St Luke 22 Reflections

The Gospel According to St Luke: Luke Chapter Twenty-two: Read here:

https://www.lds.org/scriptures/nt/luke/22?lang=eng

 22 LastSupper

Judas Spoke with the Chief Priests and Captains to arrange Jesus’s Betrayal: Luke 22:1-6:

Now the feast of unleavened bread drew nigh, which is called the Passover.

And the chief priests and scribes sought how they might kill him; for they feared the people.

Then entered Satan into Judas surnamed Iscariot, being of the number of the twelve. And he went his way, and communed with the chief priests and captains, how he might betray him unto them. And they were glad, and covenanted to give him money. And he promised, and sought opportunity to betray him unto them in the absence of the multitude.

Judas joined with those who were laying in wait. He also feared the multitude and was looking for an occasion when Jesus was in a solitary place away from the crowds.

What things do we do in secret which we intend to hide from others?

Peter and John Make Ready the Passover: Luke 22:7-13:

Then came the day of unleavened bread, when the passover must be killed.

And he sent Peter and John, saying,

“Go and prepare us the passover, that we may eat.”

And they said unto him,

“Where wilt thou that we prepare?”

And he said unto them,

“Behold, when ye are entered into the city, there shall a man meet you, bearing a pitcher of water; follow him into the house where he entereth in.

“And ye shall say unto the goodman of the house,

‘The Master saith unto thee, Where is the guestchamber, where I shall eat the passover with my disciples?’

“And he shall shew you a large upper room furnished: there make ready.”

And they went, and found as he had said unto them: and they made ready the passover.

The Last Supper: Luke 2:14-38:

And when the hour was come, he sat down, and the twelve apostles with him. And he said unto them,

“With desire I have desired to eat this passover with you before I suffer: For I say unto you, I will not any more eat thereof, until it be fulfilled which is written in the prophets concerning me. Then I will partake with you, in the kingdom of God” (JST in italics).

Institution of the Sacrament: Luke 22:17-20:

And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and said,

“Take this, and divide it among yourselves: For I say unto you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine, until the kingdom of God shall come.”

And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying,

“This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me.”

Likewise also the cup after supper, saying,

“This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you.”

How important is it for us to participate in the Lord’s Supper? Was the sacrament meant to only be a one-time event with Jesus and His chosen few apostles? Or is this a necessary ordinance for our salvation? I believe that the latter is true.

As we take upon ourselves the body and blood of Christ, we carry His name and are enabled through the Spirit to become more fully His children and His disciples. Not only can we be forgiven of our sins and blessed in our progression; but we can be healed of our pains, our weaknesses, and our sorrows.

Taking upon us the name of Christ through baptism and through the renewal of our covenants found in the Sacrament is an essential part of our development and progression as the body of Christ, both individually and in unity with His other members.

Who Would Betray His Lord? : Luke 22:21-22:

But, behold, the hand of him that betrayeth me is with me on the table. And truly the Son of man goeth, as it was determined: but woe unto that man by whom he is betrayed!”

And they began to inquire among themselves, which of them it was that should do this thing.

It is interesting that they all feared it might be them. Some believe that the apostles had so much respect for each other that they would not have looked to another in judgment, but looked inward first. I like that thought. Do we look inward for what might be amiss in ourselves, or do we look to see faults in others?

Yet it seems that they quickly moved from this thought of who might betray Jesus, to who would be the greatest once He was gone.

The Apostles are Equally Servants of the Lord, and Those who are Faithful Will Be with Him in Judgment: Luke 22:28-30:

And there was also a strife among them, which of them should be accounted the greatest.

And he said unto them,

“The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and they that exercise authority upon them are called benefactors. But ye shall not be so: but he that is greatest among you, let him be as the younger; and he that is chief, as he that doth serve.

“For whether is greater, he that sitteth at meat, or he that serveth? is not he that sitteth at meat? but I am among you as he that serveth.

“Ye are they which have continued with me in my temptations. And I appoint unto you a kingdom, as my Father hath appointed unto me; That ye may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom, and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.”

Jesus’s Warning to Peter: Luke 22:31-32:

And the Lord said,

“Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat”:

Or here is the Joseph Smith Translation, which states:

Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired you, that he may sift the children of the kingdom as wheat.”

But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.”

Satan is aware of our callings and our places within Christ’s church and within the Kingdom of God that is being built up to meet the Lord and the Kingdom of Heaven at His Coming. He will do what he can to divert us from our purposes; knowing full well that if he can, those who look to us or work with us might also be lost. He is trying to thwart our progress.

But the Lord is faithful. He has prayed for us as well as for Peter. If we are watchful and prayerful, and if we become converted, we will be strengthened in His purposes; and then we are called to strengthen each other.

Peter Claims He is Already Devoted: 33-34:

And he said unto him,

“Lord, I am ready to go with thee, both into prison, and to death.”

And he said,

“I tell thee, Peter, the cock shall not crow this day, before that thou shalt thrice deny that thou knowest me.”

This is all we have of this interchange. But we do know that the Lord did not want Peter to follow Him to his death, yet. Peter was needed to remain behind as His witness and to strengthen his brethren and to help Christ’s church grow.

Jesus Warns Apostles that They Will Need to Seek Protection: Luke 22:35-38:

And he said unto them,

“When I sent you without purse, and scrip, and shoes, lacked ye any thing?”

And they said,

“Nothing.”

Then said he unto them,

“But now, he that hath a purse, let him take it, and likewise his scrip: and he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one. For I say unto you, that this that is written must yet be accomplished in me,

‘And he was reckoned among the transgressors: for the things concerning me have an end.’”

And they said,

“Lord, behold, here are two swords.”

And he said unto them,

“It is enough.”

They truly did not understand yet. His mission must be fulfilled in His death and resurrection, but they were called upon to live. Yet after He was gone, their lives would be in peril.

There is a season for peace, and there is a season for war. Although Jesus’s gospel is of peace, it has been the cause of division from before the world began. Satan would try to destroy the Church in its onset, and the apostles were called upon to safeguard it and ensure that their witness would be heard by all nations and people.

Intercessory Prayer: Luke 22:39-46:

And he came out, and went, as he was wont, to the mount of Olives; and his disciples also followed him.

And when he was at the place, he said unto them,

Pray that ye enter not into temptation.”

And he was withdrawn from them about a stone’s cast, and kneeled down, and prayed, Saying,

Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.”

And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him.

And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and he sweat as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground (JST in italics).

And when he rose up from prayer, and was come to his disciples, he found them sleeping for sorrow, And said unto them,

Why sleep ye? rise and pray, lest ye enter into temptation.”

Judas Leads Mob to Betray Jesus: Luke 22:47-53:

And while he yet spake, behold a multitude, and he that was called Judas, one of the twelve, went before them, and drew near unto Jesus to kiss him. But Jesus said unto him,

“Judas, betrayest thou the Son of man with a kiss?”

When they which were about him saw what would follow, they said unto him,

“Lord, shall we smite with the sword?”

And one of them smote the servant of the high priest, and cut off his right ear.

And Jesus answered and said,

“Suffer ye thus far.”

And he touched his ear, and healed him.

Then Jesus said unto the chief priests, and captains of the temple, and the elders, which were come to him,

“Be ye come out, as against a thief, with swords and staves?

“When I was daily with you in the temple, ye stretched forth no hands against me: but this is your hour, and the power of darkness.”

Their works were in the dark. Jesus allowed them this injustice against Him, so that His justice might prevail forever.

Jesus was Taken to High Priest’s House; Peter Followed: Luke 22:54-62:

Then took they him, and led him, and brought him into the high priest’s house. And Peter followed afar off.

And when they had kindled a fire in the midst of the hall, and were set down together, Peter sat down among them. But a certain maid beheld him as he sat by the fire, and earnestly looked upon him, and said,

“This man was also with him.”

And he denied him, saying,

“Woman, I know him not.”

And after a little while another saw him, and said,

“Thou art also of them.”

And Peter said,

“Man, I am not.”

And about the space of one hour after another confidently affirmed, saying,

“Of a truth this fellow also was with him: for he is a Galilæan.”

And Peter said,

“Man, I know not what thou sayest.”

And immediately, while he yet spake, the cock crew.

And the Lord turned, and looked upon Peter. And Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how he had said unto him,

“Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice.”

And Peter went out, and wept bitterly.

While Peter had the courage to physically follow Jesus, he still needed to develop the courage to stand as His witness. This would be developed along with The Gift of the Holy Ghost and the bearing of his priesthood responsibility and his testimony.

Like Peter, we were all sent to earth away from the immediate presence of the Lord. It is without full vision and the immediate association that we of necessity are required to develop our faith in Him and to rely upon the Spirit of the Holy Ghost which He promised to send to all His faithful believers.

Jesus was Shamefully Treated: Luke 22; 63-65:

And the men that held Jesus mocked him, and smote him.

And when they had blindfolded him, they struck him on the face, and asked him, saying,

“Prophesy, who is it that smote thee?”

And many other things blasphemously spake they against him.

Art Thou the Christ? : Luke 22:66-71:

And as soon as it was day, the elders of the people and the chief priests and the scribes came together, and led him into their council, saying,

“Art thou the Christ? tell us.”

And he said unto them,

“If I tell you, ye will not believe: And if I also ask you, ye will not answer me, nor let me go.

“Hereafter shall the Son of man sit on the right hand of the power of God.”

Then said they all,

“Art thou then the Son of God?”

And he said unto them,

“Ye say that I am.”

And they said,

“What need we any further witness? for we ourselves have heard of his own mouth.”

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