Bible study ‘Gospel of Luke’ – Chapter 22
Before reading this blog/Bible study, please start your time with first praying to God and allow the Holy Spirit to work in you and through this Bible study. Ask God to give you insight and knowledge to understand the secrets and treasures He has stored for us in this chapter of the Bible. Also I ask to read (even more then one time) the chapter first before proceeding with reading this Bible study. God knows what you need to learn, not me .. I just write what I receive from the Holy Spirit.
Dear brothers and sisters,
Today we will be talking about Chapter 22 of the Gospel of Luke. Welcome to this new Bible study serie in which we will undergo a journey through the Gospel of Luke.
This chapter tells the following stories:
- Judas agrees to betray Jesus
- The last supper
- Jesus prays on the Mount of Olives
- Jesus arrested
- Peter disowns Jesus
- The guards mock Jesus
- Jesus before Pilate and Herod
Judas agrees to betray Jesus
This story shows how important it is to be led by the Holy Spirit and to stay close with God. Don’t let anything come into your heart that is against Jesus. With Judas (that was the “accountant” for Jesus) he more and more was interested in money, than in doing good according to Gods word. Of everything the lust for money is the most destructive in your relationship with God. Money is not evil, but the lust for money is, because than you are putting it higher than God.
This lust for money gave the devil an opportunity to enter Judas his heart. This shows that God created us without evil, but that on earth it can enter us. Keep your heart close to God!
For the Pharisees this was an excellent chance to get Jesus to eventually kill Him. See how the devil used one of Jesus’ his close friends to betray Him. Never think that because someone is close to you, that he will always do what is best for you. Therefore, put your trust first and foremost on God and not on men!
The last supper
The day of Unleavened bread came (on which the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed (in the Bible eating unleavened bread is to commemorate the original Exodus from Egypt). On this day Jesus sent Peter and John to make preparation for them to eat at Passover. They wanted to know where to prepare it and Jesus gave them explicit instructions (the more you grow in your faith you will see that God will always give us explicit instructions for our life, we only need to be open to receive them and obey God by following His instructions and you will see that blessings will come in your life). Jesus told them that in the city they will find a man carrying a jar of water. They were ordered to follow this man to his home. They needed to ask the owner of this house if they could use the guest room, to eat the Passover meal.
And as instructed it indeed went. See how powerful Gods directions are. They are clear and without error, so learn not listen to Gods instructions for your life!
When they were finally sitting at the table for the Passover dinner, Jesus told them that it was very important to eat this meal with them before His suffering. Jesus knew from the beginning that He was to suffer and now was the time to inform His disciples. He told them that He would not eat and drink before it finds fulfillment in the Kingdom of God. He gave His disciples wine and bread. The wine was used as the new covenant in my blood, which is poured for us. (Jesus’ blood) and the bread His body which is given for us. At this moment He tells them that the one that betrays Him is at the table and that the one that betrays Him will get a severe punishment. This should have been the moment for Judas to repent as Jesus clearly told Him that He knew of what He had done. Unfortunately, the heart of Juda only hardened.
At this moment the disciples were discussing which of them was to be considered the greatest. This shows a flaw in our human nature. Jesus tells us of His coming suffering and they were more interested to know which of them was the most important. Never make yourself more important, than God!
At this moment tells them that the one that serves is the greatest. This shows how important for God that we have a serving heart and not an arrogant heart. If you want to pleasure God, than have a serving heart!
Here we see Peter stating that he will give his life to protect Jesus, but Jesus tells him that he will deny Jesus 3 times before the new day will start. How devastating this must have been for Peter to hear. He really thinks that he will stay strong, but he indeed did betray Jesus 3 times that night. This shows that we need to be very close to God and led by the Holy Spirit to stay strong in our faith, even if it means that we will also be persecuted. Don’t trust on your own strength, but on Gods strength to be able to withstand this pressure!
Jesus prays on the Mount of Olives
Although this is the first time we read it, this story tells us that Jesus went to the Mount of Olives regularly to pray. This shows that it is important that we have a specified place where we go to in silence to spent time with God and to have a time of prayer and worship with Him.
Jesus tells the disciples to stray strong and not to fall into sleep. In our faith we also need to be continuously strong to not fall asleep in our faith. It is so easy to let our busy lives influence our faith. Don’t allow this to happen by following the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
While praying this shows that Jesus was also a man (besides the fact that He is the Son of God) and He asked God to please take this cup away from Him and not to let Him suffer. But He also made it know that although He did not want to suffer, that He would follow Gods will and not His own will. We also should choose God’s will over our own will.
When He came back to the disciples, they were asleep. He told them to wake up and not to fall in temptation.
At this moment (while He was talking to His disciples) a crowd came up and Judas was amongst them and Judas walked to Jesus to kiss Him. Jesus immediately asked Him why He was betraying Him by a kiss. See, how Jesus/God knows everything. Never think that you can hide anything from God, because He is all-knowing.
When the disciples saw what was happening they immediately wanted to defend Him with force (by swords) and of them actually cut of the ear from a guard. Jesus however showed that He did not come to free the people of God by force. And he ordered the disciples to stop and restored the ear from this guard. This healing should have been a very powerful reason for this crowd to repent, but not even this miracle was enough to soften their hearts.
Jesus also show that the Pharisees were acting wrongfully, because why so much force, while He was continuously in their midst in the Temple, were they could have arrested Him easily. But wicked people will always do bad things in the dark.
Peter disowns Jesus
Jesus was led away by the high priests and they took Him to the house of the high priest and only Peter followed at a distance. Here we see that although He came close to the place where Jesus was taken, that He indeed betrayed Jesus three times that night. This shows that we need to be very strong in our faith not to betray Jesus. Never think that you are strong enough on your own strength, you need the Holy Spirit for this!
After the rooster crowed three times, Peter realized what He had done and wept. This shows that afterwards He was aware of his sin and he was genuinely sorry for what He did. Always have a heart that is willing to repent its sin. This will help you to come to God and ask for forgiveness.
The guards mock Jesus
This part of the story always hurts me so much, as it is terrible to see how the Son of God is being mocked and severally beaten! See how people can bring you down even further, in your time of suffering. This shows that we should not rely on people, but first and foremost on God. Because even when people turn against you, then you can find strength in the love of God!
Jesus before Pilate and Herod
Now He stands before the high priest to get a confession out of Him. But Jesus tells Him that they will not believe what He will say. He told them that from now on the son of God will be seated at the right side of God. Instead of understanding that Jesus was to go to Heaven to be with His father, they were only asked Him if He is to Son of God. And after His answer they had enough reason (consider that every reason was enough for them) that He gave His testimony the needed to let Him die. How horrible how man can order the death of the Son of God!
God bless you all! Amen!