Passage: Luke 22:21–22:38
The Response of Rejection
- But behold, the hand of him who betrays me is with me on the table.
- For the Son of Man goes as it has been determined, but woe to that man by whom he is betrayed! And they began to question one another, which of them it could be who was gong to do this.
The Self-Promoting Response
- A dispute also arose among them, as to which of them was to be regarded as the greatest.
- And he said to them, "The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them, and those in authority over them are called benefactors. But not so with you. Rather, let the greatest among you become as the youngest, and the leader as one who serves. For who is the greater, one who reclies at the tavle or one who serves? Is it not the one who reclines at the table" But I am among you as the one who serves."
- You are those who have stayed with me in my trials, and I assign to you , as my Father assigned to me, a kingdom, that you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
The Prideful Response
- "Simon, Simon, behold, Satan demanded to have you, that he might sift you like wheat, but I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned again, strengthen your brothers." Peter said to him, "Lord, I am ready to go with you both to prision and to death."
- Jesus said, "I tell you, Peter, the rooster will not crow this day, until you deny three times that you know me."
The Response of Misplaced Priorities
- And he said to them, "When I sent you out with no moneybag or knapsack or sandals, did you lack anything?" They said, "Nothing." He said to them, "But now let the one who has a monehybag take it, and likewise a knapsack. And let the one who has no sword sell his cloak and buy one. For I tell you that this Scripture must be fulfilled in me: "And he was numbered with the transgressors. "For what is written about me has its fulfillment"
- And they said, "Look, Lord, here are two swords." And he said to them, "It is enough."
- The only right response to the gospel is full surrender
Luke 9:23, 24
- Which of these wrong responses to the gospel are you most susceptible to?
- How does jockeying for position within the kingdom of God hurt the church and our witness?
- How does pride blind us to our own temptation to sin?
- In what areas do we misplace our priorities (even towards good things) by taking our focus off of the gospel?