In Luke 22, Jesus is solemnly initiating a new covenant. The covenant of His Body and Blood. We are to do this in remembrance of His death until He comes.
The following vs concerning Judas are to prove we are talking about the same event in Luke and after that, John 13.
“Then Satan entered Judas, called Iscariot, one of the Twelve. And Judas went to the chief priests and the officers of the temple guard and discussed with them how he might betray Jesus.
He consented, and watched for an opportunity to hand Jesus over to them when no crowd was present.”
Luke 22:3-4, 6 NIV
“And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you. But the hand of him who is going to betray me is with mine on the table. The Son of Man will go as it has been decreed. But woe to that man who betrays him!” They began to question among themselves which of them it might be who would do this. A dispute also arose among them as to which of them was considered to be greatest.
Luke 22:19-30 NIV
At the start of the conversation concerning His betrayal they questioned who would do such a thing. Then the conversation lapsed into a dispute concerning who was the greatest.
Now go to John 13:
“The evening meal was in progress, and the devil had already prompted Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot, to betray Jesus. Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.”
John 13:2-5 NIV
Think of it, brothers and sisters. These are the twelve, the ones He hand picked in a dispute over who is the greatest. His response was a teaching concerning how the gentile leaders lord it over their subjects and then call themselves benefactors. (Click and read the entire portion of Luke 22:19-30). Then He showed Himself a servant and He took the lowest place and washed these carnal mens feet! The greatest man that ever walked the earth performing the duties of the lowly servant!
“When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them. “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.”
John 13:12-17 NIV
Following this in John 14, look at what Jesus says:
“Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.” Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you I do not speak on my own authority. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work.”
John 14:8-10 NIV
This is staggering. The Father is humble towards us!
“You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! Not only is this so, but we also boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.”
Romans 5:6-11 NIV
What kind of God is this that would take a humble Man like Christ and exalt Him above the heavens and give Him a Name above all Names for His church? For His powerless enemies that He ransomed with the blood of His Son? Can you see the humility of the Father in this? And towards us?
“he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.”
Ephesians 1:20-23 NIV
Think of the humility of the Holy Spirit:
“But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. He will glorify me because it is from me that he will receive what he will make known to you. All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will receive from me what he will make known to you.””
John 16:13-15 NIV
He is here to glorify Christ and not Himself! And,
“Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.”
2 Corinthians 1:21-22 NIV
How humble of the Holy Spirit to allow Himself to be sealed within this temple of flesh and continuously be grieved and pained by our carnality and worldliness!
Church, we need to get with the program. We need to humble ourselves and become gentle in heart and lowly in our minds.
Listen to what Isaiah prophesied concerning this:
“For this is what the high and exalted One says— he who lives forever, whose name is holy: “I live in a high and holy place, but also with the one who is contrite and lowly in spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite.”
Isaiah 57:15 NIV
To be continued…