Weekly Scripture

Luke 19:28-40 New Century Version (NCV)

Jesus Enters Jerusalem as a King

28 After Jesus said this, he went on toward Jerusalem.

29 As Jesus came near Bethphage and Bethany, towns near the hill called the Mount of Olives, he sent out two of his followers.

30 He said, “Go to the town you can see there. When you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here to me.

31 If anyone asks you why you are untying it, say that the Master needs it.”

32 The two followers went into town and found the colt just as Jesus had told them.

33 As they were untying it, its owners came out and asked the followers, “Why are you untying our colt?”

34 The followers answered, “The Master needs it.” 

35 So they brought it to Jesus, threw their coats on the colt’s back, and put Jesus on it. 

36 As Jesus rode toward Jerusalem, others spread their coats on the road before him.

37 As he was coming close to Jerusalem, on the way down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of followers began joyfully shouting praise to God for all the miracles they had seen. 

38 They said,

“God bless the king who comes in the name of the Lord! Psalm 118:26
There is peace in heaven and glory to God!”

39 Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, tell your followers not to say these things.”

40 But Jesus answered, “I tell you, if my followers didn’t say these things, then the stones would cry out.”

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Luke 22:14-23 New Century Version (NCV)

The Lord’s Supper

14 When the time came, Jesus and the apostles were sitting at the table. 

15 He said to them, “I wanted very much to eat this Passover meal with you before I suffer. 

16 I will not eat another Passover meal until it is given its true meaning in the kingdom of God.”

17 Then Jesus took a cup, gave thanks, and said, “Take this cup and share it among yourselves. 

18 I will not drink again from the fruit of the vine[a] until God’s kingdom comes.”

19 Then Jesus took some bread, gave thanks, broke it, and gave it to the apostles, saying, “This is my body,[b] which I am giving for you. Do this to remember me.”

20 In the same way, after supper, Jesus took the cup and said, “This cup is the new agreement that God makes with his people. This new agreement begins with my blood which is poured out for you.

Who Will Turn Against Jesus?

21 “But one of you will turn against me, and his hand is with mine on the table. 

22 What God has planned for the Son of Man will happen, but how terrible it will be for that one who turns against the Son of Man.”

23 Then the apostles asked each other which one of them would do that.


  1. 22:18 fruit of the vine Product of the grapevine; this may also be translated “wine.”
  2. 22:19b–20 body Some Greek copies do not have the rest of verse 19 or verse 20.
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Luke 22:24-62 New Century Version (NCV)

Be Like a Servant

24 The apostles also began to argue about which one of them was the most important. 

25 But Jesus said to them, “The kings of the non-Jewish people rule over them, and those who have authority over others like to be called ‘friends of the people.’ 

26 But you must not be like that. Instead, the greatest among you should be like the youngest, and the leader should be like the servant. 

27 Who is more important: the one sitting at the table or the one serving? You think the one at the table is more important, but I am like a servant among you.

28 “You have stayed with me through my struggles. 

29 Just as my Father has given me a kingdom, I also give you a kingdom 

30 so you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom. And you will sit on thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.

Don’t Lose Your Faith!

31 “Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to test all of you as a farmer sifts his wheat. 

32 I have prayed that you will not lose your faith! Help your brothers be stronger when you come back to me.”

33 But Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, I am ready to go with you to prison and even to die with you!”

34 But Jesus said, “Peter, before the rooster crows this day, you will say three times that you don’t know me.”

Be Ready for Trouble

35 Then Jesus said to the apostles, “When I sent you out without a purse, a bag, or sandals, did you need anything?”

They said, “No.”

36 He said to them, “But now if you have a purse or a bag, carry that with you. If you don’t have a sword, sell your coat and buy one.

37 The Scripture says, ‘He was treated like a criminal,’[a] and I tell you this scripture must have its full meaning. It was written about me, and it is happening now.”

38 His followers said, “Look, Lord, here are two swords.”

He said to them, “That is enough.”

Jesus Prays Alone

39 Jesus left the city and went to the Mount of Olives, as he often did, and his followers went with him. 

40 When he reached the place, he said to them, “Pray for strength against temptation.”

41 Then Jesus went about a stone’s throw away from them. He kneeled down and prayed, 

42 “Father, if you are willing, take away this cup[b] of suffering. But do what you want, not what I want.” 

43 Then an angel from heaven appeared to him to strengthen him. 

44 Being full of pain, Jesus prayed even harder. His sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground. 

45 When he finished praying, he went to his followers and found them asleep because of their sadness. 

46 Jesus said to them, “Why are you sleeping? Get up and pray for strength against temptation.”

Jesus Is Arrested

47 While Jesus was speaking, a crowd came up, and Judas, one of the twelve apostles, was leading them. He came close to Jesus so he could kiss him.

48 But Jesus said to him, “Judas, are you using the kiss to give the Son of Man to his enemies?”

49 When those who were standing around him saw what was happening, they said, “Lord, should we strike them with our swords?” 

50 And one of them struck the servant of the high priest and cut off his right ear.

51 Jesus said, “Stop! No more of this.” Then he touched the servant’s ear and healed him.

52 Those who came to arrest Jesus were the leading priests, the soldiers who guarded the Temple, and the elders. Jesus said to them, “You came out here with swords and clubs as though I were a criminal. 

53 I was with you every day in the Temple, and you didn’t arrest me there. But this is your time—the time when darkness rules.”

Peter Says He Doesn’t Know Jesus

54 They arrested Jesus, and led him away, and brought him into the house of the high priest. Peter followed far behind them. 

55 After the soldiers started a fire in the middle of the courtyard and sat together, Peter sat with them. 

56 A servant girl saw Peter sitting there in the firelight, and looking closely at him, she said, “This man was also with him.”

57 But Peter said this was not true; he said, “Woman, I don’t know him.”

58 A short time later, another person saw Peter and said, “You are also one of them.”

But Peter said, “Man, I am not!”

59 About an hour later, another man insisted, “Certainly this man was with him, because he is from Galilee, too.”

60 But Peter said, “Man, I don’t know what you are talking about!”

At once, while Peter was still speaking, a rooster crowed. 

61 Then the Lord turned and looked straight at Peter. And Peter remembered what the Lord had said: “Before the rooster crows this day, you will say three times that you don’t know me.” 

62 Then Peter went outside and cried painfully.


  1. 22:37 ‘He . . . criminal.’ Quotation from Isaiah 53:12.
  2. 22:42 cup Jesus is talking about the painful things that will happen to him. Accepting these things will be hard, like drinking a cup of something bitter.
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