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Luke 22:1-38 – The Last Supper

Satan entered Judas Iscariot but not to restrict his use of his body or mind as usually occurred when people had an unclean spirit afflict them. Satan entered Judas to empower Judas to do the act of betrayal that Judas had already determined in his own heart. It seems incredible that Judas with so much privilege agreed to hand Jesus over for money – and not much money at that.

The night before Passover Jesus requisition’s a house for his use exercising the prerogative of an ancient king – as he had done with the donkey. Everything about the arranging of the Passover meal seems to suggest Jesus’ foreknowledge and directing all things to a divine end.

In the context of the Passover meal Jesus ordains what we call the Lord’s Table. Bread is taken in his hands – he is the host. Thanksgiving is given to God who provides bread/Bread for life. The bread representing his body is broken and given to the disciples for their strengthening as they will in the future continue to remember him. The cup represents blood/life that is poured out. A life is given in order to make a new covenant between God and former sinners.

Jesus prophesies woe to the man at the table who will betray him. Unsurprisingly as the disciples begin to discuss who might be the betrayer, they begin to rank themselves as to who is the greatest. The thinking is all wrong. Jesus uses his own example as one who serves to highlight what he has already taught on multiple occasions. Clearly the disciples still do not understand – they seem to remain blind and deaf.

The graciousness of the Lord Jesus is that he credits the disciples as being in union with himself – You are those who have stayed with me in my trials and I assign to you, as my Father assigned to me, a kingdom, that you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom. They are wrong in their thinking at the feast of Passover, but Jesus credits their union with him as a surety of their future table fellowship, eating and drinking, in the kingdom.

Finally, Jesus predicts Peter’s threefold denial. Jesus says, “Simon, Simon, behold, Satan demanded to have you, that he might sift you like wheat, but I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail.” What prevents Peter from being lost in his unfaithfulness as Judas will be lost in his? The only difference is that Jesus has prayed for Peter – that Satan might not have him, and that Peter’s faith might not fail – and that makes all the difference for Peter and for us!