In Part 1 of The Redeemer Series, we learned about Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem. On that day, Jesus was hailed as the promised King. But as we continue into the week, it is time to celebrate Passover and someone will betray Jesus. This great betrayal will put into action, the suffering that Jesus has been talking about.
As we begin reading Luke 22, we find that it is time to celebrate the Passover. We learned in Part 1, as Jesus cleansed the temple and performed healings. the chief priests were angry. Now they were plotting how to have Him killed (Luke 22:2).
Great Betrayal Put in Place
The story then takes us to Judas and we are told that satan entered him (Luke 22:3). Judas went before the chief priests and offered to betray Jesus for them. The priests offered Judas money for the information and he agreed.
Since it was time for the Passover Celebration, the lamb had to be sacrificed and prepared. Jesus sent Peter and John to prepare the lamb so they could eat. Peter and John questioned Jesus because they were unsure of where they could do this. Jesus answered them by telling them to find a man carrying water in the city. That man will lead them to an upper room where they can prepare the food and eat.
They said to him, “Where will you have us prepare it?” He said to them, “Behold, when you have entered the city, a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him into the house that he enters and tell the master of the house, ‘The Teacher says to you, Where is the guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?’ And he will show you a large upper room furnished; prepare it there.” 1And they went and found it just as he had told them, and they prepared the Passover.Luke 22:9-13
The Lord’s Supper
As Jesus and the twelve disciples eat, Jesus is telling them of His coming suffering. Jesus breaks the bread, pours the wine and tells them that they take these things in remembrance of Him. The bread, as a symbol of His flesh and the wine as a symbol of His blood that He will sacrifice for them.
Jesus then states that one of them at the table will betray Him. Instead of being outraged, the disciples talked among themselves about who it would be. This lead to an argument about which of them was the greatest disciple. In Luke 22:25-30, Jesus basically tells them that they are all equal and reigns in the discussion.
Peter then tells Jesus that he is ready to die for Him. Jesus then reveals to Peter that before the rooster crows he will deny knowing Him three times. I am sure that Peter was shocked by this revelation and never thought it could happen.
Jesus went in to the Mount of Olives to pray and he told the disciples to pray so they would not be tempted. And Jesus prayed.
And he withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, and knelt down and prayed, saying, “Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done.” And there appeared to him an angel from heaven, strengthening him. 4And being in agony he prayed more earnestly; and his sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground.Luke 22:41-44
When Jesus returned to the disciples, they were sleeping instead of praying.
The Great Betrayal of Judas
A large crowd was walking toward Jesus and the disciples and Judas was leading them. When Judas came to Jesus, he gave Jesus a kiss. Jesus said to him, “Judas, would you betray the Son of Man with a kiss?” (Luke 22:28).
When the disciples realized what was coming they asked Jesus if they should draw their swords. Peter struck one of the guards and cut off his ear. Jesus told them to stop and healed the guard’s ear. Jesus then questioned the chief priests about why they did not arrest Him in the temple. Then Jesus was arrested..
There was a fire in the courtyard and Peter sat down with the people gathered there. A young girl said that Peter was also with Jesus. Peter denied her statement. After a while, someone else said that Peter was one of the men with Jesus and Peter denied it. After a little while, another man said that he must also be with Jesus because he is Galilean. Peter, again, denied knowing Jesus. At this moment, the rooster crowed. Peter remembered what Jesus had told him about his denials and he cried.
There are several lessons that can be learned from this part of the story. There is so much going on that they can sometimes be easy to overlook.
1. Expect the Unexpected
When Peter and John asked Jesus where they were to prepare the Passover meal, Jesus told them to look for the man in the city carrying water. That may seem insignificant but it is actually remarkable. In that period in time, the women were the ones that collected water for the homes. A vast majority of a woman’s day was used to get water. Simply put, the men did not carry water through the town.
Jesus was giving Peter and John something to find that should never happen. Yet, when they go into the city, they find exactly what Jesus told them they would find.
The lesson in this is clear. With Jesus, expect the unexpected! Jesus wants to show us the unexpected things and reveal Himself to us through them.
2. Prayer Strengthens Us
Just as Jesus went to pray, we must also pray to God. It may seem odd that Jesus would ask God if there was any other way for God to achieve the salvation of our sins. Jesus knew what was coming and He knew how high the price was. He prayed to God for strength and God strengthened Him.
3. Our Weakness is Strong
While Peter’s denials of Jesus is not has bad as the great betrayal of Judas, Jesus shows us they are just as important. Sure, Peter’s denials didn’t lead to Jesus arrest, but the denials were still a betrayal.
Although we may feel that our faith in Jesus is so strong that nothing could tear us from it, Jesus knows that we are weak. When we deny God, our weaknesses become stronger.
4. Sin Leaves an Open Door for Satan
We learned about Judas’ sin in John 12:5-6, where it states that Judas was keeping money from the moneybag for himself. This unconfessed sin, left Judas open for attacks from satan. Satan, in turn, used this sin to lead Judas to a great betrayal of Jesus.
Satan doesn’t gain a stronghold in the lives of people who are walking with Jesus. He can only gain access when we open the door to him. He will use any opening no matter how small.
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