16 For I tell you now that I won't eat it again until it comes to fulfillment in the Kingdom of God."
17 Then he took a cup of wine, and when he had given thanks for it, he said, "Take this and share it among yourselves.
18 For I will not drink wine again until the Kingdom of God has come."
19 Then he took a loaf of bread; and when he had thanked God for it, he broke it in pieces and gave it to the disciples, saying, "This is my body, given for you. Do this in remembrance of me."1
20 After supper he took another cup of wine and said, "This wine is the token of God's new covenant to save you--an agreement sealed with the blood I will pour out for you.*2
21 "But here at this table, sitting among us as a friend, is the man who will betray me.
22 For I, the Son of Man, must die since it is part of God's plan. But how terrible it will be for my betrayer!"
23 Then the disciples began to ask each other which of them would ever do such a thing.
24 And they began to argue among themselves as to who would be the greatest in the coming Kingdom.
25 Jesus told them, "In this world the kings and great men order their people around, and yet they are called `friends of the people.'
26 But among you, those who are the greatest should take the lowest rank, and the leader should be like a servant.
27 Normally the master sits at the table and is served by his servants. But not here! For I am your servant.
28 You have remained true to me in my time of trial.
29 And just as my Father has granted me a Kingdom, I now grant you the right
30 to eat and drink at my table in that Kingdom. And you will sit on thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
31 "Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to have all of you, to sift you like wheat.
32 But I have pleaded in prayer for you, Simon, that your faith should not fail. So when you have repented and turned to me again, strengthen and build up your brothers."
33 Peter said, "Lord, I am ready to go to prison with you, and even to die with you."
34 But Jesus said, "Peter, let me tell you something. The rooster will not crow tomorrow morning until you have denied three times that you even know me."
35 Then Jesus asked them, "When I sent you out to preach the Good News and you did not have money, a traveler's bag, or extra clothing, did you lack anything?" "No," they replied.
36 "But now," he said, "take your money and a traveler's bag. And if you don't have a sword, sell your clothes and buy one!
37 For the time has come for this prophecy about me to be fulfilled: `He was counted among those who were rebels.'* Yes, everything written about me by the prophets will come true."3
38 "Lord," they replied, "we have two swords among us." "That's enough," he said.
39 Then, accompanied by the disciples, Jesus left the upstairs room and went as usual to the Mount of Olives.
40 There he told them, "Pray that you will not be overcome by temptation."
41 He walked away, about a stone's throw, and knelt down and prayed,
42 "Father, if you are willing, please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will, not mine."
43 Then an angel from heaven appeared and strengthened him.4
44 He prayed more fervently, and he was in such agony of spirit that his sweat fell to the ground like great drops of blood.*5
45 At last he stood up again and returned to the disciples, only to find them asleep, exhausted from grief.
46 "Why are you sleeping?" he asked. "Get up and pray. Otherwise temptation will overpower you."
47 But even as he said this, a mob approached, led by Judas, one of his twelve disciples. Judas walked over to Jesus and greeted him with a kiss.
48 But Jesus said, "Judas, how can you betray me, the Son of Man, with a kiss?"
49 When the other disciples saw what was about to happen, they exclaimed, "Lord, should we fight? We brought the swords!"