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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

JESUS Dies Because HE Says HE IS The SON Of GOD




Luke 22:1-71 NIV







Judas Agrees to Betray JESUS





1Now the Festival of Unleavened Bread, called the Passover, was approaching, 2and the chief priests and the teachers of the Law were looking for some way to get rid of JESUS, for they were afraid of the people.3Then Satan entered Judas, called Iscariot, one of the Twelve. 4And Judas went to the chief priests and the officers of the Temple guard and discussed with them how he might betray JESUS. 5They were delighted and agreed to give him money. 6He consented, and watched for an opportunity to hand JESUS over to them when no crowd was present.





The Last Supper




7Then came the day of Unleavened Bread on which the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed. 8JESUS Sent Peter and John, saying, “Go and make preparations for us to eat the Passover.”


9“Where do you want us to prepare for it?” they asked.


10HE Replied, “As you enter the city, a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him to the house that he enters,  





11and say to the owner of the house, ‘The Teacher asks: Where is the guest room, where I may eat the Passover with MY disciples?’ 12He will show you a large room upstairs, all furnished. Make preparations there.”


13They left and found things Just As JESUS Had Told them. So they prepared the Passover.

14When the hour came, JESUS and HIS apostles reclined at the table. 15And HE Said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. 


16 For I Tell you, I Will Not Eat it again until it finds fulfillment in The KINGDOM of GOD.”


17After taking the cup, HE Gave Thanks and Said, “Take this and divide it among you. 


18 For I Tell you I Will Not Drink Again from the fruit of the vine until The KINGDOM of GOD Comes.”


19And HE Took bread, Gave Thanks and Broke it, and Gave it to them, Saying, 



“This Is MY Body Given for you; Do This in remembrance of ME.”






20In the same way, after the supper HE Took the cup, Saying, 


“This Cup Is The New Covenant in MY Blood, Which Is Poured Out for you. 


21But the hand of him who is going to betray ME is with MINE on the table.22The SON of Man Will Go As It Has Been Decreed. But woe to that man who betrays HIM!” 23They began to question among themselves which of them it might be who would do this.


24A dispute also arose among them as to which of them was considered to be greatest. 

25JESUS Said to them, 


“The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them; and those who exercise authority over them call themselves Benefactors. 26But you are not to be like that. Instead, the greatest among you should be like the youngest, and the one who rules like the one who serves. 27For who is greater, the one who is at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one who is at the table? But I AM among you As ONE WHO Serves. 28You are those who have stood by ME in MY Trials. 29And I confer on you a KINGDOM, Just As MY FATHER Conferred one on ME, 30so that you may eat and drink at MY Table in MY KINGDOM and sit on thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.


31“Simon, Simon, satan has asked to sift all of you as wheat. 32But I Have Prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.”






33But he replied, “LORD, I am ready to go with you to prison and to death.”


34JESUS Answered, “I Tell you, Peter, before the rooster crows today, you will deny three times that you know ME.”

35Then JESUS Asked them, “When I sent you without purse, bag or sandals, did you lack anything?”

“Nothing,” they answered.

36HE Said to them, “But now if you have a purse, take it, and also a bag; and if you don’t have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one. 


37It Is Written: And HE Was Numbered with the transgressors ; and I Tell you that this must be fulfilled in ME. Yes, what is written about ME is reaching its fulfillment.”


38The disciples said, “See, LORD, here are two swords.”

“That’s enough!” HE Replied.










JESUS Prays on the Mount of Olives




39JESUS Went Out as usual to the Mount of Olives, and His disciples followed HIM. 40On Reaching the place, HE Said to them, “Pray that you will not fall into temptation.” 41HE Withdrew about a stone’s throw beyond them, Knelt down and Prayed, 


42 “FATHER, If YOU Are Willing, Take This Cup from ME; yet Not MY Will, but Yours Be Done.” 


43An angel from heaven appeared to HIM and strengthened HIM. 44And Being in anguish, HE Prayed more earnestly, and HIS Sweat Was like drops of blood falling to the ground.c






45When HE Rose from prayer and Went back to the disciples, HE Found them asleep, Exhausted from sorrow. 46“Why are you sleeping?” HE Asked them. “Get up and pray so that you will not fall into temptation.”






JESUS Arrested




47While HE Was still Speaking a crowd came up, and the man who was called Judas, one of the Twelve, was leading them. He approached JESUS to kiss Him, 48but JESUS Asked him, 


“Judas, are you betraying The SON of Man with a kiss?”


49When JESUS’ followers saw what was going to happen, they said, “LORD, should we strike with our swords?” 50And one of them struck the servant of the high priest, cutting off his right ear.

51But JESUS Answered, “No more of this!” And HE Touched the man’s ear and Healed him.






52Then JESUS Said to the chief priests, the officers of the Temple guard, and the elders, who had come for Him, 

“AM I Leading a rebellion, that you have come with swords and clubs? 53Every day I Was with you in the Temple courts, and you did not lay a hand on ME. 

But this is your hour—when darkness reigns.”






Peter Disowns JESUS




54Then seizing HIM, they led HIM away and took HIM into the house of the high priest. Peter followed at a distance.  

55And when some there had kindled a fire in the middle of the courtyard and had sat down together, Peter sat down with them. 56A servant girl saw him seated there in the firelight. She looked closely at him and said, “This man was with HIM.”






57But he denied it. “Woman, I don’t know HIM,” he said.

58A little later someone else saw him and said, “You also are one of them.”

“Man, I am not!” Peter replied.

59About an hour later another asserted, “Certainly this fellow was with HIM, for he is a Galilean.”

60Peter replied, “Man, I don’t know what you’re talking about!” Just as he was speaking, the rooster crowed. 


61 The LORD Turned and Looked straight at Peter. Then Peter remembered The WORD The LORD Had Spoken To him: 


“Before the rooster crows today, you will disown ME three times.” 


62And he went outside and wept bitterly.









The Guards Mock JESUS




63The men who were guarding Jesus began mocking and beating HIM. 64They blindfolded HIM and demanded, “Prophesy! Who hit YOU?” 65And they said many other insulting things to HIM.






JESUS Before Pilate and Herod




66At daybreak the council of the elders of the people, both the chief priests and the teachers of the Law, met together, and JESUS Was Led before them. 

67“If YOU Are The MESSIAH,” they said, “Tell us.”








JESUS Answered, 


“If I Tell you, you will not believe ME, 68and If I Asked you, you would not answer. 

69 But from now on, The SON of Man Will Be Seated At The Right Hand of The MIGHTY GOD.


70They all asked, 

“Are you then The SON of GOD?”





HE Replied, 


“You say that I AM.”


71Then they said, “Why do we need any more testimony? We have heard it from HIS Own Lips.”









New Covenant in MY Blood





JESUS Said the New Covenant Was 'in HIS Blood’. That Covenant was dependent upon HIS Death. The instruction that they drink of the cup meant they were to partake of the blessings and privileges which that Covenant promised. It was a ceremonial act to convey a truth. Every observance is to be in remembrance of the Gift of HIS Life, upon which all our hopes of blessing depend.


JESUS had a full understanding of all of GOD'S arrangements with Israel. That understanding brought HIS Teaching that "this cup is the New Covenant in MY Blood." HE Knew that an old covenant had been put in force after animals had been slain, and that the blood of those animals was used in a prescribed manner (Exodus 24:5-11). He also understood that GOD'S Promise through Jeremiah of a New Covenant (Jeremiah 31:34) made the former covenant old. This fact was later plainly stated in Hebrews. "When HE [GOD] Says 'new' HE Has Made old the first; and the thing being made old and growing aged is near vanishing." Hebrews 8:13 Marshall Interlinear


But there was even more intended by our LORD'S WORDS following that eventful supper. GOD Had Said that through the New Covenant HE Would "Forgive their iniquity, and I Will Remember their sin no more." And JESUS Knew that the WORDS, "HE Was Wounded for our transgressions, HE Was Bruised for our iniquities:...for HE Shall Bear their iniquities" (Isaiah 53:5,11) prophesied of Himself.


HE Was to be the Victim by which the New Covenant would be firm; that covenant would be dedicated, inaugurated, ratified, put into effect as a result of HIS Sacrifice (Hebrews 9:16-18). The blessing of sonship and fellowship with GOD Was about to reach others. JESUS Would Have all believers acknowledge and remember His Sacrifice, its purpose, and the new arrangement through which their new life and spiritual relationship with GOD become a reality.


Hebrews 6:20 answers the first part of the question: "JESUS, Made an HIGH PRIEST for ever after the Order of Melchizedec." The quotations in Hebrews 5:5,6 and Acts 13:33 from Psalm 2:7 and 110:4 indicate that CHRIST JESUS Became such a Priest at HIS Resurrection.


"GOD Has Fulfilled the same unto us their children, in that HE Has Raised Up JESUS; as it is also written in the second Psalm, YOU Are MY SON, this day Have I Begotten THEE." "As HE says also in another place, YOU Are a PRIEST for ever after the Order of Melchizedec." "HE Became the Author [the cause or the source] of eternal salvation unto all them that obey HIM" (Hebrews 5:9,10). HE Has Been Made so "after the power of an endless life" in fulfillment of GOD'S Oath Given centuries before. Hebrews 7:16-21

  
JESUS Is a Priest forever because HIS Sacrifice provided the Blood which sealed the New Covenant. The several lines of logic written regarding Melchizedec in Hebrews 7:5-21 prove that even before the Law established the Levitical priesthood, GOD Planned To Terminate what HE Foresaw would be an ineffectual ministry.


The first reference in Hebrews to the New Covenant is made immediately following the last reference to Melchizedec in that epistle: "By so much Was JESUS Made a surety of a better Covenant" (Hebrews 7:22). That arrangement of the epistle, in which its last mention of Melchizedec was immediately followed by its first mention of the New Covenant, is as though the writer anticipated that a recognition of JESUS as Priest in the higher order would lead them to discern the reality of the New Covenant and its blessings.


Furthermore, this is suggested by a summary of the chief points in the first seven chapters of Hebrews. The writer affirms that JESUS Is "a Minister in the Sanctuary, and in the True Tabernacle, Which The LORD pitched, not man." In the type, the Levitical priest ministered on earth; in the antitype, JESUS Ministers in heaven. Regarding the ministry of JESUS, it is written: "But now HE Has Obtained a more excellent Ministry, by so much as HE Is Mediator of a better Covenant [the New Covenant], Which has been enacted on better promises. "Hebrews 8:1-6 NAS




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