The Widow’s Coins
21[1-4] Then the Christ looked up, and saw the rich people casting their money into the treasury. And then the Christ saw a certain poor widow casting in two small coins, also. So the Christ said, “The truth is, this poor widow has put in more than all of them. All of these have put in to God’s offering out of their riches, but she has put in all the living that she had, even in her need.
The End Times
[5-9] And as some spoke of the place of worship, how it was decorated with beautiful stones and metals, the Christ said, “As for this which you see, the time will come, in which there won’t be left one stone on another, that won’t be put out of its place.” So they asked Yeshua, saying, “Christ, but when will this happen? And what sign will there be when this is about to happen?” And Yeshua answered, “Be sure that you aren’t lied to because many will come in My Name, saying, ‘I am Christ;’ and ‘The time is near’: but don’t follow them. When you hear of wars and rebellions, don’t be frightened because this must happen first; but the end isn’t yet.”
[10-19] Then Yeshua said, “Nation will make war against nation, and country against country. Great earthquakes will be in many different places, and food shortages, and deadly diseases; Then there will be fearful sights and great signs from heaven. But before all this, people will take you, and mistreat you, and hand you over to the religious leaders and put you in jails, and you will be brought to rulers and leaders because of My Name. And it’ll give you a time to tell ohers about Me. So settle it in your hearts, not to think about what you’ll say, because I’ll give you a word of wisdom, which all those who come against you won’t be able to dispute nor argue with. And you’ll be handed over by both parents and siblings, kinfolks and friends; and some of you they’ll put to death. And you’ll be hated of all people because of My Name. But a hair of your head won’t be destroyed. If you have patience, you’ll keep your souls.
The Destruction of Jerusalem
[20-24] And when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then know that it’s destruction is near. Then those who are in Judea should escape to the mountains; and those who are in the middle of it should leave; and those who are in the countryside shouldn’t go back into it, because these are the days of its punishment, so that everything which is written will happen. But those with child and those who are breastfeeding will be sad in those days! For there will be great suffering in the land and rage toward this people. And they’ll be killed with swords, and those left will be taken captive into all nations: and Jerusalem will be overrun by the nations of the world, until their time is up.
[25-28] And there will be signs in the sun, moon, and stars; and on the earth the nations will have great troubles, with confusion; even the waves of the sea will be uprising; People’s hearts will fail them for fear, and for watching what is going to happen on the earth because the forces of heaven will be out of balance. And then they’ll see Me coming in a cloud with great power and bright light. And when this begins to happen, then look up, and lift up your heads because you’ll be saved very soon.”
The Story of the Fig Tree
[29-33] And then the Christ told them a story; “Watch the fig tree, and all the trees; When you see the buds begin to shoot out, don’t you know for yourselves that summer is now near. So in this same way, when you see all this happening, know that the realm of God is near. The truth is, the people of this generation won’t die out, till all of it happens. Heaven and earth will come to an end: but My Words won’t ever come to an end.
[34-38] And watch yourselves, in case your hearts ever be overcome with partying, drunkenness, and the cares of this life, or that day will come on you unexpectedly, because it will come on everyone on the whole face of the earth like a sudden trap. So always watch and pray, so that you may be thought worthy to escape all this that will happen, and to stand with Me.” And Yeshua was teaching in the place of worship in the day time; and at night went out, staying on the mountain that is called the Mount of Olives. And all the people came early in the morning to the place of worship to hear the Christ.
The Passover Supper
22[1-6] Now the celebration of unleavened bread came near which is called the Passover. And the leading priests and religious leaders were looking for a way to take the Christ secretly because they were afraid of the people. Then the spirit of Satan went into Judas, named Iscariot, being one of the twelve, who left, and talked with the leading priests and captains, to decide how to turn the Christ over to them. And they were pleased, and promised to give Judas money. So he promised to look for a way to turn the Christ over to them without the crowd being there.
[7-13] Then the day of unleavened bread came, when the Passover animals must be killed. So Yeshua sent Peter and John, saying, “Go, and get the Passover meal ready for us, so that we can eat.” And they asked, “Where do you want us to get it ready?” So the Christ answered, “Right when you get to the city, someone carrying a pitcher of water will meet you; follow them into the house they go into. And say to the owner of the house, the Christ said to tell you, where is the guestroom, where I may eat the Passover with My followers? And they’ll show you a large furnished upper room: get everything ready there.” So they went, and found it just as the Christ had said: and they got the Passover meal ready.
[14-20] And when the time came, Christ and the twelve followers sat down. And Yeshua said, “I’ve longed to eat this Passover with you before I suffer, because I tell you, I won’t eat it any more, until I eat it in the realm of God.” And the Christ took the cup, and gave thanks, saying, “Take this, and share it among yourselves. I tell you, I won’t drink wine anymore, until the realm of God comes. Then Yeshua took bread, giving thanks, and breaking it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is the symbol of My body that is being given for you. Do this to remember Me.” And after supper, the Christ took the cup, and said, “This cup is the symbol for My blood, which is shed for you in the New Word.”
[21-23] But the hand of the one who will hand Me over is with Me on the table. And the truth is, I go, as it was decided on: but sorrow is coming to the one who hands Me over! So they began to ask, who among them, would do this.
Who will be the Greatest?
[24-30] And there was an argument among them, about which of them would be the greatest. So the Christ said, “The rulers of the other peoples use control over them; and those who use power over them are called governors. But you won’t do this: whoever wants to be greatest among you, should be like the younger; and whoever leads, like the one who serves, because which is greater, the one who sits to eat, or the one who serves? Isn’t it the one who sits to eat? Yes, but I am among you as One who serves. You’re the ones who have stayed with Me through all My troubles. So I give you a realm, just as My God has given one to Me; so that you can eat and drink at My table in My Realm, and sit on the judgment thrones of the twelve families of Israel.”
[31-38] And the Christ, said, “Peter, Peter, Satan wants to have you, so that you can be tested: But I’ve prayed for you, that your faith doesn’t fail. So when your faith comes back, strengthen the others.” And Peter said, “Christ, I am ready to go with you, both to jail, and even to death.” But the Christ said, “I tell you, Peter, the rooster won’t crow today, before you’ll say that you don’t even know Me three times.” Then Yeshua said, “When I sent you without a moneybag, backpack, or shoes, did you lack anything?” And they answered, “Nothing.” Then Christ said, “But now, whoever has a money bag, let them take it, and their backpack: and whoever has no sword, should sell their extra clothing, and buy one. I tell you, that what has been written about Me, and the Christ was thought of as a lawbreaker, must happen to Me, because the things written about Me have a purpose.” And they said, “Christ, we have two swords.” And Yeshua said, “That’s enough.”
[39-46] Yeshua and the followers came out, and went to the Mount of Olives as they were used to doing. And when they got there, Yeshua daid, “Pray, so that you won’t be tempted.” And the Christ withdrew from them about a stone’s throw away, and kneeling down, prayed, saying, “God, if You will allow it, don’t let this happen to Me, but don’t let what I want to be done happen, but what You want.” And an angel from heaven appeared to Yeshua, in order to strengthen the Christ. And the Christ, being greatly troubled, prayed harder: so much that the sweat was like great drops of blood falling on the ground. And the Christ getting up from prayer, and coming back to the followers, found them sleeping for sorrow, and asked, “Why are you sleeping? Get up and pray, in case you’re tempted.”
[47-53] And while the Christ was speaking, a crowd came up, along with Judas, who was one of the twelve. Then Judas started to kiss Yeshua. But Yeshua said, “Judas, are You betraying Me with a kiss?” When those who were with the Christ saw what was about to happen, they said, “Christ, should we use our swords?” And one of them cut off the right ear of the worker of the leading priest. And Yeshua answered, “Let this happen, too.” And the Christ touched the ear, and healed it. Then Yeshua said to the leading priests, and the religious leaders of the place of worship, and the elders, which had come to them, “Have you come out with swords and sticks like you’d come against a thief? When I was with you in the place of worship daily, you didn’t put your hands on Me: but this is your time, and the time for the power of darkness.”
[54-62] Then they took Yeshua, leading the Christ into the house of the leading priest. And Peter followed far off behind them. And when they had made a fire in the middle of the hall, and had sat down together, Peter sat down with them. But a certain girl was watching as he sat down by the fire, and carefully looking at him, said, “This one was with Yeshua, too.” And Peter denied it, saying, “Woman, I don’t even know this person.” And after a little while another person saw Peter, and said, “You’re one of them, too.” But Peter answered, “I am not.” Then about an hour later, someone else swore to it, saying, “It’s the truth, this person was with them, too, because he’s a Galilaean.” And Peter said, “People, I don’t even know what you’re talking about.” And suddenly, while Peter was speaking, the rooster crowed. And Yeshua turned, and looked straight at Peter. And Peter remembered the Words of Yeshua, how the Christ had said, “Before the rooster crows, you’ll say that you don’t know Me three times.” And Peter left there, and cried with great sorrow.
[63-71] And those who were keeping Yeshua mocked and hit the Christ. And then when they had blindfolded the Christ, they struck Yeshua on the face, and said, “Tell us who hit you.” And they spoke against the Christ many other disrespectful things. Then as soon as it was day, the elders of the people, the leading priests, and the religious leaders all came together, and led Yeshua into their court, saying, “If You’re the Christ, tell us!” And Yeshua answered, “If I tell you, you won’t believe Me: And if I also ask you something, you won’t answer Me, nor let Me go. But later, I will sit in judgment with the power of God.” So they all said, “Then, are you the Heir of God?” And the Christ answered, “You say it, because I am.” So they said, “Why do we need any more witnesses? We’ve heard it ourselves, from this person’s own mouth!”
23[1-7] Then they all got up, and took the Christ to Pilate. And they began to accuse the Christ, saying, “We found this person leading the people astray, forbidding them to pay taxes to the government, and claiming to be the Christ, a Ruler.” And Pilate asked, “You are the Ruler of the Jews?” And the Christ answered, “It’s just as you say.” Then Pilate said to the leading priests and to the people, “This person has done nothing wrong.” And they were greatly angered, saying, “This One stirs up the people, teaching throughout all Judea, all the way from Galilee to here.” So when Pilate heard of Galilee, he asked if the Christ were a Galilaean. And as soon as he knew that it was Herod’s place to judge the matter, he sent the Christ to Herod, who was in Jerusalem at that time.
[8-12] Then when Herod saw Yeshua, he was very happy because he had wanted to see the Christ for long time, because he had heard many things, and hoped to see the Christ do a miracle. So he asked many times; but the Christ didn’t answer. And the leading priests and religious leaders stood by, accusing the Christ. And Herod, along with his guards, clothing Yeshua in a beautiful robe, disrespectfully mocked the Christ, then sent Yeshua back to Pilate. And that very day Pilate and Herod became friends together, though they were enemies before.
[13-26] So Pilate, who had called together the leading priests, the rulers, and the people, said, “You’ve brought this person to me, as One that leads the people astray: But I, having questioned this person, have found no fault as to these accusations. No, nor Herod either, because I sent you to him; and this person has done nothing worthy of death. The punishment is done, so I’ll free Yeshua to you (because he was required to free someone to them at the celebration.) And the people hollered out all at once, saying, “Take Yeshua away, and free Barabbas” (who was put in jail for a certain rebellion made in the city, and for murder.) So Pilate, wanting to free Yeshua, asked them again, but they hollered out, saying, “Put Yeshua on a cross, put Yeshua on a cross.” And Pilate asked them the third time, “Why, what evil has this person done? I’ve found no cause for death: so I’ll punish, and let Yeshua go.” And instantly, they hollered out for Yeshua to be put to death. And their voices overpowered Pilate’s. So Pilate set the punishment as they wanted it. And freed to them the one who was put in jail for rebellion and murder, whom they had wanted; but gave Yeshua over to their will. And as they led the Christ away, they ordered someone named Simon, a Cyrenian, coming out of the country, to carry the cross, following after Yeshua.
[27-33] And a great many people, including women followed along, who also grieved for the Christ. But Yeshua turning to them said, “Daughters of Jerusalem, don’t cry for me, but cry for yourselves, and for your children, because the days are coming, in the which they’ll say, ‘Blessed are those who can never give birth, and the breasts which never nursed a baby.’ Then they’ll begin to say to the mountains, ‘Fall on us;’ and to the hills, ‘Cover us.’ If they do this when the tree is green, what will be done when it’s dry?” And there were two others, too, law breakers, led with the Christ to be put to death. And when they had come to the place of the skull, which is called Calvary, they put Yeshua to death, along with the law breakers, one on the right side, and the other on the left.
[34-37] Then Yeshua said, “God, forgive them because they don’t know what they are doing.” And they divided the Christ’s clothing, and placed bets on them. And the people stood watching. And the rulers also with them mocked the Christ, saying, “You saved others; so save Yourself, if You’re the Christ, the Chosen of God.” And the guards also mocked Yeshua, coming and offering the Christ sour wine, and saying, “If You’re the Ruler of the Jews, save Yourself.” And a title was written also over the Christ in letters of Greek, Latin, and Hebrew, This is the Ruler of the Jews.
[39-45] And one of the law breakers who was hung also mocked the Christ, saying, “If You’re the Christ, save Yourself and us.” But the other one got on to him, saying, “Don’t you honor and respect God, seeing you’re judged in the same way? And we, justly, because we’re only getting what we deserve for our actions: but this person hasn’t done anything wrong.” And he said to Yeshua, “Christ, remember me when You come into Your realm.” And Yeshua said, “The truth is, today you’ll be with Me in the Garden of Paradise.” And about noon, darkness came over all the earth until about three o’clock. And when the sun was darkened, the curtain of the place of worship was torn in half.
[46-49] And when Yeshua had hollered out, having said, “God, I give My Spirit to You,” the Christ gave up the Spirit. Now when one of the guards saw what happened, he praised God, saying, “The truth is, this really was a good person!” And all those who had come together to see this, and who were watching everything that had happened, hit their breasts, and left. And all those who had known the Christ, and the women who had followed along from Galilee, stood far off, watching all of this.
[50-56] And there was someone named Joseph, a person from Arimathaea, a city of the Jews, who was a good and fair person: (who hadn’t consented to the words and actions of them;) and who also waited for the realm of God. This person went to Pilate, and begged for the body of Yeshua. so he took it down, and wrapped it in linen, and laid it in a tomb that was cut out of stone, and in which no one had ever been laid to rest. And that day was the preparation day, and the Seventh Day was nearing. The women, which came with the Christ from Galilee, followed, and watched the tomb, and saw how the body was laid. And they went home, and got the spices and perfumes ready; and rested on the Day of Worship according to the Word of God.
24[1-12] Now very early on Sunday morning, they came to the tomb, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and a few others were with them. And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb. So they went in, and didn’t find the body of the Christ Yeshua. And then, as they were very confused about it, two people stood next to them in shining white clothes: And as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, the two asked, “Why are you looking for One who lives among the dead? The Christ isn’t here, but is risen: remember how the Christ spoke to you while still in Galilee, saying, I must be given into the hands of sinful people, and be put to death, and the third day come to life again?” And they remembered the Words of the Christ, and came back from the tomb, and told all this to the eleven, and to all the rest who were there. It was Mary Magdalene, and Joanna, and Mary the mother of James, and some other women that were with them, who told this to the followers. But their words seemed to the followers as story-tales, so they didn’t believe them. Then Peter got up and ran to the tomb; and stooping down, saw the linen clothes put by themselves, and went, wondering to himself, about what had happened.
[13-26] And two of them went that same day to a town called Emmaus, which was from Jerusalem about seven miles. And they talked together of all this which had happened. And then, while they talked and reasoned together, Yeshua came near, and walked with them. But they didn’t know it was the Christ. And the Christ asked, “What kind of stories are these that you’ve told to each other, as you were walking, and Why are you so sad?” And one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answered, “Are you the only stranger in Jerusalem that doesn’t know the things which have happen there in these days?” And the Christ asked, “What things?” And they said, “About Yeshua of Nazareth, who was a great preacher, powerful in words and actions before God and all the people: And who the leading priests and our rulers caused to be accused, and put to death, and have put the Christ to death. But we trusted that it was the One who would have saved Israel: and besides all this, today, is the third day since all this has happened. Yes, and also, some of the women of our company amazed us, which went early to the tomb; And when they didn’t find the body, they came, saying, that they had also seen a vision of angels, who said that the Christ was alive. And some of those who were with us went to the tomb, and found it just as the women had said: but didn’t see the Christ.” Then the Christ said, “You thoughtless, and slow of heart to believe all that the great preachers have spoken: Shouldn’t Christ have suffered this, and have victory?”
[27-35] And beginning at Moses and all the great preachers, Yeshua explained all the Words about the Christ. And as they came near the town, where they were going: the Christ pretended to want to go further. But they pleaded with Yeshua, saying, “Stay with us, it’s just about evening, and the day is almost over.” So the Christ went in to stay with them. And then, as Yeshua was eating a meal with them, the Christ blessed and broke the bread, and gave it to them. Then suddenly they understood, and knew it was Yeshua; and then the Christ disappeared. So they said to each other, “Didn’t our heart burn within us, while the Christ talked with us on the way, and explained the Word to us?” And they got up right then, and went back to Jerusalem, and found the eleven and those who were with them all gathered together, and who were saying, “The Christ has truly come to life again, and has appeared to Peter.” Then the two of them told what had happened to them on the road, and how the Christ was known of them in the breaking of the bread.
[36-49] And as they were speaking, Yeshua appeared in the middle of them, saying to them, “Be at peace.” But they were terrified and afraid, and thought that they had seen a spirit. So the Christ said, “Why are you so uneasy? and Why do you doubt in your hearts? See My hands and My feet, It’s Me: Touch Me, and see, because a spirit doesn’t have a body and bones, as you see that I have.” And when the Christ had said this, they saw Yeshua’s hands and feet. And while they still couldn’t believe it for joy, and were so amazed, the Christ asked, “Do you’ve any food here?” And they gave the Christ a piece of a broiled fish and honeycomb. So Yeshua took it, and ate it in front of them. And then said, “These are the words which I spoke to you, while I was still with you, so that everything would happen, which was written in the Words of Moses, and in the Words of the great preachers, and in the Songs about Me.” Then the Christ opened their minds to understand the Words, and said, “Just as it was written, it was right that Christ would suffer, and come to life from the dead on the third day: And that a change of ways and freedom from sins would be preached in the Name of Yeshua among all the nations, beginning at Jerusalem. And you’re witnesses of this. So I send the promise of My God to you: but stay in the city of Jerusalem, until you’re given the power from Heaven.”
[50-53] Then the Christ led them out as far as to Bethany, and with uplifted hands, blessed them. And then, while Yeshua blessed them, the Christ was taken from them, and carried up into heaven. And they worshipped the Christ, and went back to Jerusalem with great joy, staying in the place of worship continually, praising and blessing God. So be it!