Luke Chapter 22 - The Last Supper
This chapter details the takes us to the Last Supper. Passover is being celebrated and Jerusalem is filled with lots of extra people who had heard Jesus speak, so they came to the city expecting great things. Jesus told the disciples to find a place to have their Passover meal and gave them exact instructions on finding that location.
The priests were afraid of Jesus and the impact He had on the people. They were afraid of their own population. They were looking for a way to capture Jesus and bring him to what they believed was justice. This is where Satan and Judas come in. Judas was a disciple, but Jesus knew that one of the twelve would betray him and He said so. The disciples looked around trying to decide which of them was the culprit. The priests paid Judas and Judas did the job.
The meal was prepared … and in one of the commentaries I read … the author suggested that Luke really liked to include meals in his text. He did! Of course, this meal is most important. Jesus continues to teach the disciples how to get along without Him. He details the significance of the bread, symbolizing his sacrificed body. He discusses the cup, symbolizing his blood. This establishes what we know today as the Lord’s Supper or Communion, an act that strengthens our connection to Christ. “In remembrance of Me” is the key.
While this is happening, the disciples are arguing about who will be in charge when Jesus is gone. Jesus tells them that authority comes from service. Jesus also tells Peter that he will betray him three times, and Peter does indeed. Peter doesn’t want to be connected to Jesus, fearing his own life. Jesus tells Peter that Satan has him, but that he will return to Jesus and that upon his return, Peter will strengthen the Jesus movement.
The story plays out. Jesus goes to the Mount of Olives to pray. He returns to find his disciples asleep. A group, with Judas at the front, comes to arrest Jesus. He is tortured and humiliated and the trial begins.
My take-away from this chapter … aside from the importance of re-energizing our spirit through the Lord’s Supper … is that there is a Judas and a Peter in everyone’s life. They exist in our circles of friends, in clubs, in church bodies, in places of employment, everywhere. How do we handle those kinds of people? I encountered one just this week … a Judas. This individual will sacrifice everybody on her team to make herself look especially good! I haven’t decided exactly how I will interact with her in the future! I will probably attempt to give her some motherly guidance and encourage her to be a member of the team and praise the team as a whole and not herself individually.
I’m happy to have learned that Luke liked to include meals in his text! I think there is strength in mealtime. Families and friends communicate better around food! Celebrations always include meals at our house. Enjoy this link to one our special celebrations for Phoebe!