12. When the first day of the Festival of Unleavened Bread arrived...the day when it was customary to sacrifice the traditional Passover lamb...Jesus' disciples asked Him, "Where do you want us to prepare for You to eat the Passover meal?"
13. In answer to their question He sent two of His disciples, saying to them, "I want you to go into the city, and when you get there, a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Just follow him wherever he goes.
14. Whatever house he enters, enter as well, and say to the owner of it, 'The Teacher asks, 'Where is My guest room? Where may I eat the Passover with My friends and followers?'
15. When you say those words, he will show you a large room upstairs, furnished and already ready. Make the preparations for the meal there."
16. So the disciples did as they were told, went into the city, and walked right into the scenario exactly as Jesus had described it. And there they prepared the Passover supper.
17. At evening time, Jesus arrived with the rest of the Twelve.
18. And they partook of the supper, but while they were reclining at the table eating, as was their custom, He said to them, "I need to tell you the truth about a situation which is about to unfold in the next few hours...simply put, one of you is going to betray me...one of you sitting right here, eating with me."
19. They were taken aback by these startling words, and then immediately were depressed by them, knowing that He always spoke the truth. So, bypassing denial altogether, and going right into acceptance of His prediction, one by one they said to him, "Please, Lord, tell me that it's not me!"
20. "All I can tell you is that it is one of the Twelve of you," He replied, "And I will tell you that it is the one who dips bread into the bowl with Me.
21. Everything that I've said would happen to The Son of Man will happen to Him...it is inevitable at this point...it's already written down. But the one who betrays the Son of Man will be irreparably damaged by his actions...at least in this dimension. In fact, this betrayal will affect him so deeply, and cause such pain in his heart, that it will seem to him that it would be better for him if he had not even been born."
22. Having no further response to these troubling words, the disciples just sat and ate in awkward silence. Then, while they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when He had given thanks for it, He broke it and gave it to His disciples, saying, "Go ahead...take it...and as you eat it I want you to have a paradigm shift...I want you to see beyond the appearance of the bread...visualize a new reality...I want you to know that 'this'...this group...this fellowship...this occasion...and even this bread is my body."
23. Then He took the cup of wine, and when He had given thanks for it as He did for the bread, He also served it to them...and they all drank from that one, common cup, Judas included.
24. As they were passing the cup around the table, He said "This is not just a common cup of wine...this is My blood of the covenant...the blood that creates a common bloodline...the covenant which provides atonement for the common man.
25. And the truth of it is, I will not drink again of the vineyard's harvest until I experience it through your new revelation of the Kingdom of God."
26. And when they had sung a familiar worship song, they all went out to the Mount of Olives.