disciples said to Him, "Teacher, look! What massive stones! What impressive buildings!"
Jesus said to him, "Do you see these great buildings? Not one stone will be left here on another that will not be thrown down!"
While He was sitting on the Mount of Olives across from the temple complex, Peter, James, John, and Andrew asked Him privately,
"Tell us, when will these things happen? And what will be the sign when all these things are about to take place?"
Then Jesus began by telling them: "Watch out that no one deceives you.
Many will come in My name, saying, 'I am He,' and they will deceive many.
When you hear of wars and rumors of wars, don't be alarmed; these things must take place, but the end is not yet.
For nation will rise up against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places, and famines. These are the beginning of birth pains.
"But you, be on your guard! They will hand you over to sanhedrins, and you will be flogged in the synagogues. You will stand before governors and kings because of Me, as a witness to them.
And the good news must first be proclaimed to all nations.
So when they arrest you and hand you over, don't worry beforehand what you will say. On the contrary, whatever is given to you in that hour-- say it. For it isn't you speaking, but the Holy Spirit.
Then brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child. Children will rise up against parents and put them to death.
And you will be hated by everyone because of My name. But the one who endures to the end will be delivered.
"When you see the abomination that causes desolation standing where it should not" (let the reader understand), "then those in Judea must flee to the mountains!
A man on the housetop must not come down or go in to get anything out of his house.
And a man in the field must not go back to get his clothes.
Woe to pregnant women and nursing mothers in those days!
Pray it won't happen in winter.
For those will be days of tribulation, the kind that hasn't been from the beginning of the world, which God created, until now and never will be again!
Unless the Lord limited those days, no one would survive. But He limited those days because of the elect, whom He chose.
"Then if anyone tells you, 'Look, here is the Messiah! Look-- there!' do not believe it!
For false messiahs and false prophets will rise up and will perform signs and wonders to lead astray, if possible, the elect.
And you must watch! I have told you everything in advance.
"But in those days, after that tribulation: The sun will be darkened, and the moon will not shed its light;
the stars will be falling from the sky, and the celestial powers will be shaken.
Then they will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory.
He will send out the angels and gather His elect from the four winds, from the end of the earth to the end of the sky.
"Learn this parable from the fig tree: As soon as its branch becomes tender and sprouts leaves, you know that summer is near.
In the same way, when you see these things happening, know that He is near-- at the door!
I assure you: This generation will certainly not pass away until all these things take place.
Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will never pass away.
"Now concerning that day or hour no one knows-- neither the angels in heaven nor the Son-- except the Father.
Watch! Be alert! For you don't know when the time is [coming].
It is like a man on a journey, who left his house, gave authority to his slaves, gave each one his work, and commanded the doorkeeper to be alert.
Therefore be alert, since you don't know when the master of the house is coming-- whether in the evening or at midnight or at the crowing of the rooster or early in the morning.
Otherwise, he might come suddenly and find you sleeping.
And what I say to you, I say to everyone: Be alert!"
After two days it was the Passover and the Festival of Unleavened Bread. The chief priests and the scribes were looking for a treacherous way to arrest and kill Him.
"Not during the festival," they said, "or there may be rioting among the people."
While He was in Bethany at the house of Simon who had a serious skin disease, as He was reclining at the table, a woman came with an alabaster jar of pure and expensive fragrant oil of nard. She broke the jar and poured it on His head.
But some were expressing indignation to one another: "Why has this fragrant oil been wasted?
For this oil might have been sold for more than 300 denarii and given to the poor." And they began to scold her.
Then Jesus said, "Leave her alone. Why are you bothering her? She has done a noble thing for Me.
You always have the poor with you, and you can do good for them whenever you want, but you do not always have Me.
She has done what she could; she has anointed My body in advance for burial.
I assure you: Wherever the gospel is proclaimed in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be told in memory of her."
Then Judas Iscariot, one of the Twelve, went to the chief priests to hand Him over to them.
And when they heard this, they were glad and promised to give him silver. So he started looking for a good opportunity to betray Him.
On the first day of Unleavened Bread, when they sacrifice the Passover lamb, His disciples asked Him, "Where do You want us to go and prepare the Passover so You may eat it?"
So He sent two of His disciples and told them, "Go into the city, and a man carrying a water jug will meet you. Follow him.
Wherever he enters, tell the owner of the house, 'The Teacher says, "Where is the guest room for Me to eat the Passover with My disciples?"'
He will show you a large room upstairs, furnished and ready. Make the preparations for us there."
So the disciples went out, entered the city, and found it just as He had told them, and they prepared the Passover.
When evening came, He arrived with the Twelve.
While they were reclining and eating, Jesus said, "I assure you: One of you will betray Me-- one who is eating with Me!"
They began to be distressed and to say to Him one by one, "Surely not I?"
He said to them, "[It is] one of the Twelve-- the one who is dipping [bread] with Me in the bowl.
For the Son of Man will go just as it is written about Him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been better for that man if he had not been born."
As they were eating, He took bread, blessed and broke it, gave it to them, and said, "Take [it]; this is My body."
Then He took a cup, and after giving thanks, He gave it to them, and so they all drank from it.
He said to them, "This is My blood [that establishes] the covenant; it is shed for many.
I assure you: I will no longer drink of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it in a new way in the kingdom of God."
After singing psalms, they went out to the Mount of Olives.
Then Jesus said to them, "All of you will run away, because it is written: I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered.
But after I have been resurrected, I will go ahead of you to Galilee."
Peter told Him, "Even if everyone runs away, I will certainly not!"
"I assure you," Jesus said to him, "today, this very night, before the rooster crows twice, you will deny Me three times!"
But he kept insisting, "If I have to die with You, I will never deny You!" And they all said the same thing.
Then they came to a place named Gethsemane, and He told His disciples, "Sit here while I pray."
He took Peter, James, and John with Him, and He began to be deeply distressed and horrified.
Then He said to them, "My soul is swallowed up in sorrow-- to the point of death. Remain here and stay awake."
Then He went a little farther, fell to the ground, and began to pray that if it were possible, the hour might pass from Him.
And He said, " Abba, Father! All things are possible for You. Take this cup away from Me. Nevertheless, not what I will, but what You will."
Then He came and found them sleeping. "Simon, are you sleeping?" He asked Peter. "Couldn't you stay awake one hour?
Stay awake and pray so that you won't enter into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak."
Once again He went away and prayed, saying the same thing.
And He came again and found them sleeping, because they could not keep their eyes open. They did not know what to say to Him.
Then He came a third time and said to them, "Are you still sleeping and resting? Enough! The time has come. Look, the Son of Man is being betrayed into the hands of sinners.
Get up; let's go! See-- My betrayer is near."
While He was still speaking, Judas, one of the Twelve, suddenly arrived. With him was a mob, with swords and clubs, from the chief priests, the scribes, and the elders.
His betrayer had given them a signal. "The One I kiss," he said, "He's the One; arrest Him and take Him away under guard."
So when he came, he went right up to Him and said, "Rabbi!"-- and kissed Him.
Then they took hold of Him and arrested Him.
And one of those who stood by drew his sword, struck the high priest's slave, and cut off his ear.
But Jesus said to them, "Have you come out with swords and clubs, as though I were a criminal, to capture Me?
Every day I was among you, teaching in the temple complex, and you didn't arrest Me. But the Scriptures must be fulfilled."
Then they all deserted Him and ran away.
Now a certain young man, having a linen cloth wrapped around his naked body, was following Him. They caught hold of him,
but he left the linen cloth behind and ran away naked.
They led Jesus away to the high priest, and all the chief priests, the elders, and the scribes convened.
Peter followed Him at a distance, right into the high priest's courtyard. He was sitting with the temple police, warming himself by the fire.
The chief priests and the whole Sanhedrin were looking for testimony against Jesus to put Him to death, but they could find none.
For many were giving false testimony against Him, but the testimonies did not agree.
Some stood up and were giving false testimony against Him, stating,
"We heard Him say, 'I will demolish this sanctuary made by [human] hands, and in three days I will build another not made by hands.'"
Yet their testimony did not agree even on this.
Then the high priest stood up before them all and questioned Jesus, "Don't You have an answer to what these men are testifying against You?"
But He kept silent and did not answer anything. Again the high priest questioned Him, "Are You the Messiah, the Son of the Blessed One?"
"I am," said Jesus, "and all of you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of the Power and coming with the clouds of heaven."
Then the high priest tore his robes and said, "Why do we still need witnesses?
You have heard the blasphemy! What is your decision?" And they all condemned Him to be deserving of death.
Then some began to spit on Him, to blindfold Him, and to beat Him, saying, "Prophesy!" Even the temple police took Him and slapped Him.
While Peter was in the courtyard below, one of the high priest's servants came.
When she saw Peter warming himself, she looked at him and said, "You also were with that Nazarene, Jesus."
But he denied it: "I don't know or understand what you're talking about!" Then he went out to the entryway, and a rooster crowed.
When the servant saw him again she began to tell those standing nearby, "This man is one of them!"
But again he denied it. After a little while those standing there said to Peter again, "You certainly are one of them, since you're also a Galilean!"
Then he started to curse and to swear with an oath, "I don't know this man you're talking about!"
Immediately a rooster crowed a second time, and Peter remembered when Jesus had spoken the word to him, "Before the rooster crows twice, you will deny Me three times." When he thought about it, he began to weep.
As soon as it was morning, the chief priests had a meeting with the elders, scribes, and the whole Sanhedrin. After tying Jesus up, they led Him away and handed Him over to Pilate.
So Pilate asked Him, "Are You the King of the Jews?" He answered him, "You have said it."
And the chief priests began to accuse Him of many things.
Then Pilate questioned Him again, "Are You not answering anything? Look how many things they are accusing You of!"
But Jesus still did not answer anything, so Pilate was amazed.
At the festival it was Pilate's custom to release for the people a prisoner they requested.
There was one named Barabbas, who was in prison with rebels who had committed murder during the rebellion.
The crowd came up and began to ask [Pilate] to do for them as was his custom.
So Pilate answered them, "Do you want me to release the King of the Jews for you?"
For he knew it was because of envy that the chief priests had handed Him over.
But the chief priests stirred up the crowd so that he would release Barabbas to them instead.
Pilate asked them again, "Then what do you want me to do with the One you call the King of the Jews?"
Again they shouted, "Crucify Him!"
Then Pilate said to them, "Why? What has He done wrong?" But they shouted, "Crucify Him!" all the more.
Then, willing to gratify the crowd, Pilate released Barabbas to them. And after having Jesus flogged, he handed Him over to be crucified.
Then the soldiers led Him away into the courtyard (that is, headquarters) and called the whole company together.
They dressed Him in a purple robe, twisted together a crown of thorns, and put it on Him.
And they began to salute Him, "Hail, King of the Jews!"
They kept hitting Him on the head with a reed and spitting on Him. Getting down on their knees, they were paying Him homage.
When they had mocked Him, they stripped Him of the purple robe, put His clothes on Him, and led Him out to crucify Him.
They forced a man coming in from the country, who was passing by, to carry Jesus' cross. He was Simon, a Cyrenian, the father of Alexander and Rufus.
And they brought Jesus to the place called Golgotha (which means Skull Place).
They tried to give Him wine mixed with myrrh, but He did not take it.
Then they crucified Him and divided His clothes, casting lots for them to decide what each would get.
Now it was nine in the morning when they crucified Him.
The inscription of the charge written against Him was THE KING OF THE JEWS
They crucified two criminals with Him, one on His right and one on His left.
[[So the Scripture was fulfilled that says: And He was counted among outlaws.]]
Those who passed by were yelling insults at Him, shaking their heads, and saying, "Ha! The One who would demolish the sanctuary and build it in three days,
save Yourself by coming down from the cross!"
In the same way, the chief priests with the scribes were mocking Him to one another and saying, "He saved others; He cannot save Himself!
Let the Messiah, the King of Israel, come down now from the cross, so that we may see and believe." Even those who were crucified with Him were taunting Him.
When it was noon, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon.
And at three Jesus cried out with a loud voice, " Eloi, Eloi, lem� sabachth�ni?" which is translated, " My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?"
When some of those standing there heard this, they said, "Look, He's calling for Elijah!"
Someone ran and filled a sponge with sour wine, fixed it on a reed, offered Him a drink, and said, "Let's see if Elijah comes to take Him down!"
But Jesus let out a loud cry and breathed His last.
Then the curtain of the sanctuary was split in two from top to bottom.
When the centurion, who was standing opposite Him, saw the way He breathed His last, he said, "This man really was God's Son!"
There were also women looking on from a distance. Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James the younger and of Joses, and Salome.
When He was in Galilee, they would follow Him and help Him. Many other women had come up with Him to Jerusalem.
When it was already evening, because it was preparation day (that is, the day before the Sabbath),
Joseph of Arimathea, a prominent member of the Sanhedrin who was himself looking forward to the kingdom of God, came and boldly went in to Pilate and asked for Jesus' body.
Pilate was surprised that He was already dead. Summoning the centurion, he asked him whether He had already died.
When he found out from the centurion, he gave the corpse to Joseph.
After he bought some fine linen, he took Him down and wrapped Him in the linen. Then he placed Him in a tomb cut out of the rock, and rolled a stone against the entrance to the tomb.
Now Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses were watching where He was placed.
When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, so they could go and anoint Him.
Very early in the morning, on the first day of the week, they went to the tomb at sunrise.
They were saying to one another, "Who will roll away the stone from the entrance to the tomb for us?"
Looking up, they observed that the stone-- which was very large-- had been rolled away.
When they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a long white robe sitting on the right side; they were amazed and alarmed.
"Don't be alarmed," he told them. "You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has been resurrected! He is not here! See the place where they put Him.
But go, tell His disciples and Peter, 'He is going ahead of you to Galilee; you will see Him there just as He told you.'"
So they went out and started running from the tomb, because trembling and astonishment overwhelmed them. And they said nothing to anyone, since they were afraid.
[[Early on the first day of the week, after He had risen, He appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom He had driven seven demons.
She went and reported to those who had been with Him, as they were mourning and weeping.
Yet, when they heard that He was alive and had been seen by her, they did not believe it.
Then after this, He appeared in a different form to two of them walking on their way into the country.
And they went and reported it to the rest, who did not believe them either.
Later, He appeared to the Eleven themselves as they were reclining at the table. He rebuked their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they did not believe those who saw Him after He had been resurrected.
Then He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to the whole creation.
Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.
And these signs will accompany those who believe: In My name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new languages;
they will pick up snakes; if they should drink anything deadly, it will never harm them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will get well."
Then after speaking to them, the Lord Jesus was taken up into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God.
And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word by the accompanying signs.]]