Thursday Evening, Easter Week

Jesus washing Peter's feet, Last Supper. Copyright IRI, Inc. Courtesy Gospel Media,

With Desire I Have Desired to Eat This Passover with You

And when the hour was come, in the evening, he came and sat down, and the twelve apostles with him.

And he said unto them, “With desire I have desired to eat this passover with you, before I suffer.
“For I say unto you, I will not any more eat thereof, until it be fulfilled in the kingdom of God.”

And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and said, “Take this, and divide it among yourselves, for I say unto you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine, until the kingdom of God shall come.”

Matt. 26:20; Mark 14:17; Luke 22:14–18

There Was Also a Strife among Them

And there was also a strife among them, which of them should be accounted the greatest. And he said unto them, “The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them, and they that exercise authority upon them are called benefactors. But ye shall not be so. But he that is greatest among you, let him be as the younger, and he that is chief, as he that doth serve.

“For whether is greater, he that sitteth at meat, or he that serveth? Is not he that sitteth at meat? But I am among you as he that serveth.

“Ye are they which have continued with me in my temptations. And I appoint unto you a kingdom, as my Father hath appointed unto me, that ye may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom, and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.”

Luke 22:24–30

For I Have Given You an Example

Now before the feast of the passover, when Jesus knew that his hour was come that he should depart out of this world unto the Father, having loved his own which were in the world, he loved them unto the end.

And supper being ended, the devil having now put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray him, and Jesus knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he was come from God, and went to God, he riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself.

After that he poureth water into a bason, and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded. Then cometh he to Simon Peter, and Peter 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 know 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 washed needeth not save to wash his feet, but is clean every whit. And ye are clean, but not all.” For he knew who should betray him; therefore said he, “Ye are not all clean.”

So after he had washed their feet, and had taken his garments, and was set down again, he said unto them, “Know ye what I have done to you? Ye call me Master and Lord, and ye say well, for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet, ye also ought to wash one another’s feet.

“For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.

“Verily, verily, I say unto you, the servant is not greater than his lord, neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him. If ye know these things, happy 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 bread with me hath lifted up his heel against me.’

“Now I tell you before it come, 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.”

John 13:1–20; Psalms 41:9

One of You Shall Betray Me

“I speak not of you all. I know whom I have chosen, but that the scripture may be fulfilled, ‘He that eateth bread with me hath lifted up his heel against me.’

“Now I tell you before it come, that, when it is come to pass, ye may believe that I am he. And when Jesus had thus said, as they sat and did eat, he was troubled in spirit, and testified, and said, “But, behold, verily, verily, I say unto you, that one of you which eateth with me shall betray me. The hand of him that betrayeth me is with me on the table.”

Then the disciples looked one on another, doubting of whom he spake. And they began to enquire among themselves, which of them it was that should do this thing. And they began to be exceeding sorrowful, and began every one of them to say unto him, “Lord, is it I?” And another said, “Is it I?”

And he answered and said unto them, “It is one of the twelve, that dippeth his hand with me in the dish, the same shall betray me. And truly the Son of man indeed goeth, as it is written of him. But woe to that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! Good were it for that man if he had never been born.”

Then Judas, which betrayed him, answered and said, “Master, is it I?”

He said unto him, “Thou hast said.”

Matt. 26:21–25; Mark 14:18–21; Luke 22:21–23; John 13:21–22

That Thou Doest, Do Quickly

Now there was leaning on Jesus’ bosom one of his disciples, whom Jesus loved. Simon Peter therefore beckoned to him, that he should ask who it should be of whom he spake. He then lying on Jesus’ breast saith unto him, “Lord, who is it?”

Jesus answered, “He it is, to whom I shall give a sop, when I have dipped it.” And when he had dipped the sop, he gave it to Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon.

And after the sop, Satan entered into him. Then said Jesus unto him, “That thou doest, do quickly.”

Now no man at the table knew for what intent he spake this unto him. For some of them thought, because Judas had the bag, that Jesus had said unto him, “Buy those things that we have need of against the feast,” or that he should give something to the poor.
He then having received the sop went immediately out. And it was night.

John 13:23–30

Jesus Took Bread and Blessed It

And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and gave thanks and brake it, and gave it to the disciples and said, “Take, eat. This is my body which is given for you. This do in remembrance of me.

And he took the cup, and when he had given thanks and he gave it to them, saying, “Drink ye all of it,” and they all drank of it.

And he said unto them, “This is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. But verily I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.”

Matt. 26:26–29; Mark 14:22–25; Luke 22:19–20

Before the Cock Crow Twice

Then saith Jesus unto them, “All ye shall be offended because of me this night, for it is written, “I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock shall be scattered abroad. But after that I am risen again, I will go before you into Galilee.”

But Peter answered and said unto him, “Though all men shall be offended because of thee, yet will I never be offended.”

And the Lord said, “Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not. And when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.”

Simon Peter said unto him, “Lord, whither goest thou?” Jesus answered him, “Whither I go, thou canst not follow me now, but thou shalt follow me afterwards.”

And Peter said unto him, “Lord, why cannot I follow thee now? I am ready to go with thee, both into prison, and to death. I will lay down my life for thy sake.”

And Jesus answered him, “Wilt thou lay down thy life for my sake? Verily I say unto thee, that this day, even in this night, before the cock crow twice, thou shalt thrice deny that thou knowest me.”

But Peter said unto him the more vehemently, “Though I should die with thee, yet will I not deny thee in any wise.” Likewise also said all the disciples.

And he said unto them, “When I sent you without purse, and scrip, and shoes, lacked ye any thing?” And they said, “Nothing.”

Then said he unto them, “But now, he that hath a purse, let him take it, and likewise his scrip, and he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one.

“For I say unto you, that this that is written must yet be accomplished in me, ‘And he was reckoned among the transgressors,’ for the things concerning me have an end.”

And they said, “Lord, behold, here are two swords.” And he said unto them, “It is enough.”

Matt. 26:31–35; Mark 14:27–31; Luke 22:31–38; John 13:36–38

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