In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.
– Luke 22:20 (NIV)
Watch out! Don’t let your hearts be dulled by carousing and drunkenness, and by the worries of this life. Don’t let that day catch you unaware, like a trap. For that day will come upon everyone living on the earth.
– Luke 21:34-35 (NLT)
This week’s focus: Easter
Hope you had a great Palm Sunday. This week will focus on verses from the final week of Jesus’s life.
In Luke 21, after watching the widow offer her mite at the Temple, Jesus gives a final glimpse of the future to his disciples before the Last Supper. He foretells the destruction of Jerusalem and the Jewish diaspora, and says some words about the end times.
He concludes by telling us the signs of the times are like the signs of the seasons. When the trees sprout leaves, summer is near. Finally he offers the warning in verses 34-35.
So when he had washed their feet, put his outer garment back on, and sat down again, he said to them, “Do you know what I have done to you? You call me, ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord.’ You say so correctly, for so I am. If I then, the Lord and the Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you.
– John 13:12-15 (WEB)
But Jesus summoned them, and said, “You know that the rulers of the nations lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. It shall not be so among you, but whoever desires to become great among you shall be your servant. Whoever desires to be first among you shall be your bondservant, even as the Son of Man came not to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
– Matthew 20:25-28 (WEB)
For whoever is not against us is on our side. For whoever will give you a cup of water to drink in my name, because you are Christ’s, most certainly I tell you, he will in no way lose his reward. Whoever will cause one of these little ones who believe in me to stumble, it would be better for him if he were thrown into the sea with a millstone hung around his neck.
– Mark 9:40-42