What Jesus Did! 'Is It Me?' — Luke 22:21-23

Friday, December 4, 2015

Jesus said, "One of you will soon be against me. His hand is by my hand on the table. The Son of Man will do what God has planned. But it will be very bad for that person who gives the Son of Man {to be killed}." Then the apostles asked each other, "Which one of us would do that to Jesus?"
— Luke 22:21-23
Illustration of Luke 22:21-23 — "One of you will soon be against me. His hand is by my hand on the table. The Son of Man will do what God has planned. But it will be very bad for that person who gives the Son of Man {to be killed}."

Key Thought

"Is it me?" That's the basic question that the disciples are asking. It is also the question that we need to be asking when taking the Lord's Supper. "Is it me, Lord? Is it me?" The Supper is a great time for us to take seriously our need for self-examination. Let's be honest about our possible failure in the face of temptation, trial, and persecution. However, rather than anticipating failure or getting stuck in our past failures, let's re-commit to serve the Lord faithfully as we share in the Lord's Supper.

Today's Prayer

Father, I know that I can be weak and vulnerable to temptation and sin. Without your power working in me through your Holy Spirit, I know I cannot withstand the onslaught of the Devil's attacks. Please help me trust fully that your forgiveness frees me to take of the Supper in spite of failings. Strengthen and empower me to live a pure life and honor your Son whose sacrifice has cleansed me and made me whole. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Today's Verses in Context

The time came for them to eat the Passover meal. Jesus and the apostles were together at the table. Jesus said to them, "I wanted very much to eat this Passover meal with you before I die. I will never eat another Passover meal until it is given its true meaning in the kingdom of God." Then Jesus took a cup of wine. He gave thanks to God for it. Then he said, "Take this cup and give it to everyone here. I will never drink wine again until God's kingdom comes." Then Jesus took some bread. He thanked God for the bread and divided it. He gave it to the apostles. Then Jesus said, "This bread is my body that I am giving for you. Eat this to remember me." In the same way, after supper, Jesus took the cup of wine and said, "This wine shows the new agreement {from God to his people}. This new agreement begins with my blood (death) that I am giving for you." Jesus said, "One of you will soon be against me. His hand is by my hand on the table. The Son of Man will do what God has planned. But it will be very bad for that person who gives the Son of Man {to be killed}." Then the apostles asked each other, "Which one of us would do that to Jesus?" Later the apostles began to argue about which one of them was the most important. But Jesus said to them, "The kings of the world rule over their people. Men who have authority over other people make the people call them 'great helpers {of the people}.' But you must not be like that. The greatest person should become like the youngest person! Leaders should be like servants. Who is more important: the person sitting at the table or the person serving him? You think the person sitting at the table is more important. But I am like a servant among you! "You men have stayed with me through many struggles. My Father has given me a kingdom. I also give you authority to rule with me. You will eat and drink at my table in my kingdom. You will sit on thrones and judge the twelve tribes (family groups) of Israel.

Luke 22:14-30

Related Scripture Readings

You want proof that Christ is speaking through me. {My proof is that} Christ is not weak in {punishing} you. But Christ is powerful among you. It is true that Christ was weak when he was killed on the cross. But he lives now by God's power. And it is true that we are weak in Christ. But for you we will be alive in Christ by God's power. Look closely at yourselves. Test yourselves to see if you are {living} in the faith. You know that Christ Jesus is in you. But if you fail the test (are not living in the faith), then Christ is not living in you. But I hope you will see that we have not failed the test.

2 Corinthians 13:3-6

So if a person eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in a way that is not worthy of it, then that person is sinning against the body and the blood of the Lord. Every person should look into his own heart before he eats the bread and drinks the cup. If a person eats {the bread} and drinks {the cup} without recognizing the body, then that person is judged guilty by eating and drinking. That is why many in your group are sick and weak. And many have died. But if we judged ourselves in the right way, then God would not judge us. But when the Lord judges us, he punishes us to show us the right way. He does this so that we will not be condemned with {the other people in} the world.

1 Corinthians 11:27-32

After Jesus said these things, he felt very troubled. Jesus said openly, "I tell you the truth. One of you will be against me." Jesus' followers all looked at each other. They did not understand who the person was that Jesus was talking about. One of the followers was next to Jesus and was leaning close to him. This was the follower that Jesus loved. Simon Peter made signs to this follower to ask Jesus who the person was that he was talking about. That follower leaned closer to Jesus and asked, "Lord, who is it that will be against you?" Jesus answered, "I will dip this bread into the dish. The man I give it to is the man that will turn against me." So Jesus took a piece of bread. He dipped it and gave it to Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon. When Judas took the bread, Satan (the devil) entered him. Jesus said to Judas. "The thing that you will do—do it quickly!" None of the men at the table understood why Jesus said this to Judas. Judas was the one that kept the money box {for the group}. So some of the followers thought that Jesus meant for Judas to go and buy some things they needed for the feast. Or they thought that Jesus wanted Judas to go give something to the poor people. Judas accepted the bread Jesus gave him. Then Judas went out. It was night.

John 13:21-30

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What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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