Then came the day of Unleavened Bread, on which the Passover victim had to be slaughtered, and Jesus sent Peter and John with these instructions: “Go and prepare for our Passover supper.”
“Where would you like us to make the preparations?” they asked.
He replied, “As soon as you set foot in the city a man will meet you carrying a jug of water. Follow him into the house that he enters and give this message to the householder: ‘The Master says, “Where is the room in which I can eat the Passover with my disciples?”‘ He will show you a large room upstairs all set out; make the preparations there.”
They went and found everything as he had said. So they prepared for Passover.
When the time came, he took his place at table, and the apostles with him; and he said to them, “How I have longed to eat this Passover with you before my death! For I tell you, never again shall I eat it until the time when it finds its fulfillment in the kingdom of God.”
Then he took a cup, and after giving thanks he said, “Take this and share it among yourselves; for I tell you, from this moment I shall drink from the fruit of the vine no more until the time when the kingdom of God comes.” And he took bread, gave thanks, and broke it; and he gave it to them, with the words, “This is my body.
“But mark this — My betrayer is here, his hand with mine on the table. For this son of Adam is going his appointed way; but alas for the man by whom he is betrayed!”
At this, they began to ask among themselves which of them it could possibly be who was to do this thing? Then a jealous dispute broke out: Who among them should rank highest?
But he said, “In the world, kings lord it over their subjects; and those in authority are called their country’s ‘benefactors’. Not so, with you. On the contrary, the highest of you must bear himself like the youngest, the chief of you like a servant. For who is greater? — the one who sits at table, or the servant who waits on him? Surely the one who sits at table. Yet here I am among you like a servant.
“You are the men who have stood firmly by me in my times of trial; and now I vest in you the kingship which my Father vested in me; you shall eat and drink at my table in my kingdom, and sit on thrones as judges of the twelve tribes of Israel.
“Simon, Simon, take heed! Satan has been given leave to sift all of you like wheat; but for you I have prayed that your faith may not fail; and when you have come to yourself, you must lend strength to your brothers.”
“Lord,” he replied, “I am ready to go with you to prison and to death.”
Jesus said, “I tell you, Peter, the cock will not crow tonight until you have three times denied that you know me.”
He said to them, “When I sent you out barefoot without purse or pack, were you ever short of anything?”
“No,” they answered.
“It is different now,” he said. “Whoever has a purse had better take it with him, and his pack too; and if he has no sword, let him sell his cloak to buy one. For scripture says, ‘And he was counted among the outlaws;’ and these word, I tell you, must find fulfillment in me. Indeed, all that is written of me is being fulfilled.”
“Look, Lord,” they said. “We have two swords here.”
“Enough, enough!” he replied.