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Luke 22- Thy Will Be Done

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 And when he was at the place, he said unto them, Pray that ye enter not into temptation.And he was withdrawn from them about a stone’s cast, and kneeled down, and prayed, Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine,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!

Luke 22- Merciful Savior

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!

Luke 22- Who Is The Greatest?

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!

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!

Luke 21- The Great Commission

Then said he unto them, Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven. But before all these, they shall lay their hands on you, and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues, and into prisons, being brought before kings and rulers for my name’s sake. And it shall turn to you for a testimony. Settle it therefore in your hearts, not to meditate before what ye shall answer: For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist. Luke 21:10-15

So you think it’s going to be easy being a Christian? Jesus was revealing to his disciples what to expect in the very near future. That a great persecution is going to happen to the Church, they will be put in prison and even killed for the name of Jesus. And we seen this fulfilled by all the Apostles, and it’s still happening today as Christians are being killed on a daily basis for their faith. 

Often people believe Christianity is an easy way into Heaven, however as Jesus taught its totally the opposite. As Jesus said “If anyone wants to be my disciple, they must deny themselves and carry their cross daily” (Luke 9:23) Jesus was preparing us for the long road ahead, this is a spiritual warfare you are involved with in this world, however have peace because Jesus has already overcome the world! (Ephesians 6, John 16:33)

Notice what Jesus says here “You are a testimony for God” Any suffering or persecution you may encounter is to bring Glory to God, to show others the victory of your faith in Christ. Also Jesus said “Don’t worry about what you are going to say , I will give you wisdom which nobody can refute” Often we are afraid to witness to non believers or stand up for our faith, but Jesus assures you He will give you wisdom and understanding beyond human comprehension

And ye shall be betrayed both by parents, and brethren, and kinsfolks, and friends; and some of you shall they cause to be put to death. And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake. But there shall not an hair of your head perish. In your patience possess ye your souls. Luke 21:16-19

One of the great failures of the Church today is trying to get the world to love and accept them. Jesus said “You will be hated by everyone because of Jesus” , so why is the Church trying to get everyone to like them? Often the Church comprises itself with sin to be acceptable in the world, but we are not to conform to the ways of the world but be transformed by the renewing of our minds (Romans 12:2)

Before Jesus ascended he gave us The Great Commision “Make disciples of all the nations and baptize them in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit” (Matthew 28:19) We are to go out into the world and tell everyone the “good news” about Jesus Christ, this is your job as a Christian. And when you evangelize, you’re probably going to run into opposition, because the world hates the real Jesus! But Christ gave us the affirmation to stay strong and preach his words because you are already victorious by the blood , the water, and the Spirit of God

Until Christ returns , its not going to be an easy ride, there’s going to be persecution, there’s going to be trials and tribulations, take Heart because Jesus has already overcome the world, Amen

Luke 21- Destruction of The Temple

And as some spake of the temple, how it was adorned with goodly stones and gifts, he said, As for these things which ye behold, the days will come, in the which there shall not be left one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down. And they asked him, saying, Master, but when shall these things be? and what sign will there be when these things shall come to pass? Luke 21:5-7

The destruction of The Temple in Jerusalem is a central event in not only Christianity but world history. Jesus foretold of the destruction of the temple, however many disregarded his multiple warnings. The religious leaders even tried to use his prophecy as a charge of blasphemy against Christ. One thing that can’t be denied is the temple destruction in 70 A.D. is a historical fact. And the world was never the same again since its destruction

When Jesus accomplished his work at the cross, stating “It Is Finished” (John 19:30) This was the fulfillment of the Old Covenant, the fulfilment of The Law, the fulfilment of the sacrificial system, the fulfilment of the priest line. Jesus accomplished and fulfilled it all, and the destruction of The Temple is evidence of its accomplishment. Without a physical Temple Jews can no longer “Keep the Torah”, its impossible without a Temple, which was never rebuilt again. 

Because Jesus Christ is our High Priest, Jesus is our Passover Lamb, Jesus is the Living Word of God, Jesus paid it all for us

And he said, Take heed that ye be not deceived: for many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and the time draweth near: go ye not therefore after them. But when ye shall hear of wars and commotions, be not terrified: for these things must first come to pass; but the end is not by and by. Luke 21:8-9

Jesus warned us there would be many false religions and false prophets to rise up throughout the ages. As Jesus said “Don’t be deceived” just because someone using the name of Jesus doesnt mean they are of God, for example the Mormons are completely Anti-Christ even though they use the name of Jesus. They preach a different gospel, let them be accursed (Galatians 1:8)

As Jesus warned us, there will be many wars, don’t be afraid. We have seen these throughout the centuries, world wars, keep your eyes focused on Christ. Don’t allow the turmoil of this world take you away from Jesus, keep your lamps lit until Christ returns!

If you want some historical evidence of Christ existence, study the history and destruction of the Jewish Temple, the New Covenant is here through Christ Amen!