Key Verse | Luke 22:42

"Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done."

Scripture | Luke 22

The Plot to Kill Jesus

Now the Feast of Unleavened Bread drew near, which is called the Passover. And the chief priests and the scribes were seeking how to put him to death, for they feared the people.

Judas to Betray Jesus

Then Satan entered into Judas called Iscariot, who was of the number of the twelve. He went away and conferred with the chief priests and officers how he might betray him to them. And they were glad, and agreed to give him money. So he consented and sought an opportunity to betray him to them in the absence of a crowd.

The Passover with the Disciples

Then came the day of Unleavened Bread, on which the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed. So Jesus 1 22:8 Greek he sent Peter and John, saying, “Go and prepare the Passover for us, that we may eat it.” They said to him, “Where will you have us prepare it?” 10 He said to them, “Behold, when you have entered the city, a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him into the house that he enters 11 and tell the master of the house, ‘The Teacher says to you, Where is the guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?’ 12 And he will show you a large upper room furnished; prepare it there.” 13 And they went and found it just as he had told them, and they prepared the Passover.

Institution of the Lord's Supper

14 And when the hour came, he reclined at table, and the apostles with him. 15 And he said to them, “I have earnestly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. 16 For I tell you I will not eat it 2 22:16 Some manuscripts never eat it again until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.” 17 And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he said, “Take this, and divide it among yourselves. 18 For I tell you that from now on I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.” 19 And he took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” 20 And likewise the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood. 3 22:20 Some manuscripts omit, in whole or in part, verses 19b-20 (which is given in my blood) 21 But behold, the hand of him who betrays me is with me on the table. 22 For the Son of Man goes as it has been determined, but woe to that man by whom he is betrayed!” 23 And they began to question one another, which of them it could be who was going to do this.

Who Is the Greatest?

24 A dispute also arose among them, as to which of them was to be regarded as the greatest. 25 And he said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them, and those in authority over them are called benefactors. 26 But not so with you. Rather, let the greatest among you become as the youngest, and the leader as one who serves. 27 For who is the greater, one who reclines at table or one who serves? Is it not the one who reclines at table? But I am among you as the one who serves.

28 You are those who have stayed with me in my trials, 29 and I assign to you, as my Father assigned to me, a kingdom, 30 that you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.

Jesus Foretells Peter's Denial

31 Simon, Simon, behold, Satan demanded to have you, 4 22:31 The Greek word for you (twice in this verse) is plural; in verse 32, all four instances are singular that he might sift you like wheat, 32 but I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned again, strengthen your brothers.” 33 Peter 5 22:33 Greek He said to him, “Lord, I am ready to go with you both to prison and to death.” 34 Jesus 6 22:34 Greek He said, “I tell you, Peter, the rooster will not crow this day, until you deny three times that you know me.”

Scripture Must Be Fulfilled in Jesus

35 And he said to them, “When I sent you out with no moneybag or knapsack or sandals, did you lack anything?” They said, “Nothing.” 36 He said to them, “But now let the one who has a moneybag take it, and likewise a knapsack. And let the one who has no sword sell his cloak and buy one. 37 For I tell you that this Scripture must be fulfilled in me: ‘And he was numbered with the transgressors.’ For what is written about me has its fulfillment.” 38 And they said, “Look, Lord, here are two swords.” And he said to them, “It is enough.”

Jesus Prays on the Mount of Olives

39 And he came out and went, as was his custom, to the Mount of Olives, and the disciples followed him. 40 And when he came to the place, he said to them, “Pray that you may not enter into temptation.” 41 And he withdrew from them about a stone's throw, and knelt down and prayed, 42 saying, “Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done.” 43 And there appeared to him an angel from heaven, strengthening him. 44 And being in agony he prayed more earnestly; and his sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground. 7 22:44 Some manuscripts omit verses 43 and 44 45 And when he rose from prayer, he came to the disciples and found them sleeping for sorrow, 46 and he said to them, “Why are you sleeping? Rise and pray that you may not enter into temptation.”

Betrayal and Arrest of Jesus

47 While he was still speaking, there came a crowd, and the man called Judas, one of the twelve, was leading them. He drew near to Jesus to kiss him, 48 but Jesus said to him, “Judas, would you betray the Son of Man with a kiss?” 49 And when those who were around him saw what would follow, they said, “Lord, shall we strike with the sword?” 50 And one of them struck the servant 8 22:50 Or bondservant of the high priest and cut off his right ear. 51 But Jesus said, “No more of this!” And he touched his ear and healed him. 52 Then Jesus said to the chief priests and officers of the temple and elders, who had come out against him, “Have you come out as against a robber, with swords and clubs? 53 When I was with you day after day in the temple, you did not lay hands on me. But this is your hour, and the power of darkness.”

Peter Denies Jesus

54 Then they seized him and led him away, bringing him into the high priest's house, and Peter was following at a distance. 55 And when they had kindled a fire in the middle of the courtyard and sat down together, Peter sat down among them. 56 Then a servant girl, seeing him as he sat in the light and looking closely at him, said, “This man also was with him.” 57 But he denied it, saying, “Woman, I do not know him.” 58 And a little later someone else saw him and said, “You also are one of them.” But Peter said, “Man, I am not.” 59 And after an interval of about an hour still another insisted, saying, “Certainly this man also was with him, for he too is a Galilean.” 60 But Peter said, “Man, I do not know what you are talking about.” And immediately, while he was still speaking, the rooster crowed. 61 And the Lord turned and looked at Peter. And Peter remembered the saying of the Lord, how he had said to him, “Before the rooster crows today, you will deny me three times.” 62 And he went out and wept bitterly.

Jesus Is Mocked

63 Now the men who were holding Jesus in custody were mocking him as they beat him. 64 They also blindfolded him and kept asking him, “Prophesy! Who is it that struck you?” 65 And they said many other things against him, blaspheming him.

Jesus Before the Council

66 When day came, the assembly of the elders of the people gathered together, both chief priests and scribes. And they led him away to their council, and they said, 67 “If you are the Christ, tell us.” But he said to them, “If I tell you, you will not believe, 68 and if I ask you, you will not answer. 69 But from now on the Son of Man shall be seated at the right hand of the power of God.” 70 So they all said, “Are you the Son of God, then?” And he said to them, “You say that I am.” 71 Then they said, “What further testimony do we need? We have heard it ourselves from his own lips.”


[1] 22:8 Greek he
[2] 22:16 Some manuscripts never eat it again
[3] 22:20 Some manuscripts omit, in whole or in part, verses 19b-20 (which is given . . . in my blood)
[4] 22:31 The Greek word for you (twice in this verse) is plural; in verse 32, all four instances are singular
[5] 22:33 Greek He
[6] 22:34 Greek He
[7] 22:44 Some manuscripts omit verses 43 and 44
[8] 22:50 Or bondservant

Jesus Is the Only Way

Devo | Luke 22

In 2019, during a Haiti medical mission trip, a baby boy had an infected chest abscess causing tremendous pain and fever.

  • Mother's desire: Relief for son's pain and fever.
  • Medical team desire: Treat the...

In 2019, during a Haiti medical mission trip, a baby boy had an infected chest abscess causing tremendous pain and fever.

  • Mother's desire: Relief for son's pain and fever.
  • Medical team desire: Treat the infection. Prevent sepsis (bloodstream infection); untreated sepsis could lead to death.
  • Treatment: Drain the abscess (needles involved). Antibiotics.
  • Physical reaction: Pain, crying, screaming.
  • Immediate outcome: Pain relief. Comforted.
  • Ultimate outcome: Complete healing. Saving his life.

Why cause him pain? Our actions came from a place of love, as we knew the consequences of leaving it untreated. During the painful process, we all kept our eyes on the ultimate outcome.

As you read about Jesus (Son of God, "I Am"), and His prayer on the Mount of Olives, you may ask: Why did God allow those painful events? Every action and decision was sovereignly allowed by God (Isaiah 53:10).

  • Jesus' desire: Fulfilling what was written about the Messiah (Isaiah 53:3-7) and obeying His Father, as He knew God's character in which He is a loving Father, completely good, holy, righteous, just, compassionate, gracious, merciful, faithful, and comforting.
  • God's desire: Reconciliation with His children through a New Covenant, Jesus being the sacrificial lamb (John 1:29).
  • Treatment: Jesus' death on the cross for the forgiveness of sins (Romans 3:25, 26). The wrath of God poured out on sin as Jesus was crucified.
  • Physical reaction: Jesus in agony. Sweating drops of blood. Beaten. Insulted. Pain.
  • Immediate outcome: Jesus strengthened by His Father. Death and Satan defeated.
  • Ultimate outcome: Jesus resurrected. His people forgiven and made right with God. A relationship with God through Jesus. Sanctification. Eternity with God.

Jesus' relationship with His Father led Him to pray a personal, loving, and honest prayer. In 2014, my mother prayed the same prayer when she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. I witnessed her unfailing faith, trust, love, and surrender. Jesus was her Redeemer for God's glory. During life's trials (John 16:33), may we always return to Jesus' sacrifice on the cross. As we are strengthened by God through the Holy Spirit, may our eyes and hope remain on Him. Jesus loved His Father; His Father loved Him. God and Jesus love you!

Discussion Questions

1. Where do you find your hope, trust, and stability in times of trouble?

2. Are there any trials that you can look back upon when God strengthened you? In what ways did you feel His presence? Write them down to remind yourself of what the Lord has done for you; it will be a valuable reminder in future trials.

3. What is a cross that Jesus has helped or is helping you carry? How did you see, or do you currently see, God's faithfulness through that trial?

Meet Tatiana Pozo Fiorilo

Hola! Mi nombre es Tatiana. I was born and raised in Bolivia, South America. I have now lived the same amount of years here in the USA (Nashville, Columbus, Dallas) as in Bolivia; time flies! Since 2017, I have had the honor of serving at Watermark Urgent Care in the nursing and pastoral care roles. It's a privilege to serve, love, and care for patients physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Sharing the gospel with patients is my favorite thing to do! I'm so grateful for the opportunity to share with all of you what the Lord has and is teaching me.

6 Comments available

Hugh Stephenson 2 months ago

GM Tatiana! Love the way you put this devo together. Great line by line comparison.

What would it take to break me and have me deny Jesus. Money? Shame? Threats?

Faithfulness. Know God and make Him known. BAM! Powerful. Compact. All encompassing. The sum of all I need to know.

I link to Luke 22:28-30.

Jesus tells me I will be with Him forever. And that He is preparing a place for me. He affirms Genesis 1:26-28; God has a plan for me to partner with Him to advance the Kingdom.

The problem.

Satan tells me the Three Big Lies:

God is not good. His Word is not true. Sin is not a big deal.

If I fall into these lies, lose focus, or get complacent- it can get bad in a hurry. Just ask Judas, (Luke 22:3).

Or Peter, (Luke 22:31).

Hugh Stephenson 2 months ago

The key for me is Luke 22:42. Jesus is faced with experiencing the wrath I should get but won’t. As much as He loves me, He does not want to go through it.

Yet, Hebrews 12:1-3 says, “…for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising its shame…”

A friend says about evangelism, “Just make sure you tell them what Jesus has done for them.”

This video was played at Good Friday several years ago. What a wakeup call for me. A reprise posting.

Jesus never broke. “Nevertheless…”.

Peter again…

“Peter had been sleeping when he should have been praying, talking when he should have been listening, and boasting when he should have been fearing. Now he was fighting when he should have been surrendering." (Constable’s Notes).

Hugh Stephenson 2 months ago

Luke 22:61. What was the facial expression of Jesus when He looked at Peter? Frustration? Anger? I told you so? Disappointment?

Several years ago I focused intensely on this verse off-and-on for months and months. I had to get into my mind and heart what He was “telling” Peter.

Slow walking through Constable I note his explanation: “looked” is “emblepo”. “…to look with interest, love, or concern.”

I’ll guess the expression said something like, “Peter, I told you all about this. Don’t worry or be mad at yourself. All this will play out just like I promised.”

When have I desperately needed that kind of “look”, that kind of facial message…and gotten it? Or not gotten it?

Can you possibly imagine Peter’s reaction?

Michael Scaman 2 months ago

Judas sought for an opportunity to betray Jesus but Jesus didn’t give him it till it was time . A ‘man carrying a jar of water’ would take a few of them there to prepare.

Jesus would give the Passover bread new meaning, a metaphor for His body broken. The wine more abstractly says is a metaphor for His covenant.

And one of you will betray me. There are 3 psalms conserving the betrayal by the anti friend, Judas, of Jesus Psalm 41, 69 abd 109.

The other apostles get a mixed future. They will scatter for now, yet somehow they will rule over the 12 tribes in the kingdome of God

Michael Scaman 2 months ago

Psalm 109 speaks of the anti-friend, Judas figure, saying may an accuser be at his with hand and in the last verse speaking about the poor man being persecuted, Jesus, may God be at his right hand.

In the next thought in Psalm 110 the man is seated at the right hand of God made like Melchizedek. Still later in the Psalm saying the other way that God is at his right hand again.

Perhaps the only two places where God is at the right hand of anyone? and said of the poor persecuted man and the glorified man, both Jesus.

Sue Bohlin 2 months ago

Excellent devo, Tatiana! And bless you for how you serve at Watermark Urgent Care. How encouraging it must be for a nurse to be able to care medically and pastorally for patients en espanol!

Luke has some powerful, poignant details in his books. He offers a heart-wrenching snapshot of the Lord turning and fixing Peter with “a close, penetrating look” (per Vine’s dictionary) at his third denial followed by the rooster crowing. I would imagine that look haunted Peter the rest of his life, chased by Jesus’ tender restoration on the beach after His resurrection.

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