The Field of Blood

​Then Judas, His betrayer, seeing that He had been condemned, was remorseful and brought back the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders, saying, “I have sinned by betraying innocent blood.” And they said, “What is  that to us? You see to  it! ” Then he threw down the pieces of silver in the temple and departed, and went and hanged himself. But the chief priests took the silver pieces and said, “It is not lawful to put them into the treasury, because they are the price of blood.” And they consulted together and bought with them the potter’s field, to bury strangers in. Therefore that field has been called the Field of Blood to this day. Then was fulfilled what was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet, saying, “And they took the thirty pieces of silver, the value of Him who was priced, whom they of the children of Israel priced, and gave them for the potter’s field, as the Lord directed me.” Matthew 27:3‭-‬10 NKJV

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Jesus Submits to His Calling

​And while He was still speaking, behold, Judas, one of the twelve, with a great multitude with swords and clubs, came from the chief priests and elders of the people. Now His betrayer had given them a sign, saying, “Whomever I kiss, He is the One; seize Him.” Immediately he went up to Jesus and said, “Greetings, Rabbi!” and kissed Him. But Jesus said to him, “Friend, why have you come?” Then they came and laid hands on Jesus and took Him. And suddenly, one of those who  were with Jesus stretched out his hand and drew his sword, struck the servant of the high priest, and cut off his ear. But Jesus said to him, “Put your sword in its place, for all who take the sword will perish by the sword.  Or do you think that I cannot now pray to My Father, and He will provide Me with more than twelve legions of angels?  How then could the Scriptures be fulfilled, that it must happen thus?” In that hour Jesus said to the multitudes, “Have you come out, as against a robber, with swords and clubs to take Me? I sat daily with you, teaching in the temple, and you did not seize Me.  But all this was done that the Scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled.” Then all the disciples forsook Him and fled. Matthew 26:47‭-‬56 NKJV

Passover in the Upper Room

Luke 22 points out that Passover was drawing near. It is also interesting how it mentions that Satan enters Judas, one of the twelve disciples. Judas plots for a time to betray Jesus.

The Day of Unleavened Bread arrives, when the Passover offering must be killed. Jesus prophecies to the disciples of the provision in which they will share the Passover together.

And He said to them, “Behold, when you have entered the city, a man will meet you carrying a pitcher of water; follow him into the house which he enters. Then you shall say to the master of the house, ‘The Teacher says to you, “Where is the guest room where I may eat the Passover with My disciples?” ’ Then he will show you a large, furnished upper room; there make ready.” (Luke 22:10-12 NKJV)

Luke 22 is amazing! Packed full of information. Jesus is the offering: the blood and the body. He asks the disciples to do the Passover in remembrance of Him. We consider the people with power over others the greater person in the world; however, the Kingdom regards the lesser. Jesus Himself says that He sat at the Passover meal to serve the disciples. Jesus is bestowing on them the Kingdom of Heaven.

For who is greater, he who sits at the table, or he who serves? Is it not he who sits at the table? Yet I am among you as the One who serves. And I bestow upon you a kingdom, just as My Father bestowed one upon Me, (Luke 22:27, 29 NKJV)

Satan has asked for Peter as well. But, Jesus has prayed for Him – how amazing is the prayer?! He prays that Peter will strengthen his brethren once he returns to Him (after betraying Him).

And the Lord said, “Simon, Simon! Indeed, Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren.” (Luke 22:31, 32 NKJV)