Lent Day 24

Today’s Bible Reading:
Luke 22:24-38

24Then they began to argue among themselves about who would be the greatest among them. 25Jesus told them, “In this world the kings and great men lord it over their people, yet they are called ‘friends of the people.’ 26But among you it will be different. Those who are the greatest among you should take the lowest rank, and the leader should be like a servant. 27Who is more important, the one who sits at the table or the one who serves? The one who sits at the table, of course. But not here! For I am among you as one who serves.
28“You have stayed with me in my time of trial. 29And just as my Father has granted me a Kingdom, I now grant you the right 30to eat and drink at my table in my Kingdom. And you will sit on thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
Jesus Predicts Peter’s Denial
31“Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift each of you like wheat. 32But I have pleaded in prayer for you, Simon, that your faith should not fail. So when you have repented and turned to me again, strengthen your brothers.”
33Peter said, “Lord, I am ready to go to prison with you, and even to die with you.”
34But Jesus said, “Peter, let me tell you something. Before the rooster crows tomorrow morning, you will deny three times that you even know me.”
35Then Jesus asked them, “When I sent you out to preach the Good News and you did not have money, a traveler’s bag, or an extra pair of sandals, did you need anything?”
“No,” they replied.
36“But now,” he said, “take your money and a traveler’s bag. And if you don’t have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one! 37For the time has come for this prophecy about me to be fulfilled: ‘He was counted among the rebels.’ Yes, everything written about me by the prophets will come true.”
38“Look, Lord,” they replied, “we have two swords among us.”
“That’s enough,” he said.

Verse of the Day:

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Devotional Reading:

We are back in the book of Luke today reading his account of what happened at the table immediately after the Lord’s Supper. Right before our reading begins, Jesus has just told them that one of those at the table would be the one that would betray him.

What do they do after hearing this? At first they start asking each other who would do such a thing. THEN they start arguing about who would be the greatest in the kingdom! Man, they are JUST like us, aren’t they??

Jesus explains that the greatest will take the lowest rank and would be a servant leader. Kinda busted their bubble, don’t ya think?

Then we go into the part that we read yesterday about Jesus telling Peter that he would deny him. This one part stood out to me today more than anything we read:

31“Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift each of you like wheat. 32But I have pleaded in prayer for you, Simon, that your faith should not fail. So when you have repented and turned to me again, strengthen your brothers.”

Jesus explains that Satan has requested permission to sift each of them. Isn’t that crazy?? We really shouldn’t be surprised. BUT – Jesus himself has pleaded in prayer for Peter’s soul and that his faith would not fail. Jesus is more than confident that Peter will get through this, that he will repent, turn back to Jesus again and then be a vessel to strengthen his brothers!

Did anyone else read this with newly opened eyes for the first time today?

I guess that it really hit me that Jesus didn’t just do that for Peter. And Satan didn’t just do that for the disciples. Satan is requesting to sift each and every one of us constantly. That is the evil in our world – it is very real and very dangerous. BUT JESUS!! Jesus is pleading for our souls that our faith will not fail!! Jesus gives us a hope and confidence that even when we fail, we will get through these earthly trials and that we will turn in repentance back to him and go on to strengthen those around us!!! YES!! This was not just for then, it truly is for now too, friends!

This line also caught my attention:

37For the time has come for this prophecy about me to be fulfilled: ‘He was counted among the rebels.’ Yes, everything written about me by the prophets will come true.”

I wonder how familiar the disciples were with what the prophets wrote? Did they have a hint at what the next 24 hours had to bring? Did this scare them? Did they have doubts and fears? I’m sure they did. After all, it seems they were an awful lot like me and you.

~Starr

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