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He Voluntarily Suffered: Be Grateful      Luke 22:14-22, 39-46. 63-65       May 13, 2012


Introduction

      Do you think most of us are as grateful for what Christ did for us as we ought to be? I am sure most of us would have to say no, especially at different times though out our lives. If that is true then we must determine to do better.

 

1.    Jesus Suffered in Anticipation. Luke 22:14-20

       A.   Jesus Anticipated Suffering Even in His . . Fellowship. 22:14-15

14 When the hour came, He reclined at the table, and the apostles with Him.

       15 Then He said to them, “I have fervently desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer.

 

       B.   Jesus Anticipated Suffering Even Thinking about His . . Future. 22:16-18

16 For I tell you, I will not eat it again until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.”

       17 Then He took a cup, and after giving thanks, He said, “Take this and share it among yourselves.

       18 For I tell you, from now on I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.”

 

       C.   Jesus Anticipated Suffering Even Thinking about Salvations . . Fulfillment. 22:19-20

19 And He took bread, gave thanks, broke it, gave it to them, and said, “This is My body, which is given

       for you. Do this in remembrance of Me.”

       20 In the same way He also took the cup after supper and said, “This cup is the new covenant established

       by My blood; it is shed for you.


       Jesus suffered through the anticipation of His death on the cross. It happened through the focus on the fellowship, fulfillment and future When He arranged what we call the Lord’s Supper His thoughts were many but they also included the fellowship He would have with His disciples. It was a joy to teach these men about His suffering as He made forgiveness possible. For His disciples the Lord’s Supper focused on the present. The immediate future and the distant future. For us it focuses on the past and future. I look forward to taking this meal in heaven; don’t you.

 

2.    Suffered Apprehensively . 22:21-22, 39-40, 45-46

       A.   Jesus Suffered Apprehensively As He Even in His . . Identification of His Betrayer. 22:21-22

21 But look, the hand of the one betraying Me is at the table with Me!

       22 For the Son of Man will go away as it has been determined, but woe to that man by whom He is

       betrayed!”

 

       B.   Jesus Suffered Apprehensively in His . . Instructions to the Disciples. 22:39-40

39 He went out and made His way as usual to the Mount of Olives, and the disciples followed Him.

       40 When He reached the place, He told them, “Pray that you may not enter into temptation.”

 

       C.   Jesus Suffered Apprehensively in His . . Inquiring of His Disciples. 22:45-46

45 When He got up from prayer and came to the disciples, He found them sleeping, exhausted from their grief.

       46 “Why are you sleeping?” He asked them. “Get up and pray, so that you won’t enter into temptation.”


       Jesus suffered apprehensively as He identified with His betrayer. The disciples all questioned if they were the one who would do this terrible act. Even after Jesus called attention to Judas the disciple did not fully understand what he planned to do. As Jesus went to the garden to pray He gave instructions to His disciples about praying before the hour of temptation came their way. The disciples were slow to understand what was going to happen and the Lord inquired why they slept rather than praying because He knew a great temptation was going to come upon them.


 

3.    Suffered Anguish. 22:41-44

       A.   Jesus Suffered In Anguish As He Grew in . . Submission. 22:41-42

41 Then He withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, knelt down, and began to pray,

       42 “Father, if You are willing, take this cup away from Me—nevertheless, not My will, but Yours, be

       done.”

 

       B.   Jesus Suffered In Anguish As He was . . Strengthened. 22:43-44

43 Then an angel from heaven appeared to Him, strengthening Him.

       44 Being in anguish, He prayed more fervently, and His sweat became like drops of blood falling to the

       ground.


       The Lord’s lifestyle always taught His disciples and us about the Christian life. What an example of submission Jesus demonstrated. The cross was not a pleasant thought but an essential one. Years ago we had a youth evangelist who asked if we ever saw a dead animal on the highway? Of course all of those present had seen that sight. He then asked us if we ever got out and went to that animal and fixed supper. All of us expressed a feeling of that thought being grotesque. Then he said Jesus turning away from the cross was very normal but His action of submission was not. It is interesting that some angels came and ministered to Him and that caused Jesus to be strengthened.

 

4.    Suffered Abandonment. 22:63-65

       A.   Jesus Suffered through Abandonment as they . . Mocked Him. 22:63-64

63 The men who were holding Jesus started mocking and beating Him.

       64 After blindfolding Him, they kept asking, “Prophesy! Who hit You?”

 

       B.   Jesus Suffered through Abandonment as . . Many Blasphemed Him. 22:65

65 And they were saying many other blasphemous things against Him.


       If you have had to go through a time of suffering hasn’t it be comforting to be able to see you friends

near by? If you have ever been mocked it was nice to have Christian friends and supports speak up in your defense. But as they took Jesus aside to mock, many blasphemed Him as He willingly dies for even His mockers to be saved. Jesus never refused salvation to one who came to Him for forgiveness even though they had mocked and blasphemed His Name? He Voluntarily Suffered: Be Grateful. Amen? Amen!