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6) Luke 22:1–6: Passover memorializes deliverance from the final plague upon the gods of Egypt.[1] At that time the Lord’s angel of death passed over the homes covered by the blood of lambs and spared Israel’s firstborn sons (Exod 12:1–14).[2]

As a result of the deaths of many of their people, the Egyptians begged the Israelites to leave, ending their enslavement (Exod 12:33–36).[3]

Soon, Jesus would fully achieve the salvation that feast day commemorates (1 Cor 5:7).[4]

During the Passover Festival, the population of Jerusalem swelled from about 70,000 to 250,000.[5] Since the festival embodied themes of national liberation, those gatherings could easily provoke civil disturbances, upsetting the leaders of the Roman occupation.[6]

Therefore,  Christ’s opponents acted secretly to keep the throngs of festival pilgrims ignorant of their actions.[7]

However, these were not merely human schemes. Satan himself intervened,[8] although he had always been lurking in the shadows (John 8:37–44).[9]

Once one of Christ’s disciples decided to defect, popularity with the people would no longer suffice to protect Jesus from the religious leaders.[10]

What happened to Judas seems to have been satanic direction and influence,[11] rather than outright possession.[12]

Thus, the right moment Judas sought to betray Jesus coincided with Satan’s own strategy.[13]

Once the religious leaders involved the Roman government, they completed the trinity of evil set against Jesus.[14]

Ironically, those who appeared to control Jesus’s arrest, trial, and crucifixion did not. Christ permitted them to proceed. Not only did he know what Judas was doing (Matt 26:20–25),[15] Jesus wielded enough power to frustrate their plans (Matt 26:50–54).

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Read Luke 22:1–6. What role did the serpent play in the betrayal of Christ? How can we avoid participating in Satan’s schemes?




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[Related posts include The First Good News (Gen 3:15); Blood Given for You (Matt 26:26‒28); and Redemption through Christ’s Blood (Eph 1:7–8)]


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[1]David E. Garland, Luke (ZECNT; Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2012), 845.

[2]Darrell L. Bock, Luke (NIVAC; Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1996), 545.

[3] Garland, Luke, 845.

[4] Bock, Luke, 545.

[5] Osborne, Matthew, 755–6.

[6]Joel B. Green, The Gospel of Luke (NICNT; Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1997), 752–3.

[7]John Nolland, Luke 18:35–24:53 (WBC; Dallas: Word, 1998), 1030.

[8] Green, The Gospel of Luke, 752.

[9] Garland, Luke, 845.

[10] Nolland, Luke 18:35–24:53, 1029.

[11] Bock, Luke, 545.

[12] Nolland, Luke 18:35–24:53, 1029.

[13] Green, The Gospel of Luke, 753.

[14] Garland, Luke, 845.

[15] Bock, Luke, 544.