The Lord deeply desires fellowship with His own
1 Now the feast of unleavened bread drew near, called the Passover. 2 And the chief priests and scribes sought a way to kill him; but they feared the people. 3 Then Satan entered into Judas surnamed Iscariot, being of the number of the twelve. 4 And he went away and spoke with the chief priests and captains about how he might betray him to them. 5 And they exulted, and agreed to give him silver. 6 And he promised, and sought opportunity to betray him to them away from the crowd. 7 Then came the day of unleavened bread, when the passover must be killed. 8 And he sent Peter and John, saying, Go and prepare us the passover, for us to eat. 9 And they said to him, Where do you want us to prepare it? 10 And he said to them, Look, when you have entered into the city a man will meet you carrying a pitcher of water; follow him into the house where he enters. 11 And say to the owner of the house, The Teacher says to you, Where is the guest chamber, where I may eat the passover with my disciples? 12 And he will show you a large upper room furnished: make ready there. 13 And they went, and found it as he had said to them: and they prepared the passover. 14 And when the hour came, he sat down, and the twelve apostles with him. 15 And he said to them, I have deeply desired to eat this passover with you before I suffer.
- This was communion, God with man.
- Jesus desired this time of closeness with them before he went out to die for their sins and the sins of the world.
- Revelation 3:20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hears my voice, and opens the door, I will come in to him, and will eat with him, and he with me.
- Isaiah 25:6 And in this mountain shall the LORD of hosts make to all people a feast of fat things, a feast of wines on the lees, of fat things full of marrow, of wines on the lees well refined.
Jesus gave His body, His life for us
His kingdom is coming
16 For I say to you, I will not eat of it anymore, until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.17 And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and said, Take this, and divide it among yourselves: 18 For I say to you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine, until the kingdom of God has come. 19 And he took bread, and gave thanks, and broke it, and gave to them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: do this in remembrance of me. 20 Likewise the cup also after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you. 21 But, behold, the hand of him that betrays me is with me on the table. 22 And truly the Son of man goes, as it was determined: but woe to that man by whom he is betrayed! 23 And they began to inquire among themselves, which of them would do this thing. 24 And there was also a strife among them about which of them would be considered the greatest.
- When through scripture, we look at who Jesus really is, there is no question who is greatest.
- Jesus is hands down infinitely and eternally above all.
- Did Peter or James or John create the universe? Heal the blind, raise the dead? Die for all sins?
25 And he said to them, The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and those that exercise authority on them are called benefactors. 26 But you will not be like that: but he that is greatest among you, let him be as the younger; and he that is chief, as he that serves. 27 For who is greater, he that sits to eat, or he that serves? Is it not he that sits to eat? But I am among you as he that serves.
The Maker of the Universe was serving them and about to die for the sins of all mankind!
28 You are those that have continued with me in my temptations. 29 And I appoint to you a kingdom, as my Father has appointed to me; 30 That you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom, and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel. 31 And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan has desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: 32 But I have prayed for you, that your faith not fail: and when you have turned, strengthen your brothers.
- Wheat was sifted to remove its impurities. Man’s impurity is pride.
- Peter had just been with the disciples arguing who was the greatest!
- No man is great. Of ourselves we have no strength. But in the Lord we have all strength.
33 And he said to him, Lord, I am ready to go with you, both to prison, and to death. 34 And he said, I tell you, Peter, the cock will not crow this day, before you have denied three times that you know me. 35 And he said to them, When I sent you without purse, and wallet, and shoes, did you lack anything? And they said, nothing. 36 Then said he to them, But now, he that has a purse, let him take it, and likewise a wallet: and he that has no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one.
- If Jesus earthly kingdom had been accepted, He would have put an end to war and there would have been no need for the sword. They rejected Him and are about to crucify Him, therefore wars will continue.
37 I say to you that what is written must be completed in me, He was counted among the lawless: for the things concerning me have an end. 38 And they said, Lord, behold, here are two swords. And he said to them, It is enough. 39 And going out he went, as was the custom, to the mount of Olives; and his disciples followed him. 40 And coming to the place, he said to them, Pray that you will not enter into temptation. 41 And he withdrew from them about a stone’s cast, and kneeled down, and prayed, 42 Saying, Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but yours, be done. 43 And an angel appeared to him from heaven, strengthening him. 44 And in agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat like great drops of blood falling down to the ground.
- The intense stress caused the capillaries in His skin to break letting blood mix with His sweat.
- Being God in human flesh He knew God’s holiness and the wrath of God against sin.
- He knew all the sins of mankind that God’s wrath was about to judge, in His flesh.
45 And when he rose up from prayer, and came to his disciples, he found them sleeping for sorrow, 46 And said to them, Why do you sleep? Get up and pray, lest you enter into temptation. 47 And while he still spoke, behold a crowd, and he that was called Judas, one of the twelve, went before them and drew near to Jesus to kiss him. 48 But Jesus said to him, Judas, Do you betray the Son of man with a kiss? 49 When those about him saw what would follow, they said to him, Lord, should we strike with the sword? 50 And one of them struck the servant of the high priest and cut off his right ear. 51 And Jesus answered and said, Allow it this far. And he touched his ear, and healed him.
- In front of them all, Jesus healed the severed ear, showing them that He was God.
52 Then Jesus said to the chief priests, and captains of the temple, and the elders that came to him, Have you come out as against a thief, with swords and clubs? 53 When I was daily with you in the temple you stretched out no hands against me: but this is your hour, and the power of darkness. 54 Then they took him, and led him, and brought him into the high priest’s house. And Peter followed far off. 55 And when they had kindled a fire in the midst of the hall they sat down together, and Peter sat down among them. 56 But a certain maid, seeing him as he sat by the fire, looked intently at him and said, This man was also with him. 57 But he denied him saying, Woman, I do not know him. 58 And after a little while another saw him and said, You also are of them. And Peter said, Man, I am not. 59 And about the space of one hour after, another confidently affirmed, saying, It’s true, this fellow also was with him: for he is a Galilaean. 60 And Peter said, Man, I do not know what you are saying. And immediately, while he still spoke, the rooster crowed. 61 The Lord turned and looked at Peter. And Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how he had said to him, Before the cock crows, you will deny me three times. 62 And Peter went out, and wept bitterly.
- Peter was devoted to Jesus but didn’t have the strength to stand strong in the crisis. God is to be our strength.
- Psalm 18:1 I will love you, O LORD, my strength.
- Romans 8:8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.
63 And the men that held Jesus mocked him, and struck him. 64 And when they had blindfolded him, they struck him on the face, and asked him, saying, Prophesy, who is it that stinging you? 65 And they said many other things to him, blaspheming, 66 And as soon as it was day, the elders of the people and the chief priests and the scribes came together, and led him to their council, saying, 67 Are you the Christ? Tell us. And he said to them, If I tell you, you will not believe: 68 And also, if I ask you, you will not answer me or let me go. 69 After this the Son of man will be sitting on the right hand of the power of God. 70 Then they all said, Are you then the Son of God? And he said to them, You say it because I am. 71 And they said, What need we do we have of any further witness? For we ourselves have heard from his own mouth.
- “This made them admit who He was before they
condemned Him to death.” Hershel Hobbs
- Revelation 3:21 To him that overcomes I will grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and have set down with my Father in his throne.
SUMMARY: Luke 22
- The Lord deeply desires fellowship with His own
- Jesus gave His body, His life for us
- His kingdom is coming
- The Maker of the Universe was serving them and about to die for the sins of all mankind!