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LUKE CHAPTER 22

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1&2 Now the Feast of Unleavened Bread, which is called the Passover, was approaching. 2 The chief priests and the scribes were seeking how they might put Him to death; for they were afraid of the people.

 

Lk 22,1-6

(19c) Sin >> Mocking God Without a cause >> Motivated by demons – The plan was to betray the Lord away from the social setting, so there would be no uprising. They took Him to a secluded place; isn’t this the way Satan works? He likes to separate people from peering eyes so there are no witnesses that can testify against him, apart from public knowledge, in the darkness, just like the opportunistic monsters of today. They capture people and take them to their lair to do whatever is in their hearts. They do these things in the dark, apart from prying eyes who would object to their behavior, meaning that it matters to Satan what people think of him, because we can do something about him! The weakness of darkness is the darkness itself; all it takes is the light switched on and darkness is abated. Jesus boasted that He did all His works in public because He had nothing to hide and then said of His captors, “but this hour and the power of darkness are yours” (Lk 22-53). Does Satan have anything to hide? What doesn’t he have to hide? He may be a very powerful spirit, but people equipped with the knowledge of God are much more powerful than the demons that control this world. There are various shades of darkness just like there are various shades of light, and if Satan wants to advance to a darker shade of wickedness, then he must douse the light by normalizing his works, then he can manifest himself, but only to the level of society’s acceptance of him. His aim is to engrain wickedness and evil into culture, so that people will never question his ways, that he may continue his work in lowering the shade until he envelops the whole world in darkness so thick that mankind can no longer stop him. This will culminate in the last days.

(22b) Sin >> Greed tries to satisfy man’s need for security >> The idolatry of greed – Judas was a very complicated person from all the contrasting thoughts and emotions that must have run through his mind, having a 3½-year past with Jesus, seeing nearly every miracle He performed. He heard the purest form of God’s word directly from his lips and saw people swooning in His presence, and witnessed His boldness and wisdom rebuking the Pharisees to their faces, and saw that He was able to solve any problem, yet there was something else happening in the heart of Judas, the love of money. By no coincidence he was the treasurer. Despite the fact that Jesus’ ministry was mostly to the poor, there was still a steady stream of money flowing through Judas’ administration of those finances. Jesus could have been a wealthy man, but He personally had little use for money and had fewer patience for those who oppressed people for it. He lived in such a way that did not require an exorbitant cash flow, and made His disciples live that way with Him. People continued giving to His ministry, so the money would have stockpiled, though it never did because Judas regularly pilfered the pot.

(162e) Works of the devil >> Being a slave to the devil (Addictions) >> Bondage >> A slave to unbelief >> Bondage to an inability to believe

(195e) Denying Christ >> Man exercises his will against God >> Idolatry >> Serving two masters >> Being double minded – James addressed the issue of double-mindedness, naming doubt as its product, “for let not that man expect that he will receive anything from the Lord, being a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways” (Jm 1,6-8). Jesus said it too, “No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one, and love the other, or else he will hold to one, and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon” (Lk 16-13). He may have looked right at Judas when He said this. We underestimate the destructive power of double-mindedness, based on the example of Judas who was double-minded, and it destroyed him. Everyone is double-minded to a degree; even the apostle Paul who was perhaps the most committed man to the cause of Christ wrote about it in Rom 7,14-25. So, the question is not whether we are double-minded, but whether we are comfortable in that state like Judas, or whether we wrestle with it like Paul.

Lk 22-1,2 

(143k) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Witnesses of Jesus >> Jesus is popular because of His words Jesus leaned heavily on His popularity to avoid capture. They tried to take Him away in the midst of the crowd, but He defended Himself, verbally sparring with them and so badly defeated them that they had to walk away with their professional reputations as scribes, lawyers and experts of the Old Testament demolished in the eyes of the people. They had to lay hands on Jesus in the dark of night, apart from the eyes and ears of any witnesses, but they crucified Him in public.

(199j) Denying Christ >> Man chooses his own destiny apart from God >> Rejecting Christ >> Unwilling to receive Christ >> Rejecting Christ as the Messiah – Once they had Him, they held their mock trial, and got Him to say what they wanted to hear, a confession that He was the Son of God. In their culture and religion it may have been a crime to confess to be the Son of God, but they treated Him as it were a crime to actually be the Son of God. Had He been the Son of God in a way they interpreted the Old Testament everything would have been fine. Had He come in the glory and the power of His Father and delivered them from their enemies the Romans, they would have embraced Him. Had they seen in the Scriptures that the Son of God would first come in human weakness, not as the deliverer of Israel but as their savior, they would have received Him with open arms. God wanted to know if they would accept the real person that their patriarchs Abraham, Isaac and Jacob worshipped and obeyed, or if they merely worshipped a facsimile of Him invented in their own minds. Instead of believing their Messiah was the Son of God in the face of overwhelming evidence, they instead used His confession as an excuse to crucify Him. Their plan was to capture Him and hold a kangaroo court and force a confession from Him to appease what remained of their conscience, and then to dress up the facts according to their liking and present the end result to the people as the truth, and they bought it.

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3-13 And Satan entered into Judas who was called Iscariot, belonging to the number of the twelve. 4 And he went away and discussed with the chief priests and officers how he might betray Him to them. 5 They were glad and agreed to give him money. 6 So he consented, and began seeking a good opportunity to betray Him to them apart from the crowd. 7 Then came the first day of Unleavened Bread on which the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed. 8 And Jesus sent Peter and John, saying, "Go and prepare the Passover for us, so that we may eat it." 9 They said to Him, "Where do You want us to prepare it?" 10 And He said to them, "When you have entered the city, a man will meet you carrying a pitcher of water; follow him into the house that he enters. 11 "And you shall say to the owner of the house, 'The Teacher says to you, "Where is the guest room in which I may eat the Passover with My disciples?"' 12 "And he will show you a large, furnished upper room; prepare it there." 13 And they left and found everything just as He had told them; and they prepared the Passover.

 

Lk 22,3-6

(145k) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Jesus’ works bear witness of Himself >> Demon possession >> Human state >> Their behavior >> Being possessed by demons – Were the chief priest and officers aghast at Judas’ appearance as in a scene of a Halloween movie, being that Satan himself had possessed him? No, they didn’t think anything of it; in fact, they liked Judas all the more; he made them happy! Of course the religious leaders of Israel had demons of their own. Satan entered Judas and He scurried to the chief priests and temple officers to discuss how he might betray Him to them. Satan held money over Judas as bait in order to betray the Lord, the very thing that Jesus often preached against, like holding a carrot before a horse. The horse walks toward the carrot but can never reach the carrot because it is tied to the carriage that the horse is pulling. This is what Satan did to Judas, and it’s what he does to everyone who is cursed with the love of money. A person might ask, ‘why did Judas need incentive if he were possessed by Satan; why wouldn’t Satan just make Judas do his bidding? Satan used money as incentive to possess Judas in the first place. This is one of only two places in the Bible where it says that Satan possessed a man, Judas and the antichrist. Every other case is about people being demon possessed, not by Satan Himself. The first case was in betraying the Lord at His crucifixion and the second case will be in attempt to destroy the Church in the last days. Why did Satan have to possess Judas; why couldn’t he have simply convinced Judas to do this instead of taking possession of him and doing it himself through Judas? First and foremost, Satan wanted to be directly and intimately involved in every aspect of Jesus’ crucifixion, thinking this would somehow lead to taking over God’s throne. In his very twisted mind he needed to participate in it, so man couldn’t later say that the throne belonged to him. Then also he wanted to partake of it like he would a savory stew or a good wine, swishing it in his mouth before swallowing it, the blood of Christ, not knowing it was a brew mixed in full strength with his palate in mind with a toxicity that would instead destroyed him. 

Lk 22,7-20

(230a) Kingdom of God >> God’s kingdom is a living organism >> Partaking of Jesus >> Partaking of communion – Note that Jesus at first spoke about Passover, but when they reclined at the table, He started a new custom called communion in place of Passover. There is conjecture that during the Millennium God will rebuild the temple and resume old covenant sacrifice as a means of looking backward to the cross, but this conflicts with the Scriptures that says these things have disappeared (Heb 8-13), meaning they will not reappear. Old covenant temple worship has permanently terminated, but communion will continue throughout the age of grace and into the Millennium and into eternity. How could we celebrate Passover in heaven, if we had to kill a lamb after God has abolished death? Bread is wheat, which is a living plant that had to die before it was made into flour for bread. This means plants are alive in different ways than people and animals. God doesn’t recognize plants as alive in the sense that we are alive; they don’t have a soul, and so bread will be in heaven, and we will use it to celebrate communion forever, and so will wine which is made from grapes.

Lk 22,7-13

(8l) Responsibility >> Responsible to defend God’s cause >> Preparing the sacrifice – Customarily when the Israelites celebrated Passover, they had a Passover lamb to prepare, but there was no mention of a lamb or a fire pit to prepare the lamb. When they assembled in the upper room, they reclined at the table as if for a feast, but there was no food on the table except flatbread and a bottle of wine. According to the Old Testament, the celebration of Passover revolved around a feast in which they were to eat unleavened bread with the lamb, but there was no mention of anything to drink (they probably drank something). There was no mention in the Scriptures that the disciples were confused about the unconventional method of celebrating this all-important feast. The first Passover in Egypt, the night before their exile, God commanded them to eat a hearty meal, because they would have a long day of traveling ahead of them, but this Passover was different; Jesus was their Passover Lamb.

(14e) Servant >> Ministry of helps >> Being in charge of the details – This upper room they used to celebrate Passover was the same upper room that the disciples used to hide from the Romans after Jesus' ascension until Pentecost.

(152f) Witness >> Validity of the Father >> Witnesses of the father >> Prophets >> Jesus is a prophet >> Jesus prophesies to the Church -- These verses go with verses 31&32. Walk until you meet a man with a pitcher, and he will lead you where you need to go. That was pretty clever, similar to the story of God sending Ananias to Paul (Act 9-11,12). A time may come when we will need to operate in the gifts of the Spirit in the same manner as a way of protection from our enemies. Apparently the Holy Spirit made all the arrangements and spoke to the man who owned the upper room, so Jesus didn’t have to do anything except hear the voice of God and orchestrate the meeting. He didn’t need a telephone! These were things that happened with Jesus; they happened with the apostles and with the first century Church, and now we almost never hear about them, because who’s listening for the Holy Spirit? Who can say for sure they have heard His voice? All these problems are the result of doctrines that have been added, subtracted and deformed throughout the centuries. When the will of God goes against our flesh we quite, because we don’t know about the reward God offers us for listening to His voice and obeying Him.

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Lk 22-7,8

(209ja) Salvation >> The salvation of God >> Jesus is our sacrifice >> Jesus paid the price for us >> Jesus is the lamb of God >> He was the Passover lamb – Jesus brought to an end the old covenant manner of celebrating Passover and instituted a new way of celebrating Passover, that instead of using lamb’s blood smeared on the doorposts, the new covenant required the blood of Christ. Also that night He was abolishing the extensive and essential business of temple worship that was so engrained in Hebrew tradition, literally defining them as Jews, and for that reason there was no more use of a lamb. Jesus instituted a new form of divine worship performed by the temple of our bodies through the Spirit. Jesus was the first temple of divine worship, and communion celebrates His sacrifice and pledges our bodies next in line to be placed upon the altar of God’s will. Temple worship over the centuries acted merely as a symbol of things to come, but the substance of those things was Christ, so that when the substance came there was no longer need for symbols.

Lk 22,10-13

(110f) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Spirit and the word >> Spirit speaks through you >> Spirit speaks through Jesus – Jesus was operating by a word of knowledge when He gave instruction to His disciples how to prepare the Passover; it was one of the gifts of the Spirit according to 1Corinthians chapter 12. Some might say that Jesus knew everything being God in human flesh, but in fact He left His omniscience in heaven along with His omnipotence and depended solely on His Father as an example of what it is to be a Christian. He received a vision of this scenario and related the events that He saw, which had already happened in the mind of His Father, so when the disciples went, they experienced this entire scenario being played in real time. Jesus said that the things He did we can do also (Jn 14,12-14), meaning that we can rely on our heavenly Father just as Jesus relied on Him, and what He did on the cross makes this possible. The cross gave reason and ability for God to forgive us, which established the communication lines necessary to have a relationship with Him and in that relationship He will give us everything we need pertaining to life and godliness. Having the same Father makes us brothers and sisters of Christ.


14-18 When the hour had come, He reclined at the 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 say to you, I shall never again eat it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God." 17 And when He had taken a cup and given thanks, He said, "Take this and share it among yourselves; 18 for I say to you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine from now on until the kingdom of God comes."

 

Lk 22,14-23

(130a) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Unity >> Being in one accord >> Communion – Jesus and His disciples did not celebrate the Passover with the rest of Israel, but celebrated a new Passover by themselves at the Last Supper, suggesting that communion has replaced the Passover ceremony. This was the very first time anyone has ever taken communion; Jesus inaugurated it right there in the upper room, so instead of animals being sacrificed, Jesus sacrificed His own flesh once for all, and we partake of the bread and wine in commemoration of His suffering for the forgiveness of our sin. The Old Testament adamantly taught that Israel should not drink blood, which no doubt fueled the intense recoil of the disciples to Jesus’ bodacious statement in Jn 6-53, “Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in yourselves.” This was very staggering for His disciples to hear; in fact, it embarrassed them. They suddenly felt bamboozled into following this man, as though they had fallen prey to a very elaborate hoax, and began seriously wondering about Him that perhaps He was crazy, and some actually walked away from Him. (If you haven’t yet felt this way as a Christian, just wait; everybody gets confounded in their faith at least once in their walk with Christ.) Part of the reason they could not accept this was because of their aversion to drinking blood. Of course, Jesus was speaking on a spiritual level, but it didn’t matter at this point; nothing could possibly make sense of what He said. They loved the Lord and had no plan B if Jesus didn’t work-out; they could never forget all the miracles He performed and the gracious words that fell from His lips. So they sat down with Jesus and celebrated the Last Supper with Him ingesting the bread and wine that stood for the body and blood of Christ.

(229i) Kingdom of God >> God’s kingdom is a living organism >> Partaking of Jesus’ suffering >> The sin nature partakes of Jesus' suffering – Jesus is not celebrating in heaven; rather, He is still suffering His children in the world being mistreated and persecuted to the death. Paul said in Col 1-24, “Now I rejoice in what was suffered for you, and I fill up in my flesh what is still lacking in regard to Christ's afflictions, for the sake of his body, which is the Church.” He is seated at the right hand of the father as one level of an entire hierarchy of authority disseminating from heaven, starting with the Father, who is in a state of mourning until His children are all present in His kingdom. After that, let the celebrating begin! When Jesus says that He will not again drink from the cup until it is fulfilled in the Kingdom of God, He is referring to the Marriage Supper of the Lamb, which is a joyous occasion. Jesus said that he earnestly desired to celebrate the bread and the wine with His disciples, meaning that the Last Supper was a joyous occasion too, though it was the last joyous moment that Jesus would have with his disciples. However, we are to take communion not in celebration but in a somber and thoughtful mood. We are to take communion in mourning with Christ because we are still wrapped in the external sin nature of our flesh, because our suffering (thus His suffering) is not yet complete and because we are not yet present in the Kingdom of Heaven.

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Lk 22,14-18

(224e) Kingdom of God >> Illustrating the kingdom >> Description of heaven >> The joyful kingdom >> The marriage supper of the lamb -- These verses go with verses. Jesus said He would not partake of the Marriage Supper of the Lamb “until it is fulfilled in the Kingdom of God;” that is, He will not partake of it “until the Kingdom of God comes;” these are His exact words. What does this tell us about the timing of the Marriage Supper of the Lamb; where in the sequence of endtime events does this occur? Does it happen directly after the Rapture? Yes! Rev 11,15-17 says, “The seventh angel sounded his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, which said: ‘The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he will reign for ever and ever.’ And the twenty-four elders, who were seated on their thrones before God, fell on their faces and worshiped God, saying: ‘We give thanks to you, Lord God Almighty, the One who is and who was, because you have taken your great power and have begun to reign.’” This is the first reference in the book of Revelation that speaks of the Kingdom of God manifesting on the earth, which Jesus said is when He would celebrate the Marriage Supper of the Lamb, meaning that the Rapture has already occurred, since He would not celebrate without His people. In fact, it just occurred shortly after the seventh trumpet. So, the sequence is: the seventh trumpet, the Rapture, the Marriage Supper of the Lamb, the bowls of God’s judgment and the Millennium. We will celebrate the Marriage Supper of the Lamb during the Bowls of God's wrath. There are other saints who will not be included in the Marriage Supper of the Lamb, those who missed the Rapture, who must brave the bowls. Those who survive and remain on earth when Jesus sets His foot on the Mount of Olives, will be used as seeds to repopulate the earth during the Millennium, and those who die or are martyred during the tribulation will rule the earth with Christ in the Millennium. The most logical question is: will there be enough time between the Rapture and the onset of Millennium to celebrate the Marriage Supper of the Lamb? Remember, time has a God too! 2Pet 3-8 says, "But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.” We are used to emphasizing the first half of this verse, but the second half is just as true. Therefore, if the Bowls lasted a couple years, the number of days it equals represents how many thousands of years we have to celebrate. Let's say it lasted 600 days which is conservative, then we would have 600,000 years to celebrate the marriage supper of the Lamb, well over half a million years!

Lk 22-14,15

(198a) Denying Christ >> Man exercises his will against God >> Man withers when he is in control >> Unteachable >> Resisting the knowledge of God – Whenever Jesus used the word “suffer” the disciples bleeped it from their minds, simply refusing to acknowledge the possibility that this could happen. Even then, while they were celebrating the Passover and Jesus would be captured that very night, it came to them as a complete surprise even though Jesus tried many times to prepare them but they would not have it. Being in no way ready for the Roman soldiers to come and take away their Lord, they refused to believe it because it didn’t fit their interpretation of Old Testament Scripture or their lives that they should witness Him being crucified.

Lk 22-15,16 

(247a) Priorities >> God’s priorities >> God’s interests >> God is interested in His people >> God is interested in the Church – The Father and Son shared a vision since the beginning of eternity of not only creating a people for His own possession but also developing them into His image. Imagine all the thoughts God has stored up for us, not just for what we will do but for what He will have us do, and all the joy we will bring Him and He will bring to us. He established a creation, knowing the sorrow that it will initially cause, but knowing also the surpassing joy that will forever remain. When we think of Jesus and His desire for the Church, it is impossible to fully imagine how He really thinks and feels about us. This is something that will take eternity to comprehend.

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19-23 And when He had taken some bread and 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 in the same way He took the cup after they had eaten, saying, "This cup which is poured out for you is the new covenant in My blood. 21 "But behold, the hand of the one betraying Me is with Mine on the table. 22 "For indeed, the Son of Man is going as it has been determined; but woe to that man by whom He is betrayed!" 23 And they began to discuss among themselves which one of them it might be who was going to do this thing.

 

Lk 22-19

(136e) Temple >> Your spirit is the temple of God >> The body of Christ >> Jesus’ fleshly body >> The flesh of Jesus’ sacrifice – They were in the upper room and Jesus had finished washing the disciples’ feet, and they were about to celebrate Passover, which Jesus used to introduce communion. Most everything about communion is different from Passover, yet they mean about the same thing. God Passes over the sins of man through the body of Jesus Christ, but instead of eating the Passover lamb, they drank wine and ate bread. Swiping the doorpost with blood of a lamb was a simple act of faith, yet left undone the Jewish household would have suffered the loss of their first-born son along with the Egyptians. In the same with with communion, we take the bread and wine into ourselves, another simple act of faith that represents the loss of God’s first-born Son.

(173f) Works of the devil >> The religion of witchcraft >> Catholicism >> Unholy sacrifice >> Offering sacrifice without God’s approval >> Sacrifice against the word of God – Jesus said, "Do this in remembrance of Me." Wouldn’t it be nice if communion had some power to transform our lives? The Catholics say that the bread and wine are transubstantiated into the body and blood of Christ at the blessing of the priest, but if they use their imagination to concoct a religion around communion, it just shows that their hearts are not with God. If they make up stories about God’s word, then why didn’t they say communion has the power to unite people? They don’t care about unity; they only care that their religion makes them money. Note that they never said what communion does after it turns into the body and blood of Christ. If it turns into the body and blood of Christ, then why don’t miracles happen more regularly at communion? Instead, they come back to church and repeat the ceremony with no net change. Doesn’t this prove that the bread and wine never undergo change, because they never undergo change?

Lk 22-20

(37g) Judgment >> Redemption of man >> His blood is the gift of His grace – Everybody that has ever lived will die or has already died since the beginning of time, referring to billions of people. We don’t celebrate their death; we only celebrate the one, Jesus Christ who died for us. Why was His death so important? Everybody else was required to die (Heb 9-27). In fact, Jesus was the only person who chose to be born in the first place, in compliance with His Father, whose plan it was to send His Son that He should die on a cross, that whosoever believed in Him should not perish but have eternal life (Jn 3-16). The Father didn’t ask our Lord if He was willing to do this, but subjected Him to the weakness of human flesh to be born in a stable, become a man, miraculously live without sin, and then die for the people. Therefore, just as we were required to die, so Jesus was required to die, the difference being who required it of Him. For us it was the Law of sin and death (Rom 8-2), but for Him it was His Father, the difference between sinful flesh and God Almighty; that difference is big enough to save us from our sins. The Law of sin and death states that if a man lives in sinful flesh, He must die, but Jesus broke that law by living in sinful flesh without committing a sin, and so death had no right to Jesus’ body, so when He died, his death broke the Law of sin and death. Now, everyone who believes in Jesus for eternal life enters Jesus’ victory over sin and death and will partake of the First Resurrection on that day.

(205e) New Covenant (Key verse)

(205f) Salvation >> Salvation is based on God’s promises >> New covenant >> The new covenant in His blood

Lk 22-21,22

(48e) Judgment >> Levels of judgment >> Judged according to your deeds >> In the day of judgment – Is there such a thing as eternal judgment? If all who don’t believe in God are alike destroyed, then why did Jesus emphasize the fate of Judas? Jesus was saying woe to him because he has committed a far greater sin than most people, hence his judgment will be more severe. How could there be varying severities of judgment if they all alike receive the same fate of being destroyed and blinked out of existence, as some would like to believe? Another rendition of the gospel says that it would be better for Judas had he never been born (Mat 26-24). There will be many people in hell who will wish they had never been born, whose existence is a curse to them.

(48m) Judgment >> Jesus’ enemies are destroyed >> Enemies of His grace

(219i) Sovereignty >> God overrides the will of man >> Predestination >> Predestined according to the word of God

Lk 22-23

(68j) Authority >> Discernment >> Judging truth and error >> Perceiving a wicked heart – Jesus knew all along the deception and trickery that was in Judas, that his heart was not with Him. He perfectly blended into the disciples so they didn’t have a clue as to which one of them might betray the Lord. We think they should have known, but do we know the many Judas replicas that live among us? Judas acted like he loved the Lord; in fact, he had to act that way in order to blend with his fellow disciples; but that was just it, he was acting. Did Judas fake everything? Was it all just a big façade to him? Yes! He no doubt felt an egotistical fascination of being chosen from the multitude, and that is what most likely fueled his excitement of being Jesus’ disciple, allowing him to blend with the other eleven, just like there are some around us who are fueled by ulterior motives that propel their enthusiasm to mimic the appearance of Christianity, but inwardly they’re dead to Christ. We love our spouses, sometimes with our commitment more than our emotions, but we love them just the same, but Judas had neither affection nor commitment for the Lord. If Judas could hide so well among eleven people who lived with each other for 3½ years, how much easier is it to hide in the Church today whose members live isolated from each other by comparison? Therefore, how can we really know a person? Jesus knew Judas inside-out, not because Jesus was God, but because He lived and walked by a spirit of discernment, which is one of the gifts of the Spirit mentioned in 1Corinthian chapter 12. So, this is the only way we can know our true brothers and sisters in the faith. Based on Judas’ example, we can’t entirely go by what they say and do; we can’t go by their Jesus-smile, or by how high they leap during praise and worship, how often they raise their hands or how loud they sing. None of these things are proof that their heart is with the Lord. The only way we can know for sure is to trust our spiritual discernment.

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24-30 And there arose also a dispute among them as to which one of them was regarded to be greatest. 25 And He said to them, "The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them; and those who have authority over them are called 'Benefactors.' 26 "But it is not this way with you, but the one who is the greatest among you must become like the youngest, and the leader like the servant. 27 "For who is greater, the one who reclines at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one who reclines at the table? But I am among you as the one who serves. 28 "You are those who have stood by Me in My trials; 29 and just as My Father has granted Me a kingdom, I grant you 30 that you may eat and drink at My table in My kingdom, and you will sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.

 

Lk 22,24-32

(12l) Servant >> Jesus is the servant of man – Of all the attributes of Christ, His servant-hood is His greatest quality. It should tell us something, that if we want to be great, then we too must serve as Jesus served. It is almost impossible to fathom the God of the universe humbling Himself as much as Jesus did, to take on human flesh and dwell among us; He was the servant of servants. But when it comes to us, put the smallest amount of power or authority into a person’s hands, and he will almost certainly abuse it. why? Because he is not willing to humble himself as Jesus did and use his power for good and not evil. Humility is the single-most prominent mark of greatness.

Lk 22,24-30

(33f) Gift of God >> God is our Father >> Greatness is expressed as being a child

(56l) Paradox >> Opposites >> Greatest are least in the eyes of God

(73a) Authority >> Hierarchy of authority >> Authority makes you accountable >> Kingdom of God is opposite of the world

(77i) Thy kingdom come >> Tapping into the power of God through humility >> The most humble are the greatest servants – This doesn’t seem to be something that the Church readily understands for some reason. They all understand that arrogance and pride are not good things; almost everybody understands that. Nevertheless, we will always be tempted to lord our inflated egos over others given the opportunity. It’s when the opportunity surfaces and we decline the offer that counts. We can turn this whole subject on its head and see that Jesus is indeed telling us to strive for greatness, but if we want to be great, we must serve. If we do that then we will be great in the eyes of God. Paul said that our commendation comes from God and not man (1Cor 4-5). So actually, what He is saying is that if we want to be great before God, we must be the servant of all, but if we sit around and wait for people to reward us for doing the will of God, we will not only have the wrong motive for serving Him, we will also have a very long wait ahead of us, longer than the Church has been waiting for the return of Christ. God is sitting on His throne telling everybody what to do, how is that being a servant? However, none of these things could exist without Him, so He has served us in creating us, being a greater act of servanthood than we could ever give back to Him. A million, billion years could never erase the basis that if it weren’t for God we would not exist in the first place. If that were not enough, He sent His Son to die for our sins that we might have further reason to serve Him.

Lk 22,24-28

(164d) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> The world system >> Satan rules the world >> Satan is a tyrant over the world

Lk 22,29-32

(68d) Authority >> Jesus Delegates Authority To Execute Judgment >> Against sin

Lk 22-29,30

(69i) Authority >> Righteous judgment (Outcome of Discernment) >> Passing judgment by the authority of God – The Father granted Jesus a kingdom and now Jesus is granting His twelve apostles that very same kingdom. Will Israel remain divided into twelve tribes judging the nations throughout eternity? Most likely this division will resemble the twelve tribes of Israel but in eternity it will probably take on a slightly different form, twelve divisions of something else, eventually twelve quadrants of the universe. And so here lies the power of God’s choice; its ramifications are eternal. How God makes His choice among His people is probably something far more complicated than any of us will ever understand, the intersection of man’s will and God’s will to create a child of God. He sees it as a very beautiful thing; He honors our will above all else.

(219e) Sovereignty >> God overrides the will of man >> The elect >> God transforms the world into the Church >> God selects us from the world – The twelve apostles have become a link in the chain of heavenly authority. It also says in Revelation chapter 21 that there are twelve foundation stones in the wall surrounding the Holy City named after them, for as the wall serves as a boundary of protection for the New Jerusalem, so the twelve apostles served as a boundary and protection for the Church during their ministry in the flesh. They will remain special throughout eternity. Note that according to history there were some apostles who did not accomplish as much as others, yet they will receive the same authority and have a gate named after them, suggesting that it is not about their performance but about God’s gracious choice of them. Nothing they did attracted the Lord's choice of them. Rather in prayer, He spent the prior night preparing His heart to discern His Father’s will, so He would be sure to choose the men whom His Father would reveal to Him (Lk 6,12-16). In that sense then they were His Father’s choice. We say that Jesus never fails and that He doesn’t make mistakes, and He doesn’t, but note that He sacrificed a night sleep to ensure that fact. Jesus said in Jn 15-16, “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit-fruit that will last.” There were many Christians over the last two millennia that performed great achievements in the name of the Lord, yet they will not receive a seat of judgment or have a gate named after them. 

(224e) Kingdom of God >> Illustrating the kingdom >> Description of heaven >> The joyful kingdom >> The marriage supper of the lamb -- These verses go with verses 14-18

 

31-34 "Simon, Simon, behold, Satan has demanded permission to sift you like wheat; 32 but I have prayed for you, that your faith may not fail; and you, when once you have turned again, strengthen your brothers." 33 But he said to Him, "Lord, with You I am ready to go both to prison and to death!" 34 And He said, "I say to you, Peter, the rooster will not crow today until you have denied three times that you know Me."

 

Lk 22,31-34

(2e) Responsibility >> Keep your commitments >> it is better not to vow at all – Satan essentially accused Peter of denying his own master in the face of adversity after Peter swore by an oath that he would never fail Him. This is why the Bible teaches against swearing by an oath, because it locks us into a situation that we become obligated to keep, which gives opportunity for the devil to test us to see whether we can make good on our promise; therefore, it is better not to swear at all (Mat 5,33-37).

(35j) Gift >> God gives Himself to us >> Gifts from the Holy Spirit >> Spiritual gifts >> Knowing the mind of God – It was through a word of knowledge, one of the gifts of the Spirit mentioned in 1Corinthians chapter 12, how Jesus knew Satan wanted to sift Peter like wheat and that Peter would deny Him three times that he even knew the Lord before the morning rooster would crow. Jesus was completely dependent on His Father for everything. Although Jesus was indeed the Son of God, yet He was born a man with limitations. Every spiritual gift He exercised and every miracle He performed, He received from His Father, for otherwise Jesus had no power; He left His omnipotence in heaven. Jesus was a conduit as it were for the Father to work through Him, and because Jesus was perfect in His righteousness, having never once sinned, this enabled His Father to work through Him. God sent His Son in this way to demonstrate that He is also willing to work through us in exactly the same manner to the degree of our faith and obedience toward the Holy Spirit as we perfect righteousness in our bodies as Jesus perfected righteousness in the members of His body. God works with our spiritual maturity level like a mother feeding her infant child, if we swallow what we have, He will give us another spoonful. God cannot give us more until we do what we know. If the Holy Spirit reveals something to us, then we must incorporate His revelation into our lives before we can expect to receive anything else from the Lord.

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Lk 22-31,32

(9g) Responsibility >> Strengthen us by the sword of His Spirit >> Through prayer – These verses go with verses 42 & 43

(65i) Paradox >> Anomalies >> Satan Glorifies God – Peter made these bodacious claims about how much he loved the Lord, as though the other disciples didn’t. On and on he went boasting about himself, being convinced in his own mind that he was the greatest of the disciples, which peeked the devil’s curiosity, who happened to disagree, saying to the Lord, ‘Your disciple will deny you to save his own skin.’ This is reminiscent to the trouble of Job in the book of Job; God took everything from him and then watched to see what he would do, but Job did not curse God or blame Him for any of his problems. His attitude was, ‘I don’t know why God is doing this to me, but here I am.’ He held out hope and faith for the Lord, trusting in His character, in spite of the circumstances in his personal life. The devil was there in the beginning chapters of the book of Job, accusing him before God of being disloyal. Likewise, when the devil accused Peter of being disloyal, the Lord gave the devil permission to test his hypothesis, because he stood to benefit from it; Peter needed a dose of humility. This is why God consents to the devil’s demands for permission to test His disciples; it’s no good for God to say, ‘My servant will not fail Me,’ and leave it at that. It’s not good enough for God to tell the devil that He knows the future and therefore knows that his servant would pass any test the devil would put before him within certain parameters. Instead, God says, ‘My servant will pass any test you put before him, and I can prove it,’ and then lets the devil test His people to prove that they are faithful, and if they fail, they will learn from their mistakes. The devil claimed that Peter was not totally committed to the Lord, and the only way to resolve the problem was to allow the test to continue and allow Peter an opportunity to prove himself. The devil complicates things whenever our lack of commitment makes him right about us.

(83e) Thy kingdom come >> Intercession >> Jesus stands in the gap >> He prays for us – Jesus was not concerned about Peter that he was about to fall because He prayed, not that he wouldn’t fall, but that He wouldn’t ruminate about it with overwhelming guilt, which had the power to rob his faith, and remember that Satan was behind this in the background orchestrating the whole scenario. His fellow disciples may not have been quite as vocal as Peter, yet they weren’t chosen by Satan to deny the Lord right in front Him while He was suffering for his sin. The people who identified Peter pointed their fingers at him in absolute condemnation, and it struck fear into Peter, so that he denied the lord. Afterward, when he ran out and wept bitterly, Satan followed him and tried to talk him out of his faith, to give it up right then and there, to walk away and forget about the whole experience telling him, ‘Hey Peter, your Lord is about to be crucified; you might as well give up. Everything is over; its all over,’ but Jesus prayed for Him in his hour of darkness as he wept bitter tears, he wouldn’t make the wrong decision to abandon his faith. Jesus prayed that even though Peter denied Him and even though they were crucifying Him, that he would continue to believe, but what was there to believe after that?

(85la) Thy kingdom come >> Belief >> Treating the knowledge of God as fact >> Believing the Son by obeying the Father >> Obeying the law by faith in the cross >> Obey God for answered prayer – Jesus commanded Peter to believe against all odds. For that 3½ days while Jesus’ body was in the ground, dead, Peter hung around the disciples; he demonstrated his faith by not abandoning his fellow believers, though they didn’t know what to believe either. Didn’t Peter’s faith fail when he denied the Lord? No! Failed faith has nothing to do with sin, Jesus bled and died on the cross for sin; there is an answer for that, but what God can’t fix or resolve is when we condemn our own faith in Jesus. This was the sin of Esau who despised his own birthright, “For you know that afterward, when he wanted to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no place for repentance, though he sought it diligently with tears” (Heb 12-17). We are all going to fall in various times in our lives; we’re all fallen creatures. Therefore, the question is not whether we will fall, but whether we will repent. Jesus said to Peter, ‘After you brush the sand off your clothes and pick the pebbles from your face, “turn and strengthen your brothers.”’ Peter was a very zealous man for the Lord, so this screw-up was especially hard on his ego. He was a man riddled with foibles, which is why Satan targeted him, being the weakest of the disciples in the area of pride. He was a bit of a blowhard, but when it came to acting on his faith, he often fell short. Jesus wasn’t worried about any of that; He liked Peter, not as a blowhard but as an encourager. He had the gift of encouragement, despite the fact that he didn’t always live his faith. After Jesus rose from the dead, and the disciples waited for Pentecost, Peter no doubt preached them a sermon to never give up their faith.

(131d) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Unity >> Brother depends on you >> To help build the temple – What if Peter had walked away from everything, and through the grapevine he heard that three days after Jesus was crucified He dad risen from the dead. Even if he would have looked up the disciples, in many ways it would have been too late, not too late to be saved, but too late to be the Lord’s apostle. Everything would have changed while he was gone; his absence would have redefined the nature of his relationship with the disciples and the Lord, for to abandon the disciples was to abandon the Lord. Remaining with the disciples was the only thing Peter could do, and all the disciples could do, to continue demonstrating faith in Jesus.

(152f) Witness >> Validity of the Father >> Witnesses of the father >> Prophets >> Jesus is a prophet >> Jesus prophesies to the Church -- These verses go with verses 7-13

(193c) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Turn from sin to God >> Repent >> Turn from your evil ways >> Turn to God – Jesus used this phrase many times, “endures until the end,” in other words beware that your faith doesn’t fail. This is what Jesus said to Peter, praying that His faith did not fail. At the time Peter didn’t realize the gravity of the situation. We talk about Peter’s denial of Christ as it were a small thing, but Jesus viewed Peter on the threshold of losing his faith. What happened to Judas was not all that different from Peter, but there were some differences. We know that Judas was elected as the son of perdition and that he never took Jesus to heart, and in the end he hanged himself instead of repenting. We could say that he didn’t have the opportunity to repent, because he was scheduled to develop a reprobate mind and lose his place among the apostles. That is true, but there is the other perspective that repentance is always an option, but what was it that led him to hang himself? It was the sense of guilt and remorse. Isn’t the reprobate mind devoid of conscience? Yes, the reprobate mind and the psychopath are devoid of a working conscience, but even serial killers have a conscience, just one they invented to replace the one God had given them. So it appears that Judas really did love Jesus in a way, but not in a practical sense. He loved Jesus as He were a friend but not as his Lord and Master. 

Lk 22-31

(46l) Judgment >> Spiritual warfare >> Jesus casts out demons

(54e) Paradox >> Opposites >> Demanding permission – Just because Satan demanded permission to sift Peter like wheat doesn’t mean Jesus should let him, and besides isn’t that an oxymoron? Isn’t the Lord our protector; wouldn’t an aspect His protection include denying our enemy’s wishes to tempt us? It would, except that the devil had a point. Jesus essentially gave Satan His hearts desire by answering the devil’s prayer. What kind of relationship does God have with the devil? Why is He so willing to give the devil what he wants? God could have said, ‘I don’t care what you think,’ but at the same time it wouldn’t hurt us if we were tested; in fact, it might do us a lot of good. For this reason God uses the devil’s services quite often. The devil is a character of God’s truth that has a very complicated relationship with the Lord. Although they are archenemies; Satan and Christ are on opposite poles like light is from darkness, yet He gave the devil permission to tempt his own disciple.

(65a) Paradox >> Anomalies >> God helps Satan >> Jesus answers the devil’s prayer

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35 And He said to them, "When I sent you out without money belt and bag and sandals, you did not lack anything, did you?" They said, "No, nothing." 

 

Lk 22,35-38

(37f) Judgment >> Jesus’ humanity >> Jesus had human limitations – This was an example of Jesus’ lack of absolute knowledge; He was not omniscient. He had His disciples bring knives with them, so he could fulfill the prophecy that He was numbered with transgressors (referring to Isaiah 53-12). He didn’t know how else this prophecy would be fulfilled. He was crucified between two criminals and thus fulfilled this prophecy (Mk 15-27,28), but Jesus didn’t know this would happen. It is possible that His Father was already withdrawing from Him, and it caused Him anxiety that filled His heart for the trauma that he would soon undergo; He wasn’t thinking straight and He got jumpy and instead of allowing the prophecy to be fulfilled on its own, He force-filled it by requiring his disciples to arm themselves. We could say that Jesus made a mistake. He was perfect in character but not in knowledge. Jesus divested His infinite power, becoming fully human with only his divine nature intact, maintaining His perfection throughout His natural life. That is all He used to defeat Satan and to gain eternal life for His people. God leveled the playing field for Satan, becoming no greater than a man. All the power that Jesus possessed to walk on water, heal the sick, raise the dead and feed the masses with a mere basket of food were all from His Father through faith, and these are the very things that God says He is willing to do through our faith in Jesus.

(215ia) Sovereignty >> God controls time >> Suddenly >> The Kingdom of Heaven appears suddenly >> Without warning >> Disciples expected the kingdom to appear immediatelyThese verses go with verses 47-53. When Jesus told His disciples to bring a sword, it was possibly the first thing they truly understood; they interpreted it essentially as war. It is what the religious leaders expected from their Messiah hence Israel expected their Messiah should face off with Caesar and subdue the Romans, freeing them from their enslavement, leading Israel into a dominant role among the nations and ultimately subduing all nations to become the sole kingdom on earth that would never end, not like Jesus who came in spiritual power and glory of a savior, who would establish the Church with the mandate to make disciples of all people, that God might create a spiritual facsimile of Israel's hope in the Church. Their ancient hope will be realized at the second coming of Christ, but they overlooked His first visit.

(219i) Sovereignty >> God overrides the will of man >> Predestination >> Predestined according to the word of God – In this account of Jesus’ arrest in the Garden of Gethsemane we have Him telling His disciples to be in possession of a sword to ensure the fulfillment of prophecy that has Him numbered with transgressors, apparently forcing the fulfillment of prophecy. When we see this difficult passage of Scripture in the proper light, it enhances the Scriptures. We need to understand that God’s predestination is also accompanied by man’s will. It was prophesied in the Old Testament, so there is your predestination, and Jesus also commanded them to bring a sword, incorporating man’s will, and the two of them together fulfilled the purpose of God. 

Lk 22,35-37

(141f) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Old Testament bears witness to the new >> It bears witness to Jesus >> Prophesy about Jesus’ death – Jesus was preparing His disciples for the arduous 3½ days that they would face with their Lord in the ground and equipping them to fulfill Old Testament prophecy. They would need money to buy supplies, and He also instructed them to take along a sword, not for cooking, but to attack the guards in order that the Scriptures might accurately predict the Lord being numbered with transgressors. Does it count to have a hand in fulfilling prophecy? Jesus didn’t make anybody turn violent, but He did make sure that the necessary weaponry was present when the moment came and emotions flared. Had they not had a sword, they probably would have found some kind of bludgeoning device to use against their Lord’s adversaries, but the sword is symbolic of war. Non-sanctioned war is a crime even to mankind, much more a sin in the eyes of God.

Lk 22-35

(30a) Gift of God >> God is our advocate >> God knows our needs >> He is our provider

 

36-38 And He said to them, "But now, whoever has a money belt is to take it along, likewise also a bag, and whoever has no sword is to sell his coat and buy one. 37 "For I tell you that this which is written must be fulfilled in Me, 'AND HE WAS NUMBERED WITH TRANSGRESSORS '; for that which refers to Me has its fulfillment." 38 They said, "Lord, look, here are two swords." And He said to them, "It is enough."

 

Lk 22,36-44

(58g) Paradox >> Opposites >> Jesus becomes sin that we might obtain His righteousness – We have all heard sermons on this, and every time we hear one we get Goosebumps. Jesus won His greatest victory right there in the garden of Gethsemane. The cross itself was merely confirmation of the victory He won in prayer. He settled it right there in His heart, and note that He didn’t do it any sooner but just before it came upon Him. Jesus was born the lamb of God; this was His purpose, yet He wanted so bad to find another way, but knew there was no other way. He knew that only God could pay for the sins of the people that He would love and adore throughout the rest of eternity. There was no saint, no angel, no created being that could pay for the sins that God would forgive. In heaven He had prearranged it in His heart to do this, but there is a difference between making that determination in heaven and making it here on earth. The determination in heaven was theoretical, whereas the determination on earth was a very bitter reality. Jesus could not hear the voice of God like He once did, and He didn’t know how this prophecy would be fulfilled. He wanted to make sure it got fulfilled, and so by his own authority He determined to arm His disciples instead of relying on His Father. When we think of this in terms of people trying to find the will of God in their lives, they don’t know what God wants them to do, and so they just do something, hoping that it is the will of God. Meanwhile, God has a plan outlined for us to follow. For Jesus it was that He should be crucified between two criminals, and that would suffice the prophecy that he was numbered with transgressors (Mk 15-27,28). When we think of God in human flesh beginning to falter, His connection with His Father fading, when He stood before Pilate and the high priest, His work was done. All He needed to do was be the Lamb of God and go through the terrible event of the crucifixion.

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Lk 22,36-38

(54c) Paradox >> Opposites >> Disobedience fulfilled the Scriptures – These verses go with verses 45-51. This prophecy was taken from Isaiah 53-12. The Scripture says that Jesus was among criminals, and so Jesus had His disciples arm themselves in order to fulfill this prophecy. In fact, had Jesus not done this, the prophecy would have been fulfilled anyway, for He was crucified between two criminals. Some would be alarmed by this blatant effort to fulfill prophecy by the arm of the flesh, instead of allowing prophecy to fulfill itself. Jesus did this. He also fulfilled prophecy by healing the sick, and opening the eyes of the blind and the ears of the deaf, so force-filling prophecy proves no point; rather, it just shows that it takes effort and volition to fulfill prophecy. Most people in the Church today sit on their hands waiting for God to do everything for them from a misconception on the teachings of God’s grace, but we must make Christianity happen to see the will of God in our lives, just like it took fortitude for Christ to fulfill prophecy.

(80g) Thy kingdom come >> Know the word to learn the ways of God >> Fulfill your calling – This passage has received much criticism by skeptics of the Scriptures, accusing Jesus of forcibly fulfilling prophecy, saying that if prophecy is real it should fulfill itself without any assistance, and they have a good point. Why did Jesus command His disciples to take up swords (more like a stiletto)? Jesus was extremely familiar with Old Testament Scripture, especially with prophecy that pertained to Himself that He came to fulfill. He had it memorized and would check-off the prophecies as He fulfilled them, and this was the only one that He couldn’t see regarding its fulfillment. Jesus told His disciples to find a sword to fulfill this prophecy; His mind was preoccupied with the suffering He was about to endure, and it filled Him with anxiety. Remember, this happened just hours before His enemies captured Him; His Father was already beginning to withdraw from Him, for sin was already creeping into His person; His acuteness to the voice of the Holy Spirit was already fading. 2Cor 5-21 says, "He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him." By His own reasoning He worried that this prophecy would not be fulfilled, and so He force-filled it by telling His disciples to arm themselves, in order to be numbered with transgressors (v37). Meanwhile, Mk 15-27,28 says, “They crucified two robbers with Him, one on His right and one on His left. [And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, ‘And He was numbered with transgressors’],” though Mark has a footnote indicating that many manuscripts do not contain this verse. This prophecy was fulfilled when He was nailed between two criminals, thus He was numbered with transgressors, one of the three crucified that day, and so Jesus didn’t need to tell His disciples to arm themselves to fulfill prophecy.

Lk 22-37

(255c) Trinity >> Holy Spirit’s relationship between Father and Son >> God’s word is Spirit >> Jesus is the word of the Spirit >> Jesus is the manifested word of God

Lk 22,38-40 

(160h) Works of the devil >> Essential characteristics >> Satan’s attitude determines our direction >> Temptation >> Overcoming temptation >> Jesus was tempted – Jesus didn’t commit a sin but He made a mistake. Just days before this when Jesus dickered with the Pharisees, Scribes and chief priests in the temple He never misspoke, but His suffering was now at hand, and He knew what was coming. They were about to lay hands on Him and His suffering would begin, and it filled Him with anxiety. Remember in the Garden of Gethsemane when He prayed, great drops of sweat mixed with blood fell from His brow (v44). Jesus was in agony over His impending fate, and just as His sweat was mixed with blood, so His agony was mixed with fear. Normally it would have been a sin for the Son of God to fear, but Jesus was in the process of paying for the sins of mankind; He was in the process of becoming the embodiment of sin. The transformation had begun from the flawless Son of God into sin incarnate, and the contrast was more than He could bear. Jesus was not looking forward to the physical pain and suffering that He would endure, but what He dreaded most was to be separated from His Father. This process was already beginning, like a violent thunderstorm that invades a bright and cheerful day, darkening the sky. Thick clouds roll into view, bringing rain. Rumbling is in the distance getting louder, then flashes of lightning joined ever sooner with claps of thunder, accompanying the torrential downpour. On the cross He said, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” (Mat 27-46).


39&40 And He came out and proceeded as was His custom to the Mount of Olives; and the disciples also followed Him. 40 When He arrived at the place, He said to them, "Pray that you may not enter into temptation."

 

Lk 22,39-44

(247f) Priorities >> God’s priorities >> God’s interests >> Concern >> Caring about the will of God

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Lk 22-39

(174a) Works of the devil >> The religion of witchcraft >> Man’s religion >> Good traditions (Exception to bad religion) >> Good customs

Lk 22,40-46

(46f) Judgment >> Spiritual warfare >> Fall of Satan >> Resisting Satan’s deception – Rev 18-4 says, “Come out of her, my people, so that you will not participate in her sins and receive of her plagues.” This refers to Babylon, which was a city that was built thousands of years ago and was destroyed and has never been rebuilt, and the Bible says it never will be rebuilt. This will be a type of Babylon that will spread its influence throughout the world with the goal of crowning the antichrist as god in human flesh, the false Messiah. Where else would he carry out such a deception than the holy city, Jerusalem? God will direct us to run into the wilderness to escape the influence of this technological system of our modern world that cannot reach beyond the perimeter of human civilization. God will protect us in the wilderness during the Trumpet Judgments and nourish us for 3½ years, just as He nourished Moses and the Israelites in the wilderness throughout their exile from Egypt. This means we will need to survive the first five seals of Satan’s wrath before we enter God’s protective period of the Trumpets. These first five seals will be extremely severe, the most arduous period of the last days tribulation for Christians. Many millions of people will die during this time. Becoming doomsday preppers will not protect us, because this 3½-year period will be too long for most people to stock up supplies, so it will be a time of great difficulty, like Jesus said, “For then there will be a great tribulation, such as has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now, nor ever will” (Mat 24-21). It will closely resemble Hitler’s Europe, but will be far worse even than that, for it will involve the entire world.

(82a) Thy kingdom come >> Three elements of prayer >> Direction (Attitude) >> What to pray for 

(160i) Works of the devil >> Essential characteristics >> Satan’s attitude determines our direction >> Temptation >> Overcoming temptation >> Prayer overcomes temptation – God did not hold it against the disciples for abandoning the Lord and running for their lives. When He finished praying, He found them asleep and said to them, “Keep watching and praying that you may not enter into temptation” (Mat 26-41). What was the temptation? It was to abandon their faith! Judas did, who was not even present with them in the garden, and Peter almost did. Had they prayed would it have made a difference? That is God's promise! Abandoning the Lord was prophesied in the Old Testament; they were not expected to stay by His side only to be nailed on a cross next to Him. Between His death and His resurrection that arduous 3½-day period the disciples could have fallen away from the faith; it was enough time to reconsider everything they once believed and determined Jesus to be a hoax. A couple weeks earlier they felt they were the most fortunate people on earth, and now they faced the possibility of being the biggest fools of all time; there is no wider spectrum of emotions than that. Had Judas known that Jesus was going to rise from the dead, he probably would not have killed himself, so why did he commit suicide? He did it from ignorance and a lack of spiritual insight. Jesus commanded them to pray that they may not fall away from the faith between the crucifixion and the resurrection of Christ. In terms of endtime prophecy, this translates to avoid falling away from the faith between the seals of Satan’s wrath and the trumpets of God’s judgment.

Lk 22,40-44

(103i) Thy kingdom come >> Purifying process >> God purifies His church >> Jesus goes through God’s purifying process – Jesus withdrawing a stone’s-throw from the disciples to pray was like Moses, who climbed Mount Sinai with seventy of his elders (representing His disciples) to receive the law on stone tablets written by the very finger of God, but the seventy were stopped and Moses proceeded alone to the top of the mountain. The rest of Israel remained at its base, being commanded not to touch the mountain lest they be stoned. When Moses went to receive the law he met face to face with God, where as Jesus was God clothed in human flesh and met face to face with rejection, knowing that instead of returning with stone tablets, Jesus would return with victory over death and the grave. He blazed a new trail by which His beloved children had access to the Holy Spirit and to an anointing that would enable them to walk a victorious Christian life for God.

Lk 22-40 

(196j) Denying Christ >> Man exercises his will against God >> Spiritual laziness >> Replacing God’s standard of excellence with yours >> Sleeping in the spirit -- This verse goes with verses 45&46


41-46 And He withdrew from them about a stone's throw, and He knelt down and began to pray, 42 saying, "Father, if You are willing, remove this cup from Me; yet not My will, but Yours be done." 43 Now an angel from heaven appeared to Him, strengthening Him. 44 And being in agony He was praying very fervently; and His sweat became like drops of blood, falling down upon the ground. 45 When He rose from prayer, He came to the disciples and found them sleeping from sorrow, 46 and said to them, "Why are you sleeping? Get up and pray that you may not enter into temptation.

 

Lk 22,41-44

(37a) Judgment >> The cross >> God judged the sin of the world through Christ – For Him to sweat drops of blood sounded like He was afraid to die, but in fact the thing He most dreaded was to take on all the sins of mankind throughout all the ages, past present and future, and as a result lose fellowship with His Father. For the first time ever His Father turned His back on Him and walked away. He suddenly found Himself alone in the world with all the sins of mankind heaped on Him. Peter felt bad for denying the Lord; surely he felt very alone, and he really was alone in his denial of Christ, but when Jesus took on all the sins of mankind on the cross, and God judged them through His Son, at that point Jesus was in hell. When we think of people who don’t know the Lord, God still has an interest in them, whereas the father condemned His Son, whose rejection was complete for those 3½ days. He literally hated His Son during this time with an utmost hatred, with a hatred that only God could know, and this is what Jesus dreaded. It wasn’t death; death was nothing compared to this. It is impossible to tease apart the sin of man and the rejection of God, so to ask which was worse, they were one and the same.

(245i) Kingdom of God >> Spirit realm imposed on the natural realm >> Literal manifestations >> Manifestation of God’s righteous judgment >> Manifestation of Jesus’ victory over sin – The victory in the garden of Gethsemane was the abrupt reality of that which was about to happen to Him, His acceptance of it. His willingness to go through it is what made Him the greatest man there every lived, and the compete victory over sin that resulted made Him the noblest of all in heaven. It took all of 3½ days for hell to realize that Jesus had never committed a single sin and didn’t belong there and coughed Him up, while the Father was calling His name. Through this push/pull effort, Jesus was expelled from the jaws of hell, being raised from the dead through the glory of the Father just like Jonah was coughed up on shore by the giant sea monster.

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Lk 22-42,43

(9g) Responsibility >> Strengthen us by the sword of His Spirit >> Through prayer – These verses go with verses 31 & 32

Lk 22-43,44

(15c) Servant >> Ministering spirits >> Angels give help in time of need – An angel appeared before Jesus strengthening Him. The presence of angels must be very powerful. At that point the Lord needed help with His faith, not that He had questions, but just as the architect sometimes needs to go to the building site in order to immerse his mind with the problem to get a visual of a possible solution, so Jesus needed a reminder of home, so He could finish His mission and go back to a place wonderful enough to make it all worth it.

Lk 22-43

(9f) Responsibility >> God strengthens us through our weaknesses – Jesus, on the night of his betrayal went to the Garden of Gethsemane and prayed His now famous prayer, “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; yet not as I will, but as You will” (Mat 26-39). He knew there was no way to avoid the cross; throughout all eternity Father and Son planned for the cross; it was Father’s greatest moment. The cross was an opportunity for God to actually experience sin without compromising His principles. He never committed any sin of His own, yet he experienced everyone else’s sin, that He might forgive those who would believe in Him for eternal life, and might earn the position of judge for those who rejected Him. The cross was as important to God as it was for us.

Lk 22-44

(38a) Judgment >> Blood of Jesus >> God judged the devil through the blood of His son

Lk 22,45-51

(54c) Paradox >> Opposites >> Disobedience fulfilled the Scriptures – These verses go with verses 36-38. What if the disciples had been faithful and prayed as the Lord had commanded; how would that have changed the outcome? Perhaps they would not have taken out the sword or fled, yet sleeping through prayer fulfilled the Scriptures and helped save their lives. Jesus was telling them to do something and their disobedience was the best thing they could have done. This is a rare situation. It stands to reason, though, since the Son of God was being betrayed into the hands of sinners, reversing the roles of God and men. It was an odd time and an awkward moment even for heaven to witness wickedness making sport of their Lord and Master. Time fragmented, making a hollow spot between B.C. and A.D. when time itself was suspended during the period of our creator’s earthly visitation. It was a time when disobedience was right and following the words of Jesus would have gotten them killed, a time when good was crucified and evil prevailed.

Lk 22-45,46

(103j) Thy kingdom come >> Purifying process >> God purifies His church >> We go through Jesus’ purifying process – The last days will be very a difficult time in which we will be expected to go through God’s purifying process. In Revelation chapter twelve it talks about a woman who fled into the wilderness, just like Jesus’ twelve disciples at His betrayal, and just like the Christian dispersion from Jerusalem in the persecution of the first century. In each case antichrists were coming for them and so they ran into the wilderness and dispersed. This is what they were supposed to do. The woman in Revelation twelve represents the 144,000 Jews located in Jerusalem, essentially the whole of believing Israel, and this wilderness where they will disperse is most likely uninhabited areas just outside some of the biggest cities of the world, and they will set up camps there, and anybody of the gentiles who wishes to be saved will be welcome to join a camp of the saints. 

(196j) Denying Christ >> Man exercises his will against God >> Spiritual laziness >> Replacing God’s standard of excellence with yours >> Sleeping in the spirit -- These verses go with verse 40. The Church is currently asleep in utter apostasy. According to the parable of the Ten Virgins, the wise and the foolish will be split down the middle, half and half. It says that the wise will enter through the door, and the foolish will go the opposite direction, back into town to buy oil for their lamps. Jesus’ prayer in the garden of Gethsemane the Book of Revelation uses as an analogy for the last days to convey that the Church will fall asleep one day. Jesus explained that there were five wise and five foolish virgins, and both groups fell asleep, just like they did in the garden of Gethsemane at Jesus’ betrayal. We would think that the wise virgins would not have fallen asleep, but falling asleep was not what made them foolish; rather, it was having insufficient oil in their lamps, which represented being spiritually unprepared for a long night. All of Jesus’ disciples had sufficient oil in their lamps, except for one, Judas, who was not able to ask for oil from his fellow disciples, because oil is not exchangeable between fellow believers; the oil represents the anointing of the Holy Spirit. In the parable, the foolish virgins had to go to the dealer to buy more oil, but the foolish virgins had run out of time. When they returned, they didn’t come back with oil, so in darkness they pounded on the door saying, “Lord, Lord, open up for us.” Oil is fuel for the fire and has a direct correlation with the flame in the lamp—run out of oil and the fire goes out. The fire burning in the lamp represents our faith in Jesus that must remain lit, and if it goes out, we have no way of re-igniting it. Jesus lit our lamps the day of our salvation and commanded us to keep the lamp burning perpetually for the rest of our lives, just like in the old covenant priests were charged with keeping the perpetual incense burning in the temple. This required the priests to enter the temple every day to maintain the golden altar of incense, and he had to pass the table of showbread to get to it, which represented the word of God; the incense represented prayer.

Lk 22-46

(160i) Works of the devil >> Essential characteristics >> Satan’s attitude determines our direction >> Temptation >> Overcoming temptation >> Prayer overcomes temptation

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47&48 While He was still speaking, behold, a crowd came, and the one called Judas, one of the twelve, was preceding them; and he approached Jesus to kiss Him. 48 But Jesus said to him, "Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?"

 

Lk 22,47-53

(126d) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Peace >> Peacemakers >> Peacemakers avoid violence – Once Jesus rose from the dead, suddenly everything congealed, and they knew that the parts they didn’t understand would someday make sense and that God’s future for them, whether it ever made sense, would be something to give their lives. God is imposing His reality on us to change the way we live; this is true Christianity. It’s the way the founding fathers lived, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob; it’s the way Moses lived and the way God led Israel in the days of Moses; it’s the way Jesus lived and the way He made His disciples live, and now it’s our turn to be befuddled as to what God is doing in out lives, until the truth crystallizes in our hearts as something we would have never expected or understood without God. When everything turns out better than we could have ever done ourselves, we have God to thank for it all. When He brings forth fruit in our lives that is a million times greater than anything we could have done by ourselves, we must step aside and let God have the glory, because He is the one who did it, and our job was to merely obey the Holy Spirit’s lead.

(215ia) Sovereignty >> God controls time >> Suddenly >> The Kingdom of Heaven appears suddenly >> Without warning >> Disciples expected the kingdom to appear immediatelyThese verses go with verses 35-38. Cutting off the slave’s right ear was to the disciples the very beginning of God plan; all the prior things Jesus said and did were immaterial. This is how most people think about God, through their preconceived notions. When Jesus came along with God’s truth, they reject it in favor of their own beliefs. God has a way of turning everything on its head so that almost nothing pertaining to God ever happens the way we think it should.  

Lk 22,47-51 

(124j) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Love your enemies >> Love your enemies because God loves His

Lk 22-47,48

(70g) Authority >> Sin of familiarity >> Familiar with the truth-enemy of discernment >> With Jesus in the flesh

(152g) Witness >> Validity of the Father >> Witnesses of the father >> Prophets >> Jesus is a prophet >> Jesus prophesies to the world

(176i) Works of the devil >> The religion of witchcraft >> Zeal without knowledge (Spirit w/o the word) >> Passion without principles – People back then knew about Jesus, but most were not familiar enough with His face to recognize Him in a crowd, so the guards needed somebody to positively identify the Lord. We have TV nowadays, and the camera stares into someone's face and suddenly the whole world knows a complete stranger. They crucified Jesus, not even familiar with his appearance, much less His teaching. Likewise, we can kiss somebody without feeling anything in our heart, so it doesn’t necessarily mean anything, but the holy kiss meant something to Jesus and to His disciples, and it did to many other people in the Church in those days, but as time elapsed, corruption infiltrated, and they replaced the holy kiss for a simple handshake. When we get to heaven, we will once again greet each other with a holy kiss.

(181i) Works of the devil >> The origin of lawlessness >> Deception >> Self deception >> Imaginary perception of self >> Pretending to be someone you’re not

(183e) Works of the devil >> The origin of lawlessness >> Spirit of Error (Anti-Christ / Anti-Semitism) >> Nursery for the spirit of error >> Selfish ambition >> Seeking to control the truth – Judas chose the kiss instead of pointing his finger at Him. Did the intimacy of betrayal reveal the malice in his heart? Perhaps the only natural thing to do was kiss his Master, since that was how they were used to greeting each other. Judas would have hated Jesus to have malice in His heart. The spirit that possessed him certainly hated the Lord, but Judas didn't necessarily hate Him; rather, he betrayed Him for money. If Judas hated the Lord, he hid it well, and hatred is not something you can easily hide. The only thing between the Lord and Judas was the spirit of antichrist. There is no human motive for what Judas did outside of thirty pieces of silver. He was the treasurer of the ministry and had as much money as he wanted, but thirty more pieces of silver was still more, and more is always better to those who love money.

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49-51 When those who were around Him saw what was going to happen, they said, "Lord, shall we strike with the sword?" 50 And one of them struck the slave of the high priest and cut off his right ear. 51 But Jesus answered and said, "Stop! No more of this." And He touched his ear and healed him. 

 

Lk 22,49-53

(19b) Sin >> Twisted thinking >> Evil is good >> Darkness of man’s thinking

Lk 22,49-51

(79b) Thy kingdom come >> Renewing your mind >> Satan will control your mind if you don’t – They sought to crucify a man who never did anything wrong, a miracle worker who had solutions to every problem, and given a little space would have fixed the entire world, but the world would not have it. Every fix that Jesus would attempt to implement in this world would diametrically oppose the very nature of this world. His intent would be to turn the world into a paradise of righteousness that served and worshipped His Father in heaven, but the world has never been about that, but serving and worshipping self, which is equivalent of serving and worshipping the devil.

(168k) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> The world has deaf ears to God >> You cannot hear God while you listen to the devil -- These verses go with verses 67-71. The disciples acted presumptuously, asking the question but not waiting for the answer, “Should we strike with the sword,” and one took the sword and struck the slave of the high priest cutting off his right ear. Had they waited for the answer, Jesus would have said no. Someone might as well have cut off the slave's ear since he wasn’t using it anyway. This was symbolic, especially when contrasted against the Old Testament Scriptures of temple worship, “Moses slaughtered the ram and took some of its blood and put it on the lobe of Aaron's right ear, on the thumb of his right hand and on the big toe of his right foot” (Lev 8-23). This indicates the significance of reserving our ears to the hearing of God’s word, our hands to doing it and our feet to be always walking toward God’s will. Obviously this slave could not hear the word of God or he would not have been part of the posse that came for the Lord, but after Jesus healed what the sword destroyed, it is very possible that he could finally hear out of that ear for the first time. It doesn’t say, but it would be a good guess that the high priest lost a slave that night and the Lord gained a disciple.

(242j) Kingdom of God >> Opposition toward the Kingdom of God >> Persecuting the kingdom >> Worldly pressure >> World pressures you to forsake your neighbor

Lk 22,50-53

(186g) Works of the devil >> The result of lawlessness >> The reprobate >> Man’s role in becoming a reprobate >> After they reject God’s faith how can they believe? – Normally Jesus could not perform miracles in an environment of unbelief, and when faith was present He performed miracles to inspire those who witnessed them to further believe in God, but Jesus performed this miracle to spite the unbelief that surrounded Him. He performed a miracle among His captors just before they laid hands on Him, that it might prove what they were doing was dreadfully insane and evil. Their minds were overrun by demons, causing them to choose to ignore the truth in Jesus, so instead the miracle proved that their hearts were hardened beyond hope.

Lk 22-50,51

(128h) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Gentleness >> Jesus is gentle

Lk 22-51

(115g) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Working the grace of God >> Laying on of hands >> Seeing signs, wonders and miracles

(144j) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Jesus’ works bear witness of Himself >> Healing >> Methods of healing >> Healed by Jesus’ touch

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52-66 Then Jesus said to the chief priests and officers of the temple and elders who had come against Him, "Have you come out with swords and clubs as you would against a robber? 53 "While I was with you daily in the temple, you did not lay hands on Me; but this hour and the power of darkness are yours." 54 Having arrested Him, they led Him away and brought Him to the house of the high priest; but Peter was following at a distance. 55 After they had kindled a fire in the middle of the courtyard and had sat down together, Peter was sitting among them. 56 And a servant-girl, seeing him as he sat in the firelight and looking intently at him, said, "This man was with Him too." 57 But he denied it, saying, "Woman, I do not know Him." 58 A little later, another saw him and said, "You are one of them too!" But Peter said, "Man, I am not!" 59 After about an hour had passed, another man began to insist, saying, "Certainly this man also was with Him, for he is a Galilean too." 60 But Peter said, "Man, I do not know what you are talking about." Immediately, while he was still speaking, a rooster crowed. 61 The Lord turned and looked at Peter. And Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how He had told him, "Before a 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 and beating Him, 64 and they blindfolded Him and were asking Him, saying, "Prophesy, who is the one who hit You?" 65 And they were saying many other things against Him, blaspheming. 66 When it was day, the Council of elders of the people assembled, both chief priests and scribes, and they led Him away to their council chamber, saying,

 

Lk 22-52,53

(75h) Thy kingdom come >> Motives >> Being manipulative >> Controlling people in the dark >> Through hidden motives

(184a) Darkness (Key verse) – We have defense mechanisms that we have installed years ago that we have forgotten. We have become incognizant of their presence and what they do to us and how they influence us in all the wrong ways. We groan because of our lack of understanding about ourselves, and to the degree that we don’t understand ourselves is the degree that we don’t understand God. We picture ourselves in our minds, and of course it is prettier than reality, but life has a way of exposing the contents of our hearts. Things, circumstances, people, forces that are part of this world come against us and test us, and they show us what is really in us when we are straining at the oars trying to think right and feel right during temptation, and our mind gets carried away to places that are not good. Jesus said in Mat 15-13, “Every plant which My heavenly Father did not plant shall be uprooted.” We want to be rid of these defense mechanisms, but it is agonizing, like pulling teeth; in some ways they are like our best friends, these modules of sin that play a part in defining us. Much as we want to deny it, they are much of who we are in this world, and God is trying to change that. He wants us defined by Him and Him alone. We belong to Him, and He will not share us with these sinful mechanisms and self-deceptions we use to cover our idolatry.

(184b) Works of the devil >> The origin of lawlessness >> Darkness >> Hiding behind your own imagination >> Hiding behind a false authority – As bullies, Jesus’ captors treated Him like a common criminal, knowing in their hearts He would never resist them and knowing He didn’t have a physical army behind Him. They also knew Jesus let them capture Him. Jesus reminded them that He did His work in public in broad daylight, but they did their work at night powered by satanic darkness. These people were operating by evil spirits; we can say the same thing about the world today. If you want to see demonic activity happening all around you, obey the Holy Spirit as a lifestyle. Obeying the Holy Spirit is the very essence of righteousness just as it was for Abraham, who is the father of our faith.

Lk 22,54-62

(84j) Thy kingdom come >> Your words can lead to your own demise >> Lying

(185d) Works of the devil >> The origin of lawlessness >> Mystery of lawlessness >> Denying Christ in spite of His proven identity – Our goal as Christians is to always live according to the will of God, to never speak a foul word, to never have outbursts of anger, to always be kind and gentle, patient, bearing the fruit of the Spirit, but we will not always achieve this goal. The Bible does not teach that we should leave room for our faults or to only walk eighty percent of the time by faith; rather, our goal is to entirely fulfill God’s purpose and calling in our lives, even though it is impossible. By always doing the will of God we do not keep the faith, because now we are just lying to ourselves. 1Jn 1,8-10 states, “If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us,” and if we claim to have not sinned, we make God a liar, because He said all men are sinners. So we don’t keep the faith by remaining perfect; we keep the faith by remaining repentant. That is something we can do, and that is why God has ordained repentance as a means of accessing His grace and mercy. We don’t keep the faith by maintaining perfect circumstances or by never committing sin or by always doing what we should; rather, we keep the faith despite the fact that we fail in these areas. Life is not perfect; we get mad; we struggle with our flesh; we do and say things that are wrong. Jesus said to Peter prior to his denial of Christ, “I have prayed for you, that your faith may not fail; and you, when once you have turned again, strengthen your brothers.” Peter would learn a lot by this negative circumstance; he would have a lot more to offer as a result of this terrible sin he committed, and Jesus wanted Peter to share his faith and understanding with his brethren. The result of his repentance is that sin had been wiped away; he learned a lesson that he would remember for eternity.

Lk 22,63-71

(241ib) Kingdom of God >> Opposition toward the Kingdom of God >> Persecuting the kingdom >> Persecution to the death >> Kill Jesus >> Kill Jesus by the predetermined plan of God >> The Jews had Jesus murdered – The spirit of this world loves to make a mockery of the truth, and the soldiers who made sport of Jesus were doing just that by this satanic spirit. The demons behind the scenes orchestrating His crucifixion honestly believed that they were destroying a member of the Godhead. This was their diabolical plan to somehow seize heaven itself (Lk 20,9-19). There is no way they understood what they were doing, that they were actually undoing themselves by killing a man who had never committed a sin. Remember that sin is the cause of death, going back to the Garden of Eden, in the very beginning God said to Adam, ‘If you sin you will surely die.’ However, Jesus had never sinned, and because these satanic forces played such a direct role in murdering Jesus, who held the keys of sin and death in their possession, the moment Jesus breathed his last this law of sin and death was torn in half as symbolized by the veil of the temple tearing in half at that very moment, and the way into the Most Holy Place was created. It tore from top to bottom, suggesting that it was not by an earthquake, but by God Himself. He snatched the keys of sin and death from Satan, creating a way for His people to access eternal life through the resurrection of Jesus Christ. He essentially broke the law of sin and death by dying without sin, which has been the law that Satan has been using against mankind ever since Adam fell into sin. 

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67-71 "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 a question, you will not answer. 69 "But from now on THE SON OF MAN WILL BE SEATED AT THE RIGHT HAND of the power OF GOD." 70 And they all said, "Are You the Son of God, then?" And He said to them, "Yes, I am." 71 Then they said, "What further need do we have of testimony? For we have heard it ourselves from His own mouth."

 

Lk 22,67-71

(19m) Sin >> Nature of sin >> Unwilling to believe >> Spirit of unbelief – The demons were acting by instinct when they killed Christ, an instinct that was so strong it was impossible for them to deny themselves the pleasure of murdering Him. This was God’s way of deceiving the devil by his own power of temptation to lay hands on His Son. It was absolute joy to the demons that controlled those who tortured Christ; it was their coup de gras to put the Son of God under their power and under their thumb, to exercise their concept of mercy, which was utterly nonexistent. This is what they would love to do to each of us who know and love the truth, except that God is protecting us. However, there have been many people throughout the last two millennia and even thousands in our own time who do not feel the same way about the truth; Satan has been using them in leadership positions within the Church to malign the truth.

(85g) Thy kingdom come >> Words that are spoken in faith >> Testify of God’s works

(88c) Thy kingdom come >> Faith produces works >> Relationship between faith and works >> Faith without works is dead

(122i) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Boldness in adverse circumstances >> Speak the truth in the face of adversity

(150e) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Works of the Church bear witness of Jesus >> Confessing Jesus >> Making the good confession (Son of God) – Jesus made the good confession saying, “If I tell you, you will not believe; and if I ask a question, you will not answer,” so He told them the truth to spite them; He told them the truth for the very purpose of being crucified. They asked Him if He was the Son of God and “Yes” was His answer, “Yes, I AM.” They used Jesus’ confession as the Son of God to condemn Him as a common criminal in their kangaroo court, because He wasn’t the Messiah they wanted. They were no better than the children of the exodus from Egypt who grumbled about eating manna in the wilderness; it wasn’t the food they wanted.

(152e) Witness >> Validity of the Father >> Witnesses of the father >> Apostles >> Jesus is our great apostle

(168k) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> The world has deaf ears to God >> You cannot hear God while you listen to the devil

(199j) Denying Christ >> Man chooses his own destiny apart from God >> Rejecting Christ >> Unwilling to receive Christ >> Rejecting Christ as the Messiah – What kind of Messiah did the Pharisees and the scribes and the chief priests and the officers of the temple want? Had Jesus come directly to them and hatched a plan together to overtake the Romans, to make Israel the greatest nation in the world and to make them the center of it all, they would have accepted Jesus’ confession as the Son of God. However, these people, being so depraved and evil, would have eventually attempted to subvert even their own Messiah, to become leader of everything, just like Satan would do, being the reason Jesus called them prodigy of the devil (Jn 8-44). They wanted a Messiah who would glorify them instead of paying attention to sinners and poor people. They wanted a Messiah who would assist them in exploiting the people for the purpose of gaining more power and prestige in society. Essentially, they wanted a Messiah that would fit comfortably in their back pocket. As it was, Jesus completely ignored them, except when He occasionally rebuked them in public for being money-grubbing glory seekers. They were not a part of anything Jesus ever did, and that is why they hated Him. How could Jesus have possibly included them, being so contrary to Him, being the antithesis of everything Jesus represented?

Lk 22,67-70

(154h) Witness >> Validity of the Father >> God bears witness against the world >> Witness that the world is rebellious against God >> Witness against unbelief

Lk 22,67-69

(217b) Sovereignty >> God overrides the will of man >> God’s will over man >> God Is Independent Of His Creation >> No one can tell God what to do

Lk 22-70,71

(253ea) Trinity >> Relationship between Father and Son >> Jesus is equal with the Father >> Jesus has all the internal qualities of the Father >> Jesus is the Son of God >> Contested the Son of God by sinners and demons

 

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