37 He took Peter and Zebedee's two sons, James and John, and he began to be filled with anguish and deep distress.
38 He told them, "My soul is crushed with grief to the point of death. Stay here and watch with me."
39 He went on a little farther and fell face down on the ground, praying, "My Father! If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will, not mine."
40 Then he returned to the disciples and found them asleep. He said to Peter, "Couldn't you stay awake and watch with me even one hour?
41 Keep alert and pray. Otherwise temptation will overpower you. For though the spirit is willing enough, the body is weak!"
42 Again he left them and prayed, "My Father! If this cup cannot be taken away until I drink it, your will be done."
43 He returned to them again and found them sleeping, for they just couldn't keep their eyes open.
44 So he went back to pray a third time, saying the same things again.
45 Then he came to the disciples and said, "Still sleeping? Still resting?* Look, the time has come. I, the Son of Man, am betrayed into the hands of sinners.1
46 Up, let's be going. See, my betrayer is here!"
47 And even 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 and other leaders of the people.
48 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."
49 So Judas came straight to Jesus. "Greetings, Teacher!" he exclaimed and gave him the kiss.
50 Jesus said, "My friend, go ahead and do what you have come for." Then the others grabbed Jesus and arrested him.
51 One of the men with Jesus pulled out a sword and slashed off an ear of the high priest's servant.
52 "Put away your sword," Jesus told him. "Those who use the sword will be killed by the sword.
53 Don't you realize that I could ask my Father for thousands* of angels to protect us, and he would send them instantly?2
54 But if I did, how would the Scriptures be fulfilled that describe what must happen now?"
55 Then Jesus said to the crowd, "Am I some dangerous criminal, that you have come armed with swords and clubs to arrest me? Why didn't you arrest me in the Temple? I was there teaching every day.
56 But this is all happening to fulfill the words of the prophets as recorded in the Scriptures." At that point, all the disciples deserted him and fled.
57 Then the people who had arrested Jesus led him to the home of Caiaphas, the high priest, where the teachers of religious law and other leaders had gathered.
58 Meanwhile, Peter was following far behind and eventually came to the courtyard of the high priest's house. He went in, sat with the guards, and waited to see what was going to happen to Jesus.
59 Inside, the leading priests and the entire high council* were trying to find witnesses who would lie about Jesus, so they could put him to death.3
60 But even though they found many who agreed to give false witness, there was no testimony they could use. Finally, two men were found
61 who declared, "This man said, `I am able to destroy the Temple of God and rebuild it in three days.' "
62 Then the high priest stood up and said to Jesus, "Well, aren't you going to answer these charges? What do you have to say for yourself?"
63 But Jesus remained silent. Then the high priest said to him, "I demand in the name of the living God that you tell us whether you are the Messiah, the Son of God."
64 Jesus replied, "Yes, it is as you say. And in the future 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
65 Then the high priest tore his clothing to show his horror, shouting, "Blasphemy! Why do we need other witnesses? You have all heard his blasphemy.