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Sunday, 2/25/2024

JOURNEY TO THE CROSS

SATAN, THE DISCIPLES, AND THE TABLE


Luke 22:1–6 Now the Feast of Unleavened Bread drew near, which is called the Passover. 2 And the chief priests and the scribes were seeking how to put him to death, for they feared the people. 3 Then Satan entered into Judas called Iscariot, who was of the number of the twelve. 4 He went away and conferred with the chief priests and officers how he might betray him to them. 5 And they were glad, and agreed to give him money. 6 So he consented and sought an opportunity to betray him to them in the absence of a crowd.


Judas’ deception

The prince of darkness found a place in the heart of one who had preached Jesus and cast out demons in His name


Luke 9:1-2 And he called the twelve together and gave them power and authority over all demons and to cure diseases, 2 and he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal. 


Luke 22:7–13 Then came the day of Unleavened Bread, on which the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed. 8 So Jesus sent Peter and John, saying, “Go and prepare the Passover for us, that we may eat it.” 9 They said to him, “Where will you have us prepare it?” 10 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 11 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?’ 12 And he will show you a large upper room furnished; prepare it there.” 13 And they went and found it just as he had told them, and they prepared the Passover.


A disciples’ decision 


Jesus’ word is always reliable: ‘they found (it) just as he had said to them’ (v. 13)


Judas, ‘I want a price for Him.’ 


One of Jesus’ unknown disciples, ‘I have a place for Him.’ 


Luke 22:24–30 A dispute also arose among them, as to which of them was to be regarded as the greatest. 25 And he said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them, and those in authority over them are called benefactors. 26 But not so with you. Rather, let the greatest among you become as the youngest, and the leader as one who serves. 27 For who is the greater, one who reclines at table or one who serves? Is it not the one who reclines at table? But I am among you as the one who serves. 28 “You are those who have stayed with me in my trials, 29 and I assign to you, as my Father assigned to me, a kingdom, 30 that you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.


The disciples’ dissension: This dissension has pride as its root. 


They are not to operate on a status-driven political model but rather on a ‘Jesus model.’ 


Jesus prized these men. He never rolled His eyes and let loose a heavy sigh when He thought of them.


Jesus grants a gift (29), a privilege (30a), and a position (30b). 


Luke 22:31–34 “Simon, Simon, behold, Satan demanded to have you, that he might sift you like wheat, 32 but I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned again, strengthen your brothers.” 33 Peter said to him, “Lord, I am ready to go with you both to prison and to death.” 34 Jesus said, “I tell you, Peter, the rooster will not crow this day, until you deny three times that you know me.”


Peter’s denial, and the disciples’ distress


‘Satan demanded to have you, that he might sift you like wheat’ 


The ‘you,’ is plural—all the apostles. 


In verse 32 Jesus comes back to address Peter directly—the ‘you’ is now singular: ‘But I [emphatic] have prayed for you that your faith may not fail; and you, when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.’ 


Jesus makes provisions for us. 


The provision of Jesus’ intercession. 


1 John 2:1 My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. 


Hebrews 7:25 Consequently, he is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them. 


Jesus’ intercession for us is the one great secret of a believer’s perseverance in the faith.


Luke 22:35–38 And he said to them, “When I sent you out with no moneybag or knapsack or sandals, did you lack anything?” They said, “Nothing.” 36 He said to them, “But now let the one who has a moneybag take it, and likewise a knapsack. And let the one who has no sword sell his cloak and buy one. 37 For I tell you that this Scripture must be fulfilled in me: ‘And he was numbered with the transgressors.’ For what is written about me has its fulfillment.” 38 And they said, “Look, Lord, here are two swords.” And he said to them, “It is enough.” 


Jesus makes a second provision for our service. 


Jesus provides for them and us in our service.


Luke 22:14–23 And when the hour came, he reclined at table, and the apostles with him. 15 And he said to them, “I have earnestly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. 16 For I tell you I will not eat it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.” 17 And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he said, “Take this, and divide it among yourselves. 18 For I tell you that from now on I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.” 19 And he took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” 20 And likewise the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood. 21 But behold, the hand of him who betrays me is with me on the table. 22 For the Son of Man goes as it has been determined, but woe to that man by whom he is betrayed!” 23 And they began to question one another, which of them it could be who was going to do this.


He will not be celebrating any more of them until that climactic celebration in the final kingdom—The Marriage Supper of the Lamb.


Jesus abstains until He can have His people all with Him at table in the kingdom.


A ‘remembrance occasion.’ its costliness, its protection, and its liberation 


Jesus indicates that the new covenant is inaugurated with His death.


Jesus is saying that in the pouring out of His blood He is both theirs and our representative and theirs and our substitute.


The bread and the wine, the eating and the drinking. Speak of the provisions of Jesus. 


Jesus the (soon to be) crucified Lord will never cease to sustain us in every way required. 


The sacrifice of Jesus. 


‘Who gave himself for our sins’ (Gal. 1:4)


‘who gave himself for us’ (Tit. 2:14)


‘… the Son of God who loved me and gave himself for me’? (Gal. 2:20).

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