Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Luke 22:14-23

v. 15-19 Jesus told the disciples that He was eager to dine with them before He suffered.  "For I tell you, I will not eat it again until it finds fulfillment 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.'"

The lamb's blood saved the Jews when they were in Egypt and the angel of God passed over their homes.  Jesus' blood spilled out in order to save all people from the penalty of sin.  If you do not know Him then how could you remember Him?  This is supposed to be done daily, every time we eat we should remember Him.  This also implies that there is a tendency to forget.  It is so easy to get swept up in the cares of the world, then God is only a whisper in our lives which can fade away completely.  When we eat food for our body we should think of Him since He is food for our soul.

"It is the very nature of love to want to be remembered." Dr. Stanford

"In remembrance of Me."  We are to remember not so much His doctrines, or precepts, as His person.  Remember what He was, what He is, what He will be.  Remember the Lord Jesus at this Supper:
  • as the trust of your hearts
  • as the object of your gratitude
  • as the Lord of you conduct
  • as the joy of your lives
  • as the Representative of your persons
  • as the Rewarder of your hopes
                                                                                                                         Spurgeon's Sermon Notes

v. 20-23 Jesus said to the disciples, "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."

In the Old Testament people had to kill an animal to make a sin offering.  Jesus tells us that there is a new covenant because He was dying for our sins.  Jesus told the men that one of them would betray Him.  Wonder what was going on in Judas' mind, did he think it wasn't actually him or did he go over the reasons to justify his actions.  I don't know, but what I do know is that the skill in which the enemy will invade someone seems flawless.  People can lie to your face and show no sign of being nervous.  That is sad and scary all at the same time.  Do not think that just because someone has a Christian label that they can't be used by the enemy.  The devil uses many in the fold to drive others away.  Jesus was saying that He was going to go along with God's plan, but woe to the one who betrayed Him.  Woe in the bible is never good.  When you see it be sure to pay extra attention.  The warnings He gives are to help us to not go down the same road as those in the past.

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