John 18: 2-11(msg)
         Jesus, having prayed this prayer, left with his disciples and crossed over the brook Kidron at a place where there was a garden. He and His disciples entered it. Judas, his betrayer, knew the place because Jesus and His disciples went there often. So Judas led the way to the garden, and the Roman soldiers and police sent by the high priests and Pharisees followed. They arrived there with lanterns and torches and swords. Jesus, knowing by now everything that was coming down on Him, went out and met them. He said, "Who are you after?" They answered, "Jesus the Nazarene." He said, "That's Me." The soldiers recoiled, totally taken aback. Judas, His betrayer, stood out like a sore thumb. Jesus asked again, "Who are you after?" They answered, "Jesus the Nazarene." "I told you," said Jesus, "that's Me. I'm the One. So if it's Me you're after, let these others go." (This validated the words in His prayer, "I didn't lose one of those You gave Me.") Just then Simon Peter, who was carrying a sword, pulled it from its sheath and struck the Chief Priest's servant, cutting off his right ear. Malchus was the servant's name. Jesus ordered Peter, "Put back your sword. Do you think for a minute I'm not going to drink this cup the Father gave Me?"

Luke 22: 63-71 (msg)
         The men in charge of Jesus began poking fun at Him, slapping Him around. They put a blindfold on Him and taunted, "Who hit You that time?" They were having a grand time with Him. When it was morning, the religious leaders of the people and the high priests and scholars all got together and brought Him before their High Council. They said, "Are You the Messiah?" He answered, "If I said yes, you wouldn't believe ME. If I asked what you meant by your question, you wouldn't answer Me. So here's what I have to say: From here on the Son of Man takes His place at God's right hand, the place of power." They all said, "So You admit You claim to be the Son of God?" "You're the ones who keep saying it," He said. But they made up their minds,"Why do we need any more evidence? We've all heard Him as good as say it Himself."

John 19: 1-6 (msg)
         So Pilate took Jesus and had Him whipped. The soldiers, having braided a crown from thorns, set it on His head, threw a purple robe over Him, and approached Him with, "Hail, King of the Jews!" Then they greeted Him with slaps in the face. Pilate went back out again and said to them, "I present Him to you, but I want you to know that I do not find Him guilty of any crime." Just then Jesus came out wearing the thorn crown and purple robe. Pilate announced, "Here He is: the Man." When the high priests and police saw Him, they shouted in a frenzy, "Crucify! Crucify!" Pilate told them, "You take Him. You crucify Him. I find nothing wrong with Him."

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