Daily Bible Reading (Monday, April 3rd)7
Luke 22 (ESV)
The Plot to Kill Jesus
Now the Feast of Unleavened Bread drew near, which is called the Passover. 2 And the chief priests and the scribes were seeking how to put him to death, for they feared the people.
Judas to Betray Jesus
3 Then Satan entered into Judas called Iscariot, who was of the number of the twelve. 4 He went away and conferred with the chief priests and officers how he might betray him to them. 5 And they were glad, and agreed to give him money. 6 So he consented and sought an opportunity to betray him to them in the absence of a crowd.
The Passover with the Disciples
7 Then came the day of Unleavened Bread, on which the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed. 8 So Jesus[a] sent Peter and John, saying, “Go and prepare the Passover for us, that we may eat it.” 9 They said to him, “Where will you have us prepare it?” 10 He said to them, “Behold, when you have entered the city, a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him into the house that he enters 11 and tell 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 And he will show you a large upper room furnished; prepare it there.” 13 And they went and found it just as he had told them, and they prepared the Passover.
Institution of the Lord's Supper
14 And when the hour came, he reclined at table, and the apostles with him. 15 And he said to them, “I have earnestly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. 16 For I tell you I will not eat it[b] until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.” 17 And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he said, “Take this, and divide it among yourselves. 18 For I tell you that from now on I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.” 19 And he took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” 20 And likewise the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood.[c] 21 But behold, the hand of him who betrays me is with me on the table. 22 For the Son of Man goes as it has been determined, but woe to that man by whom he is betrayed!” 23 And they began to question one another, which of them it could be who was going to do this.
Who Is the Greatest?
24 A dispute also arose among them, as to which of them was to be regarded as the greatest. 25 And he said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them, and those in authority over them are called benefactors. 26 But not so with you. Rather, let the greatest among you become as the youngest, and the leader as one who serves. 27 For who is the greater, one who reclines at table or one who serves? Is it not the one who reclines at table? But I am among you as the one who serves.
28 “You are those who have stayed with me in my trials, 29 and I assign to you, as my Father assigned to me, a kingdom, 30 that you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
Jesus Foretells Peter's Denial
31 “Simon, Simon, behold, Satan demanded to have you,[d] that he might sift you like wheat, 32 but I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned again, strengthen your brothers.” 33 Peter[e] said to him, “Lord, I am ready to go with you both to prison and to death.” 34 Jesus[f] said, “I tell you, Peter, the rooster will not crow this day, until you deny three times that you know me.”
Scripture Must Be Fulfilled in Jesus
35 And he said to them, “When I sent you out with no moneybag or knapsack or sandals, did you lack anything?” They said, “Nothing.” 36 He said to them, “But now let the one who has a moneybag take it, and likewise a knapsack. And let the one who has no sword sell his cloak and buy one. 37 For I tell you that this Scripture must be fulfilled in me: ‘And he was numbered with the transgressors.’ For what is written about me has its fulfillment.” 38 And they said, “Look, Lord, here are two swords.” And he said to them, “It is enough.”
Jesus Prays on the Mount of Olives
39 And he came out and went, as was his custom, to the Mount of Olives, and the disciples followed him. 40 And when he came to the place, he said to them, “Pray that you may not enter into temptation.” 41 And he withdrew from them about a stone's throw, and knelt down and prayed, 42 saying, “Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done.” 43 And there appeared to him an angel from heaven, strengthening him. 44 And being in agony he prayed more earnestly; and his sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground.[g] 45 And when he rose from prayer, he came to the disciples and found them sleeping for sorrow, 46 and he said to them, “Why are you sleeping? Rise and pray that you may not enter into temptation.”
Betrayal and Arrest of Jesus
47 While he was still speaking, there came a crowd, and the man called Judas, one of the twelve, was leading them. He drew near to Jesus to kiss him, 48 but Jesus said to him, “Judas, would you betray the Son of Man with a kiss?” 49 And when those who were around him saw what would follow, they said, “Lord, shall we strike with the sword?” 50 And one of them struck the servant[h] of the high priest and cut off his right ear. 51 But Jesus said, “No more of this!” And he touched his ear and healed him. 52 Then Jesus said to the chief priests and officers of the temple and elders, who had come out against him, “Have you come out as against a robber, with swords and clubs? 53 When I was with you day after day in the temple, you did not lay hands on me. But this is your hour, and the power of darkness.”
Peter Denies Jesus
54 Then they seized him and led him away, bringing him into the high priest's house, and Peter was following at a distance. 55 And when they had kindled a fire in the middle of the courtyard and sat down together, Peter sat down among them. 56 Then a servant girl, seeing him as he sat in the light and looking closely at him, said, “This man also was with him.” 57 But he denied it, saying, “Woman, I do not know him.” 58 And a little later someone else saw him and said, “You also are one of them.” But Peter said, “Man, I am not.” 59 And after an interval of about an hour still another insisted, saying, “Certainly this man also was with him, for he too is a Galilean.” 60 But Peter said, “Man, I do not know what you are talking about.” And immediately, while he was still speaking, the rooster crowed. 61 And the Lord turned and looked at Peter. And Peter remembered the saying of the Lord, how he had said to him, “Before the rooster crows today, you will deny me three times.” 62 And he went out and wept bitterly.
Jesus Is Mocked
63 Now the men who were holding Jesus in custody were mocking him as they beat him. 64 They also blindfolded him and kept asking him, “Prophesy! Who is it that struck you?” 65 And they said many other things against him, blaspheming him.
Jesus Before the Council
66 When day came, the assembly of the elders of the people gathered together, both chief priests and scribes. And they led him away to their council, and they said, 67 “If you are the Christ, tell us.” But he said to them, “If I tell you, you will not believe, 68 and if I ask you, you will not answer. 69 But from now on the Son of Man shall be seated at the right hand of the power of God.” 70 So they all said, “Are you the Son of God, then?” And he said to them, “You say that I am.” 71 Then they said, “What further testimony do we need? We have heard it ourselves from his own lips.”
a. Luke 22:8 Greek he
b. Luke 22:16 Some manuscripts never eat it again
c. Luke 22:20 Some manuscripts omit, in whole or in part, verses 19b-20 (which is given… in my blood)
d. Luke 22:31 The Greek word for you (twice in this verse) is plural; in verse 32, all four instances are singular
e. Luke 22:33 Greek He
f. Luke 22:34 Greek He
g. Luke 22:44 Some manuscripts omit verses 43 and 44
h. Luke 22:50 Or bondservant
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NancyVarga Krzywonski Apr 3, 2017 @ 10:23 pm
However grateful I am for the awful things Jesus suffered, I still feel sorrow and know that I am unworthy. Thank You Lord God Almighty, thank You Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.
Tony Ayala Apr 3, 2017 @ 3:30 pm
It is difficult to imagine the amount of pain and suffering our Lord went through for us even before he was crucified. I can visualize His despair as He knelt to the ground and prays, every fiber of His being tense and waiting for the moment of His arrest to arrive and the moment to drink the cup of God’s wrath.
“And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross!
Oh! How often I have to exhort myself to be obedient to the word of God and how often as a sinner I fall short to the glory of God.
Liz Offer Apr 3, 2017 @ 2:18 pm
I usually read from my J Mac study bible and the header to verse 35 says, "Christ Predicts Coming Conflict." Of course Jesus knew what was coming. He was preparing his apostles to be ready
physically and spiritually. How I need to always pray and to be wise in this world and carry pepper spray.
Janet McConnell Apr 3, 2017 @ 11:08 am
What is the significance of the swords that Jesus tells them to carry?
Many skeptics say that Jesus never claimed to be God. But in verse 70 in the NASB, He very clearly states that He is the Son of God ("Yes, I am"). Is there a definite connection between the term "Son of God", and Jesus proclaiming His deity when looking at the original language? I'm not challenging His statement, I'd just like to be equipped to give an intelligent answer to the naysayers.
Josiah Lowe Apr 3, 2017 @ 8:29 am
Jesus was so patient with the disciples and their numerous displays of weakness. It is easy to read about these instances and scoff at the disciples for their "blindness and deafness." But when I look at myself and see my many weaknesses and failures, I see that I am no different from the disciples. In fact I am worse, because I can see the big picture and I have the whole Bible to look at for guidance. Knowing and seeing all of these truths, I still continually give into my flesh and sin against my Savior. What a wretched human being that I am! Praise Jesus Christ for giving me salvation and for patiently guiding me towards righteousness!
Tim Paulding Apr 3, 2017 @ 7:44 am
V22 illustrates God's sovereignty and man's responsibility. (I wonder if Judas believed he was placing himself on the "right side of history"?) One way or another, wittingly or unwittingly, we play into God's sovereignty. How gracious of God to allow those who are Christ's to play a role which positively contributes to His kingdom. So help us, Lord.
Bruce Blakey Apr 3, 2017 @ 7:17 am
In the midst of the faithfulness of our Savior we see the weakness of man and I am reminded of my own weaknesses. The disciples argued over who was the greatest. The disciples failed to pray. Peter denied Jesus three times. I need to learn from their failures and the Lord's correction. I need to stay humble and be willing to serve - just like my Lord. I need to pray or I can enter into all kinds of temptations. I need to be faithful to my Lord and speak up for Him and not just seek my own protection. I am thankful for a Savior who intercedes for me and who is faithful in every way!