The Plot to Kill Jesus
26:3Then were gathered together the chief priests, and the elders of the people, unto the court of the high priest, who was called Caiaphas; 26:4and they took counsel together that they might take Jesus by subtlety, and kill him. 26:5But they said, Not during the feast, lest a tumult arise among people.
The Anointing at Bethany
26:6Now when Jesus was in Bethany, in the house of Simon the leper, 26:7there came unto him a woman having an alabaster cruse of exceeding precious ointment, and she poured it upon his head, as he sat at meat. 26:8But when the disciples saw it, they had indignation, saying, To what purpose is this waste? 26:9For this ointment might have been sold for much, and given to the poor. 26:10But Jesus perceiving it said unto them, Why trouble ye the woman? for she hath wrought a good work upon me. 26:11For ye have the poor always with you; but me ye have not always. 26:12For in that she poured this ointment upon my body, she did it to prepare me for burial. 26:13Verily I say unto you, Wheresoever this gospel shall be preached in the whole world, that also which this woman hath done shall be spoken of for a memorial of her.
Judas Agrees to Betray Jesus
26:14Then one of the twelve, who was called Judas Iscariot, went unto the chief priests, 26:15and said, What are ye willing to give me, and I will deliver him unto you? And they weighed unto him thirty pieces of silver. 26:16And from that time he sought opportunity to deliver him unto them.
The Passover with the Disciples
26:17Now on the first day of unleavened bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying, Where wilt thou that we make ready for thee to eat the passover? 26:18And he said, Go into the city to such a man, and say unto him, The Teacher saith, My time is at hand; I keep the passover at thy house with my disciples. 26:19And the disciples did as Jesus appointed them; and they made ready the passover.
26:20Now when even was come, he was sitting at meat with the twelve disciples; 26:21and as they were eating, he said, Verily I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me. 26:22And they were exceeding sorrowful, and began to say unto him every one, Is it I, Lord? 26:23And he answered and said, He that dipped his hand with me in the dish, the same shall betray me. 26:24The 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. 26:25And Judas, who betrayed him, answered and said, Is it I, Rabbi? He saith unto him, Thou hast said.
The Institution of the Lord's Supper
26:26And as they were eating, Jesus took bread1, and blessed, and brake it; and he gave to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body2. 26:27And he took a cup, and gave thanks, and gave to them, saying, Drink ye all of it;26:28for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many3 unto remission of sins.4 526:29But I say unto you, I shall not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father's kingdom.
26:30And when they had sung a hymn, they went out unto the mount of Olives.
- bread, wine. Symbols of the spiritual partaking of the life and substance of the Christ as made manifest in Jesus. Bread represents the body of Christ, or Spirit substance. Wine is the expressed life of the vine, a symbol of the very blood of life. Spiritual communion takes these elements and resolves them back into the primal ideas.
- body, blood. The body is spiritual flesh or substance made permanent by the word of God that Jesus spoke. His blood is Spirit life, the quickening element in creation. Both are of the universal essence or substance, which cannot be destroyed.
- poured out for many. Through Jesus' experience on the cross, he lowered his consciousness to that of the race and thereby was enabled to administer to the race a wonderful blood transfusion which we all understand so well implanted in both soul and body the seed ef eternal life here and now — the seed of divine substance, here and now.
- remission of sins. The blood of Jesus Christ (the pure Christ life) takes away thirst for sin, and the world is saved through the absence of desire for sin. When we mentally appropriate the body and drink the blood of Jesus Christ we become conscious of spiritual life and substance as the reality of being, and we are freed from, the limiting thought of our flesh and blood bodies.
- Do this in memory of me. (Given in I Corinthians 11) We take these mighty ideas into the silence and really clothe these ideas with life and substance. We have a mighty work to do here. We must actualize these ideas and realize each of these ideas is a mighty magnet functioning in God-Mind. Thus we are transforming the soul and really unfolding the divine spiritual body.
Peter's Denial Foretold
I will smite the shepherd,
and the sheep of the flock shall be scattered abroad.
26:32But after I am raised up, I will go before you into Galilee. 26:33But Peter answered and said unto him, If all shall be offended in thee, I will never be offended. 26:34Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, that this night, before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. 26:35Peter saith unto him, Even if I must die with thee, yet will I not deny thee. Likewise also said all the disciples.
Jesus Prays in Gethsemane
26:36Then cometh Jesus with them unto a place called Gethsemane1, and saith unto his disciples, Sit ye here, while I go yonder and pray. 26:37And he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee2, and began to be sorrowful and sore troubled. 26:38Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: abide ye here, and watch with me.26:39And he went forward a little, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass away from me: nevertheless, not as I will, but as thou wilt.3 26:40And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them sleeping, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour? 26:41Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.26:42Again a second time he went away, and prayed, saying, My Father, if this cannot pass away, except I drink it, thy will be done. 26:43And he came again and found them sleeping, for their eyes were heavy. 26:44And he left them again, and went away, and prayed a third time, saying again the same words. 26:45Then cometh he to the disciples, and saith unto them, Sleep on now, and take your rest: behold, the hour is at hand, and the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. 26:46Arise, let us be going: behold, he is at hand that betrayeth me.
- Gethsemane. Means "oil press." It symbolizes the place in consciousness where the finer essences of the spirit are pressed forth and raised to higher planes of expression.
- Peter and the two sons of Zebedee. Some faculties need to be quickened and active before all others. Jesus took with Him Peter, John, and James (Faith, love, and judgment) to the place where He was to pray, leaving the other disciples seated a little distance away.
- not as I will, but as thou wilt. Jesus chose to unite His human will with the divine will and lose consciousness of the human in the deeper consciousness of the divine.
The Betrayal and Arrest of Jesus
26:47And while he yet spake, lo, Judas, one of the twelve, came, and with him a great multitude with swords and staves, from the chief priest and elders of the people. 26:48Now he that betrayed him gave them a sign, saying, Whomsoever I shall kiss, that is he: take him. 26:49And straightway he came to Jesus, and said, Hail, Rabbi; and kissed him. 26:50And Jesus said unto him, Friend, do that for which thou art come. Then they came and laid hands on Jesus, and took him. 26:51And behold, one of them that were with Jesus stretched out his hand, and drew his sword, and smote the servant of the high priest, and struck off his ear. 26:52Then saith Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into its place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword. 26:53Or thinkest thou that I cannot beseech my Father, and he shall even now send me more than twelve legions of angels? 26:54How then should the scriptures be fulfilled that thus it must be? 26:55In that hour said Jesus to the multitudes, Are ye come out as against a robber with swords and staves to seize me? I sat daily in the temple teaching, and ye took me not. 26:56But all this is come to pass, that the scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled. Then all the disciples left him, and fled.
Jesus before the High Priest
26:57And they that had taken Jesus led him away to the house of Caiaphas the high priest, where the scribes and the elders were gathered together. 26:58But Peter followed him afar off, unto the court of the high priest, and entered in, and sat with the officers, to see the end. 26:59Now the chief priests and the whole council sought false witness against Jesus, that they might put him to death; 26:60and they found it not, though many false witnesses came. But afterward came two, 26:61and said, This man said, I am able to destroy the temple of God, and to build it in three days. 26:62And the high priest stood up, and said unto him, Answerest thou nothing? what is it which these witness against thee? 26:63But Jesus held his peace. And the high priest said unto him, I adjure thee by the living God, that thou tell us whether thou art the Christ, the Son of God. 26:64Jesus said unto him, Thou hast said: nevertheless I say unto you,
Henceforth ye shall see the Son of man
and coming on the clouds of heaven.
26:65Then the high priest rent his garments, saying, He hath spoken blasphemy: what further need have we of witnesses? behold, now ye have heard the blasphemy: 26:66what think ye? They answered and said, He is worthy of death. 26:67Then did they spit in his face and buffet him: and some smote him with the palms of their hands, 26:68saying, Prophesy unto us, thou Christ: who is he that struck thee?
Peter's Denial of Jesus
26:69Now Peter was sitting without in the court: and a maid came unto him, saying, Thou also wast with Jesus the Galilaean. 26:70But he denied before them all, saying, I know not what thou sayest. 26:71And when he was gone out into the porch, another maid saw him, and saith unto them that were there, This man also was with Jesus of Nazareth. 26:72And again he denied with an oath, I know not the man. 26:73And after a little while they that stood by came and said to Peter, Of a truth thou also art one of them; for thy speech maketh thee known. 26:74Then began he to curse and to swear, I know not the man. And straightway the cock crew. 26:75And Peter remembered the word which Jesus had said, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. And he went out, and wept bitterly.
Fillmore Study Bible annotations compiled by Mark Hicks
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