Luke and The Lost
Family gatherings bring out the best in humans and sometimes the worst. We love eating together and sharing life with each other. But what if you knew those gathered at your table had been gossiping about you before they came? What if you knew one of them had betrayed who you are to someone else? Would they still be welcomed at your table? This happens in the best of families.
Jesus said to his closest followers, “You have no idea how much I have looked forward to eating this Passover meal with you before I enter my time of suffering.” His disciples were his brothers, his earthly family. One of them had betrayed him, but Jesus still loved him and said this out loud to ALL of them. WE have no idea just how much Jesus loves us.
Jesus will welcome Judas to the table, but will let him know He knows what evil he is about to do. Jesus, according to John’s gospel, even bends down to humbly wash the feet of His betrayer. As a servant who washes the feet of those who enter a home as guests, Jesus bends down, on His knees to wash ALL those dirty feet.
Then after a memorable meal with his close brothers, Jesus faces torture with His flesh being nailed to splintery timbers of wood. One of his closest disciples, Peter, denies Him, as predicted. Jesus still loves him. All the rest run for the hills. Jesus still loves them and prays for them. Jesus still went to the cross because we had a sin problem that blocked us from God, our Father and this had to be fixed. Jesus, Son of God, came to rectify the sin situation…because He loved us.
Yes, we have NO idea the depth or height of God’s love expressed by His Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ. There is nothing, absolutely nothing, that we can do that will keep us from the love of God.
“While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8
Think about the love of God as we read “The Passover Meal”.
Luke 22, The Message
1-2 The Feast of Unleavened Bread, also called Passover, drew near. The high priests and religion scholars were looking for a way to do away with Jesus but, fearful of the people, they were also looking for a way to cover their tracks.
3-6 That’s when Satan entered Judas, the one called Iscariot. He was one of the Twelve. Leaving the others, he conferred with the high priests and the Temple guards about how he might betray Jesus to them. They couldn’t believe their good luck and agreed to pay him well. He gave them his word and started looking for a way to betray Jesus, but out of sight of the crowd.
7-8 The Day of Unleavened Bread came, the day the Passover lamb was butchered. Jesus sent Peter and John off, saying, “Go prepare the Passover for us so we can eat it together.”
9 They said, “Where do you want us to do this?”
10-12 He said, “Keep your eyes open as you enter the city. A man carrying a water jug will meet you. Follow him home. Then speak with the owner of the house: The Teacher wants to know, ‘Where is the guest room where I can eat the Passover meal with my disciples?’ He will show you a spacious second-story room, swept and ready. Prepare the meal there.”
13 They left, found everything just as he told them, and prepared the Passover meal.
14-16 When it was time, he sat down, all the apostles with him, and said, “You’ve no idea how much I have looked forward to eating this Passover meal with you before I enter my time of suffering. It’s the last one I’ll eat until we all eat it together in the kingdom of God.”
17-18 Taking the cup, he blessed it, then said, “Take this and pass it among you. As for me, I’ll not drink wine again until the kingdom of God arrives.”
19 Taking bread, he blessed it, broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, given for you. Eat it in my memory.”
20 He did the same with the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant written in my blood, blood poured out for you.
21-22 “Do you realize that the hand of the one who is betraying me is at this moment on this table? It’s true that the Son of Man is going down a path already marked out—no surprises there. But for the one who turns him in, turns traitor to the Son of Man, this is doomsday.”
23 They immediately became suspicious of each other and began quizzing one another, wondering who might be about to do this.
“We love Him because He FIRST loved us.” 1 John 4:19
Do we love God, no matter what?
Dear Heavenly Father,
I am overwhelmed right now, at this moment, with love for You.
There are no words to express my gratitude and thankfulness for your love so I will just love You back with all that is in me.
In Jesus Name, Amen