Putting God's Word into Practice…

Notes on Luke 22-24 (Easter)

on April 23, 2014

For over a week I have been focusing my attention on the four gospel (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) accounts of the fragrant anointing, the last supper, the betrayal, arrest and trial of Jesus, His death and resurrection.

Luke 22-24:

  • 22:7 “Then came the day of Unleavened Bread, on which the Passover Lamb HAD TO BE  sacrificed.”  It was mandatory that Jesus’ death on our behalf would take place on the Passover.  He was the sacrificial Lamb that was going to take away the sins of the world.  The symbolism is so amazing!
  • When Jesus instituted the Lord’s Supper, he gave thanks before each element–representing His broken body and shed blood.  He was thankful for what He was about to do for mankind.  Even knowing the agony and pain He was about to face, He was thankful for the opportunity to save the world!
  • Jesus gave a lesson to the disciples about true greatness.  In 22:27 He said, “For who is the greater, the one who reclines at the table or one who serves? Is it not the one who reclines at table? But I am among you as the one who serves.”  Yet in verse 14 it clearly states, “And when the hour came, he reclined at table…”  Is this a contradiction?  No Jesus is the Greatest and the Least, He is the First and the Last!  Servant and King! He is all in all!
  • We overcome temptation by prayer!  Sleeping (literally and figuratively) makes our spirits weak! (22:40)
  • Jesus was strengthened in His agony, not taken out of His agonizing! (22:43)
  • The Lord turned and looked at Peter when he denied Him, and Peter wept bitterly.  What would it do to me if I saw Jesus’ face every time I denied Him in word or action? (22:61)
  • On the cross, the crowds said to Jesus, “He saved others; let him SAVE HIMSELF, if he is the Christ of God, his Chosen One!” (23:35)  Jesus didn’t need to save himself.  He needed to die to save everyone else–even the ones calling out for His death.  The Christ of God had to die, it was always the plan.  The plan couldn’t change to prove anything to the people.  God loved them enough to give them what they needed, not what they asked for!

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