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THE CONSPIRACY AGAINST JESUS
THE CONSPIRACY AGAINST JESUS. And it came to pass, when Jesus had finished all these words, he said unto his disciples, ‘Ye know that after two days the passover cometh, and the Son of man is delivered up to be crucified.”
Then were gathered together the chief priests, the elders of the people, unto the court of the high priest, who was called Caiaphas; and they took counsel together that they might take Jesus by subtlety, and kill him. But they said, “Not during the feast, lest a tumult arise among the people.”
And Satan entered into Judas, who was called Iscariot, being of the number of the twelve. And he went away and communed with the chief priests and captains, how he might deliver him unto them. And they were glad, and they weighed unto him thirty pieces of silver. And from that time he sought opportunity to deliver him unto them in the absence of the multitude.
[There is no record of the events of this day. Jesus spent it in retirement, almost certainly in the home of his friends at Bethany.]
THURSDAY-THE DAY OF FELLOWSHIP
PREPARATION FOR THE PASSOVER.
And on the first day of unleavened bread, when they sacrificed the passover, his disciples say unto him. "Where wilt thou that we go and make ready that thou mayest eat the passover ?”
And he sendeth two of his disciples, and saith unto them, “Go into the city, and there shall meet you a man bearing a pitcher of water; follow him; and wheresoever he shall enter in, say to the master of the house, 'The Teacher saith, My time is at hand. Where is my guest-chamber, where I shall eat the passover with my disciples?' And he will himself show you a large upper room furnished and ready: and there make ready for us."
And the disciples went forth, and came into the city, and found as he had said unto them: and they made ready the passover.
STRIFE AMONG THE DISCIPLES.
And when it was evening he cometh with the twelve. And there arose also a contention among them, which of them was accounted to be greatest. And he said unto them, “The kings of the Gentiles have lordship over them; and they that have authority over them are called Benefactors. But ye shall not be so: but he that is the greater among you, let him become as the younger: and he that is chief, as he that doth serve. For which is greater, he that sitteth at meat, or he that serveth? Is not he that sitteth at meat? But I am in the midst of you as he that serveth. But ye are they that have continued with me in my temptations; and I appoint unto you a kingdom, ever. as my Father appointed unto me, that ye may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom; and ye shall sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.”
JESUS WASHING THE DISCIPLES' FEET. Now before the feast of the passover, Jesus knowing that his hour was come that he should depart out of this world unto the Father, having loved his own that were in the world, he loved them unto the end.
And during supper, the devil having already put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, to betray him, Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he came forth from God, and goeth unto God, riseth from supper, and layeth aside his garments; and he took a towel, and girded himself. Then he poureth water into the basin, and began to wash the disciples' feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded.
So he cometh to Simon Peter. He saith unto him, “Lord, dost thou wash my feet?”
Jesus answered and said unto him, “What I do thou knowest not now; but thou shalt understand hereafter."
Peter saith unto him, “Thou shalt never wash my feet.”
Jesus answered him, "If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me."
Simon Peter saith unto him, "Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head."
Jesus saith to him, “He that is bathed needeth not save to wash his feet, but is clean every whit: and ye are clean, but not all.” For he knew him that should betray him; therefore said he, “Ye are not all clean."
THE BETRAYER POINTED OUT
So when he had washed their feet, and taken his garments, and sat down again, he said unto them, “Know ye what I have done to you? Ye call me Teacher, and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am. If I then, the Lord and the Teacher, have washed your feet, ye also ought to wash one another's feet. For I have given you an example, that ye also should do as I have done to you. Verily, verily, I say unto you, A servant is not greater than his lord; neither one that is sent greater than he that sent him. If ye know these things, blessed are ye if ye do them.
"I speak not of you all : I know whom I have chosen: but that the scripture may be fulfilled, He that eateth my bread lifted up his heel against me. From henceforth I tell you before it come to pass, that, when it is come to pass, ye may believe that I am he. Verily, verily, I say unto you. He that receiveth whomsoever I send receiveth me; and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me.”
THE BETRAYER POINTED OUT.
When Jesus had thus said, he was troubled in the spirit, and testified, and said, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me."
The disciples looked one on another, doubting of whom he spake. And they were exceeding sorrowful. and began to say unto him every one, “Is it I, Lord?”.
And he answered and said, “He that dipped his hand with me in the dish, the same shall betray me. The Son of man goeth, even as it is written of him: but woe unto that man through whom the Son of man is betrayed! Good were it for that man if he had not been born."
And Judas, who betrayed him, answered and said, "Is it I, Rabbi?”