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Luke 22

Luke 22 has the religious leaders stirred up and ready to take Jesus us.  “The chief priests and the scribes were seeking how to put him to death, for they feared the people”.  He’s disrupted things enough, and they are ready to end it.  This happens at the same time as the Passover, when Jesus is going to Jerusalem to be with His disciples.  He sends some on ahead to prepare a place, and then “when the hour came, he reclined at table, and the apostles with him”.  Jesus spends one last evening with the Twelve, and as He does, He tells them that someone in the room would betray Him.

They began to question one another, which of them it could be who was going to do this”.  It doesn’t seem possible, that one of the 12 that has lived with Christ the last three years would now betray Him.  So they argued about it for a bit but quickly lost themselves in a discussion about who was most important.  Isn’t it amazing how quickly we get fcosued on self rather than the things that matter.  “A dispute also arose among them, as to which of them was to be regarded as the greatest”.  The disciples were worried about positioning themselves, not serving their Master.

Jesus uses the time to talk about what it means to truly be a leader.  “The leader as one who serves….I am among you as the one who serves”.  Servant leadership isn’t a discovery of the 20th or 21st century – Jesus painted that picture over 2000 years ago.  Real leadership is about serving those who are with you.  Jesus not only taught that lesson, He modeled what it looked like.  He washed the feet of His disciples and served them the bread and the cup.  Are you a servant leader?  You don’t need any more than a Bible and Jesus to find out what that truly means.

Jesus prays to God about what lies ahead.  “Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me.  Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done”.  He didn’t have to go to the cross.  He could have told God no.  But Jesus was tuned in to the Father.  He wants to do the Father’s will.  Jesus chose to go willingly to the Cross to pay the price for your sin and mine.  Peter had told Jesus there was no way he would deny his Lord.  But when he was sitting in the area where Jesus had been taken, three times he was confronted about being a Christ Follower.  Three times he denied it, and after the third time the rooster crowed exactly as Jesus had said.  Our faith in Christ will be challenged.  We have to be prepared to stand firm.

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