Jesus is the Christ – 8-1-22

As soon as it was day, the elders of the people, both chief priests and scribes, came together and led Him into their council, saying, “If You are the Christ, tell us.”
But He said to them, 
“If I tell you, you will by no means believe.” Luke 22:66-67 NKJV

RELATIONSHIP:

Do you already have a relationship with a powerful God who cares about your every need because He loves you? Did you know my God can communicate with you and protect you – He has a plan for you to prosper if you just submit to His will and let His plan play out in your life!!! God wants a relationship with you and has already made a plan for your life. He loves you so much He sent His son to this world, to die as a sacrifice for your sins and rise from death with victory over sin and the ability to have a personal relationship with you.

Do you want to know truth? Be able to discern lies? Know how to figure it all out in these confusing times and have peace? The Bible says Jesus is the truth. I have experienced it and it has changed my life. I was once a hot mess of sin, promiscuity, drug and alcohol use and so much more. But I was lost and when I could not find my way, or find a truth, I numbed it with bad choses. When I found Jesus, and truth – I found peace and deliverance from those things.

If you want a relationship with God without truth you will get the counterfeit, hypocritical Christianity that has kept some of you away for too long. You need truth and relationship. You need to be honest with yourself and God (including honest repentance) and God will reveal truth to you. It becomes the two way, interaction that your relationship with God is built on. This is why Jesus is called the truth, because he is our only way to the Father. 

“If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.” Romans 10:9-10 NIV
Here is a prayer for you to pray:
Jesus, I believe you are the way, the truth, the life, and the only way to the Father. I believe you are the son of God, you came to Earth and lived. That you died on the cross as a sacrifice for my sins, and rose again so that I may be saved from my sins and be able to get to know you. I declare: Jesus, you are Lord!
Therefore, I confess that I am a sinner and I ask that you forgive me of my sins and come into my life. Help me to turn away from my sins and transform me into what you have lovingly created me to be. Help me through a real personal relationship grow and accept your will for my life – that I may live in your blessings. Please walk with me, and talk with me – I accept a relationship with you and with our Father God, through you. In the name of Jesus I pray ~ Amen

BIBLE READING:

Dear Heavenly Father – Please give us the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of who you are, who Jesus is, and who the Holy Spirit is. Open the eyes of our understanding, please, so we may know the hope of our calling and the vast sovereignty and power of the grace of the cross. Please do not let us miss out on what you want and need from us today. Lord, I pray that your word prepares us and not scares us! We forbid the works and influences of fear over your word and our sound mind. And please keep us and bless us and shine your face upon us and pour out grace over us and give us peace! And we pray for the peace of Jerusalem! Thank you! – In Jesus name we pray, Amen

Today’s reading is the Book of Luke chapter 22 (embedded below for your convenience in the NKJV). 

The Plot to Kill Jesus

22 Now the Feast of Unleavened Bread drew near, which is called Passover. And the chief priests and the scribes sought how they might kill Him, for they feared the people.

Then Satan entered Judas, surnamed Iscariot, who was numbered among the twelve. So he went his way and conferred with the chief priests and captains, how he might betray Him to them. And they were glad, and agreed to give him money. So he promised and sought opportunity to betray Him to them in the absence of the multitude.

Jesus and His Disciples Prepare the Passover

Then came the Day of Unleavened Bread, when the Passover must be [a]killed. And He sent Peter and John, saying, “Go and prepare the Passover for us, that we may eat.”

So they said to Him, “Where do You want us to prepare?”

10 And He said to them, “Behold, when you have entered the city, a man will meet you carrying a pitcher of water; follow him into the house which he enters. 11 Then you shall say to the master of the house, ‘The Teacher says to you, “Where is the guest room where I may eat the Passover with My disciples?” ’ 12 Then he will show you a large, furnished upper room; there make ready.”

13 So they went and found it just as He had said to them, and they prepared the Passover.

Jesus Institutes the Lord’s Supper

14 When the hour had come, He sat down, and the [b]twelve apostles with Him. 15 Then He said to them, “With fervent desire I have desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer; 16 for I say to you, I will no longer eat of it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.”

17 Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and said, “Take this and divide it among yourselves; 18 for I say to you, [c]I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.”

19 And He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” 20 Likewise He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood, which is shed for you. 21 But behold, the hand of My betrayer is with Me on the table. 22 And truly the Son of Man goes as it has been determined, but woe to that man by whom He is betrayed!”

23 Then they began to question among themselves, which of them it was who would do this thing.

The Disciples Argue About Greatness

24 Now there was also a dispute among them, as to which of them should be considered the greatest. 25 And He said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them, and those who exercise authority over them are called ‘benefactors.’ 26 But not so among you; on the contrary, he who is greatest among you, let him be as the younger, and he who governs as he who serves. 27 For who is greater, he who sits at the table, or he who serves? Is it not he who sits at the table? Yet I am among you as the One who serves.

28 “But you are those who have continued with Me in My trials. 29 And I bestow upon you a kingdom, just as My Father bestowed one upon Me, 30 that you may eat and drink at My table in My kingdom, and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.”

Jesus Predicts Peter’s Denial

31 [d]And the Lord said, “Simon, Simon! Indeed, Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat. 32 But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren.”

33 But he said to Him, “Lord, I am ready to go with You, both to prison and to death.”

34 Then He said, “I tell you, Peter, the rooster shall not crow this day before you will deny three times that you know Me.”

Supplies for the Road

35 And He said to them, “When I sent you without money bag, knapsack, and sandals, did you lack anything?”

So they said, “Nothing.”

36 Then He said to them, “But now, he who has a money bag, let him take it, and likewise a knapsack; and he who has no sword, let him sell his garment and buy one. 37 For I say to you that this which is written must still be [e]accomplished in Me: ‘And He was numbered with the transgressors.’ For the things concerning Me have an end.”

38 So they said, “Lord, look, here are two swords.”

And He said to them, “It is enough.”

The Prayer in the Garden

39 Coming out, He went to the Mount of Olives, as He was accustomed, and His disciples also followed Him. 40 When He came to the place, He said to them, “Pray that you may not enter into temptation.”

41 And He was withdrawn from them about a stone’s throw, and He knelt down and prayed, 42 saying, “Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done.” 43 [f]Then an angel appeared to Him from heaven, strengthening Him. 44 And being in agony, He prayed more earnestly. Then His sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground.

45 When He rose up from prayer, and had come to His disciples, He found them sleeping from sorrow. 46 Then He said to them, “Why do you sleep? Rise and pray, lest you enter into temptation.”

Betrayal and Arrest in Gethsemane

47 And while He was still speaking, behold, a multitude; and he who was called Judas, one of the twelve, went before them and drew near to Jesus to kiss Him. 48 But Jesus said to him, “Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?”

49 When those around Him saw what was going to happen, they said to Him, “Lord, shall we strike with the sword?” 50 And one of them struck the servant of the high priest and cut off his right ear.

51 But Jesus answered and said, “Permit even this.” And He touched his ear and healed him.

52 Then Jesus said to the chief priests, captains of the temple, and the elders who had come to Him, “Have you come out, as against a robber, with swords and clubs? 53 When I was with you daily in the temple, you did not try to seize Me. But this is your hour, and the power of darkness.”

Peter Denies Jesus, and Weeps Bitterly

54 Having arrested Him, they led Him and brought Him into the high priest’s house. But Peter followed at a distance. 55 Now when they had kindled a fire in the midst of the courtyard and sat down together, Peter sat among them. 56 And a certain servant girl, seeing him as he sat by the fire, looked intently at him and said, “This man was also with Him.”

57 But he denied [g]Him, saying, “Woman, I do not know Him.”

58 And after a little while another saw him and said, “You also are of them.”

But Peter said, “Man, I am not!”

59 Then after about an hour had passed, another confidently affirmed, saying, “Surely this fellow also was with Him, for he is a Galilean.”

60 But Peter said, “Man, I do not know what you are saying!”

Immediately, while he was still speaking, [h]the rooster crowed. 61 And the Lord turned and looked at Peter. Then Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how He had said to him, “Before the rooster [i]crows, you will deny Me three times.” 62 So Peter went out and wept bitterly.

Jesus Mocked and Beaten

63 Now the men who held Jesus mocked Him and beat Him. 64 [j]And having blindfolded Him, they struck Him on the face and asked Him, saying, “Prophesy! Who is the one who struck You?” 65 And many other things they blasphemously spoke against Him.

Jesus Faces the Sanhedrin

66 As soon as it was day, the elders of the people, both chief priests and scribes, came together and led Him into their council, saying, 67 “If You are the Christ, tell us.”

But He said to them, “If I tell you, you will by no means believe. 68 And if I [k]also ask you, you will by no means answer [l]Me or let Me go. 69 Hereafter the Son of Man will sit on the right hand of the power of God.”

70 Then they all said, “Are You then the Son of God?”

So He said to them, “You rightly say that I am.”

71 And they said, “What further testimony do we need? For we have heard it ourselves from His own mouth.”

Footnotes

  1. Luke 22:7 Sacrificed
  2. Luke 22:14 NU omits twelve
  3. Luke 22:18 NU adds from now on
  4. Luke 22:31 NU omits And the Lord said
  5. Luke 22:37 fulfilled
  6. Luke 22:43 NU brackets vv. 43 and 44 as not in the original text.
  7. Luke 22:57 NU it
  8. Luke 22:60 NU, M a rooster
  9. Luke 22:61 NU adds today
  10. Luke 22:64 NU And having blindfolded Him, they asked Him
  11. Luke 22:68 NU omits also
  12. Luke 22:68 NU omits the rest of v. 68.

 MEMORY VERSE CHALLENGE:

New month and new verse to work on. I hope you were able to memorize last month’s verse, it is a powerful one and this month’s verse is a sword I have had to swing more often than most. It is effective in chasing away the judgmental and critical spirits of this world.

Romans 8:1

“There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.”

STUDY/DEVOTIONAL:

Welcome back! We are picking up back in Luke where we left off. Today begins a new month, and what better way to start a month than with the heart of the gospel message. The punishment for sin, is death. Jesus suffered that death so we can be forgiven of our sins.  When we continue in sin, we forget the suffering of the cross – because if we understood it’s brutality and what we are worthy to endure, but do not have to because HE took it for us, we would not continue in sin so carelessly. It is a powerful word, like dynamite – and a blessed way to start the new month. Chain breaking, deliverance bringing, freedom granting love. And if this is how we are starting the month, praise the Lord for the amazing things that will come this month!

A friend of mine shared a similar prayer of covering with a social media group I am in and I thought I would share this one with all of you. The author is unknown.  And even though it makes today a longer reading day, it is worth it to start the month off with this prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father, I pray this prayer in the power of the Holy Spirit. I enter your presence with thanksgiving in my heart and enter your courts with praise. Holy, Holy, Holy are you Lord! Your kingdom come this month and shake the earth and your will be done as it is done in heaven! Forgive me of all my sins – both the ones I know about and the ones I do not yet know. I repent and desire to be washed in the blood of the Lamb. Help me Lord to forgive those who have harmed me and with that help I declare and decree forgiveness; I forgive them. All glory be to you, Father God, this month.
It is written, I have been granted the authority in the name of Jesus therefore, in the name of Jesus Christ and for the Glory of the Father, I bind, rebuke and bring to no effect: all division, discord, disunity, strife, wrath, murder, criticism, condemnation, pride, envy, jealously, gossip, slander, evil speaking, complaining, lying, false teaching, false gifts, false manifestations, lying signs and wonders, poverty, fear of lack, fear spirits, deceiving spirits, religious spirits, hindering spirits, retaliatory spirits, occult spirits, witchcraft spirits (including Jezebel, Delilah, and Apollyon the Destroyer), spirits of antichrist and all familiar and territorial spirits. I bind all curses that have been spoken against me, known and unknown. I forgive and bless those who curse me, and pray blessings on those who despitefully use me. I bind all spoken judgments made against me, and judgments I have made against others (while I repent and ask forgiveness of such things, known and unknown). I bind the power of negative words from others, and I bind and render useless all prayers not inspired by the Holy Spirit; whether psychic, soul force, witchcraft, or counterfeit tongues that have been prayed against me. I am God’s child. I resist the devil, there for he must flee from me. No weapon formed against me shall prosper. I put on the whole armor of God. I take authority over this day, and this month, in Jesus name. Let it be prosperous for me, and let me walk in your love, Lord. The Holy Spirit leads and guides me this month and fills me with all needed gifting and graces. I discern between the righteous and the wicked, with your help oh Lord. I take authority over Satan and all his demons, and those people who are influenced by them. I declare Satan is under my feet and shall remain there all the days of this month. I am the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. I am God’s property. Satan, you are bound and forbidden from my family, my mind, my body, my home, and my finances. I confess that I am healed and whole, by the power of the Name of Jesus. It is written, that whatsoever I set my hands to do shall prosper for God supplies all my needs. God, I pray for the service You have for me. Anoint me God to do all you have called me to do for You this month. I call forth divine appointments, in the name of Jesus; open doors of opportunity, in the name of Jesus; and God ordained encounters and service positions, in the mighty name of Jesus! I claim a hedge of protection, by the precious name of Jesus, around myself, spouse and children (names), throughout this day and month. I ask You God, in the name of Jesus, to dispatch warring angels to surround me, my spouse, my children, (grandchildren and great-grandchildren,) today and everyday, and to put them throughout my house and around our cars, souls and bodies. Have them fight our battles and to protect my house, which has been given to you, from any intrusion and to protect me and my family from any harmful demonic or other physical or mental attacks. And I
pray that I may not enter into temptation. And that you will be glorified in everything in this month. I ask that man looks at me and see you, Jesus and not me and my flaws.
“God indeed is my savior; I am confident and unafraid. My strength and my courage is the Lord, and He has been my Savior” Isaiah 12:2
In the Name of Jesus we pray – Amen.

I hope you are ready for August. The Lord is about to do a great and mighty thing! All because of a perfect plan where God became man, did great healings and deliverances, and had a final meal, then sacrificed Himself for us. Yes, it is for this reason – the winds and earth are crying out to Him now and we are about to see mighty signs and wonders.

Now the Feast of Unleavened Bread drew near, which is called Passover. And the chief priests and the scribes sought how they might kill Him, for they feared the people.

Then Satan entered Judas, surnamed Iscariot, who was numbered among the twelve. So he went his way and conferred with the chief priests and captains, how he might betray Him to them. And they were glad, and agreed to give him money. So he promised and sought opportunity to betray Him to them in the absence of the multitude.”

Luke sets the scene, like a Shakespearian play.

Then came the Day of Unleavened Bread, when the Passover must be killed. And He sent Peter and John, saying, “Go and prepare the Passover for us, that we may eat.”

Folks we have another “Table”. For those of you who do not read regularly, I like to point out all the table moments in scriptures. Jesus goes to prepare the Bridal feast for us in heaven and we, here on earth prepare the way for his return. It is fitting that He sends himself off at a table – with communion and the command to continue to do this in remembrance of Him. The table is such a rich and thorough prophecy throughout scripture in a symbol.
So many times we read this and get hung up on the sacrificial lamb in Egypt pointing the way to Jesus being our Passover Lamb, that we miss the rich arrow pointing to our goal – our feast in heaven by  which all of this made the way.

So they said to Him, “Where do You want us to prepare?”
10 And He said to them, 
“Behold, when you have entered the city, a man will meet you carrying a pitcher of water; follow him into the house which he enters. 11 Then you shall say to the master of the house, ‘The Teacher says to you, “Where is the guest room where I may eat the Passover with My disciples?” ’ 12 Then he will show you a large, furnished upper room; there make ready.”
13 So they went and found it just as He had said to them, and they prepared the Passover.”

I have to say – Jesus has a lot on his mind at this moment. He has the whole world to save, past, present and future, and yet, he is still interested in the little things, taking care of the details, and giving us good food to eat.

14 When the hour had come, He sat down, and the twelve apostles with Him. 15 Then He said to them, “With fervent desire I have desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer; 16 for I say to you, I will no longer eat of it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.”
17 Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and said, “Take this and divide it among yourselves; 18 for I say to you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.”
19 And He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.”
20 Likewise He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood, which is shed for you.”

So I have been longing to take communion. If you have never taken communion at home, it is an amazing practice to do. I was told this and so I went and got some grape juice and those crackers in the Jewish section of the grocery store. And I prayed up and worshiped, not sure exactly how to do it at home alone with Jesus. I read one of the renditions of communion from the Bible and I broke and ate a piece of cracker and drank a swig of juice and worshiped and praise and anticipated fire, or a fresh wind, or a rain, or something! I expected tingling all over me. Everyone says it is amazing – I expected amazing.
I was quiet discouraged – nothing amazing happened. But I got up the next day and did it again, and again, and again. And I went through all the passages on communion and I came each day with a more contrite heart and in humility. And when I ran out of juice and crackers I stopped.
Then I started to miss it. I looked back on the daily time communing with Jesus and realized it was amazing. It was changing me. It was drawing me closer to him. It was teaching more about this Communion Table and the purpose of the table is to commune with others. So I did it again. And I do not want it to be a ritual, meaningless. I also wanted to buy a special glass, because the Blood of Christ is special and get a fancy plate to honor God – but God is not honored by ritual and fancy. He is more honored when I grab the glass I use most often, the one that serves well. And a humble napkin to carry the cracker. Because what they are IN (cup and plate) are corruptible and will pass away. And so I thought I should buy the fancy Jewish grape juice and I realize I could use water – because what we use is also NOT as important as remember the blood and body of Christ. Remembering His death and resurrection. Taking part in it and the eternal act of doing this in remembrance until he returns with Christians throughout the last 2000 years is what matters.

So, I have purposed in my heart, as I declare victory over August, that I will partake in communion daily, except during fasts.  I have bought the least expensive grape juice and the Jewish crackers.  How about you? Will you join me?  When doing it alone, I find the most important things to remember is to ask forgiveness and forgive others before you partake.

21 But behold, the hand of My betrayer is with Me on the table. 22 And truly the Son of Man goes as it has been determined, but woe to that man by whom He is betrayed!”
23 Then they began to question among themselves, which of them it was who would do this thing.”

Picture this: not me! It can’t be me! Is it me? A rumble of out bursts from the disciples. We know this from combining all accounts. And conversation and we know there were MORE than just the 12 with Jesus. It was possible His mother and the other women who funded His ministry were there. And Possible even Mark, who was still young teen, was there as we saw hint of evidence of this in the gospel of Mark. So the group discussion would have slowly increased I volume as they all spoke.
The conversation changed over to Who would do this, then to obviously not me, then to “well, I am the greatest of all of us”.
Pride is a sticky wicket. And as many times as Jesus addressed that the greatest is the least, and Jesus lead by example washing feet and serving His disciples, they still did not understand. Nor did they understand how late the hour was.

24 Now there was also a dispute among them, as to which of them should be considered the greatest. 25 And He said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them, and those who exercise authority over them are called ‘benefactors.’ 26 But not so among you; on the contrary, he who is greatest among you, let him be as the younger, and he who governs as he who serves. 27 For who is greater, he who sits at the table, or he who serves? Is it not he who sits at the table? Yet I am among you as the One who serves.”

Many in our churches and communities do not understand how late it is. The hour is late. Much too late for pride to lead us astray or distract us. Jesus quickly gains control and brings them back around to what is important now. Do not get distracted. If your brother of sister wants to be the greatest, let them – stay focused. 

“But you are those who have continued with Me in My trials. 29 And I bestow upon you a kingdom, just as My Father bestowed one upon Me, 30 that you may eat and drink at My table in My kingdom, and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.”

Earlier I said that the Table is the goal. And there it is. Those of us who do not get distracted but continue with Him will eat at the Table. We will not be seated as close as those disciples are seated, and the twelve disciples get to sit on thrones and judge the twelve tribes, not us.

31 And the Lord said, “Simon, Simon! Indeed, Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat. 32 But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren.”
33 But he said to Him, “Lord, I am ready to go with You, both to prison and to death.”
34 Then He said, “I tell you, Peter, the rooster shall not crow this day before you will deny three times that you know Me.”

And after a quick rebuke to Peter (aka Simon), Jesus reminds them of their assignment. GO! Go tell others. If we are not sharing Jesus actively than do we even believe? The hour is late, are we distracted by our own pride of “what will they think?” Let’s learn from the disciples and instead of bumbling through it, lets go and do it right!

35 And He said to them, “When I sent you without money bag, knapsack, and sandals, did you lack anything?”
So they said, “Nothing.”
36 Then He said to them, 
“But now, he who has a money bag, let him take it, and likewise a knapsack; and he who has no sword, let him sell his garment and buy one. 37 For I say to you that this which is written must still be accomplished in Me: ‘And He was numbered with the transgressors.’ For the things concerning Me have an end.”
38 So they said, “Lord, look, here are two swords.”
And He said to them, 
“It is enough.”

And even with His teaching they got hung up on the sword. Sometimes I wonder if he was saying two is enough swords or that is enough about this, enough foolery, or even enough lessons? (as that was the end of it)

In other gospels we learn they sang Hymns as they left the feast. They were full and happy and all felt close to each other. They were saddened that Jesus kept speaking of some cryptic thing that they could not fully understand. But they made the most of it. And sang worshiping God on their way to the Garden.

39 Coming out, He went to the Mount of Olives, as He was accustomed, and His disciples also followed Him. 40 When He came to the place, He said to them, “Pray that you may not enter into temptation.”
41 And He was withdrawn from them about a stone’s throw, and He knelt down and prayed, 42 saying, “Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done.” 43 Then an angel appeared to Him from heaven, strengthening Him. 44 And being in agony, He prayed more earnestly. Then His sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground.
45 When He rose up from prayer, and had come to His disciples, He found them sleeping from sorrow. 46 Then He said to them, “Why do you sleep? Rise and pray, lest you enter into temptation.”

Pray that we do not enter into temptation.

Our word count is high. It always is around these passages. So much can be said – but I will leave the rest for Jesus to speak to you. Make sure you read these verses. So much in there. But let us finish this powerful time together with the MOST powerful thing of them all. Who is Jesus?

70 Then they all said, “Are You then the Son of God?”
So He said to them, 
“You rightly say that I am.”
71 And they said, “What further testimony do we need? For we have heard it ourselves from His own mouth.”

Jesus IS the Son of God!

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Thank you for reading in 2022 – a Year of Wisdom and Salvation
May the God of peace keep you and bless you. May you stay focused on Christ and covered in grace.
Maranatha ~ Come Lord Jesus!

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