Luke 22:1-13


“Now the Festival of Unleavened Bread, called the Passover, was approaching, and the chief priests and the teachers of the law were looking for some way to get rid of Jesus, for they were afraid of the people. Then Satan entered Judas, called Iscariot, one of the Twelve. And Judas went to the chief priests and the officers of the temple guard and discussed with them how he might betray Jesus. They were delighted and agreed to give him money. He consented, and watched for an opportunity to hand Jesus over to them when no crowd was present. Then came the day of Unleavened Bread on which the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed. Jesus sent Peter and John, saying, ‘Go and make preparations for us to eat the Passover.’ ‘Where do you want us to prepare for it?’ they asked. He replied, ‘As you enter the city, a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him to the house that he enters, and say to the owner of the house, “The Teacher asks: Where is the guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?” He will show you a large room upstairs, all furnished. Make preparations there.’ They left and found things just as Jesus had told them. So they prepared the Passover.” Luke 22:1-13

The Feast of Unleavened Bread drew near. This was Passover.

Passover was the time when the lambs were to be sacrificed. It was a time when no leaven was allowed to be in the house.

It still is today. All of the yeast, every bread crumb, every cake, cookie, doughnut, Twinkie fragment is to be swept out. Then when all is cleaned spotlessly, the mother of the household takes a few crumbs of a cookie or bread and sprinkles them in a couple of corners. The father of the house walks through sweeping every final crumb with a feather onto a wooden spoon, wrapping it in a linen cloth, and taking it out to the fire to be burned. It is where the idea of spring cleaning comes from. The house has to be cleaned.

What a picture. In Scripture leaven represents sin. We need to ask our Heavenly Father to sweep out every bit of leaven, our sin. When Jesus died our sin was placed on Him hanging on that wooden cross. Then He was taken down, wrapped in a linen cloth. He took the judgment for us so that our house, our hearts could be clean. But we need to ask God to cleanse us.

Jesus knew what that night was going to bring. He knew He was the Lamb who would be sacrificed.

Satan entered into Judas Iscariot. This is such a frightening statement. Judas was close to Jesus. He had walked with Him. He had seen the miracles. Blind men were no longer begging, they were walking, running. Scared, maimed, sick lepers were healed. Judas had seen the dead, who had been raised to life, walk out of the grave. He had watched a few loaves of bread and a couple of fish be turned into meals for thousands.

But satan entered into Judas. And Judas set up the betrayal for a few pieces of silver. It was the going rate for a slave.

The day came for the feast so Peter and John were sent to make preparations.

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