Today: Psalms 50:1-15; Luke 22:1-38; Joshua 3 & 4; Joshua 5:1-2

Luke 22

I love to see signs of Jesus’ divinity in the gospels. As God, Jesus was omniscient. He knew everything including the future, otherwise He would not have known that a man with a pitcher of water would meet Peter and John and offer them “a large furnished upstairs room” (v.12 – notice the details!) where they would celebrate the Passover meal together. Peter and John “found everything just as He had told them.” (v.13)

I also love getting little glimpses into Jesus’ thoughts and feelings (thank you, Luke!). As His crucifixion approached, He told his disciples, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer…” (v.15) Jesus loved His disciples. He knew how confused and afraid they would soon be. He was grieved to feel their pain and wanted to prepare them as much as He could.

His exchange with Peter is especially touching. He prophesied of Peter’s coming struggle and said, “…but I have prayed for you, that your faith will not fail; and you, when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.” (v.31-32) Jesus knew the pain and remorse Peter would feel about his denial. Jesus reassured Peter, that although He knew it would happen, he also knew that Peter would come back to Him. How tender that he not only reassured Peter, but also encouraged him by giving him the charge of strengthening the others. Basically He told Peter, “I know you are going to fail. But I also know you will return to me and I trust you to help the other disciples.”