I am the vine, you are the branches. In me you will bear much fruit, but you can do nothing apart from me. John 15:5

On Thursday of Holy Week

Jesus instructs his disciples Peter and John to secure a large upper room in a house in Jerusalem and to prepare for the Passover meal

Matthew 26:17-19

Now on the first day of Unleavened Bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying,

“Where will you have us prepare for you to eat the Passover?”

He said,

“Go into the city to a certain man and say to him,

‘The Teacher says,

My time is at hand. I will keep the Passover at your house with my disciples.’”

And the disciples did as Jesus had directed them, and they prepared the Passover.

Mark 14:12-16

Luke 22:7-13

Then came the day of Unleavened Bread, on which the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed.

So Jesus sent Peter and John, saying,

“Go and prepare the Passover for us, that we may eat it.”

They said to him,

“Where will you have us prepare it?”

He said to them,

“Behold, when you have entered the city, a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him into the house that he enters and tell the master of the house,

‘The Teacher says to you,

Where is the guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?’

And he will show you a large upper room furnished; prepare it there.”

And they went and found it just as he had told them, and they prepared the Passover.


In the evening Jesus eats the Passover meal with the Twelve, tells them of the coming betrayal, and institutes the Lord’s Supper

Mathew 26:20-29 (click to view)

Mark 14:17-23 And when it was evening, he came with the twelve. And as they were reclining at table and eating, Jesus said,

“Truly, I say to you, one of you will betray me, one who is eating with me.”

They began to be sorrowful and to say to him one after another,

“Is it I?”

He said to them,

“It is one of the twelve, one who is dipping bread into the dish with me. For the Son of Man goes as it is written of 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.”

And as they were eating, he took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to them, and said,

“Take; this is my body.”

And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, and they all drank of it. And he said to them,

“This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many. Truly, I say to you, I will not drink again of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.”

Luke 22:14-30


After supper Jesus washes the disciples’ feet, interacts with them, and delivers the Upper Room Discourse

Jesus and the disciples sing a hymn together (probably from Psalms 113-118), then depart to the Mount of Olives

Matthew 26:30

And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.

Mark 14:26

And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.

Luke 22:39

And he came out and went, as was his custom, to the Mount of Olives, and the disciples followed him.


Jesus foretells Peter’s denials

Then Jesus said to them,

“You will all fall away because of me this night. For it is written,

‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’

But after I am raised up, I will go before you to Galilee.”

Peter answered him,

“Though they all fall away because of you, I will never fall away.”

Jesus said to him,

“Truly, I tell you, this very night, before the rooster crows, you will deny me three times.”

Peter said to him,

“Even if I must die with you, I will not deny you!”

And all the disciples said the same.

Mark 14:27-31

And Jesus said to them,

“You will all fall away, for it is written,

‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered.’

But after I am raised up, I will go before you to Galilee.”

Peter said to him,

“Even though they all fall away, I will not.”

And Jesus said to him,

“Truly, I tell you, this very night, before the rooster crows twice, you will deny me three times.”

But he said emphatically,

“If I must die with you, I will not deny you.”

And they all said the same.

Luke 22:31-34

[Jesus said:]
“Simon, Simon, behold, Satan demanded to have you, that he might sift you like wheat, but I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned again, strengthen your brothers.”
Peter said to him,
“Lord, I am ready to go with you both to prison and to death.”

Jesus said,

“I tell you, Peter, the rooster will not crow this day, until you deny three times that you know me.”


Jesus gives his disciples practical commands about supplies and provisions

Luke 22:35-38
And he said to them,

“When I sent you out with no moneybag or knapsack or sandals, did you lack anything?”

They said,

“Nothing.”

He said to them,

“But now let the one who has a moneybag take it, and likewise a knapsack.

And let the one who has no sword sell his cloak and buy one.

For I tell you that this Scripture must be fulfilled in me:

‘And he was numbered with the transgressors.’

For what is written about me has its fulfillment.”

And they said,

“Look, Lord, here are two swords.”

And he said to them,

“It is enough.”


Jesus and the disciples go to Gethsemane, where he struggles in prayer and they struggle to stay awake late into the night

Matthew 26:36-46

Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to his disciples,

“Sit here, while I go over there and pray.”

And taking with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, he began to be sorrowful and troubled. Then he said to them,

“My soul is very sorrowful, even to death; remain here, and watch with me.”

And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, saying,

“My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.”

And he came to the disciples and found them sleeping.

And he said to Peter,

“So, could you not watch with me one hour? Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

Again, for the second time, he went away and prayed,

“My Father, if this cannot pass unless I drink it, your will be done.”

And again he came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were heavy. So, leaving them again, he went away and prayed for the third time, saying the same words again.

Then he came to the disciples and said to them,

“Sleep and take your rest later on. See, the hour is at hand, and the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. Rise, let us be going; see, my betrayer is at hand.”

Mark 14:32-42

And they went to a place called Gethsemane.
And he said to his disciples,

“Sit here while I pray.”

And he took with him Peter and James and John, and began to be greatly distressed and troubled. And he said to them,

“My soul is very sorrowful, even to death. Remain here and watch.”

And going a little farther, he fell on the ground and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from him.

And he said,

“Abba, Father, all things are possible for you. Remove this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.”

And he came and found them sleeping, and he said to Peter,

“Simon, are you asleep? Could you not watch one hour? Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

And again he went away and prayed, saying the same words.

And again he came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were very heavy, and they did not know what to answer him.

And he came the third time and said to them,

“Are you still sleeping and taking your rest? It is enough; the hour has come. The Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. Rise, let us be going; see, my betrayer is at hand.”

Luke 22:40-46

And when he came to the place, he said to them,

“Pray that you may not enter into temptation.”

And he withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, and knelt down and prayed, saying,

“Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done.”

And there appeared to him an angel from heaven, strengthening him. And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly; and his sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground.

And when he rose from prayer, he came to the disciples and found them sleeping for sorrow, and he said to them,

“Why are you sleeping? Rise and pray that you may not enter into temptation.”

 

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