Jesus Ministry Continues. Luke 22:14-22, 41-44, 66-71
Feb. 13, 2005

Jesus intended for His ministry to continue. He spoke about all of His disciples when He said, "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. (John 14:12 KJV). In this lesson we look at three areas where Jesus Ministry Continues.

1.    Jesus Ministry Continues through the . . Lord's Supper. 22:14-21

A.    Jesus Ministry Continues through the . . Desire for the Supper. 22:14-16
    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. 16 For I tell you, I will not eat it again until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God."

B.    Jesus Ministry Continues through the . . Details of the Supper. 22:17-
    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." 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.

C.    Jesus Ministry Continues through the . . Disclosure of the Supper. 22:21
    21 But look, the hand of the one betraying Me is at the table with Me!

    Jesus planned for the Lord's Supper to be a continuing ministry. He desired to begin the ministry as it moved Him closer to His return to the Father. He desires for us to observe the supper because of the truth taught through it, and the inspirational worship it communicates. The details of the supper or given by the Lord and we properly observe the supper because of this teaching. Jesus disclosed the truth about Judas during the supper, and it surprised the other disciples. Some have claimed to be Christians and participated in the churches offering of the supper only to discover they needed to be converted, and stop relying on a Christ less commitment. I remember a fine Christian lady who never came to church of Sunday Night because she just did not get out at night. Then one night the town had a big fun kind of celebration, and guess who showed up. I could not resist reminding her she did not get out at night. Do you participate when your church observes the Lord's supper? If not why not?

2.    Jesus Ministry Continues through the . . Lord's Submission. 22:41-44

A.    Jesus Ministry Continues through the . . Withdrawal of His Submission. 22:41
    41 Then He withdrew from them about a stone's throw, knelt down, and began to pray,

B.    Jesus Ministry Continues through the . . Willingness of His Submission. 22:42
    42 "Father, if You are willing, take this cup away from Me--nevertheless, not My will, but
Yours, be done."

C.    Jesus Ministry Continues through the . . Winsomeness of His Submission. 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.

    Jesus ministry continues through His example of submission. Jesus needed to withdraw for private times in prayer and that teaches us to do likewise. Someone said "we must come apart (withdraw) or we will come apart." All of Jesus life He submitted to the Father's will and it is even more emphasized in Gethsemane. As we submit to the Father's Will the ministry of Jesus progresses. There is a winsome example in Jesus' submission as the angels strengthen Him and as He then prays even more fervently. This example certainly ministers to all believers, and encourages us to be submissive to one another.

3.    Jesus Ministry Continues through the . . Lord's Substantiation. 22:66-71

A.    Jesus Ministry Continues through His . . Confrontation In Submission. 22:66-67
    66 When daylight came, the elders of the people, both the chief priests and the scribes,
convened and brought Him before their Sanhedrin. 67 They said, "If You are the Messiah, tell us." But He said to them, "If I do tell you, you will not believe.

B.    Jesus Ministry Continues through His . . Claims In Submission. 22:68-69
    68 And if I ask you, you will not answer. 69 But from now on, the Son of Man will be
seated at the right hand of the Power of God."

C.    Jesus Ministry Continues through His . . Conclusions In Submission. 22:68-69
    70 They all asked, "Are You, then, the Son of God?" And He said to them, "You say that
I am." 71 "Why do we need any more testimony," they said, "since we've heard it ourselves
from His mouth?"

    The Elders confronted Jesus asking if He was the Christ. He stood up to them and substantiated their accusation. I have heard some non believers say "Jesus never claimed to be the Messiah;" they should read this passage. If we apply the example of Jesus we will stand up for Him and do all we can to substantiate His claims to our circle of friends. In answering the accusations; He claimed He would be seated at the right hand of the power of God. What a claim, and one that could only be true for the Son of God. In conclusion Jesus' stand convinced the Elders He did claim to be the Christ as He taught all of us by substantiating His claims. Yes, Jesus Ministry Continues. Amen? Amen!