The feast of the Passover being now almost come, Jesus said to two of his disciples, Peter and John, “Go into the city of Jerusalem, and you will meet a man carrying a pitcher of water. Follow him home, and say to him, The Master says where is the guest-chamber, where he can eat the Passover with his Disciples?’ And he will shew you a large upper room, furnished. There, make ready the supper.”
The two disciples found that it happened as Jesus had said; and having met the man with the pitcher of water, and having followed him home, and having been shown the room, they prepared the supper, and Jesus and the other ten apostles came at the usual time, and they all sat down to partake of it together.
It is always called The Last Supper, because this was the last time that Our Savior ate and drank with his Disciples.
And he took bread from the table, and blessed it, and broke it, and gave it to them; and he took the cup of Wine, and blessed it, and drank, and gave it to them, saying, “Do this in remembrance of Me!” And when they had finished supper, and had sung a hymn, they went out into the Mount of Olives.
There, Jesus told them that he would be seized that night, and that they would all leave him alone and would think only of their own safety. Peter said, earnestly, he never would, for one. “Before the cock crows,” returned Our Savior, “you will deny me thrice.” But Peter answered, “No Lord. Though I should die with Thee, I will never deny Thee.” And all the other Disciples said the same.
Jesus then led the way over a brook, called Cedron, into a garden that was called Gethsemane; and walked with three of the disciples into a retired part of the garden. Then he left them as he had left the others, together; saying, “Wait here, and watch!”—and went away and prayed by Himself, while they, being weary, fell asleep.
And Christ suffered great sorrow and distress of mind, in his prayers in that garden, because of the wickedness of the men of Jerusalem who were going to kill Him; and He shed tears before God, and was in deep and strong affliction.
When His prayers were finished, and He was comforted, He returned to the Disciples, and said, “Rise! Let us be going! He is close at hand, who will betray me!”
Now, Judas knew that garden well, for Our Savior had often walked there, with his Disciples; and, almost at the moment when Our Savior said these words, he came there, accompanied by a strong guard of men and officers, which had been sent by the chief Priests and Pharisees. It being dark, they carried lanterns and torches. They were armed with swords and staves too; for they did not know but that the people would rise and defend Jesus Christ; and this had made them afraid to seize Him boldly in the day, when he sat teaching the people.
As the leader of this guard had never seen Jesus Christ and did not know him from the apostles, Judas had said to them, “The man whom I kiss, will be he.” As he advanced to give this wicked kiss, Jesus said to the soldiers, “Whom do ye seek?” “Jesus of Nazareth,” they answered. “Then,” said Our Savior, “I am He. Let my disciples here, go freely. I am He.” Which Judas confirmed, by saying, “Hail Master!” and kissing Him. Whereupon Jesus said, “Judas, Thou betrays me with a kiss!”
The guard then ran forward to seize Him. No one offered to protect Him, except Peter, who, having a sword, drew it, and cut off the right ear of the High Priest’s Servant, who was one of them, and whose name was Malchus. But Jesus made him sheath his sword, and gave himself up.
Then, all the disciples forsook Him, and fled; and there remained not one—not one—to bear Him company.