32 And they came to an olive grove called Gethsemane, and Jesus said, "Sit here while I go and pray."
33 He took Peter, James, and John with him, and he began to be filled with horror and deep distress.
34 He told them, "My soul is crushed with grief to the point of death. Stay here and watch with me."
35 He went on a little farther and fell face down on the ground. He prayed that, if it were possible, the awful hour awaiting him might pass him by.
36 "Abba,* Father," he said, "everything is possible for you. Please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will, not mine."1
37 Then he returned and found the disciples asleep. "Simon!" he said to Peter. "Are you asleep? Couldn't you stay awake and watch with me even one hour?
38 Keep alert and pray. Otherwise temptation will overpower you. For though the spirit is willing enough, the body is weak."
39 Then Jesus left them again and prayed, repeating his pleadings.
40 Again he returned to them and found them sleeping, for they just couldn't keep their eyes open. And they didn't know what to say.
41 When he returned to them the third time, he said, "Still sleeping? Still resting?* Enough! The time has come. I, the Son of Man, am betrayed into the hands of sinners.2
42 Up, let's be going. See, my betrayer is here!"
43 And immediately, as he said this, Judas, one of the twelve disciples, arrived with a mob that was armed with swords and clubs. They had been sent out by the leading priests, the teachers of religious law, and the other leaders.
44 Judas had given them a prearranged signal: "You will know which one to arrest when I go over and give him the kiss of greeting. Then you can take him away under guard."
45 As soon as they arrived, Judas walked up to Jesus. "Teacher!" he exclaimed, and gave him the kiss.
46 Then the others grabbed Jesus and arrested him.
47 But someone pulled out a sword and slashed off an ear of the high priest's servant.
48 Jesus asked them, "Am I some dangerous criminal, that you come armed with swords and clubs to arrest me?
49 Why didn't you arrest me in the Temple? I was there teaching every day. But these things are happening to fulfill what the Scriptures say about me."
50 Meanwhile, all his disciples deserted him and ran away.
51 There was a young man following along behind, clothed only in a linen nightshirt. When the mob tried to grab him,
52 they tore off his clothes, but he escaped and ran away naked.
53 Jesus was led to the high priest's home where the leading priests, other leaders, and teachers of religious law had gathered.
54 Meanwhile, Peter followed far behind and then slipped inside the gates of the high priest's courtyard. For a while he sat with the guards, warming himself by the fire.
55 Inside, the leading priests and the entire high council* were trying to find witnesses who would testify against Jesus, so they could put him to death. But their efforts were in vain.3
56 Many false witnesses spoke against him, but they contradicted each other.
57 Finally, some men stood up to testify against him with this lie:
58 "We heard him say, `I will destroy this Temple made with human hands, and in three days I will build another, made without human hands.' "
59 But even then they didn't get their stories straight!
60 Then the high priest stood up before the others and asked Jesus, "Well, aren't you going to answer these charges? What do you have to say for yourself?"
61 Jesus made no reply. Then the high priest asked him, "Are you the Messiah, the Son of the blessed God?"
62 Jesus said, "I am, and you will see me, the Son of Man, sitting at God's right hand in the place of power and coming back on the clouds of heaven."*4
63 Then the high priest tore his clothing to show his horror and said, "Why do we need other witnesses?
64 You have all heard his blasphemy. What is your verdict?" And they all condemned him to death.
65 Then some of them began to spit at him, and they blindfolded him and hit his face with their fists. "Who hit you that time, you prophet?" they jeered. And even the guards were hitting him as they led him away.