Redemption Accomplished Through Jesus Christ
May 2, 2021
Scripture Must Be Fulfilled in Jesus
 And he said to them, “When I sent you out with no moneybag or knapsack or sandals, did you lack anything?” They said, “Nothing.”  He said to them, “But now let the one who has a moneybag take it, and likewise a knapsack. And let the one who has no sword sell his cloak and buy one.  For I tell you that this Scripture must be fulfilled in me: ‘And he was numbered with the transgressors.’ For what is written about me has its fulfillment.”  And they said, “Look, Lord, here are two swords.” And he said to them, “It is enough.”
Jesus Prays on the Mount of Olives
 And he came out and went, as was his custom, to the Mount of Olives, and the disciples followed him.  And when he came to the place, he said to them, “Pray that you may not enter into temptation.”  And he withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, and knelt down and prayed,  saying, “Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done.”  And there appeared to him an angel from heaven, strengthening him.  And being in agony he prayed more earnestly; and his sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground.  And when he rose from prayer, he came to the disciples and found them sleeping for sorrow,  and he said to them, “Why are you sleeping? Rise and pray that you may not enter into temptation.”
Betrayal and Arrest of Jesus
 While he was still speaking, there came a crowd, and the man called Judas, one of the twelve, was leading them. He drew near to Jesus to kiss him,  but Jesus said to him, “Judas, would you betray the Son of Man with a kiss?”  And when those who were around him saw what would follow, they said, “Lord, shall we strike with the sword?”  And one of them struck the servant of the high priest and cut off his right ear.  But Jesus said, “No more of this!” And he touched his ear and healed him.  Then Jesus said to the chief priests and officers of the temple and elders, who had come out against him, “Have you come out as against a robber, with swords and clubs?  When I was with you day after day in the temple, you did not lay hands on me. But this is your hour, and the power of darkness.” (ESV)
I. God’s Mission Requires Dependency on Him (verses 35-36)
II. God’s Mission Advances by Surrendering Prayer (verses 39-51)
- What is prayer, but a humble recognition of our need?
- Prayer is submitting our will to the will of the Father
- Prayer is waiting on God, being directed by God
- Jesus, Luke tells us, had a habit of prayer. He regularly submitted Himself to His Father, spoke the words that His Father told Him to speak.
- He did as the Father directed. And in this hour of need, Jesus, as was His pattern, went out to pray.
“But I say to you, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you.” — Luke 6:27-28
“Put your sword back into its place. For all who take the sword will perish by the sword. — Matt. 26:52
III. God’s Mission is Fulfilled in Jesus Christ (verse 37)
Jesus, friend of sinners
A crown of thorns You wore for me
Bruised for my transgressions
Pierced for my iniquities
The wrath of God that I deserved
Was poured out on the Innocent
He took my place, my soul to save
Now I am His forever
Questions For Discussion/Application (Care Groups):
- Re-read the text, Luke 22:35-53. What initial observations and insights do you have from reading this text?
- Re-read verses 35 and 36. As disciples of Jesus, what does it mean for us to walk in dependence on God in the way Jesus calls us to here?
- In what ways can we be prone to be self-sufficient instead of God-dependent?
- How do you struggle with self-sufficiency?
- How do you want to grow in daily dependence on God?
- Jesus withdrew from his disciples to pray. What lessons can be gleaned from that?
- Most of us feel our need to grow in the area of prayer. We thank God for a Savior who forgives us of our prayerlessness, yet we also acknowledge that resting in God’s grace and in our justification, it is still important for us to press forward and seek to grow in this area.
- How do you want to grow in the area of prayer?
- Re-read verse 40. What does it mean/look like to pray this way?
- Consider taking time to pray, asking God to help us to grow in daily dependence on God as we seek to glorify Him and proclaim Christ to a lost and dying world.
Questions For Discussion/Application (parents with younger children):
- Re-read the text, Luke 22:35-53.
- These events took place Thursday evening. Jesus would be crucified the next day.
- Jesus wanted to teach His disciples about depending on Him as His disciples.
- This means trusting in God for our provision.
- This also means looking to God in prayer, daily for every need and to not give into temptation when it comes.
- Illustrate: Mom or Dad, consider sharing from your own life how you feel your need for God’s help.
- Ask: In what ways do you feel your need for God’s help? With your schoolwork? To obey your parents? To love your siblings? Etc…
- Explain: We need God for everything. Jesus actually says, “Apart from me you can do nothing (John 15:5).”
- Illustrate: Mom or Dad, consider sharing with your child a time in your life when God really helped you or provided for you in some way.
- Pray: Let’s take a few minutes to express our dependence on God and ask for His help. Parents this is a great chance to help your child to pray and to ask God to help them very specifically where they feel they need God’s help.