Contributed on Feb 5, 2020
It's an overlooked detail of the Last Supper story that it happened at Passover. What's the importance of that? What's the connection between Passover and the Last Supper?
AN OVERLOOKED DETAIL: Why is it significant that Jesus died at Passover? - Luke 22:7-8. ISRAEL'S PASSOVER: Enslaved people longing for freedom and to go home are freed by God’s decisive miracle through the Passover lamb. - Exodus 12:1-14. - Unpack Passover in general – focus here on the ...read more
Contributed on Feb 11, 2020
This is a memorable story of God's provision and guidance for Peter and John. How can we see more of God's provision and guidance in our lives?
SEEING GOD GUIDE AND DIRECT: Why don’t we see God’s daily provision and guidance much today? - Luke 22:7-13. - We say that we believe in God and that is still working in the world today, but we don’t see as much of His provision and guidance as we would like. - How can we see more? - This ...read more
Contributed on Feb 24, 2020
A look at an initially confusing part of Luke's Last Supper passage and the significance of what the "extra cup" means.
WHAT'S GOING ON WITH VERSE 17? Why is there an extra cup in Luke’s version of the Lord’s Supper? - Luke 22:17. - Verse 17 speaks of Jesus taking the cup. But then v. 19 has Him taking the bread and then v. 20 has Him taking the cup. What’s going on? Is there supposed to be two cups? Why ...read more
Contributed on Mar 23, 2020
A look at the disciples' response to Jesus' shocking declaration that one of them would betray Him. How do we handle things today when someone betrays the cause of Christ?
WHEN SOMEONE YOU LOOK UP TO WALKS AWAY FROM CHRIST: There are a lot of casualties along the road. - Luke 20:23. - It’s obviously a tragedy to watch someone walk away from Christ or to betray Christ. What makes that even more of a tragedy is the ripple effect. - It might be someone who gives up ...read more
Contributed on Mar 24, 2020
Jesus calls us to be servant rather than elevating themselves. What exactly should we do if we do want to be great?
IS IT WRONG TO WANT TO BE "GREAT"? Jesus doesn’t say “don’t be great” but instead tells them how to be great. - Luke 22:24-27. - Matthew 5:19; Matthew 20:26; Mark 10:43. - It could have been when the disciples argued over being great that Jesus replied, “No. You will never be great. ...read more
Contributed on Mar 27, 2020
It's easy to look at your local church and be underwhelmed by what you see. Jesus' words here point us toward a higher vision of the Kingdom that He is inaugurating.
AMATEUR HOUR: Sometimes the church can seem like a fly-by-night operation. - We all have stories of churches behaving poorly. We all have stories of churches who were laughably bad at what they were doing. - I remember as a young Christian being preached at by my pastor that we should bring our ...read more
Contributed on Mar 31, 2020
Jesus predicts Peter's denial. These verses give us three harsh realities and three promising truths.
- This section comes right after a couple verses about being conferred a kingdom and the ultimate victory that kingdom will experience. In the meantime, though, there are the challenges of real life. Three Harsh Realities in this Passage: 1. The reality of false confidence. - Luke ...read more
Contributed on Apr 6, 2020
Jesus tells His followers that He is being numbered among the transgressors. What does that mean for us today as we try to follow Him?
WHAT I DON'T KNOW: What exactly is going on with the swords here? - Luke 22:36, 38. - The references to swords garner the most attention from most readers. They are intriguing statements that are not easily understood. - I wish I could tell you that I have an incisive, succinct explanation ...read more