Devotional – Luke 22:35-38

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 [a]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.”

Luke 22:35-38

Jesus knows the road ahead for His disciples will be treacherous and challenging as they will be seen as transgressors.  Where previously He sent them out with the clothes on their back, here he commands them to be prepared with money, supplies, and swords.  

I don’t see Christ suggesting the weapons for offense, but possibly defense here, or even as tools for trade.  Nobody was going to overthrow Rome or retake Jerusalem with a pair of swords, only the word of God could do that.  Swords would be of no use, as evidenced by Peter’s actions in the garden of Gethsemane shortly after this section of scripture.

“…the things concerning Me have an end.”  Even now as He prepares His disciples, the reality of what is in motion still evades them.

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Devotional – Luke 22:31-34

31 [a]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.”

Luke 22:31-34

Jesus predicts Peter’s denial.  I do not read any anger or disappointment here from Jesus, although both could have been normal reactions, Jesus is God.  Note that Jesus corrects Peter by calling him Simon.  If Peter was the rock upon which Christ would build His church, Simon was the flawed man, still subject to worldly fear and sin, and this was who Jesus addressed.  

He quickly corrected the boldness and pride Peter displayed with the truth of things to come.  To show compassion towards Peter who failed to stand with Jesus during His final trial shows just how great and loving He truly is.

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Devotional – Luke 22:24-30

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.”

Luke 22:24-30

The disciples argue about greatness.  The disciples stumbled into worldliness and pride again, behaving less like devout followers of Christ and more like the unsaved.   Jesus quickly took them to task, and reminded them that even He came to serve as they have served Him through His many trials.  

They are all seated at the same table here, both servants and served – and while all will eventually drink from the same cup, this last trial Jesus would be undertaking alone.

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Devotional – Luke 22:14-23

14 When the hour had come, He sat down, and the [a]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, [b]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.

Luke 22:14-23

Jesus institutes the Lord’s supper.  Also known as the last supper, this would be the last time Jesus ate with His disciples before He was betrayed and crucified.  He says plainly that this is the last time He would eat or drink until the kingdom of God comes.  

The cup represented His blood, shed for all, while the bread represented His body, broken for all.  It is not made clear in this section if even now anyone but Christ and possibly Judas knew what was coming, despite very clear statements about it from Jesus Himself.  He even called out His betrayer, not by name, and said “woe to him.”  Jesus grieved for Judas.

While Christ’s separation from God would be temporary, Judas’s separation would be forever.

Jesus knew what was coming for Him, and He certainly understood what was coming for Judas, an eternity separated from God.  Judas had every opportunity to change his path, even after the betrayal he could have repented, but he did not.  

The disciples, as they did, argued amongst themselves over who would betray Jesus instead of focusing on the living God seated before them.

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Devotional – Luke 22:7-13

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.

Luke 22:7-13

Jesus and His disciples prepare the Passover.  This is a good lesson in obedience and trusting all things in the Lord.  Jesus sends Peter and John into the city with a very specific task.  As he laid out finding the colt for His entry into Jerusalem, here He lays out precisely what Peter and John had to do.  

I don’t see anyone questioning here, they simply obey the Lord and the events transpire exactly how He had planned.

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Devotional – Luke 22:1-6

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.

Luke 22:1-6

The plot to kill Jesus.  As the Passover approaches, the Sanhedrin sought to have Christ killed but could not be seen publicly as having a hand in it.  They feared an uprising at the hand of the people who welcomed Him into Jerusalem and followed Him.  They had to pin the entire thing on Rome.

Enter Satan who found a foothold in the heart of Judas Iscariot.  Among other things, Judas is a cautionary tale to those who seek and obtain power in the church.  Nobody is safe from Satan or his influence, anyone can fall.  The closer we get to Jesus the greater the threat we are to the enemy.  For the cost of a slave, 30 pieces of silver, Judas provided a way to turn Christ over.

The Sanhedrin would persist… not much longer, and Rome could be blamed for all of it.

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Devotional – Luke 21:34-38

34 “But take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts be weighed down with [a]carousing, drunkenness, and cares of this life, and that Day come on you unexpectedly. 35 For it will come as a snare on all those who dwell on the face of the whole earth. 36 Watch therefore, and pray always that you may [b]be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.”

37 And in the daytime He was teaching in the temple, but at night He went out and stayed on the mountain called Olivet. 38 Then early in the morning all the people came to Him in the temple to hear Him.

Luke 21:34-38

The importance of watching.  Jesus closes out this chapter, further reinforcing the need to pay attention.  Not only must we ensure we are not distracted by the things of this world, but also we must pray that we are worthy to escape it.  We must heed ourselves and our relationship with God.  Any time I see tragedy or sin in this world, I see an opportunity to pray and take stock of my walk with Christ. 

I need to confirm where I stand with Him because at a moment’s notice I could find myself standing before Him.  I can only imagine the prayers He said each night atop Mount Olivet as He recovered from a day of teaching while preparing for the next, knowing full well what was coming.  Was He taking stock of where He stood with the Father?  Sinless, blameless, with a cup only He could drink from?  He was worthy and endured so much for our sake. 

Praise Jesus!

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Devotional – Luke 21:29-33

29 Then He spoke to them a parable: “Look at the fig tree, and all the trees. 30 When they are already budding, you see and know for yourselves that summer is now near. 31 So you also, when you see these things happening, know that the kingdom of God is near. 32 Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all things take place. 33 Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.

Luke 21:29-33

The parable of the fig tree.  Jesus likens the signs of His return to the signs of summer indicated by the budding of a fig tree.  Seeing these signs and knowing what they are should be clear indicators of what is to come next.  Those who believe, know.  The choice of a fig tree is also used as a symbol of the nation of Israel here, budding with life and growing with further signs of the Lord’s eventual return. 

The signs will endure until summer comes and the figs grow just as the signs of eventual Revelation will continue in Israel (and our world) until the Kingdom is upon us at the end of the age.  He ends with one final contrast, how the heaven and earth will pass away (to make way for the new heaven and new earth of Revelation 21), but that His Word is eternal, as it was in the beginning and ever shall be.

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Devotional – Luke 21:20-24

20 “But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then know that its desolation is near. 21 Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, let those who are in the midst of her depart, and let not those who are in the country enter her. 22 For these are the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled. 23 But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days! For there will be great distress in the land and wrath upon this people. 24 And they will fall by the edge of the sword, and be led away captive into all nations. And Jerusalem will be trampled by Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.

Luke 21:20-24

The destruction of Jerusalem.  Here Jesus foretells not the great tribulation at the end of the age, but the siege and destruction of Jerusalem in 70AD by the Romans, roughly 40 years later.  He warns all to flee the vengeance as prophecy is fulfilled.  The nation would disperse as Jerusalem is trampled by Gentiles. 

That situation would persist for nearly another 1900 years until Israel was declared a nation on May 14, 1948.

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The Chosen Season 4

We just finished season 4 of The Chosen. After the long delay due to legal issues (apparently the series and Angel Studios have parted ways) my Blu-Ray was delivered within days. The story starts with the execution of John the Baptist. Some artistic license is obviously used throughout the series and for the most part it has never really bothered me.

I know it’s a TV show. I also know that the reason I’m currently diving through Luke and studying it verse by verse every day is because of a scene from the trailer quoting Luke 11:40 was completely foreign to me. It’s been my opinion that despite its flaws, if this show gets people to pick up an actual bible and turn to God – I fully support it.

Like Paul said in his letter to the Philippians, (I am paraphrasing here, forgive me) whether in pretense or truth, if Christ is being preached, rejoice! Christ is most definitely being preached in this series. Now while I realize that some folks are going episode to episode as they’re released, I watched the whole thing and am just making a few observations.

If you’ve read the Bible, the only spoilers here are what is done via artistic license.

Characters not in the Bible die. Other characters who have a passing presence in certain chapters are woven into the series (Gaius, who becomes Praetor after Rema is killed by Quintus) in a wonderful way…

The centurion answered and said, “Lord, I am not worthy that You should come under my roof. But only speak a word, and my servant will be healed. For I also am a man under authority, having soldiers under me. And I say to this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes; and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.

10 When Jesus heard it, He marveled, and said to those who followed, “Assuredly, I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel!

Matthew 8:8-10

In the Bible, that centurion played a significant but un-explored role in Matthew 8. In the show, it’s a character that I think has been around since season 1 and was very well written. The interactions with Peter (Simon), Matthew, and most importantly Jesus were exceptionally well done. A very good character ark explored.

But there’s a flip side to what started as scripture and got interwoven with some artistic license. Thomas. This entire storyline is woven together (perhaps in a way to explain WHY he doubts) but is completely awkward and un-necessary. The previous season invented a storyline with Peter (Simon’s) wife having a miscarriage. It worked.

This side-quest with Thomas just fell flat IMHO. Bad writing. Most of what they’ve done works well, and does not alter the message from what I’ve seen. Again, I realize it’s a TV show, there’s no risk of me idolizing the actors (I did see someone get a Johnathan Roumie tattoo and rolled my eyes, hard, before praying for them.

They did a good job on Judas though. Forgive me but he looks like a weasel.

One thing I would like to see here, and this is due to similar being done in a series of comic books I’ve read via Kingstone Comics (Job was excellent, I need to buy the rest) is that every page references the specific scripture that is the basis for it. I think that would be a great addition to the show… During the stoning scene, they could have had “John 20” on screen.

If I had to guess, that Thomas storyline may get dragged out to the point he witnesses the resurrected Jesus, but I really hope they don’t… It was a bucket of ice-water on otherwise wonderful moments.

Oh, and stick around after the last episode for a blooper reel that had me rolling.

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