The passage for today is Luke 22:66-23:25. You can read this passage online or on your phone by following along with The Essential Jesus reading plan on bible.com, or you can read it in your physical Bible. Take a few minutes to read Luke 22:66-23:25 carefully, inviting the Holy Spirit to speak to you as you read.
What did you see in the text? What is the main point being communicated? Here are some of the things that I saw.
When Jesus was led before the Sanhedrin, the council of elders confronted Him with the same saying as the devils, when he tempted Jesus in the wilderness, “If you are the Son of Christ”. In John 8:44, Jesus said to the Jews who sought to kill him; “You are of your father the devil.” ‘He is a murderer and the father of lies.’ At this opportune time, by the devil’s manipulation, Jesus was accused, tormented and tortured back and forth between Pilate and Herod, but Jesus cannot be intimidated; He cannot be conquered. Though, He endured the things He describes to us. In this case, in Matt. 10:19,20: ‘When they hand you over do not worry about what you are to say, it will be given you by the Holy Spirit of your Father who speaks in you.’ It looks like a loss, but Jesus succeeded here and always. He remained God and spoke truth with authority (Luke 22:67-70). He never fell out of His character. He cannot! Jesus did not entrust Himself to men, He knew all men and knew what was in them. “While being reviled, He did not revile in return; while suffering, he uttered no threats, but kept entrusting Himself to Him who judges righteously.” 1Peter 2:23. This is the example Christ left for us to follow in His steps.
Remember your position in Christ. We do not fight for victory but from victory. It’s ironic that the devil could not defeat Christ in the wilderness, yet tried to through the unbelieving Jewish leaders. The saying ‘there is strength in numbers’ has no advantage against the matchless power of God. We have no reason to fear the attacks of the enemy. He is the defeated foe. “Never take your own revenge, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord.” Rom 12:19. Maintain a high view of God. Love, worship and believe Him. He will work trust in you and me toward Him. “I am not ashamed; for I know whom I have believed and I am convinced that He is able to guard what I have entrusted to Him until that day.” 1Timothy 1:12
Lord, thank You for the gift of salvation and the power to become children of God. Thank ¥ou, for always leading us in triumph in a trusting relationship with You. Amen.
This post was written by Jo Lugin.