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The Final Week Before the Cross (Part 5) – The Gospels Merged

June 11, 2012 by  
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(Mt. 25:31-46)

1″And when the Son of Man comes in His glory –and all the angels with Him– then He will sit on His glorious throne. All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate the people from one another, as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats; and He will put the sheep on His right, but the goats on His left.
“Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed of My Father –inherit the kingdom prepared for you since the foundation of the world. For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you welcomed Me in; naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you visited Me.’
“Then the righteous will answer Him, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You something to drink? And when did we see You a stranger and welcome You, or naked and clothe You? When did we see You sick, or in prison, and visit You?’
“And the King will answer and say to them, ‘I tell you the truth: whatever you did for one of least of these brothers of Mine –you did it for Me.’
“Then He will also say to those on His left, ‘Depart from Me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels –for I was hungry, and you gave Me nothing to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me nothing to drink; I was a stranger, and you did not welcome Me; naked, and you did not clothe Me; sick, and in prison, and you did not visit Me.’
“Then they themselves also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not take care of You?’
“Then He will answer them, ‘I tell you the truth: whatever you did not do for one of the least of these –you did not do it for Me.’
“Then they will go away to eternal punishment –but the righteous to eternal life.”


(Lk. 21:37-38)

3 Now during each the day He was teaching in the temple, but each evening He went out to spend the night on the hill called the Mount of Olives –and all the people came early in the morning to hear him at the temple.

Section 133 – The Plot to Betray Jesus

      (Mt. 26:1-5, 14-16; Mk. 14:1-2, 10-11; Lk. 22:1-6)

3 Now the Feast of Unleavened Bread –which is called “the Passover”– was 2 two days away. 1 And it so happened –when Jesus had finished all these words– that He said to His disciples, “You know that the Passover is coming in two days –and the Son of Man will be handed over to be crucified.”
Then the chief priests 2 and the scribes 1 and the elders of the people gathered together in the court of the high priest –who was named Caiaphas– and they plotted together in order to arrest Jesus by stealth, and kill Him. –“But not during the feast,” they said, “or there might be a riot among the people” — 3 for they were afraid of the people.
Then Satan entered into Judas –called Iscariot– who was numbered among the twelve. And he went away and conferred with the chief priests and the officers as to how he might betray Him to them –1 and he said, “What are you willing to give me if I hand Him over to you?”
2 And when they heard this, they rejoiced, and promised to give him silver money. 3 So he agreed 1 –and they counted out thirty pieces of silver to him. –So from then on he looked for an opportunity to betray Jesus 3 to them when there was no crowd present.

Section 134 – The Passover is Prepared

      (Mt. 26:17-19; Mk. 14:12-16; Lk. 22:7-13)

3 Then came 1 the first day of Unleavened Bread, 3 on which the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed. So Jesus sent Peter and John, saying, “Go and prepare the Passover for us, so that we may eat it.” 1 –And the disciples came to Jesus and asked, 2 “Where do you want us to go and prepare for You to eat the Passover?”
And He said to them, “Go into the city, and 3 when you have entered the city, a man will meet you carrying a pitcher of water 2 –follow him; and wherever he enters, say to 1 a certain man 3 (the owner of the house) ‘The Teacher says to you, 1 “My time is near; I will keep the Passover with you. 2 Where is My guest room in which I may eat the Passover with My disciples?” ‘ Then he will show you a large upper room which is furnished and ready –prepare for us there.”
So the disciples left, and went into the city; 2 and they found things just as He had told them. 1 So the disciples did as Jesus had directed them –and they prepared the Passover.

Section 135 – The Lord’s Supper

      (Mt. 26:20; Mk. 14:17; Lk. 22:14-18; Jn. 13:1-20)

1 Now when it was evening, 2 He came with the twelve 1 disciples; 3 and when the hour came, He reclined at the table –and the apostles with Him. And He said to them, “I have earnestly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer; for I tell you: I will not eat it again until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.” Then He took a cup, and when He had given thanks, He said, “Take this and divide it among yourselves –for I tell you: I will not drink of the fruit of the vine from now on until the kingdom of God comes.”


(Jn. 13:1-11)

4 Now just before the Feast of the Passover, Jesus knew that His hour had come that He would depart out of this world to the Father. Having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them to the very end.
Then during supper, the devil had already put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon, to betray Him. Jesus (knowing that the Father had given all things into His hands, and that He had come forth from God and was going back to God) got up from supper, and laid aside His outer garments; and taking a towel, He tied it around His waist. Then He poured water into a basin, and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them off with the towel with which had been wrapped around Him.
So He came to Simon Peter, who said to Him, “Lord, are You going to wash my feet?” Jesus answered and said to him, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.”
Peter said to Him, “You shall never wash my feet!” Jesus answered him, “If I do not wash you, you have no part in Me.”
Simon Peter said to Him, “Lord –then wash not only my feet, but also my hands and my head!” Jesus said to him, “He who has bathed does not need to wash, except for his feet; he is completely clean. And you disciples are clean –but not all of you.” For He knew the one who was betraying Him –that is why He said, “Not all of you are clean.”


(Jn. 13:12-20)

4 So when He had washed their feet, and taken His garments and reclined at the table again, He said to them, “Do you understand what I have done to you? You call Me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord’; and you are right, for that is what I am. If I then –the Lord and the Teacher– washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you also should do as I did to you. Truly, I tell you the truth: a servant is not greater than his master –nor is the one who is sent greater than the one who sent him. If you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.
“I am not referring to all of you. I know the ones I have chosen –but it is that the Scripture may be fulfilled, Q ‘He who eats My bread has lifted up his heel against Me.’
“From now on, I am telling you before it happens, so that when it does happen, you may believe that I Am He –the Messiah. Truly, I tell you the truth: he who receives anyone I send receives Me; and he who receives Me receives Him who sent Me.”

Section 136 – The Betrayer Predicted

      (Mt. 26:21-25; Mk. 14:18-21; Lk. 22:21-23; Jn. 13:21-33)

4 Having said these things 2 –as they were reclining at the table eating– 4 Jesus was troubled in spirit and testified, saying, 2 “I tell you the truth, that one of you will betray me –one who is eating with Me.” 4 The disciples looked at one another –at a loss to know of which one He was speaking.
3 “And look: The hand of the one who is going to betray Me is with Mine on the table. For indeed, the Son of Man will go 1 as it has been written of Him 3 –as it has been decreed. But woe to that man by whom He is betrayed; 1 –it would have been better for that man if he had not been born.”
2 They began to be 1 deeply saddened, 3 and they began to discuss among themselves which one of them it might be who was about to do this 1–and began to say to Him one after the other, “Surely –not I, Lord?”
2 And He said to them, “It is one of the twelve. One who is dipping 1 his hand with Me in the bowl is the one who will betray Me. 1 Then Judas –who was betraying Him– said, “Rabbi, is it I?” Jesus said to him, “You have said it yourself.”
4 Now next to Jesus’ chest there was reclining one of His disciples –one whom Jesus loved. So Simon Peter gestured to him and said, “Ask Him who it is He is talking about.”
So, leaning back against Jesus’ chest, he asked Him, “Lord –who is it?” Jesus answered, “It is the one for whom I dip this piece of bread, and give it to him.” So when He had dipped the morsel, He gave it to Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot. Then after taking the morsel, Satan entered into him. So Jesus said to him, “What you are going to do, do quickly.” Now no one reclining at the table knew why He said this to him. Some supposed that, because he had the money box, Jesus was saying to him, “Buy the things we need for the feast”; or that he should give something to the poor. So, after eating the morsel, he immediately went out –and it was night.
So when he had gone, Jesus said, “Now the Son of Man is glorified –and God is glorified in Him; if God is glorified in Him, God will also glorify the Son in Himself –and will glorify Him immediately. –Little children, I will be with you only a little while longer. You will seek Me; and as I said to the Jews, so now I also say to you: ‘Where I am going, you cannot come.’ ”

Section 137 – The Bread and the Cup

      (Mt. 26:26-29; Mk. 14:22-25; Lk. 22:19-20)

1 Now as they were eating, Jesus took a loaf of bread, and after a blessing 3 –when He had given thanks–, 1 He broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; 3 this is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.”
And similarly, after the supper, 2 when He had taken a cup and given thanks, He gave it to them, 1 saying, “Drink from it, all of you;” 2 and they all drank from it.
And He said to them, 3 “This cup which is poured out for you 2 is My blood of the [New] Covenant, which is poured out for many 1 for the forgiveness of sins. But 2 I tell you the truth: I will never again drink 1 of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it anew with you in My Father’s kingdom.”

Section 138 – A New Commandment

      (Lk. 22:24-27; Jn. 13:34-35)

3 Then a dispute also arose among them as to which of them should be regarded as the greatest. So Jesus said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them; and the ones in authority over them are called ‘benefactors.’ But with you, this is not so. Instead, let the greatest among you be like the youngest, and the leader like the one who serves. For who is considered greater: the one sitting at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one sitting at the table? –But I am among you as one who serves.
4 “I am giving you a new commandment, that you love one another –as I have loved you, so you also must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”


“No Contradictions:
Four Gospels Merged: A Harmony”

by R. Totten (c) 2003

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