These were Jesus’ last few days before he was arrested. He spent much of that time with His disciples. He taught them, trying to help them understand what he had to do. The time had come for Jesus to make real all the words the prophets had told about him so long ago.
Jesus was not the only one preparing for his death. The chief priests and other religious leaders could think of nothing else. “We’ll have arrested arrested without anyone noticing,” they told themselves.
They also warned each other, “We must be careful not to do this during the Passover festival.” There are a lot of people who think He is the Messiah. They might cause us trouble if they see Jesus being arrested.” There were still two days to go before the Passover festival.
The religious leaders plotted about how they would capture Jesus. A man named Judas Iscariot arranged to meet them. They were very surprised.”Judas is one of Jesus’ special twelve followers!” one leader said.
“Not only that, Judas is the disciple in charge of all the money,” another said.
Judas met with them. He asked, “How much money will you give me if I hand Him over to you?”
The chief priests were delighted. They smiled and rubbed their hands together. “We will pay you thirty pieces of silver.” That was the price of betraying Jesus to His enemies.
From that day on, Judas watched for a chance to trap Jesus. He would not have long to wait.
Two days after Judas made his deal ,the Passover festival began. Thousands of people had come to Jerusalem for this.
On Thursday Jesus told Peter and John, “I want you to get everything ready for the Passover.”
“But Teacher, where do You want us to do this?”
He said, “Go into the city. There you will meet a man carrying a jar of water. Follow him. Then go to the owner of whichever house this man enters. Tell the owner, ‘The Teacher says His time has come. He would like to bring His disciples and keep the Passover at your house.’ “
Peter and John did as Jesus said.
When they approached the owner of the house, he nodded. It was as if he had known all along that Jesus would stay at his home. Together, they made sure there was enough food in the house.
The man showed Peter and John a big room upstairs. There was a large ,low table. Jesus and His disciples could share the Passover meal in private. It would be a meal like no other, one which would go down in history.