And while he yet spake, behold a multitude, and he that was called Judas, one of the twelve, went before them, and drew near unto Jesus to kiss him. But Jesus said unto him, Judas, betrayest thou the Son of man with a kiss? When they which were about him saw what would follow, they said unto him, Lord, shall we smite with the sword? And one of them smote the servant of the high priest, and cut off his right ear.And Jesus answered and said, Suffer ye thus far. And he touched his ear, and healed him. Luke 22:47-51
Previously we looked at Judas, and how Satan entered him to betray Christ Jesus. Now the hour has come, for the Son of Man to be glorified. Judas was going to sell his soul , to hand Jesus over to the Romans for 30 pieces of silver. However God used the evil actions of man, and turned it for our good (Romans 8:28) While Satan thought he had the perfect plan to kill the Messiah, he was actually fulfilling the prophecies of Christ defeating sin and death at the cross!
The disciples asked Jesus “Should we strike them with our swords”? The Lord told them No, why? Because the hour has come for the prophecies to be fulfilled, Jesus will be handed over to evil men and be crucified as the Lamb of God. All the evil thoughts and actions by the religious leaders, the Romans, and Judas, were still used for our good, God was always and is always in complete control
Then Jesus said unto the chief priests, and captains of the temple, and the elders, which were come to him, Be ye come out, as against a thief, with swords and staves? When I was daily with you in the temple, ye stretched forth no hands against me: but this is your hour, and the power of darkness. Luke 22:52-53
As prophesied in Isaiah 53:7 “He was like a lamb led to the slaughter” Jesus the sinless, Lamb of God, was taken violently by an vicious army of Roman soldiers and religious leaders. The suffering servant , who was despised and rejected, took on the penalty for our sins
Jesus was pierced for our transgressions, Christ was crushed for our sins, By the stripes and wounds of the Son of God, we are eternally healed and can obtain the peace of God which is beyond all human comprehension. God has laid the sin of us all on Christ, it was the will of God to crush him and cause him to suffer
It all began with the Kiss of death, the kiss from the betrayer, the son of perdition. But God always had a redemption plan for humanity through Jesus Christ our Lord Amen!
And he came out, and went, as he was wont, to the mount of Olives; and his disciples also followed him. And when he was at the place, he said unto them, Pray that ye enter not into temptation.And he was withdrawn from them about a stone’s cast, and kneeled down, and prayed, Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done. Luke 39-42
If you are ever wondering how much Jesus loves you, read these scriptures today and find out. The hour has come for the Son of Man to go to the cross and be the atonement for our sins. If you want to know how horrific this event was, just read the words of Jesus. Knowing that he was going to be brutally beaten and nailed to a wooden cross, but He went through it in obedience to our Heavenly Father and because He loves you this much!
Jesus prayed “Father , if you’re willing , remove this cup from me” We sometimes forgot Christ was in human form, he felt all the pain we feel, he endured all the torment giving to him. But notice Jesus said “Its not my will, but Your Will be done” Jesus was obedient , even to the point of death (Philippians 2) We can learn from our Lord also, its not our will be done, but Gods will be done!
And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him. And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground. And when he rose up from prayer, and was come to his disciples, he found them sleeping for sorrow, And said unto them, Why sleep ye? rise and pray, lest ye enter into temptation. Luke 22:43-46
Notice it says Jesus was agonizing over the thought of going to the cross, that he was sweating blood. Could you imagine the pain and anxiety that must have been going through The Lord’s mind? Knowing you are going to be rejected by your own people, knowing you will be beaten severely to almost the point of death, and then nailed to a wooden cross to be mocked and ridiculed. However Jesus still went through with it, Christ defeated sin and death by being obedient to God and crushing the head of Satan
Where were Jesus’ own disciples at this time? They were asleep, just like the Church is today. As Jesus said to his disciples, the same message goes for the Church today, “Pray that you don’t enter into temptation” We see the power of prayer here by Christ, as He prayed to the Father, as he prayed for his disciples, prayer should be at the center of all of our lives
Reflect upon what Jesus has done for You! Christ went to the cross to redeem you from eternal damnation. Worthy is The Lamb! Thy Will Be Done! Amen!
And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren. And he said unto him, Lord, I am ready to go with thee, both into prison, and to death. Luke 22:31-33
The Apostle Peter is probably one of the most famous people in the Bible, often most people refer to when Jesus changed Simon’s name to Peter meaning “Rock” in Hebrew. Peter was one of Jesus’ first disciples, an outspoken fisherman who had alot of passion and leadership qualities. However Jesus had a message to Peter “Satan has desired to sift you like wheat” This reminds me of the words Peter would eventually write “The devils walks around like a roaring lion, looking to whom to devour” (1 Peter 5:8)
Notice Peter’s response to Jesus “I’m ready to go with You (Christ) to prison or death” Peter proclaimed he was willing to lay down his life for Jesus, sounds like very convincing words. However we know that it’s one thing to say something , its another thing to actually follow through with it. Peter was about to get tested as a disciple of Christ, will he pass the test or fall on hollow words?
And he said, I tell thee, Peter, the cock shall not crow this day, before that thou shalt thrice deny that thou knowest me. Luke 22:34
Jesus gave Peter a shocking revelation, “You (Peter) will deny me 3 times before the day is over” These words must have been like daggers to the heart of Peter, especially coming from Christ. How can this happen? Well we need to remember that Peter and all the disciples were just sinful, mortal humans like us. Anything that they ever accomplished, whether it be diving revelation or healings, were because of the Holy Spirit living inside of them.
Now lets give Peter some credit, he left everything behind to follow Christ. However when the time came for Peter to give up his life for Jesus, he wasn’t ready, he failed The Lord. He denied Jesus three times before others, just as The Lord had prophesied. However at the end of the gospel of John, we see how merciful and loving Christ is. Not only did he forgive Peter, but He pursued Peter to let him know everything was alright
We are going to fail Jesus also, even though we profess Christ is our Lord and we give our lives to him, we are mortal sinners also and will fall short from time to time. The good news is Christ is merciful and His love endures forever! Peter went on to complete his race, to answer his calling, even eventually dying for The Lord. You can complete your race also, because our God will never fail, Amen!
And there was also a strife among them, which of them should be accounted the greatest. And he said unto them, The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and they that exercise authority upon them are called benefactors. But ye shall not be so: but he that is greatest among you, let him be as the younger; and he that is chief, as he that doth serve. For whether is greater, he that sitteth at meat, or he that serveth? is not he that sitteth at meat? but I am among you as he that serveth. Luke 22:24-27
While Jesus preached a message of humility and sacrifice, the disciples fought among themselves about who was the greatest disciple. This is the problem with our human nature, even the people who were in Jesus inner circle, were the students of the Son of God, still failed at denying their flesh. But Jesus was going to give his disciples and us, the true requirements to being considered “great” in the Kingdom of God
Jesus said “You should not be like them” When we think about how the world judges greatness, its usually based on popularity, money, looks, or athletic ability. It’s all carnal, it’s all driven by the flesh, there are no fruits of the Holy Spirit that are evident to the popularity of this fallen world. During this time of the Pandemic, people started to realize who the “real” heroes are in the world. They were people who actually helped or serviced other people. They were people who gave back and sacrificed for the greater good of humanity.
Jesus said “If you want to be great , then be like a child” What did Christ mean by this? Well children typically are not driven by worldly things, they don’t have large egos where they will shun a specific population or refuse to lend a hand. When we look through the world in the eyes of a child, then we start to understand what it takes to be great in Gods Kingdom. Deny yourself, Carry your cross, and follow Jesus, (Matthew 16:24)
Jesus also said “The One who leads is the One who serves” , Christ demonstrated this when he washed the feet of his disciples. Imagine the Son of God, washing the feet of sinful people. What would Jesus do? Follow his example in humility and leadership. You don’t have to be a dictator to be an effective leader, Jesus was the greatest leader of all time and died for our sins, think about that
Ye are they which have continued with me in my temptations. And I appoint unto you a kingdom, as my Father hath appointed unto me; That ye may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom, and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel Luke 22:28-30
Now the lesson wasn’t all bad for the disciples, Jesus commended them for standing by him through all the trials and temptations. And notice the promise Christ gave them, to sit at the Lords Table in Gods Kingdom. This very same promise is extended to you also, all those who humble themselves, and put their faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, Amen!
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