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Warrenville | Feb 26, 2017

Passionate Preparation - Warrenville

Passage: Luke 22:1-13

Speaker: Steve Hands

Series: Lent 2017 - True Passion

Summary:

Obligations. This is not an exciting word. We often see obligations as a burden to be shed for exciting opportunities of self-fulfillment. In Luke 22:1–23, though, “opportunity” is negative and obligations are positive! Judas Iscariot and the religious leaders see an “opportunity” (22:6) to fulfill their desires (22:1–6), but Jesus fulfills his obligations, since “the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed” (22:7; cf. 7–13) and “the Son of Man goes as it has been determined” (22:22). Nevertheless Jesus desires to fulfill his obligations because he seeks not to fulfill himself but the purposes of the kingdom of God (22:15–16). How can we see obligations as opportunities? Jesus invites us into joy-filled obligations as we anticipate the kingdom of God (22:14–18), sustained by his broken body (22:19) in the inauguration of his new covenant (22:20).