Luke 22- The Lord’s Supper

And when the hour was come, he sat down, and the twelve apostles with him. And he said unto them, With desire I have desired to eat this passover with you before I suffer: For I say unto you, I will not any more eat thereof, until it be fulfilled in the kingdom of God. And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and said, Take this, and divide it among yourselves: For I say unto you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine, until the kingdom of God shall come And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me.Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you. Luke 22:14-20

 Christians might wonder, where did the sacrament of Communion originate? It originated right here at the Lord’s Supper. The day before Jesus went to the cross to be our Passover Lamb, he shared a meal with his disciples. Jesus took the bread, broke it , and distributed among his disciples and said “This is my body given for You, Do this in remembrance of Me” The bread is symbolic of Christ body broken on the cross for the penalty of our sins

Then Jesus took the cup, and said “This Cup is the New Covenant/Testament, which I shed for You” The cup of wine is symbolic of the blood of Christ shed for our sins, our sins washed by the blood of the Lamb. Also the blood of Christ is the sign of the New Covenant, the Better Covenant that makes us Children of God, Jew and Gentile , through Jesus Christ

Notice Jesus said “ Do this In Remembrance of Me” this was a commandment or sacrament Christ gave to us. Everytime we partake of the bread and cup, we are proclaiming The Lord’s death, resurrection, and His return. Jesus wants communion/fellowship with us, don’t neglect coming to The Lord’s table

But, behold, the hand of him that betrayeth me is with me on the table. And truly the Son of man goeth, as it was determined: but woe unto that man by whom he is betrayed! And they began to inquire among themselves, which of them it was that should do this thing. Luke 22:21-23

Jesus again prophesies about his death, the Lamb of God who will take away the sins of the world (John 1:29) As Judas, the son of perdition, betrayed the Son of God to fulfill God’s will of redeeming humanity of their sins. When we partake in Communion/Lords Supper, we should reflect upon what Jesus has done for us and that Christ is returning again soon to establish His eternal Kingdom

We shouldn’t neglect coming to The Lord’s table, we do this in remembrance of Christ. We should mourn and rejoice everytime we come to The Table, knowing your a sinner but the sinless Lamb of God washed you clean by His sacrifice on the cross, Amen

Luke 22- Brotherhood Betrayal

Now the feast of unleavened bread drew nigh, which is called the Passover. And the chief priests and scribes sought how they might kill him; for they feared the people. Then entered Satan into Judas surnamed Iscariot, being of the number of the twelve. And he went his way, and communed with the chief priests and captains, how he might betray him unto them. Luke 22:1-4

Betrayal sometimes comes from the place you least expect it. Its hard to believe Judas was  actually an Apostle of Christ. Judas was in the inner circle of the Son of God, heard all Christ teachings, he witnessed countless miracles, yet Judas still betrayed the Son of God. Why? Because it says “Satan entered into Judas” Was this literal or metaphorical, regardless Satan influenced Judas to give up his soul for 30 pieces of silver.This is why Jesus warned his disciples to beware and stay alert, keep yourself from sin

Satan wanted to kill off the Messiah, so he deceived and used anyone he could including chief priests and Apostles, don’t think Satan can’t deceive you also. These were all men who knew the scriptures, they have all witnessed the miracles, yet they were blinded by their sin. Let this be a dire warning to all of us, don’t be deceived, cling closely to The Lord and not of this world

And they were glad, and covenanted to give him money. And he promised, and sought opportunity to betray him unto them in the absence of the multitude.  Luke 22:5-6

Now at a quick glance, this might have seemed like a victory for Satan. He persuaded one of Christ’s own disciples to betray him. However God is always in complete control! God took the evil plot by Satan and used it for our good, (Romans 8:28) Judas became a fulfillment of prophecy (Psalm 41:9, Zechariah 11)

This obviously brings up the interesting debate between our free will and God’s sovereignty. Did Judas even have a choice to betray Jesus?  I think so, God never told Judas he needed to betray Christ, Judas chose to follow his lust for money and listen to Satan. However God already knew Judas was going to betray Christ, and used his evil to fulfill the requirements of the Messiah’s sacrifice for the atonement of our sins.

I know this is difficult for our human minds to comprehend, but remember God is outside of time, space, and matter. God is eternal and already knows the beginning and the end, He knows the days of your life , however you still have the free will to choose the way of life or death. Its a difficult topic to comprehend , that’s why Christians have spent centuries , even still today, arguing over soteriology.

Just know this, God is in complete control, God will take what was meant for your harm and use it for your good, you are saved through Jesus Christ Amen!

Luke 21- Keep Watch

And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares.For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth. Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.  Luke 21:34-36

Jesus had a simple message for the Church “Keep Watch” , as we don’t know when Christ will return, we are certain The Lord will return. Therefore we as Christians need to remain ready, have your lamps full of oil (Matthew 25) As Jesus said “I will come as a thief in the night” (Revelation 16:5) it’s important you don’t spiritually fall asleep and not be ready when Christ is knocking on your door! If Christ were here today, would you  act differently? Has your spiritual life taken a back seat to your flesh?

Jesus first warned us not to get tied down to the pleasures and worries of this world. This may seem hard to do, but our first priority should always be service to God. As Jesus warned these things can suddenly close on you like a trap, we see this happening everyday , Christians getting too involved in worldly things they no longer have time for spiritual things. Satan wants to trap and distract you, keep your eyes focused on Christ

For a day of judgement is coming upon the whole Earth (v35) Don’t get caught offguard when The Lord returns, don’t be unprepared, because when judgement of God comes its too late. Don’t forget your first love, Jesus Christ, don’t forget about the salvation of your soul, the pleasures of the flesh will be temporary but your soul will remain forever, either in Heaven or Hell

Jesus said “Be always on watch” not just on watch on Sundays but always, you should be ready at any moment to be reunited with Christ. And Jesus said “Pray that you can escape all that is about to happen” Pray without ceasing that God fills you with the Holy Spirit to lead your life away from sin and destruction. Finally Jesus said “Pray that you are able to stand before the Son of Man” are you ready to be face to face with The Lord Jesus Christ?

Satan wants to distract you with the worries of this world, the anxiety of this world, the fear of this world, but their is a greater importance , to be ready for the return of Christ. Dear Christian, this should give you great hope and peace knowing the only one who can save your soul, has promised its already saved if you abide in Him, Amen!

Luke 21- The Fig Tree

And he spake to them a parable; Behold the fig tree, and all the trees; When they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand. So likewise ye, when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand. Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass away, till all be fulfilled. Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away. Luke 21:29-33

As we work through Luke Chapter 21, we see most of the theme is about the return of Christ and the end of the age. Jesus here teaches us another parable about his return, the parable of the Fig Tree. Now before we get into what Jesus was prophesying about, we need to note the Fig Tree reference here. We see in the gospels Jesus references the Fig Tree multiple times including cursing the Fig Tree (Mark 11:14) Now this is significant because the Fig Tree was symbolic of Israel. Throughout the Old Testament the Fig Tree was referenced as prosperity and health to the nation (Micah 7, Jeremiah 8, Hosea 9)

So Jesus using the Fig Tree as symbolism of His return and the judgement of Israel, makes perfect sense. Now as Jesus told us “Nobody knows the day or hour of his return” (Matthew 24:36) so we don’t know the exact day, month, or year of Christ return, however based on the signs and seasons we can anticipate when The Lord will return. This Jesus illustrated using the Fig Tree, as Jesus said “You know when the summer is near” why? Because the Fig Tree will be blooming with leaves and budding with figs, just as we can discern the seasons based on the signs around us. We can tell when its summer based on the heat, we can tell when its winter based on the cold, we can discern the spiritual season we are in based on the spiritual signs around us

Now Jesus makes a very profound statement “This generation shall not pass away till all be fulfilled” So the key is “This generation” , Jesus is addressing the disciples that were with him at the time. What was fulfilled during their time period? The crucifixion of Christ, the Resurrection of Christ, the Ascension of Christ, all these things happened during their lifetime, however Jesus was most likely referring to 70 A.D The destruction of The Temple. As I wrote in a previous article, the destruction of The Temple as a central sign of fulfillment of the Old Covenant and confirmation the New Covenant  is active

Jesus makes another statement “Heaven and Earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away” The Word of God is eternal, its the same today, yesterday, and forever. Many feel the Bible are irrelevant to today, but that is farther from the truth, the Word of God is very relevant still for today, as there are prophecies that have yet to be fulfilled including the 2nd coming of Christ! An eternal God has written an eternal word to give us eternity, Amen!

Luke 21- Return of Christ

And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.  Luke 21: 25-28

Jesus taught us alot about his return, so we know The Lord will be returning soon, but when? First off, Jesus said “Nobody will know the day or hour, only God the Father” (Matthew 24:36) So I’m not going to be predicting when Christ returns, however Jesus told us about “signs” to watch for His return. There will be signs in the Sun, the Moon, the Stars, ect ..what? We need to stay aware of our surroundings, sounds easy, but in a day and age of technology where most people just stare at a device it might be challenging for many. There are many things happening around us that most don’t even notice because the majority of the world is distracted of reality.

Jesus tells us that before His return “People will faint from fear and anxiety” , doesn’t that sound like the world today? Most of the world today is living in fear, mental illnesses are through the roof, could this be an indicator of Christ’s return? Natural disasters, wars, famines, and plagues, these are all signs of Christ’s return, we can check off all these boxes , could the day of The Lord be coming closer and closer? If it did happen today are you ready to meet Christ face to face? 

Jesus said “You will see the Son of Man coming in the clouds” this of course is a reference to Daniel’s prophecy in Daniel 7, Jesus calling himself the Son of Man is affirmation He is the Christ, the Messiah, The Son of God Daniel saw at the throne in Heaven. But also Jesus said “Every eye will see Him” (Revelation 1:7) This is not going to be a secret or missed event, the entire world will know when Jesus returns, those who are not saved are going to try and hide in caves for the fear of God. (Isaiah 2:19) But those who are Born Again , will be rejoicing for The Lord has returned for His Church

Now all of this might be giving you anxiety , however Jesus said “Lift your heads up for redemption is near” meaning the world may seem like its out of control and falling apart, but God is in complete control. We can have peace knowing that the Prince of Peace is in control. The Lord is King of all Kings, all nations and governments rest on His shoulders, don’t fear what man can do to you, because Christ has already overcome the world

It’s time to do an Oil Check, is your Lamp full? (Matthew 25) Instead of living in fear and anxiety , lift up your head because Christ is coming back soon, Amen!