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Investigating Jesus

Investigating Jesus Part 37

Jesus’ Last Night:
Jesus Speaks (Luke 22)

Jesus said to them, "The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them; and those who exercise authority over them call themselves Benefactors. But you are not to be like that. Instead, the greatest among you should be like the youngest, and the one who rules like the one who serves. For who is greater, the one who is at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one who is at the table? But I am among you as one who serves. You are those who have stood by me in my trials. And I confer on you a kingdom, just as my Father conferred one on me, so that you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom and sit on thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. (Luke 22:25-30).
In this teaching, we can clearly see that:

  • The disciples, the new leaders, will judge the tribes of Israel.#
  • His followers are to serve gladly,
  • His followers will be tested
  • His followers will face persecution and are to show love.

 

Plans Compared

Let us now go on to see the contrast between the plan of Jesus and those of his enemies. We see that all the elements in the plot conspiring against Jesus had been allowed for. The death of Jesus was no accident and we see clearly that the plans concerning Jesus involved:

  • Jesus is in total control of the events
  • Jesus plans the Passover meal (Luke 22:7-12).
  • The meal is part of his plan (Luke 22:16).
  • He knows Judas’ plan (Luke 22:21-22).
  • Replaces the old leaders of God with his men (Luke 22:30).

The plans of his enemies involved:

  • Plotting to kill Jesus (Luke 22:2).
  • Arranges for Judas to betray Jesus (Luke 22:3).
  • Satan’s purpose is to destroy Jesus (Luke 22:3, Luke 22:31).

New Covenant

The new covenant is a new meal, to remind his followers in every age about the work of Jesus Christ on the Cross. Today we call it, amongst other names, the Lord’s Supper or Holy Communion. In this new covenant (Luke 22:20) Jesus claims that his death was spoken about by Jeremiah (Jeremiah 31:33-34).

It was a new covenant in which God’s people will be able to know Him intimately, for their sins will be forgiven.

When the hour came, Jesus and his apostles reclined at the table. And he said to them, "I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. For I tell you, I will not eat it again until it finds fulfilment in the kingdom of God." After taking the cup, he gave thanks and said, "Take this and divide it among you. For I tell you I will not drink again of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes." And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, "This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me." In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you. But the hand of him who is going to betray me is with mine on the table. The Son of Man will go as it has been decreed, but woe to that man who betrays him." They began to question among themselves which of them it might be who would do this. (Luke 22:14-23)

 

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