Read This Week: Luke 22
Where do you want us to prepare for it?” they asked. – Luke 22:9 NIV
Luke 22 is about preparation and setup. It is about the preparation and set up of events under the sovereignty and will of God for the mission of Jesus on earth. So much of what has already taken place in this gospel and in other accounts of the life of Christ is about the preparation leading to why He came. The setup of these events cannot be ignored in the context of the glory of God and the redemption of man for all time. They flow together and point toward God’s ultimate will in Christ.
In verses 1-6, we see the setup of Judas and the religious leaders. They were conspiring to betray and have Jesus arrested and did so during Israel’s holy festival. They were motivated by hatred, greed, jealousy, and a bitter disappointment that their agendas would not be fulfilled by Jesus. But their actions and setup led to love, charity, kindness, and grace demonstrated by the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ.
In verses 7-38, Jesus prepared for and the disciples set up the Passover or the Lord’s Supper. The setup here indicates that Jesus knew what was going on with his enemies in another part of the city. Many of the disciples did not even know the location of the upper room until they arrived; Jesus made sure that the one who betrayed would not have authorities show up before he demonstrated his coming sacrifice at the supper. The Lord was intentional in his setup of this sacred moment, so the “setup” that Judas was carrying out would not undermine its impact that still resonates today.
In verses 39-46, Jesus prepared for what was ahead of him in prayer. The setup to the pain and sting of being falsely accused and arrested was an intense, passionate time of communion with the Father. In verses 47-53, we see the setup of Jesus’ suffering at the hands of the Romans and religious leaders offset by his compassion in healing the ear of the servant of the high priest.
In verses 54-62, the setup of Peter’s denial of Jesus leads to his powerful restoration and the transcendent, Spirit-filled moment that he would spearhead at Pentecost. In verses, 63-71, the setup of Jesus’ authority is questioned and mocked, and his supremacy questioned by Pilate prepared the way to the revelation of his divine imminence and eternal power.
What does the setup look like in our lives as we are on mission with God? Are we prepared for the moments that His will is leading us? Like Jesus, God the Father can empower us to express His love, kindness, goodness, and patience when others and situations dictate otherwise. The spiritual setup and communion God with every day can help us navigate any circumstance, decision, or challenge the journey may bring.
We must set up so that we can stand up for God when we’re asked if we know Him. We must set up so we can get up and go to the places we are called to tell others about God and His salvation. We must never underestimate what God can do in the setup.