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Sunday, 3/3/2024

JOURNEY TO THE CROSS

PART THREE

JESUS AND NOT RELIGION


Luke 22:39–71 And he came out and went, as was his custom, to the Mount of Olives, and the disciples followed him. 40 And when he came to the place, he said to them, “Pray that you may not enter into temptation.” 41 And he withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, and knelt 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 there appeared to him an angel from heaven, strengthening him. 44 And being in agony he prayed more earnestly; and his sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground. 45 And when he rose from prayer, he came to the disciples and found them sleeping for sorrow, 46 and he said to them, “Why are you sleeping? Rise and pray that you may not enter into temptation.” 

47 While he was still speaking, there came a crowd, and the man called Judas, one of the twelve, was leading them. He drew near to Jesus to kiss him, 48 but Jesus said to him, “Judas, would you betray the Son of Man with a kiss?” 49 And when those who were around him saw what would follow, they said, “Lord, shall we strike with the sword?” 50 And one of them struck the servant of the high priest and cut off his right ear. 51 But Jesus said, “No more of this!” And he touched his ear and healed him. 52 Then Jesus said to the chief priests and officers of the temple and elders, who had come out against him, “Have you come out as against a robber, with swords and clubs? 53 When I was with you day after day in the temple, you did not lay hands on me. But this is your hour, and the power of darkness.” 

54 Then they seized him and led him away, bringing him into the high priest’s house, and Peter was following at a distance. 55 And when they had kindled a fire in the middle of the courtyard and sat down together, Peter sat down among them. 56 Then a servant girl, seeing him as he sat in the light and looking closely at him, said, “This man also was with him.” 57 But he denied it, saying, “Woman, I do not know him.” 58 And a little later someone else saw him and said, “You also are one of them.” But Peter said, “Man, I am not.” 59 And after an interval of about an hour still another insisted, saying, “Certainly this man also was with him, for he too is a Galilean.” 60 But Peter said, “Man, I do not know what you are talking about.” And immediately, while he was still speaking, the rooster crowed. 61 And the Lord turned and looked at Peter. And Peter remembered the saying of the Lord, how he had said to him, “Before the rooster crows today, you will deny me three times.” 62 And he went out and wept bitterly. 

63 Now the men who were holding Jesus in custody were mocking him as they beat him. 64 They also blindfolded him and kept asking him, “Prophesy! Who is it that struck you?” 65 And they said many other things against him, blaspheming him. 

66 When day came, the assembly of the elders of the people gathered together, both chief priests and scribes. And they led him away to their council, and they said, 67 “If you are the Christ, tell us.” But he said to them, “If I tell you, you will not believe, 68 and if I ask you, you will not answer. 69 But from now on the Son of Man shall be seated at the right hand of the power of God.” 70 So they all said, “Are you the Son of God, then?” And he said to them, “You say that I am.” 71 Then they said, “What further testimony do we need? We have heard it ourselves from his own lips.”


Jesus our model, our example (vv. 40, 45–46). 


Luke 8:13 And the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear the word, receive it with joy. But these have no root; they believe for a while, and in time of testing fall away.. 


Luke 11:4 “lead us not to temptation”. 


Luke 22:46 and he said to them, “Why are you sleeping? Rise and pray that you may not enter into temptation.”


The way of protection, the way to stand, is by prayer. 


Cry to God to keep you faithful in the coming circumstances. 


The crisis of Jesus. 


The ‘cup’ image has its roots in the OT, where it appears as the cup of God’s wrath and judgment upon human sin. 


Ps. 75:7–8 But it is God who judges: He brings one down, he exalts another. In the hand of the LORD is a cup, full of foaming wine mixed with spices; he pours it out, and all the wicked of the earth drink it down to its very dregs.


Jer. 25:15. This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, said to me: ‘Take from my hand this cup filled with the wine of my wrath and make all the nations to whom I send you drink it’. 

Jesus trembles before the kind of suffering required, for He must ‘drink’ the cup of God’s anger and wrath and judgment upon human sin. 


Isa. 53:6b ‘Yahweh brought down upon him the guilt of us all’.


The rightness of Jesus’ request. 


His plea is the crown of His character. 


Read Psalms 6; 13; 30; 71; 88; 102. 


His plea is not a flaw in His perfection but a sign of it.


“Thy will be done,” was the cry of the conqueror.’


The trial did not cease but Jesus is strengthened and encouraged to go on walking through the trial. 


Hebrews 5:7 While Jesus was here on earth, he offered prayers and pleadings, with a loud cry and tears, to the one who could rescue him from death. And God heard his prayers because of his deep reverence for God..


Jesus’ anguish is unique to Him. 


Jesus, the risen Jesus Himself gives us the needed strength to stand the stress and strains of life.


Jesus is in control.


John 18:10 Then Simon Peter, having a sword, drew it and struck the high priest’s servant and cut off his right ear. (The servant’s name was Malchus.) 


Peter’s act was not one of faith.


Luke is the only gospel that tells us that Jesus healed the fellow’s ear 


The Chief Priests and Scribes: They are the Religious 


Coming to Jesus requires a humility and a surrender that most people, particularly proud religious people, are unwilling to show. 


Billy Graham: “it’s not people’s sins that usually send them to hell, it’s their good works,


because their good works keep them from coming to Jesus.”


Everything is grace. 


Philippians 3:8–9 Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ 9 and become one with him. I no longer count on my own righteousness through obeying the law; rather, I become righteous through faith in Christ. For God’s way of making us right with himself depends on faith.

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