Jesus Prays on the Mount of Olives
Jesus went out as usual to the Mount of Olives. His disciples followed him. When they reached the place, Jesus spoke. “Pray that you won’t fall into sin when you are tempted,” he said to them. Then he went a short distance away from them. There he got down on his knees and prayed. He said, “Father, if you are willing, take this cup of suffering away from me. But do what you want, not what I want.” An angel from heaven appeared to Jesus and gave him strength. Because he was very sad and troubled, he prayed even harder. His sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground.
After that, he got up from prayer and went back to the disciples. He found them sleeping. They were worn out because they were very sad. “Why are you sleeping?” he asked them. “Get up! Pray that you won’t fall into sin when you are tempted.”
Jesus Is Arrested
While Jesus was still speaking, a crowd came up. The man named Judas was leading them. He was one of the 12 disciples. Judas approached Jesus to kiss him. But Jesus asked him, “Judas, are you handing over the Son of Man with a kiss?”
Jesus’ followers saw what was going to happen. So they said, “Lord, should we use our swords against them?” One of them struck the slave of the high priest and cut off his right ear.
But Jesus answered, “Stop this!” And he touched the man’s ear and healed him.
Then Jesus spoke to the chief priests, the officers of the temple guard, and the elders. They had all come for him. “Am I leading a band of armed men against you?” he asked. “Do you have to come with swords and clubs? Every day I was with you in the temple courtyard. And you didn’t lay a hand on me. But this is your hour. This is when darkness rules.”
Peter Says He Does Not Know Jesus
Then the men arrested Jesus and led him away. They took him into the high priest’s house. Peter followed from far away. Some people there started a fire in the middle of the courtyard. Then they sat down together. Peter sat down with them. A female servant saw him sitting there in the firelight. She looked closely at him. Then she said, “This man was with Jesus.”
But Peter said he had not been with him. “Woman, I don’t know him,” he said.
A little later someone else saw Peter. “You also are one of them,” he said.
“No,” Peter replied. “I’m not!”
About an hour later, another person spoke up. “This fellow must have been with Jesus,” he said. “He is from Galilee.”
Peter replied, “Man, I don’t know what you’re talking about!” Just as he was speaking, the rooster crowed. The Lord turned and looked right at Peter. Then Peter remembered what the Lord had spoken to him. “The rooster will crow today,” Jesus had said. “Before it does, you will say three times that you don’t know me.” Peter went outside. He broke down and cried.