Grace Bible Church
Robert R. McLaughlin
Thursday January 14, 2020
Pastor Rick Kabrick
Luke CH 22. A detailed Study of the Gospel. The Trials Lead Jesus to the Cross. Pastor Rick Kabrick
MAT 5:17, “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.”
We see Jesus is the rock (1PE 2:4-5) HE is the living water (JOH 4:10)
HE is the bread of life (JOH 6:31-35).
As the Israelites wandered through the wilderness and entered the Promised Land. So we also are sojourners in a foreign land here on earth as we press on toward our eternal home with Christ.
Israel was a slave to Egypt =
We are a slave to sin.
Egypt = the world, the bondage we are under.
Pharoah = a picture of Satan who wants to keep us in slavery.
Of course the Lamb = The Lamb of GOD th LORD Jesus Christ.
How could HE eat the Passover meal and be the Passover Sacrifice on the Cross and off the Cross before the Passover began?
Well, the key to this originates in the phrase a man carrying a pitcher of water.
The Essenes had a different calendar, point is the Passover on their calendar was different that than Orthodox Jews and that year it was one day earlier. So our LORD didn’t violate anything. The theories were many.
EXO 6:6-7, “Therefore, say to the Israelites: ‘I am the Lord, and I will bring you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians. I will free you from being slaves to them, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with mighty acts of judgment. I will take you as my own people, and I will be your God. Then you will know that I am the Lord your God, who brought you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians.”
PSA 41:9, Even my own familiar friend in whom I trusted, Who ate my bread, Has lifted up his heel against me.
I love how the Disciples were one minute discussing who it was that would betray HIM and the next they were discussing who was the greatest among them.
So, the LORD told them they all were involved in the greatest event the greatest story ever told. And so are we, and the LORD told them HE was one who has the kingdom and they and we are all a part of it.
Demanded: to ask that one be given over from the power of one to another, for good or bad, here for bad to afflict Peter.
Jesus was aware of the spiritual battle going on all around HIM. Peter and the others probably were not. Satan wanted to completely crush and defeat Peter.
In the Christian life, we may falter, but we must never fail. If we have denied Jesus in some way, then we must return to HIM immediately.
Peter merely fell victim to his emotions. And remember emotions cannot think. He looked to how he felt at the moment, and at the moment he felt pretty brave.
Relying on how you feel at the moment is not a stable foundation to have. Peter felt brave at the moment, he said he would die for the LORD and I believe at that moment he would have. Later however he would let a little servant girl throw him into denial.
Christ warned the disciples that their responsibilities would be increased, their journeys lengthened, the dangers greater, and the physical costs higher.
GOD would still be with them, but they would begin to be more aware of their physical circumstances and have to trust in GOD to an even greater degree.
Now the scene shifts to the Garden of Gethsemane (Gath means a press, shah mane means oil from an olive the place where oil is pressed from the olive, at the Mt of Olives)
42, “Father, if You are willing, remove this cup from Me; yet not My will, but Yours be done.”
HE willingly went to the Cross and laid down HIS life for all.
In the Old Testament, a cup is a powerful picture of the wrath and judgment of GOD.
Jesus drank the cup of the Father’s fury, so we would not have to drink it. Taking this cup was the source of our LORD’s greatest agony on the Cross. We instead get to drink the cup of redemption rather then the cup of Judgement.
In response to Jesus’ prayer, the Father did not take the cup from Jesus. But HE did strengthen Jesus by Angelic messengers to be able to take – and drink – the cup.
These Disciples were followers of Jesus, they had been with HIM, seen the miracles, heard the parables, learned at HIS feet. And now they were about to enter into a trial, well that they could not have imagined. Jesus encouraged them to do this for their own sake, thinking of them and their good.
It is interesting that they asked the LORD about fighting but didn’t wait for HIS answer. They instead or at least Peter didn’t wait…
When Peter used the sword he could only cut off ears; but using the power of the Word of GOD the Sword of the Spirit can pierce hearts for GOD’s glory.
HE did not put up a fight because now was the time for Jesus to do to Him what they wanted to do all along – to arrest and kill HIM. By all outward appearance it would seem to be their hour, not Jesus’.
Well, quite a scene for Peter. HE was watching and just a few hours before he willing to die for the LORD by fighting the soldiers which would not have been good. Now with the accusation of a little servant girl he begins his denials…
Peter denied Jesus in at three specific ways. First, Peter denied even knowing Jesus (Woman, I do not know Him), then he denied being a follower of Jesus (Man, I am not), finally he denied that he was even from Galilee (Man, I do not know what you are saying!).