Pesaho (Passover) March 28�
14���And when the hour was come, he sat down, and the twelve apostles with him. 15���And he said unto them, With desire I have desired to eat this passover with you before I suffer: 16���For I say unto you, I will not any more eat thereof, until it be fulfilled in the kingdom of God. 17���And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and said, Take this, and divide it among yourselves: 18���For I say unto you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine, until the kingdom of God shall come. 19���And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me. 20���Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you. 21���But, behold, the hand of him that betrayeth me is with me on the table. 22���And truly the Son of man goeth, as it was determined: but woe unto that man by whom he is betrayed! 23���And they began to enquire among themselves, which of them it was that should do this thing. 24���And there was also a strife among them, which of them should be accounted the greatest. 25���And he said unto them, The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and they that exercise authority upon them are called benefactors. 26���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. 27���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. 28���Ye are they which have continued with me in my temptations. 29���And I appoint unto you a kingdom, as my Father hath appointed unto me; 30���That ye may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom, and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
1It was just before the Passover Feast. Jesus knew that the time had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he now showed them the full extent of his love. 2The evening meal was being served, and the devil had already prompted Judas Iscariot, son of Simon, to betray Jesus. 3Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; 4so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. 5After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples' feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him. 6He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, "Lord, are you going to wash my feet?" 7Jesus replied, "You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand." 8"No," said Peter, "you shall never wash my feet."
Jesus answered, "Unless I wash you, you have no part with me." 9"Then, Lord," Simon Peter replied, "not just my feet but my hands and my head as well!" 10Jesus answered, "A person who has had a bath needs only to wash his feet; his whole body is clean. And you are clean, though not every one of you." 11For he knew who was going to betray him, and that was why he said not every one was clean. 12When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. "Do you understand what I have done for you?" he asked them. 13"You call me 'Teacher' and 'Lord,' and rightly so, for that is what I am. 14Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another's feet. 15I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. 16I tell you the truth, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. 17Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.� 18"I am not referring to all of you; I know those I have chosen. But this is to fulfill the scripture: 'He who shares my bread has lifted up his heel against me.' 19"I am telling you now before it happens, so that when it does happen you will believe that I am He. 20I tell you the truth, whoever accepts anyone I send accepts me; and whoever accepts me accepts the one who sent me."
(A Syriac Icon from a 13th Century Syriac Bible. Al- Za'faran Monastery - Turkey)
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