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The Accounts of the Night He was Betrayed

The details of the Last Supper given in the Synoptic Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke are fairly consistent, in that they state the revelation of Judas as a betrayer, the institution of the Communion as Jesus' modification of the Passover Seder meal, and a discussion of the fact that He would die and be resurrected.  Luke adds some extra color with the "arming" of the disciples and Jesus' prediction of Peter's denial of him, but all the accounts are essentially the same, with Luke's being the longest from the time the disciples arrive at the upper room to the time the group arrives at the Garden of Gethsemane, mainly due to the additional bulk from including those extra details.

John's account is radically different.  First, it is the longest account of all the Gospels, stretching from John 13 to the end of John 17.  Second, it omits the institution of the Communion which, in itself, is rather startling.  Third, it includes the footwashing of the disciples that the Synoptics omit.  And fourth, the greater proportion of the account happens during a time period about which the other three Synoptics say nothing.

We get so used to the idea of Jesus speaking in parables that we forget that he started to be more explicit about his fate the closer he got to the time of his Passion.  These phrases, and the way they are used, are from the account of the Last Supper as given by the Apostle John, which is about as close to the Passion as they were going to get and still have the luxury of learning from him in a congenial atmosphere.  Thus, we will sift through John's account looking for certain phraseology employed by Jesus to gain an understanding of what "In Christ" and "Christ in us" means. 

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