The Holy Bible: The New Word According to John Chapters 18-21

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The Garden of Gethsemane

      18[1-6] After the Christ had spoken these words; Yeshua went out with the followers over the creek Cedron, coming into a garden. And Judas, which handed over the Christ, knew the place, because Yeshua often went there with the followers. So Judas then, having gotten troops and officers from the leading priests and religious leaders, came there with lanterns and torches and swords. And Yeshua, knowing everything that would come about, went to them, saying, “Who are you looking for?” So they answered, “Yeshua of Nazareth.” And Yeshua said, “I am that One.” And Judas also, who had turned Yeshua over, stood with them. Then as soon as the Christ had said, “I am that One”, they all went backward, falling to the ground.

     [7-14] Then the Christ asked them again, “Who are you looking for?” And they said, “Yeshua of Nazareth.” So Yeshua said, “I’ve told you that I am that One: so if you’re looking for Me, let all these go”: so that the saying would happen, which the Christ spoke, “I have lost none of those who You gave Me.” Then Simon Peter, having a sword, took it out and cut off the right ear of the leading priest’s worker, whose name was Malchus. Then Yeshua said to Peter, “Put your sword in its sheath: shouldn’t I suffer the things which My God has given Me to suffer?” Then the troop, the captain, and the officers of the Jews took and tied up Yeshua, leading the Christ away to Annas first, because he was father-in-law to Caiaphas, who was the leading priest that year. Now Caiaphas was the one, who gave words to the Jews, that it was necessary that one person would die for the people.

Peter Denies Knowing Yeshua

     [15-18] And Simon Peter followed Yeshua, and so did another follower: that follower was known to the leading priest, and went in with Yeshua into the hall of the leading priest. But Peter stood outside the door. Then that other follower went out, which was known to the leading priest, and spoke to the girl that kept the door, bringing Peter in. Then she said to Peter, “Aren’t you also one of this person’s followers?” But Peter said, “I am not.” And the workers and officers stood there, who had made a fire of coals because it was cold: and they warmed themselves: and Peter stood with them, and warmed himself.

The Leading Priests Question Yeshua

    [19-24] The leading priest then asked Yeshua about the followers, and of the Christ’s teachings. So Yeshua answered, “I spoke openly to the world; I taught in all the places of worship, where the Jews always go; and I haven’t said anything in secret. Why do you ask Me? Ask those who heard Me what I’ve said: they know what I said.” And when the Christ had said this, one of the officers which stood by slapped Yeshua with the palm of his hand saying, “You dare answer the leading priest that way?” Then Yeshua answered, “If I’ve spoken any evil, be a truthful witnesses of the evil: but if well, why do you hit Me?”  Then Annas sent the Christ tied up to Caiaphas the leading priest.

Peter’s Final Denial

      [25-27] And Simon Peter stood and warmed himself. So they asked him, “Aren’t you also one of the followers?” But Peter denied it, saying, “I am not.” Then one of the workers of the leading priest, being kin to the One whose ear Peter cut off, asked, “Didn’t I see you in the garden with Yeshua?” Then Peter denied it again: and suddenly the rooster crowed.

Pilate and Yeshua

     [28-32] Then they led Yeshua from Caiaphas to the hall of judgment: and it was early; but they themselves didn’t go into the judgment hall, or they would be ruined and not be able to eat the Passover. So then Pilate went out to them, saying, “What do you accuse this person of?” And they answered, “If this One wasn’t a criminal, we wouldn’t have brought this person to you.” Then Pilate said to them, “You take and judge this One by your law.” So the Jews said, “It isn’t right for us to put anyone to death”: So that what Yeshua had said, would happen, about what death the Christ would die.

     [33-40] Then Pilate went in the judgment hall again, and asked Yeshua, saying, “Are you the Ruler of the Jews?” And Yeshua answered, “Do you say this thing of yourself, or did others tell you about Me?” Then Pilate asked, “Am I a Jew? Your own nation and the leading priests have given You to me: what have you done?” So Yeshua said, “My realm isn’t of this world: if My realm were of this world, then My workers would fight, so that I wouldn’t be given to the Jews: but My realm is not here now.” So Pilate asked, “Are you a Ruler then?” And Yeshua answered, “You say that I am a Ruler. For this reason I was born, and for this cause I came into the world, that I would be a witness to the truth. Everyone that is of the truth hears My voice.” And Pilate asked, “What is truth?” And when he had said this, he went out again to the Jews, saying to them, “I find no fault at all in this person. But you have a way of life, that I free someone to you at the Passover, so would you like me to free to you the Ruler of the Jews?” Then they all cried out again, saying, “Not this One, but Barabbas.” And Barabbas was a criminal.

The Guards Mock Yeshua

     19[1-7] Then Pilate had Yeshua beaten. And the guards platted a crown of thorns, and put it on Yeshua’s head, and put a purple robe on the Christ, saying, “Hello, Ruler of the Jews!” as they slapped Yeshua with their hands. So Pilate went out again, saying to them, “I am bringing Yeshua out to you, so that you can know that I find no fault in this person.” Then Yeshua came out, wearing the crown of thorns, and the purple robe. And Pilate said, “Look at this person?” So when the leading priests and officers saw the Christ, they hollered out, saying, “Put this One to death, put this One to death.” So Pilate answered, “You do it, because I find no fault in this person.” But the Jews said, “We have a law, and by our law this One ought to die, because this person claimed to be the Child of God.”

    [8-12] So when Pilate heard that, he was all the more afraid; And went back into the judgment hall, saying to Yeshua, “Where are You from?” But Yeshua didn’t answer. So Pilate asked, “Why don’t you speak to me? Don’t you know that I have the power to put you to death, or the power to free you?” Then Yeshua answered, “You could have no power at all against Me, unless it were given to you from above: so whoever has given Me to you has the greater sin.” And from then on Pilate looked for a way to free the Christ: but the Jews hollered out, “If you let this person go, you aren’t Caesar’s friend: whoever claims to be a Ruler speaks against Caesar.”

    [13-16] So when Pilate heard that, he had Yeshua brought out, and sat down in the judgment seat in a place that is called the Pavement, but in the Hebrew, Gabbatha. And it was the preparation of the Passover, and about noon, when he said to the Jews, “See, your Ruler!” But they hollered out, “Away with this One, away with this One, put this person to death.” Then Pilate asked, “Do I put your Ruler to death?” And the leading priests said, “We have no Ruler but Caesar.” Then he gave the Christ to them to be put to death. And they took and led Yeshua away.

Christ on the Cross

     [17-22] And the Christ, carrying the cross, went out to a place called “The Place of a Skull,” which is called in the Hebrew “Golgotha”: Who they put to death, along with two others, one on either side, with Yeshua in the middle. And Pilate wrote a title, and put it on the cross. And the writing was “Yeshua of Nazareth, The Ruler of the Jews.” Then many of the Jews read this title because the place where Yeshua was put to death was near the city: and it was written in Hebrew, Greek, and Latin. Then the leading priests of the Jews said to Pilate, “Don’t write, ‘The Ruler of the Jews’; but that this One said, I am Ruler of the Jews.” But Pilate said, “I’ve written what I’ve written.”

The Soldier’s Divide the Christ’s Clothes

    [23-24] Then the guards, when they had put Yeshua on the cross, took the Christ’s clothes, and made four parts, giving to every soldier a part; and also the Christ’s coat: but the coat was without seam, woven from the top throughout. So they said among themselves, “Let’s not tear it, but place bets for it, to see whose it will be”: so that the Word would happen, which said, “They divided my clothing among them, and they placed bets for My coat.” And so the guards did this.

The Christ’s Mother

     [25-27] Now Yeshua’s mother stood there by the cross, with her sister, Mary, the spouse of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalene. So seeing her with the follower standing by, whom the Christ loved, Yeshua said, “Mother, look, your child! Then the Christ said to the follower, “Look, your mother!” And from that time on, that follower took her to his own home.

Christ Gives Up the Spirit

     [28-37] Later, knowing that everything had now happened, that was said in the Word should happen, Yeshua said, “I’m thirsty.” Now there was a bottle full of sour wine: and they filled a sponge with it, and put it on a hyssop reed, and put it to the Christ’s mouth. After taking the sour wine, the Christ, giving up the Spirit, said, “It’s done”: whose head then bowed. So the Jews, because it was the preparation day, (for that Day of Worship was a holy day) begged Pilate that their legs be broken, and that they be taken away so that the bodies wouldn’t stay on the cross on a Day of Worship. Then the guards came, and broke the legs of the first, and then of the other who were put on a cross along with the Christ. But when they came to Yeshua, and saw that the Christ was dead already, they didn’t break them: But when one of the guards pierced the Christ’s side with a spear, blood and water gushed out. And the one who saw it told it, and their record is true: and they know what they said is true, so that you might believe. And this happened, so that what was in the Word would happen, “Not a bone of the Christ will be broken.” And again another Word said, “They’ll look on the One whom they pierced.”

Yeshua’s Burial

     [38-42] And then Joseph of Arimathaea, being a follower of Yeshua, but secretly for fear of the Jews, begged Pilate to let him take away the body of Yeshua: so Pilate said that he could. Then he came and took the body of Yeshua. And Nicodemus came also, who first came to Yeshua by night, and brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about a hundred pounds. Then they took the body of Yeshua, and wound it in linen cloths with the spices, as is the Jews way to bury someone. Now near the place where the Christ was put on the cross, there was a garden; and in the garden a new tomb, in which no one had ever been laid. So they laid Yeshua there because of the Jews’ preparation day and because the tomb was near there.

Mary Magdalene Sent to the Followers

20[1-10] And Mary Magdalene came early on Sunday morning, when it was still dark, to the tomb, and saw the stone moved away from the tomb. Then she ran, and came to Simon Peter and to the other follower, whom Yeshua loved, saying to them, “They’ve taken away the Christ out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they’ve laid the body.” So Peter went out, and that other follower, and came to the tomb. And both of them ran together: but the other follower outran Peter, and came to the tomb first. And stooping down, and looking in, he saw the linen clothes there; but still didn’t go in. Then Simon Peter came following him, and went into the tomb, and saw the linen clothes lying there, with the napkin that was about the Christ’s head not lying with the linen clothes, but folded up in a place by itself. Then that other follower also went in, which came first to the tomb, and saw it, and believed. But they still didn’t know the Word that the Christ must come to life again from the dead. Then the followers went back to their own homes.

     [11-18] But Mary stood outside the tomb crying: and as she cried, she stooped down, and looked into the tomb, and saw two angels in white sitting, one at the head, and the other at the feet, where the body of Yeshua had lain. And they said to her, “Woman, why are you crying?” And she answered, “Because they’ve taken my Christ away, and I don’t know where they’ve put the body.” And when she had said this, she turned around, and saw the Christ standing there, but didn’t know that it was Yeshua. Then Yeshua said to her, “Woman, why are you crying? Who are you looking for?” And she, thinking it to be the gardener, said, “Sir, if you’ve taken the body from here, tell me where you’ve put it, and I’ll take it away.” Then Yeshua said to her, “Mary!” And she turned around, saying, “Rabboni;” which means, “Teacher.” And Yeshua said to her, “Don’t touch Me yet because I am still not gone up to God: but go to My followers, and say to them, I go up to the One I am from, and the One you’re from; to My God, and to your God.” So Mary Magdalene came and told the followers that she had seen the Christ, who had spoken this to her.

Receiving the Holy Spirit

    [19-23] Then the same day at evening, being Sunday, when the doors were shut where the followers were gathered for fear of the Jews, Yeshua came and stood in the middle, saying to them, “Be at peace!” And after the Christ had said this, they saw Yeshua’s hands and side. Then the followers were happy, when they saw the Christ. And then Yeshua said again, “Be at peace: just as My God has sent Me, I am sending you, too.” And the Christ said this, then breathed on them, saying to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit: Whoever’s sins you forgive, they’re forgiven them; and whoever’s sins you keep, they’re kept.”

The Doubting Thomas

      [24-30] But Thomas, one of the twelve, called the Twin, wasn’t with them when Yeshua came. So the other followers told him, “We’ve seen the Christ.” But he said, “Unless I see the print of the nails in Yeshua’s hands, and put my finger into them, and put my hand into Yeshua’s side, I won’t believe it.” And eight days later the followers were again inside, and Thomas was with them: then Yeshua came, the doors being shut, and stood in the middle, saying, “Be at peace.” Then the Christ said to Thomas, “Touch Me here with your finger, and see My hands; and touch Me here with your hand and put it into My side: and don’t be faithless, but believe.” And Thomas answered, “My Christ and my God.” Then Yeshua said, “Thomas, you believed because you’ve seen Me: those who haven’t seen are blessed, because they’ve still believed.”

    [30-31] And Yeshua, truly, did many other signs in the presence of the followers, which aren’t written in this book: But these things are written, so that you might believe that Yeshua is the Christ, the Child of God; and that believing, you might have life in the Name of Yeshua.

Peter and the Followers Go Fishing

     21[1-3] Later Yeshua appeared again to the followers at the Sea of Galilee; and this is the way it happened: Simon Peter, and Thomas, called the Twin, and Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, and the children of Zebedee, and two other of the followers were all together. Then Simon Peter said, “I’m going fishing.”  Then the others said, “We’re going, too.”  So they went out, and quickly got in a ship; but that night they caught nothing.

     [4-8] Now at sunrise, Yeshua stood on the shore: but the followers didn’t know yet that it was Yeshua. Then Yeshua hollered out, “Children, did you catch anything?” And they answered, “No”. So Yeshua hollered out, “Throw out the net on the right side of the ship, and you’ll catch some.” So they threw it out, and then they weren’t able to pull it in for all the fish. So the follower whom Yeshua loved said to Peter, “It’s the Christ.” Now when Simon Peter heard that it was Christ, he put on his fisher’s coat, because he was naked, and dove into the water. And the other followers came in a little ship, not being far from land, but only about a hundred yards or so, dragging the net with the fish.

     [9-14] Then as soon as they had come to land they saw the coals of a fire there, with fish and bread laid on it. And Yeshua said, “Bring some of the fish you caught.” So Simon Peter went and drew the net to land full of huge fish, a hundred and fifty-three: but still the net wasn’t broken even though there were so many. Then Yeshua said, “Come and eat.” And knowing that it was the Christ, none of the followers dared ask, “Who are you?” Then Yeshua came, and took bread, and gave them some, along with the fish. Now this is the third time that Yeshua appeared to the followers, after the Christ had come back to life.

Peter’s Threefold Duty

     [15-19] So when they had eaten, Yeshua asked Simon Peter, “Peter, son of Jonah, are you sure that you love Me, even more than these here?” Then Peter answered, “Yes, Christ; you know that I love you.” Then the Christ said, “Feed My new followers.” Then Yeshua asked again the second time, “Peter, son of Jonah, have you really made up your mind to love Me?” Then Peter said, “Yes, Christ; you know that I truly love you.” Then the Christ said, “Guide My young followers.” Then Yeshua asked the third time, “Peter, son of Jonah, do you truly love Me?” And Peter was saddened because the Christ had asked for the third time, “Do you love Me?” So Peter said, “Christ, you know everything; you know that I truly love you.” And Yeshua said, “Be faithful to My older followers.” The truth is, when you were young, you made yourself ready, and went wherever you wanted to: but when you’re old, you’ll reach out for help, but someone else will get you ready, and take you where you don’t want to go.” The Christ spoke this, signifying what kind of death Peter would die for God’s glory. And after this, the Christ said, “Follow Me.”

The Follower Who Yeshua Loved

     [20-25] Then Peter, turning around, saw the other follower, whom Yeshua loved, following along; which also was the one who leaned back on the Christ at supper, saying, “Christ, who is it that will turn You over to them?” So Peter said to Yeshua, “Christ, what will this follower do?” So Yeshua answered, “If I want this one to stay till I come, what is that to you? You follow Me.” Then it spread among the Christians, that that follower wouldn’t die: but Yeshua didn’t say to them that the follower wouldn’t die; but only, “If I want this one to stay till I come, what is that to you?” This is the one who tells us of this, and who wrote this: and we know that this is a true story. And there are many other things also, which Yeshua did, and which, if they were all written, I think that even the world itself couldn’t contain the books that would be written about it. So be it!