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The Betrayer and the Lord’s Supper

Lord's Table

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When the time had come, that is, the particular day had arrived in which his final meal with his disciples was to be eaten, Jesus came with the Twelve and told them that he longed for this hour or day to arrive. However, we may need to ask what did he mean? Was he referring to that particular meal that he longed to share with his disciples? Or, did he long for a particular day to arrive and share his final meal with them (Luke 22:15)? It seems to me that Jesus referred to a particular day, as is seen in Luke 12:50. Jesus often spoke of his coming sufferings and death (cf. Matthew 20:17-22; Mark 10: 31-38), and the Gospels point to a specific hour or day that Jesus was destined to face (John 4:34, John 7:6-8, 10, John 10:39-41, John 12:27-28, John 18:11, John 19:30). It was this day that he longed to share with his disciples, those closest to him. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 17, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Reflections Upon the Lord’s Supper

Passover - With desire I desired

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With great longing, Jesus desired the coming of this Passover day and a final meal with his disciples, before his death (cf. Luke 12:50). His hour had come that he should suffer and die (Luke 22:14-15), yet he longed for this time. Why? Up until this Passover, Israel looked back to a time when God, through Moses, broke the power of Pharaoh and led his people out of bondage. Israel was to kill the lamb they had chosen and sprinkle part of its blood around the lintel and the door posts of their houses (Exodus 12:7). By doing this, the plague of God’s judgment passed over Israel but destroyed the first born of Egypt (Exodus 12:13). This word translated “plague” (negeph, H5063) in Exodus 12:13, is translated “stumbling” in Isaiah 8:14. There it is used in connection with Christ being the Rock of offense and a Stone of stumbling. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 14, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Did Jesus Eat the Passover Seder?

Passover Seder

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Have you ever heard people say there is a contradiction in the Gospel accounts pertaining to the meal Jesus shared with his disciples just before his crucifixion? It goes something like this: Luke tells us that the Last Supper (i.e. the Passover meal) was eaten on the Passover Feast Day, that is on the Holy Day Sabbath (Luke 22:15), but John tells us the meal Jesus and the disciples shared together was before the Feast Day (cf. John 13:29). In other words, Jesus sent Peter and John to prepare for the Passover (Luke 22:8), which they did (Luke 22:13). Afterward, Jesus and the twelve came and dined (Luke 22:14-15), but John seems to say: “No, the Feast Day and the great meal that was shared on that day was to occur the evening following the meal Jesus and the disciples shared together just before the crucifixion.” Which is it? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 12, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Secret Plans for Jesus’ Last Meal

Man Carrying Water Jar

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In the course of planning events, at times it is necessary to at least arrange some things secretly. For example, if the President of the United States were to make an appearance in a certain city, his route and destination may be known, but where his protectors (Secret Service Agents) were located would be unknown. Likewise, when Jesus’ life was in danger, he did certain things secretly. For example, when intended to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles at Jerusalem during the second year of his public ministry, he went there secretly (John 7:10). Moreover, when the Jewish authorities sought to kill Jesus immediately following his raising Lazarus from the dead (John 11:53), he left the vicinity of Jerusalem, and no one knew where he was (John 11:54-57). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 10, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Conspiracy Against Jesus

Plot against Jesus

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Luke tells us that Jesus had come to Jerusalem during the Passover season. The Passover occurs in the spring and incorporates two different feast days—the Passover (one day) and the Days of Unleavened Bread (seven days). During the first century AD, the two were often taken together and referred to as a single Feast. In Luke 22:1 the Feast of Unleavened Bread (seven days) is referred to as the Passover, but the day the Passover lamb was killed occurred one day before the Feast of Unleavened bread (cf. Luke 22:7). The Passover Day was celebrated on the 14th day of the first month, while the Feast of Unleavened Bread was celebrated on the 15th to the 21st day of the first month (Leviticus 23:4-8). The first and last of these days were Sabbaths, annual holy days, but not the seventh day Sabbath. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 3, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Jesus’ Seven Visits to Jerusalem

Jesus Enters Jerusalem

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We cannot know how many visits Jesus actually made to Jerusalem, but we can know how many are specified in the New Testament. Each time the Gospel narratives tell us of Jesus going up to Jerusalem, it was for a purpose, and that purpose was to celebrate one of the Jews’ annual holy days. To be in Jerusalem during one of the holy day seasons meant there would be many pilgrims there to whom Jesus could preach the Gospel of the Kingdom. Josephus tells us that at the time of the Passover, just before the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD, there were more than two million pilgrims worshiping in the city.[1] So, one can only imagine how important Jerusalem was for the preaching of the Gospel in the first century AD. Jesus took advantage of great number of pilgrims worshiping there during these seasons and so did the Apostles later, as we are able to understand from the book of Acts. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 4, 2018 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Jesus’ Next Journey to Jerusalem

Hanakkuh

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Many Biblical scholars believe Jesus’ final journey to Jerusalem began in Luke 9:51. However, in order to maintain this idea, they have to conclude that Luke either uses about nine and one half chapters to show Jesus wandering aimlessly all over the countryside, zigzagging all the way to Jerusalem, and even reversing course to return to Galilee (cf. Luke 17:11), or he places Jesus’ movements in a hodgepodge of seemingly unrelated incidents that took place in various parts of Palestine, having no perceived order in them at all. It is astonishing for me to see how far one will go in order to protect a favorite idea from being disproved, or, perhaps it may be better to say, some scholars have embraced the idea for so long that they believe it must be supported in the Scriptures somewhere. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 5, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Crucifixion that Almost Was

Crucifixion - 2

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I wonder if Jesus could have been crucified one year earlier than when that event actually took place, which, according to my understanding, took place in 31 AD. Could God have permitted the event to occur one year earlier, and would this have made a difference afterward, as far as the preaching of the Gospel was concerned? The fact is, that Jesus does seem to indicate that the crucifixion could have occurred one year prior to when it actually took place. Nevertheless, it was delayed because Jesus prayed to his Father. I was surprised to see this possible eventuality and almost missed it. Would it have changed anything, if Jesus was crucified at another time? Perhaps matters such as this can never be known with certainty, but it is encouraging to understand that Jesus prays for us, and our heavenly Father listens to Jesus and always answers his prayers (John 11:41; cf. 1John 5:15). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 24, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Pilate’s Passover

Passover - 3

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It was time for Jesus’ ascension, i.e. time for him to go up to Jerusalem to celebrate a Feast Day. This particular occasion could not have been the Passover when Jesus was crucified, as I hope to show here. Nevertheless, neither does Luke mention which Feast Day this might have been. Luke 9:51-53 shows the Samaritans were upset that Jesus was set to go to Jerusalem instead of celebrating that Feast Day with them. The Samaritans had no reason to celebrate the Feast of Dedication (celebrated in our December) or the Feast of Purim (celebrated in late winter), because these days had special meaning only for the Jews in Jerusalem. Therefore, there would be no reason for the Samaritans to be jealous of Jesus’ determination to go to Jerusalem, if his intention was to celebrate one of these feast days. The Scriptures the Samaritans used was the Samaritan Pentateuch which they called the Law. These were the only Scriptures they used and the feasts they celebrate correspond to those found in Leviticus 23. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 21, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Jesus Third Passover

Rejected Messiah

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It is important for us to realize that Jesus at this time is not traveling to Jerusalem (Luke 9:51) in order to die there, as so many Bible commentaries suppose.[1] Rather, Jesus set his face as a flint to go to Jerusalem (Luke 9:51) in order to confront the religious authorities about his office as Messiah, and this happened to be the time of his third Passover of his public ministry. The Galilean Jewish authorities had already rejected Jesus as their Messiah (Luke 6:11; cf. Matthew 12:14, 23-24; Mark 3:22), and considered his claim to be demonic, or, put another way, evidence of insanity (Mark 3:21; cf. John 10:20). Nevertheless, Jerusalem hadn’t the opportunity to officially reject him, although they hadn’t shown any signs of receiving him as their Messiah up to this visit, either. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 8, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Jesus’ Third Passover

Passover

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Because Luke doesn’t clearly show Jesus celebrating another Passover between John’s death and Jesus’ own crucifixion, many scholars believe Jesus set out to go to Jerusalem for the final time in Luke 9:51. Nevertheless, there are problems with this interpretation, and I believe that folks often skew the Scriptures in order to maintain this doctrine. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 13, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Feeding the 5000

miracle-feeding-5000

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When the people realized Jesus had left Capernaum, they followed him from the shoreline (Luke 9:11). Mark even tells us that at least some of the people were able to reach Bethsaida before Jesus (Mark 6:33-34). When he went ashore and found the people, Jesus had compassion upon them and received them and preached the Kingdom to them and healed many of their diseases (Luke 9:11; Mark 6:34). As the day drew on, however, the Apostles wanted Jesus to send the people away, because there was no food readily available at that place (Luke 9:12). It was a deserted area, probably used for grazing sheep or cattle. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 23, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Jesus and Samuel the Prophet

Jesus at Twelve - 1

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I find it interesting that both Mary and Zacharias refer to Hannah’s song of praise in their own songs (1Samuel 2:1-10),[1] and Luke shows a parallel in the early lives of both Jesus and Samuel. Luke tells us that Joseph and Mary returned to Nazareth (Luke 2:40) where Jesus spent his life before his public ministry. At the age of 12 Jesus returned to Jerusalem at the time of the Passover with his parents (Luke 2:41-42) and caused alarm when he remained in Jerusalem unbeknownst to Joseph and Mary, as they took their journey back to Nazareth (Luke 2:43-.45). It has been said that the women began their journey home before the men, while faster paced men lingered at Jerusalem but were easily able to catch up to the slower traveling women by the day’s end.[2] It appears Mary thought Jesus lingered with the men, while Joseph thought he left earlier with his mother. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 7, 2016 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Watching their Flocks by Night

Shepherds - 2

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It has been pointed out that, if we consider the fact that the Scriptures tell us that the shepherds were “watching their flocks by night” (Luke 2:8), the time Jesus was born could not have been near Christmas when we celebrate his birth, because shepherds don’t have their sheep out in the fields in winter. Nevertheless, it has also been shown that, even today, there are many shepherds in Israel who keep watch over their flocks in the fields at night all year long. What can be said of these things? Is someone lying just to make a point? No, no one is lying, but the point of the phrase is misunderstood. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 9, 2016 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Overview of Paul’s Journey to Jerusalem

Paul had intended to be in Jerusalem by the Passover but was prevented in doing so when a plot against his life was uncovered (Acts 20:3). His second plan was to be there by Pentecost (Acts 20:16). Obviously, he would have more time to spare on his journey than if his first plan was fruitful. Since he spent the winter months at Corinth (Acts 20:3; cp. 1Corinthians 16:6), he would have been ready to embark from there to the Province of Syria in late February or the first week in March. However, due to the plot on his life Paul spent three or four weeks journeying through Achaia and Macedonia visiting the churches there and didn’t set sail from Philippi until after the Days of Unleavened Bread (Acts 20:6). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 3, 2013 in Gospel, Paul's 3rd missionary journey

 

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